The constituents would no doubt be chewing the cud over the shocking quality of today's politics over a pint of beer or a glass of wine in their local pub, if it hadn't probably closed. Where do people go now to put the world to rights, now they don't talk about stuff in The Snug. Online of course is where they are, in their bedrooms and in front of the telly - compounding loneliness and allowing anonymity. This is certainly not a substitute for the warmth of human interaction and the heat of real live debate.
I think its sad so many of our pubs have closed in the UK, research from CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) puts the number at 18 a week - which is shocking for such an iconic feature of British culture
So what about this for a solution - to return politics to the people and custom to the pumps.
- Let's start a political party called the 'Z - None of the Above' party, which will ensure it is listed at the bottom of the voting slip.
- One struggling pub in every constituency will sponsor a parliamentary candidate covering the £500 deposit. (They'll get this back many times through increased trade)
- Anyone can apply with each pub's customers choosing the candidate with local hustings in the bar.
- Our party will be entitled to the electoral benefits such as the free postage of a leaflet to every elector broadcast airtime etc.