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Announcing that frontline Conservatives who vote for the Brexit Party will be excommunicated smacks of desperation, not leadership

April 29, 2019 Leave a comment

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During the 16th Century Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, explorer Hernando Cortez is fabled for the act of burning his ships so that his men would realise and understand that they had the simple choice of success or death.

It’s an interesting story that has found its way into use as a metaphor. Reading this mornings news that the current Conservative Party hierarchy is threatening to boot out any Councillors or MPs who fail to support the Party in the May Elections, one can only wonder if yet again, somebody somewhere is failing to read the script in its entirety, reverting instead to using a threatening jack boot in the forlorn hope that fear is all it will take to dam the parting tide.

Cortez was of course successful. Not because he knew how to lead, or because he understood the basic psychology of others and what it would take to encourage and motivate others to go up against what seemed insurmountable odds and go on to succeed.

No, Cortez was successful because he shared a tangible vision. A direction of travel and a clear understanding of what was to be required and what would be involved.

The Conservative Party today is offering none of this. No leadership. No direction. No vision of where it is going to take the Country. No tangible definition of what is to come.

When the Party itself is already crumbling around its MPs, Councillors, Officers and those left of its sick and tired Members, the threat of excommunication for any of them – even the most ambitious amongst them, simply no longer holds the threat or fear that until even very recently it always had done.

The People, with conservatives of all kinds snugly placed amongst them, now want our democracy restored. They want Brexit in its entirety delivered. And they know that the Conservative Party under May’s tenure leadership is not a political vehicle that is synonymous with any such cause.

Yet the Brexit Party is still placed within the realms of being no more than a protest party, and the European Election that it is poised to fight will be for many the opportunity to underline and shout loudly that Leaving the EU was always what the People intended. It’s just the Politicians who have got the whole thing wrong whilst trying endlessly to convince all others that they were always the few who were right.

If the Conservative Party, nearing its death throws from months of holding down its own self-destruct button, cannot see the rhetorical gesture underpinning what its own Membership is now doing for an Election process that should never have been called, and take appropriate action accordingly, it truly deserves that temporary loan of an ultimately meaningless vote to depart permanently and be gifted permanently to those who may be far from best equipped to provide good government, but nonetheless have the resounding attribute of at least being seen to intend to represent the best interests of everyone involved.

As I wrote in my most recent blog a few days ago, for what’s left of the Conservative Party in any physical sense today, there comes approaching a final and two way choice.

The Conservative Party will either utilise whatever comes from the results of the upcoming Elections to remove this destructive Prime Minister and go forward with a new understanding and appreciation of what conservatism in a 21st Century UK can be most effective for, or it will continue to look for a solution from everything it has ever known. That which is completely broken, not representative in any way of what a political party should now exist for and not in anyway near to that which the British People now rightly expect from A Government underpinned by true conservative ideals that are fit for our time.

 

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The Conservative Party MUST have a New Leader, New Manifesto AND New Electoral Mandate BEFORE 31 October – AND they ALL have to be just right

April 25, 2019 10 comments

img_3013When Parliament has already voted to overrule the Executive, a Party Grandee who has been a Party Member for longer than the lifetimes of many MPs leaves to stand for a protest party, and Conservative Councillors and even MPs too are telling the media they are about to Vote against their own Party in an upcoming Election, anyone with enough sense and concern for what is going on around them would know that what is happening no longer fits with any rules they know. They would accept that following those rules is not now going to bring the situation to a close.

That our lawmakers have no real appreciation for the responsibility they have been given by the Electorate has now become painfully obvious to the People outside of Westminster.

Worse for all conservatives, whether members of the Party, tribal voters or simply lapsed, is the realisation that a horrible reality is now becoming manifest in Westminster. One where there are simply not enough Conservative MPs in the Parliamentary Party that have the understanding, stamina, wherewithal and everything that it takes to deal with a serious crisis – not one created by any external threat, but by something made manifest from within its own walls.

Those who observe and consider the steps of the journey that Brexit has taken will eventually realise that the decisions made by Theresa May and her enablers since June 2016 – right up to the 1922 Committee’s decision last evening not to put the flames out engulfing the Party that are now in open sight for all to see, have and are continuing to fuel a fire that has not only taken the Conservative Party to the edge of the precipice, but is on the verge of condemning the whole of the UK to political, if not civil chaos too.

We have reached a point where the true chronology of events that led to the Vote to Leave the European Union, the mess of the Brexit Process and the now the critical condition of our democracy too, is in imminent danger of being forgotten and responibility for all ills being laid squarely at the feet of the only Political Party genuinely capable of getting the UK through Brexit and to the promise of the opportunities that lie ahead for us all on the other side.

