We all have opinions and we all like to be heard, but not everyone can stand above the masses. Not everyone has the courage to speak not just for themselves, but for others too. Not many will stand on the social front line of debate and shout "I want…, we want…"
You can look back in history and easily find examples of leaders who wanted change, such as Dr Martin Luther King or Nelson Mandela to name just two. But if you look back at very early politics, it was simpler; collective opinions taken on by one person with a commitment to change.
Small communities with people trying to live side by side, natural and inevitable divisions occur. Leaders emerge and become voices of the people. Fast forward a few centuries and town centres became the platform for the speakers on 'what the people want,' spoken with heart and verve..
These early forms of politicians who were impassioned by the people they spoke for genuinely wanted and fought for change. Politicians became admired by society, and it was a role that brought respect and honour. When speaking of roles within society that held regard, politicians were mentioned alongside bankers, lawyers and doctors.
Fast forward to today and doctors aside, the other three roles are still spoken of in the same sentence. Only now they are considered negatives in society; careless with money, ethics and promises. It is election year in the UK and despite all that others have gone through to provide us with the right to vote, it is feared this year's election could deliver the lowest voting figures yet.
The public perception of the main parties is that none of them will actually fulfil any of their manifesto pledges. Some look upon politicians as liars and crooks and so they don't see the point in voting. Those that are voting are probably the most open voters in years, still undecided on whether to vote tactically with heart or pocket.
With government essentially run by the rich, are the politicians merely the puppets by which the masters fiddle and divide? On the eve of this election the country is resigned to expecting little improvement in their social living.
So used to the flaky commitment to pre-election manifestos, we just wait with muted expectation for the next public figure, the next face of the next five years. #Election 2015