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On Saturday 14th March at Eastwood Memorial Hall two mock TV debates will take place. At 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm the debate will be presided by myself, Tom Darwood, to host thirteen political parties; five speakers for the Conservative Party, five speakers for the Labour Party and a single speaker from eleven other political parties.
Apart from political policies, candidates will also be judged upon collective and individual performance and points will also be awarded for oratory skills. This forum will weigh political leadership against iconic images in art and the legacy of Christianity. This format is an entertaining combination of culture and game show.
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It's really good to hear from the Church Leaders encouraging Christians to vote in this General Election. As a Christian myself, I take my lead from the three Great Books in Christian literature, to offer inspiration as guidance in this important election. At one time it was said that the Conservative Party was like the Church of England at prayer, guided by the beautiful Book of Common Prayer. It may be broadly argued then that the Labour Party alludes to the Bible itself as propagating a 'social gospel'. The Liberal Democrats Party is rather like the Hymn Book, which 'liberates' the truths of the Bible in an impassioned form. So it could be said that as the Prayer Book compartmentalises the Bible through the diverse services and services to the community, politically speaking this is like the Conservative Party as proficient as organising business and government institutions. But this would be at the behest of implementing distribution of wealth and social mobility, a 'social gospel' alluding to the Labour Party. The Liberal Democrats Party, like a hymn, articulates politics in an array of smaller policies.
Music may also offer a cultural inspiration to discern political agendas. Bach, for example, 'addresses' how music will develop is 'refined' by Mozart. These two great composers define the objective stature of our humanity, alluding to the Conservative and Labour Parties respectively. The Liberal Democrats Party and now more and more other progressive parties such as the SNP and UKIP reflect the music of the Romantics who defined the subjective response to the challenges in life.
On a more day to day basis, when we all need to purchase items from shops or supermarkets, we may find ourselves acquainting to the Baroque music of Bach or Handel as the fathers of classical music alluding commercially to M&S as the established high street store to juxtapose with the Conservative Party. When in Waitrose the refined quality of the goods and shared ownership alludes more to the refined music of Haydn and Mozart acquainting itself politically to Labour's supreme mission for the refinement of the distribution of wealth and social mobility. When in Sainsbury's, Tesco, Asda or Morrisons, their vast array of products alludes to the vastness of Beethoven's powerful music. The other great composers of the Romantic era such as Schubert, Brahms, Mendelsshon, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky, all by variation offer a more personal expression of feeling within us and of the environment around us. This perhaps translates in choice of supermarket such as Aldi and Lidl whose popularity is conditioned by recent years of austerity and, politically speaking, this may allude to the Liberal Democrats, UKIP, the SNP and all the other emerging smaller parties to form a 'Progressive Coalition Party' who are at the vanguard of the political scene.
These are generalisations which may offer guidance or inspiration in this important General Election of 2015. As a final thought, great composers (like every other entity) has a 'loose cannon', musically speaking, held in the potent music of Wagner which has the disturbing propensity to inspire aggression in our humanity which, when transfigured into the political arena when faced with hard choices, leaves a legacy of knee jerk reactionary motivations. We must be discerning not to allow our political integrity to be swayed by fear and attrition as expressed in the music of Wagner, but hold our judgement in the political arena to account in the Universal qualities of transparency and inclusiveness in the abiding legacy of the great composer as enlisted above. These ideas are presented in the mock TV debate next Saturday 14th March. For further details please see 'afairhearing.com'
My aim is to offer radical ideas which will result in broader involvement from the electorate to hold Parliament with greater accountability by advocating political and constitutional reform to a cultural initiative to keep Britain firmly in the EU and a greater accord with the United States of America.