It is painful for many to admit that the disease within the Conservative Party may have already been allowed to spread too far. That if the majority of the MPs that are still obstructing change from within the Conservative Parliamentary Party do not put their self-interest, fear and obsession with maintaining a system that now, thanks in no small part to them no longer exists, that not only will the Party that gifted them their time in the public eye be gone, but the Country itself could be thrown into chaos and darkness of a kind that those amongst us still alive to remember the consequences of such times had long since hoped had been left behind.

People who I and many have time for and respect from right across the political spectrum, are now falling in behind Nigel Farage to support the Brexit Party.

Any serious conservative with an eye on the future and what happens next would be foolish not to read the electoral runes right at this moment in time and see what is about to happen to British Politics during the Month of May.

But whilst one of the key straplines of this very serious and credible protest party is changing politics for good, the Brexit Party only has the cohesiveness between its Membership and support provided by just one issue.

This commonality between Brexit Party supporters will evaporate the moment that the promise made to respect our democracy and Leave the EU has been made good.

In days and certainly no more than weeks, the Conservative Party has a final and defining choice to make about the part that it wants to play and can offer the British People as a choice for the future.

If the Conservative Party does not choose to take it, the Brexit Party could well become the overwhelming force in domestic British Politics that UKIP never could.

The anger, palpable amongst the British People today that could so quickly be addressed with reason and delivery, could instead be completely unleashed.

Make no mistake. A Political Party without professional governance, systems and procedures is not going to deliver the overnight change it is now promising us – even if it currently benefits from having many well known and well meaning names up front which gives it an even more credible feel.

The choice that the Conservative Party has to make is whether to do nothing and allow May to continue in a way that only she seems to know how. Or to commit to a hard-decision-laden and timely process that will require unbending commitment, coolness of character and dedication to a cause much bigger than themselves and their Party, all boiled down to the willingness to do whatever it will take to get things done.

Step 1. A NEW Leader

May MUST go.

May MUST go now.

May MUST be replaced quickly.

This is not the time for an incumbent PM to be allowed to run down the clock in an attempt to let history look more kindly upon her tenure than anyone actually does right now. It won’t.

The ridiculous infighting, self-interest and ambition that have created so much of the Brexit impasse and constipated version of Parliamentary Politics we have witnessed over the past year has to stop and be consigned to the bin.

There MUST be a practical acceptance of the reality that right now, in this climate and with our Country facing the issues that it is, that there is no such thing as the ‘best’ or ‘Perfect’ candidate to be Prime Minister. It is now all about putting the person into the role who will be best placed to get results and yes, get the job done.

Under such circumstances, there is little doubt that whilst far from a perfect situation, the Party Membership would support an immediate ‘crowning’ of a new Party Leader and de facto Prime Minister, AS LONG AS THE PARLIAMENTARY PARTY APPOINTS THE RIGHT PERSON IT HAS AVAILABLE.

As recent polling work undertaken by the Conservative Home Website has shown, which is reliable for gauging the mood of the grassroots Party, the Membership wants a Brexiteer PM in Downing Street.

By far, the PM that the Membership wants is Boris Johnson.

The lack of understanding and appreciation of what really gets results, instead replaced with private ambition and the idea that each and every Member of the Cabinet is the only one who really knows best and can be the next Prime Minister, is precisely why so much of this has gone wrong already.

Trying to control or obstruct a workable solution to these problems for personal reasons, rather than doing what’s best for everyone, no matter how challenging or distasteful or unpalatable the alternative might be, is likely to replace one bad Prime Minister with another. Not because the alternatives aren’t capable or any good at what they do. But because they cannot be the person to bring together the formula that this Country needs right now and effectively become the necessary catalyst for change and for good.

Boris is very electable, as has been demonstrated by his highly effective campaigns to become and to be re-lected London Mayor.

Yes, Boris has a propensity to look silly at inappropriate times. But he also identifies his own destiny as being closely aligned with the success of the people and the policies that he leads. And as Prime Minister he will know that he MUST surround himself with the full range of best talents and voices. To be inclusive, but to make sure that the results achieved are good for all parts of our society and not just those who are directly involved.

This is where the opportunity lies for all who can see, accept and facilitate what now needs to be done to align themselves, contribute and for their genuine ambition to do good for others to be recognised fully for the part they play in delivering for the much bigger Public cause.

2. A NEW Manifesto

No. Oddly the next step IS NOT to worry about Brexit and the EU.

For right or for wrong, we now have until Thursday 31st October 2019 to sort out the Brexit mess and to get things done.

