Few people remembered the fourth anniversary of 8 March 2012 today. Maybe because everyone is focusing so intently on the coming general election.
Another general election comes along and hopes for change continue to burn brightly.
The hopes for serious reforms and a viable two coalition system have not dimmed with the passage of time. Rather there is great expectation over the coming general election.
In most informed conversations, the talk invariably shifts to the general election with many expressing fervent hope for change. “It’s now or never” is the common refrain.
That said, we should remember that democracy is more than just elections. Other vital ingredients in a democracy include public participation in the decision-making process, free media, freedom of assembly, freedom of expression and respect for the basic rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Plus the political, civil, economic, social and cultural rights found in the related UN Covenants.
We need people-centred sustainable development – not corporate-led unsustainable neo-liberal development. People (and Nature) before profits.
It’s all part of a wider struggle for people-centred globalisation, a globalisation of solidarity – rather than corporate-led globalisation.