Friday, 9 April 2010

So what’s Parliament?

During the next week, I will attempt to look at some battleground constituencies’ in the coming general election, particularly in London and here in the east end. I will examine some of the issues local and national on the ground and running during this general election. So to start off I would like just to remind myself more than anything what Parliament is all about.

Parliament is a capitalist institution in the first place used by the up-and coming capitalist class (in Britain from the 17th century onwards) to seize political control from the backward-looking landed (gentry) elements left over from feudalism. It was never intended to represent all the people, but only those who owned property. However, over time, as a result of rivalries within the owning class and pressure from the disfranchised property less majority, the right to vote was extended until today universal male and female suffrage is the norm.

Today, in fact, the capitalist class of rich owners of the means of production control the state apparatus – rule – via universal suffrage and parliament. This means they have to get the formal agreement, at election times such as this time. This is not too difficult since most people are soaked with capitalist ideas and see or think of no alternative to the present-day, capitalist society with its class ownership, production for profit, working for wages and rationing by money. Parliament in its present form keep the system tacked together.

2 comments:

Chris H said...

"and see or think of no alternative to the present-day, capitalist society with its class ownership, production for profit, working for wages and rationing by money." - an excellent point and one which needs to be worked on if we are ever going to produce lasting change.

Norbert said...

Thanks Chris,

A great point as usual!

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