That’s 6 Months. And with a week being a long time in politics, as long as the Conservatives get moving quickly AND do all that needs to be done, 6 Months will be plenty of time enough.

The first priority is to create, promote and engage the public with a NEW Manifesto.

A Manifesto that demonstrates:

  • That the kind of working relationship that WE ALL want with Europe can only be created and developed once we are a fully Independent and Sovereign State once again and that to do this WE MUST FULLY AND CATEGORICALLY LEAVE.
  • That the Conservative Party is NOT only the Party of the rich, but the Party of all those with aspiration. The protector and safe-guarder of all those in genuine need and all those who want to succeed as a result of genuine effort and not riding off the backs and exploitation of others. A Party which really is for ALL of us too.
  • That Politics is in fact the means and not the ends to get things done. That it is a calling, not a job and that those who gain the very special and privileged elevation to Public Office must be able, prepared and committed to engaging fully foremost and as a priority with the People that they represent.
  • That good governance of this Country can no longer be something regurgitated from history, read from a book, accepted as an established rule or contrived on the basis simply of how it will look.
  • That decisions will be taken no matter how hard, to ensure that Government delivers fully for everyone, without bias, favour and with fairness as we are all right and justified in expecting that it should.

It will not take months or years to formulate.

The Conservatives only have to look beyond themselves and begin to engage everyone in a natural conversation, without the hard sell and without falling back on statistics and analysis to confirm what being out there will soon tell them should then be a quickly changing mood.

3. A New Mandate

With a New Leader and New Manifesto, the Conservative Party then MUST go back to the People.

It MUST have the faith, confidence and guts to know that if the Party has done Steps 1 & 2 right, the People will come back and provide the Party with a New Mandate.

A New Mandate that is required not only to break the Brexit impasse that can only come from our clean-break Leaving the EU. But to deliver the change that the People now require of our politicians. So that the UK can find its place and ensure that we are all secure in an ever changing World, where the agility and flexibility that our status as an Independent and Sovereign State is the only way that we can effectively adapt as a Country to ensure that we can continually work together towards the prize of something better for all.

 

 

 

 

 

Many would like to be MPs and Politicians. Few are interested in doing what it takes to be any good

April 23, 2019 Leave a comment

Thinking Differently

What does it take to be a good politician?

Today, asking that question is likely to solicit a response such as ‘anything other than Theresa May’, or ‘anyone other than these selfish bastards that we have now’.

It is a question that I have thought about lots. When I wrote my book How to Get Elected, I chose to work backwards from the point of viewing what a good politicians does to reverse-engineer the points, rather than focusing simply on what observers too easily assume to be the things about a politician that makes them appear good. Characteristics that are usually snapshots in time but nonetheless form the basis of everything that those looking on perceive.

A good number of those people that have such perceptions are the people who are falling over themselves to become candidates for political parties of all kinds. Especially those parties that at this very odd moment in our political history look like they could deliver an unknown face a seat in our Parliament, within one of our many Councils or even as an MEP.

The thinking of many is that having different people in politics will be all that it takes to deliver change, when the truth is that change in politics will only be delivered by people who think differently.

And they aren’t thinking differently to the Politicians we’ve already got. They think their ideas are best. That they know better than everyone else. That the only thing that has stopped or prevented them from showing how to do it better is the fact that they haven’t yet had their chance.

If only it were so simple, or just about Brexit.

What they don’t realise is that many people have been in the exact same situation before. Some of them make up the very same majority of MPs incumbent within our Parliament today who have fallen foul of the rule that they are elected to represent the best interests of the majority of voters and not simply to do whatever it takes to further themselves.

People who seek public office to genuinely represent others will always seek out others to understand how they should best represent.

But it takes work, commitment and a preparedness to continually learn about, translate and make sense of everything that comes across the desk, as well as the ability – and courage to look, think and step outside of your own box (or comfort zone) and do what it takes to get things done.

When you get elected, gain responsibility or find yourself with a public platform without putting in any great level of effort to get there, the results are often predictable and whilst they will be presented (and attacked) differently depending on which party or movement you represent, the building blocks that would have put you there will be fundamentally the same. Like a lottery win which brings great riches, it is rare for the recipient to truly value what they have got and they will be all too eager to squander this new form of wealth on anything that works for their own cause.

Whilst UKIP is now a diminishing force, due in no small part to its recent lurch to the far right, but also because it had appeared in 2016 to have achieved all that it was originally set up for when the Vote to Leave the EU was ‘Won’, there is much for would-be politicians to look upon in the behaviour of those who were elevated or elected under the UKIP banner and then blundered and fell over their own words as they simply assumed that their new responsibilities made their own views of the world the same as those wanted by everyone.

They are not. And one of the key things absent from the skills base and approach of many of the MPs and those who would be MPs is the experience and willingness to relate to others and especially those with different views and to use this intelligence effectively to develop policies which are inclusive, considered and mindful of all consequence, rather than simply jumping on any fast moving bandwagon which looks like it will bring instant glory to all of those who throw in their lot and get involved.

I fear for what lies ahead. Not because there is an absence of people who want to get elected. But because there are far too many people with the wrong idea about what it means to be elected as a politician that do.

Regrettably people with the wrong ideas have been getting elected for such a long time, that they now even fill the top positions. In terms of the impact that it is now having upon all of us, what the political parties have ultimately thrust upon us with the resulting mismanagement and bad policies is in itself a crime.

We have a distinct absence of good leaders and political big beasts, because so few MPs are plugged into the real world outside Westminster and the reality underpinning what it takes for everyday British People to work, live and to survive.

A good politician must have that connection with the lives of the People they are in Office to represent.

It is only when politicians have that understanding of our different realities or the ability to step inside of them that they will be able to muster the passion to make the changes to our politics which are now necessary.

The changes needed to deliver Brexit, to bring us all together and to create a fairer system that demonstrates the belief that everyone in our society deserves more.

 

 

 

 

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‘One Nation Conservatives’: Borrowing a blanket from history to wrap the same ideas and me me me principles that led to Brexit in the first place

April 22, 2019 1 comment

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I’m not sure if it’s Theresa May being off on one of her now infamous walking holidays. Perhaps just the many pretenders clinging to the Conservative Party wreckage desperately trying to regain credibility. Or maybe the idea that the Easter Story can conjure up success where all original thinking is at best absent, but realistically has been lost.

Whatever it is, talk has began lapping on the shores of ‘One Nation Conservatism’ again, as a significant part of the Conservative Parliamentary Party attempts desperately to paint itself out of a corner of its own creation. One where it chose to ignore democracy and focus all efforts over the past three years to stifle progress on Leaving the EU. To nullify Brexit and instead to ensure that the UK would in words say otherwise, but in deed would only ever Remain.

Borrowing from history is nothing new to a political class which in its majority has become so inept as the one that we currently have inhabiting the corridors of Westminster.

But living a lie in words is also what these politicians do with their deeds.

And whilst many of us would applaud a genuine attempt on the part of today’s Conservative Party to emulate thinking like Disraeli in just the smallest of ways, the MPs driving this resurrected take on ‘One Nation Conservatism’ are simply hijacking the brand of something which they not only do not understand, they also embrace that which is the very antithesis of what much of this particular form of 19th Century Politics was actually about.

Many of the Westminster Conservatives clearly still have no concept, idea or appreciation for all the things that they have and continue to get so wrong.

They think that Brexit, like their own reality, is contained within a kind of bubble. That things will simply return to ‘normal’ once they have removed talk of Leaving the EU from Parliamentary Business and the many forms of media which are prominent and the only reason it remains in the public eye.

But Brexit wasn’t, isn’t and will never be a matter which can be contained in isolation.

Brexit was never a single issue, but a collection of many others distilled into a common area where all the experiences of wrong that are peculiar to us as individuals came together to make sense in what appears to be a single issue, only to those obsessed with dealing with the effects of problems but never having the fortitude to address the causes.

The situation we are now in has been many years, in fact decades in the making.

It is the responsibility of politicians from Parties on all sides.

But the biggest responsibility falls squarely at the doors of many conservative politicians who have identified themselves with the EU as an aide to their own career pathway. Politicians who have invested themselves heavily in the world of ‘big business’. Have neoliberalism as a base philosophy and are so obsessed with the righteousness of their own ideas that they have experienced Brexit as nothing more than a personal affront that must be stopped at whatever the cost.

As the Conservative Party now fights for its survival, it is likely to split into two parts. At this moment we would easily identify them as being Leave based or Remain.

The ‘One Nation Conservatives’ as they call themselves do and will represent what we today recognise as the old order. The Establishment Tories. The way that anyone in ‘the tent’ will tell you that this is how things in the Party are done.

They are lip-service conservatism painted up to look good and caring. But they behave and act fundamentally the same. Slaves to every story that the EU sells them. But individualists at heart and through-and-through, simply masquerading the politics of fear and envy just under a different name.

If they or any candidate that they are promoting in the first instance should replace the Prime Minister when she is either forced or will finally accept that it is time to step down, the Conservative Party will cease to have a meaningful future and soon become permanently sidelined and overlooked as a political force.

This in itself may prove to be catastrophic. As a future which is good for everyone in this Country will not be borne from the structures of the political parties which have risen to prominence to address the affront to democracy which those obsessed with remaining in the European Union have caused.

No. Our future has to come from a place of reason, consideration for all and a respect for cause, effect and consequence. Certainly not anger, which when the driving force of any movement – even when apparently justified, will lead to policies and thinking that will also hurt and overlook people. All at a time when we so desperately need a political philosophy which is practical in outlook as well as delivery and fundamentally inclusive for all.

Nobody in politics right now is speaking with this real honesty and driven fully by the principle of something better for all.

They are just telling the truth of their own ideas which in some respects echo a step in the direction of democracy and justice. Whilst for too many others like these ‘One Nation Conservatives’ the root of everything they do is still all about them. And they continue to chase a re-wrapped form of politics where they are the only true beneficiaries and cause of whatever they have done, are doing and will continue to do.

Whilst it would be difficult and indeed foolish to identify with their every idea, the only part of the Conservative Party which exists today and has the ability to take it forward as a force beneficial to us all is that coalescing around the ERG Group and Brexiteers.

Because it is they, whom for whatever reason are still driven by ideas which are respectful of democracy. Basic principles that will form the basis of our new democracy going forward, perhaps as soon as Theresa May leaves No.10. Or at sometime in the future if ‘One Nation Conservatism’ has temporary success in frustrating the will of the People further by stopping the only Party currently capable of establishing a new independent and self-governing future for the UK which will never come from leadership aligned with Remain.

There is an open secret to calling out those who would have us believe they represent others when they only represent themselves.

It is the same one that those who know where they need to lead us to but have no tangible ideas or policies to offer will soon find momentum and an unwritten direction for their cause.

It is about recognising that basing what you do or what you say on the words and actions of anyone and anything from history is and only ever will be a lost cause.

After all, leaders like Disraeli, Churchill and Thatcher didn’t have themselves to model themselves on when they started and as they moved along.

They just did whatever they thought was right at that exact moment in time and left it to history, the opinions and words of others to identify them with meaning and cause.

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Are you wondering how GOOD politicians would behave differently to the shower of shite we have now?

April 18, 2019 Leave a comment

Get Elected 13Nobody is talking about what really needs to change at the baseline of British Politics.

Amazing as it may seem with all the chat about new political parties such as Change UK and Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party being tipped to clean up at the never-should-have-been-held European Elections on 23rd May, there is simply no discussion underway about what it will actually take to put things right and to correct everything that is going wrong.

Worse still. By falling into the trap of thinking that change is as simple as electing one party that says its all about change or another party only dedicated to delivering on the Leave Vote over Europe, we may together blunder into electing yet a load more politicians who might look different, speak different and maybe even behave different, but will actually do everything just the same.

Things will not change in politics until we think differently about politics and make sure that the people we elect to represent are thinking about politics just the same.

That’s going to take work.

Whilst we needed the change that’s coming to have taken place 3 years or more ago, it hasn’t, because the very reason that the change is needed has continued to get in the way.

Yes we need a quick result.

But when there aren’t quick options available that actually work in the way that we need them too, the battle is won in each and every step that we take to make, become and live the change and not just about what we perceive to be a fleeting result.

If you’d really like to see, know and understand what it will take to get British Politics in the right place, with the right politicians doing the right things for ALL of the People that they represent, I would like to invite you to read my e-book ‘How to Get Elected’.

How to Get Elected is not just a guide for those considering running in elections wherever they might be across the UK. It is a basic code of practice. A guideline and framework for anyone who wants to be a good public representative for other people, with pointers to what to do, consider, how to behave and how to go about getting things done.

It’s available to read in the form of a click-through Website which you can access without charge at anytime HERE.

How to Get Elected is also available as a Kindle Book on Amazon and will be FREE to download over Easter Weekend by following the link HERE.

Please enjoy my book, leave a review on Amazon and don’t be afraid to let me know what you think.

Best wishes to you, whatever your natural affiliation or view,

Adam

 

Taking Climate Change Protests in London to the extreme wont tackle the real problem, but it will push sympathizers even further away

April 18, 2019 Leave a comment

img_2996Anyone watching the news programmes in the West Country last night could have easily mistaken the coverage of the Climate Change Protests, flagging its origins in Stroud as being flown as some kind of Regional badge of honour.

Questions over media bias aside and quickly swept away into the overflowing pile where it now belongs, the strange-but-true reality of the Climate Question is that there are much greater levels of sympathy for the points that are generally being made than is generally realised. It is simply the case that for most people, the practicalities of life get in the way.

There is an unwritten rule beating away like a heart in the background of all this that says its ok to be as idealistic as much as you like, just don’t get in the way of other peoples lives in a way that suggests that you (the idealist) are right, and that everyone else (the pragmatic) are wrong.

The upshot and punishment of doing so, as the Extinction Rebellion are unwittingly pursuing so rigorously in London right now, is to lose friends and alienate people. The same people that they should not only be looking to win support from, but to work with collectively if not only the Climate Change Question but a great many others are ever, within a sensible timeline, to be properly resolved.

As an end result, aim or destination target, the creation of a fully carbon neutral economy is in itself a worthy aim. But attempting to push Government and yes, the People of this Country into the changes and knock-on effects that would be both necessary and unavoidable to achieve this unilateral target across the UK by 2025 would have impacts that even the most pessimistic of us would not dare to imagine.

There are pages, chapters and probably an entire book covering the family tree of consequences that would follow the implementation of such de facto demands.

When it boils down to it, even the lives of these apparently most idealistic and green-motivated of people would be turned completely on their head by public policy borne within an echo chamber where real world considerations and the question of such things as how the human experience is different for us all are excluded and don’t operate in any meaningful form.

Many Climate Change activists passionately believe that theirs is the only real game in town. But the game they really should be playing isn’t the one they think it is. It is actually the same one underpinning pretty much all of the problems that we as a society, a Country, a Continent and a World have at the base of all political problems.

Yes, it all boils down to pretty much the same cause.

Money, material wealth, self-interest and just about every shade of the same that you can roll out into what appears to be an infinite number of infinitesimally small to gargantuan forms.

Whether its think of ourselves or the accumulation of corporate and fat-cat wealth, it’s all relative and the root cause of it all is fundamentally the same.

Climate Change, like so many other things, will not become the cause célèbre that it needs to be, for as long as the alternative to money being the real power in the world is neither recognised, embraced and therefore not found.

To even begin the journey to that place – which will not be brought into existence by throwing the toys out of the pram, will take a change in thinking that will simply not happen that fast, no matter how desperate the change required may actually be.

Man is by nature a selfish beast. And the argument for addressing Climate Change will not be a priority for everyone until every excuse – whether financial or otherwise – has been dealt with meaningfully and removed, or the whole problem has simply been tested to to destruction and yes – gone far too far.

The genuine, meaningful opportunity that exists today for activists and people up and down this land, is to observe and be open to the reality that removing the sickness we now have in our Politics, our Parliament and all of our public bodies is the first major step to making our own society more mindful of the wider issues at work.

When we achieve the goal of having people in high office and positions of responsibility that consider the consequences of all that they do in terms of everyone and not only themselves, we will be one giant leap nearer the point where the Climate Change Question, whether perceived in isolation or as part of the malaise which faces us all collectively can finally be resolved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Young people are consciously idealistic and care about the world beyond themselves, whilst May’s Conservatives are driven by deep-seated selfishness and rampant personal ambition. That’s why they no longer connect

img_2933For those of us still out here who recognise that we are more conservative than the Conservative Party under May, but find ourselves unable to consider being any part of it, there is little pleasure provided by the process of watching the incumbent Prime Minister progressively destroying the seedbed of post-Brexit Britain and the opportunities set to follow beyond. Nor is their solace to be found by observing Tory MPs flailing about under the misapprehension that the Conservative Party’s ills are all something that they can simply reach outside of themselves and the Party to fix.

On the face of it, each of the Policy areas that give life to May’s bastard child idea of governance look wholly separate and as if they can be picked up independently and solved quickly, without any further need to look within.

The reality is however that they cant. And what the handling of Brexit has in common with just about everything that this walking-dead version of a once-great Political Party has touched and is bringing the kiss of political death to, is the intrinsic inability of all those who have become enslaved to the Party machine, to see any fault within themselves, their actions, their outlook or anything they do, in terms of the responsibility they hold for the position that the Conservative Party and this borrowed-time Government is now in.

The sad and most regrettable reality is that the Parliamentary Conservative Party is only waking up to issues that they perceive as putting their electability at risk.

One of those that has hit home hard with a significant jolt this week, is the statistical disconnect that the Party now has with younger people. One that has exploded with the force of a nuclear bomb under the malaise of Theresa May.

There have already been a number of articles written by high profile Conservative Politicians making big statements about how they will reengage the disenfranchised young or rather members of the general public up to the age of 45.

But nobody within the Party is wrestling with the reality behind why many younger people find it easy to connect with a Marxist like Jeremy Corbyn, yet cannot bring themselves to identify with the policies of some of the best Conservative Governments, let alone those under the stewardship of the EU’s stooge and failing Prime Minister Theresa May.

The cold hard reality that too many Conservatives continue to overlook is that young people, in the main part untouched by the realities of the world outside of school life and university, have an understandably upbeat view of socialist ideas and especially the language that pits the many who possess little against what they perceive to be the fat and getting fatter few.

As the young become older and take on responsibilities of their own, the gloss of the communal one-for-all and all-for-one idealism is soon replaced by a different reality.

The reality that as soon as money and material wealth become not only important in personal life, but are increasingly found to set the rules, that there is an increasingly more adult interpretation of how everything actually works. One where self-interest even in its most subtle and innocuous forms become the order of the day and that the machinations of government do and will have an impact on what we as individuals earn, take home, can enjoy, use to make us feel secure and safe – irrespective of what to the outside world we then might say.

Where the Tories have gone wrong, and perhaps terminally so, is to fall into the trap of believing that the whole of the world outside of Westminster and across the UK, in our Towns, Cities, Villages and Communities does in the bigger part reflect their own seemingly grown-up, but nonetheless sheltered and far-from-being-real-world way of interpreting life.

This dangerous and clouded view on the part of lawmakers doesn’t stop there.

For under successive Conservative-led governments, all sense of the once accepted convention between the Governing and the Governed to provide for all parts and motivations within our wider society have been lost. With it has gone the recognition of responsibility to provide workable, considered and intuitive solutions to those who genuinely need help whatever might be their experience of life.

It has simply been cast aside without any thought for what it is to be young and seeing life from a very different angle.

Swept away in such a way that tells the young very clearly that politicians have not, will not and could never share their point of view.

Until such time as a Political Party of the right can not only communicate shared values with Young People, but is seen to develop AND implement policies which demonstrate that they also share love, compassion and a sense of non-financially dependent care for all, right of centre politics will not be taken seriously nor respected by Young People. People with a valid point of view who look at a malevolent Labour Movement under the Leadership of Corbyn and by default as a comparison find themselves happy to look beyond what those with a different experience of life see as potentially catastrophic flaws.

 

 

 

 

Whatever May cooks up with Corbyn or continuing as usual with the EU, the arrangement will never be permanent unless we continue to have a PM, Government and Parliament filled with MPs that accept it as being that way

img_2930The misuse of words and terms has been growing exponentially with the upsurge in social media use. But Brexit has taken this confusion to a whole new level and whereas ignorance, inexperience and simple lack of research often lead many to utilise existing words without malice for another form, politicians have taken deliberately sewing confusion and misunderstanding with everyday terms to exploit a situation for their own aims to a completely new level.

The whole issue of Brexit is a fitting illustration of this, with Brexit itself being a polysemic term, with what was to the public a very distilled and focused response to their own interpretation of the question over Leaving Europe. It has been deliberately exploited by using the suggestion that everyone was voting for something different, when it is the politicians themselves who want to present many shades of options when the public always knew that it was simply Leave or Remain.

The power of words in the wrong hands – or perhaps I should actually say mouths, should never be underestimated. The effect of words misused or abused can at worst end with people being killed and lead to many other indeterminate and troubling forms of situations which are only ever made real by the use of those words and the ones that follow.

Problematic for us all, is the trap we can all fall into of using words that mean something to us which may have little or no consequence at all, which heard by others can mean something very different indeed.

Brexit is bringing out the worst of this form of misuse and one of the most misleading, misrepresented and therefore dangerous of the words that our politicians are using is the term ‘permanent’ in respect of whatever deal Mrs May is this week trying to make utility of to keep herself in No.10, in power and with what only she now perceives as a successful legacy left in tact.

Whilst there are many politicians sat in Westminster who are happy to support the view of a Foreign Power that we colloquially know as the EU, that ‘permanent’ means something that can never be rescinded or changed, the cold, hard reality of anything made or created in this world is that it can be destroyed or changed at any point thereafter.

This certainly applies to any obstacle, commitment or obligation that May might succeed in signing the UK up to. It is just the question of what the cost will be to us all as we step forward to finally reclaim what is already and naturally ours, which this Prime Minister is desperately attempting to give away to the EU simply because her cause has always been one committed to Remain.

With the history of recent months demonstrating that there are very few Elected Members of Parliament in Westminster today who possess either the wherewithal or strength of character to deliver on the instructions of the People that elected them to Office, the reality of the pathway to overturning whatever May cooks up might become a significant challenge, as the majority are likely to simply accept that the arrangement is permanent – just as they are now being told.

But no form of Remain or Brexit in name only will be permanent. And the politicians and figures telling us this are buying into a fantasy of their own making. One that can only exist for as long as people acquiesce in making a lie true, because they simply accept whatever they have been told.

There still exists an opportunity for Members of this Parliament to remove May and get a legitimate Brexit back on track. But we are now in a climate that will only favour our democracy if weakness and self-interest is pushed aside and replaced by the genuinely righteous and a type of leadership that is very bold.

With the anger outside Westminster over this Brexit Betrayal being palpable, the desire of the British People to write their own destiny is not going to disappear or flow away anytime soon.

We might have to wait until this joke of a Parliament has been replaced by true representatives of the people and democracy has been restored at last. But once we have the right leadership and motivation at the helm of our Country, there is no doubt that we will fully and completely Leave the EU and everyone will soon remember or discover what benefits come from having unhindered, independent a sovereign government leading the good ship UK (or Britannia) and we will once again appreciate and value being one as a people together instead of having our future carved up by the unscrupulous who are today continually attempting to exploit the divisions created by the perceived dichotomy of Leave or Remain.

Brexit will soon be the winning argument behind electoral failure if Brexiteers don’t accept that the collective result is far more important than individual glory

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The world has changed since Brexit. Things have moved on politically in more ways than one. And all the key players – whoever we might agree or disagree they then were, are now in very different roles or are facing circumstances which are very different indeed.

Whilst it would be vastly unfair to others and genuinely incorrect to portray Nigel Farage as the man who won Brexit, we must not fall in to the same trap that May did of either ignoring or deliberately overlooking his role.

However, whilst events in Westminster this past week have finally precipitated Mr Farages return to the fray, the talking up of his new Brexit Party having the same or even increased support from the pre-Referendum UKIP of old might prove to be generous, misleading and potentially very bold indeed.

Whilst the considerable Remain element within the Westminster bubble continue to do everything possible to argue that support for or departure from the European Union is no longer of the level that it once was, a trip out to the Shires, Towns and Leave Constituencies, and a discussion with one or two real people out here soon brings you to the real understanding of where things really are – despite all that we are publicly being told.

One step further and an hour or two following a wide range of journalists and political commentators online, on TV or even reading the Papers and you will soon begin to see how that support for Brexit is manifesting. It is very different to the time when it was just about the question of Leave or Remain.

The support that Farage et al simply expect to transfer to the new Brexit Party shows signs of not moving en bloc as their understandably angry Leader might have perceived.

UKIP, despite its leap towards Islamophobia and Stephen Yaxley Lennon aka ‘Tommy Robinson’ has not withered away and died. This much we know from the increased margin they gained in the Newport West By Election.

Yet the most interesting smoke signal wafting up from the other side of the Severn Estuary is the presence of a growing number of independent and smaller party candidates. A phenomenon being played out in the campaigns of local government elections across the country which are underway now.

A list of local, independent and protest driven candidates in a by election is nothing new. But it is worthwhile looking at how many are now coalescing around support for Brexit, and understanding from this that the Brexit Party might have a fight on its hands that it wasn’t expecting.

The Brexit Party and UKIP have a fight developing with other pro-Brexit parties. When they offer small one-off candidatures, they might only make minimal difference. But as the sum of all parts, they could actually undercut what should now be the vote winning topic of the Century where one party unifying all the people in favour of Brexit and British Democracy could very easily gain the electoral influence to be in government, at very least in influential part if not in actual working majority form.

Today there is any number of Leave focused organisations coming into view. All of them talking up fielding candidates using language suggesting that each and every one of them has the unique formula to win and beat the Brexit-betraying main Political Parties, when what they are doing is little more than mimicking the attitudes and approaches of the very same Politicians they want to and we all know deep down that must be replaced.

The upshot is that what should be a sizeable and potentially election-winning majority at any election could now be split 3, 4 or perhaps many more ways.

It doesn’t take much more consideration to understand that such a result could easily see any of the candidates that need to be ousted potentially coming back up though the middle, once again gifted a majority they should never have been trusted with, and as such returned.

Working together, representatives of the leave majority in the UK have the ability to overturn everything wrong that this parliament and theresa May has done.

But if the desire of individuals to get elected, become MPs and get on TV or Radio is not superceded by the need to work collectively and as one, things could get dramatically worse for us all, not just in terms of being stitched up in our relationship with the EU, but in respect of all the injustices that need to be fixed beyond.

For a new and decisive way forward to be guaranteed, Brexiteers will have no option but to gather together candidates and support in one destination. They have to build and develop a Party that is electable not only because it has the numbers, BUT is also palatable to a wider audience than just those who have always been predisposed to Leaving the European Union.

Doing so will be no easy task as those whom ever had dealings with the pre-Referendum UKIP found out.

No matter what political party or movement people join up to to become actively involved, the default setting of doing something worthy for those putting themselves forward as speakers, activists and candidates are all-too-often overshadowed by the intoxication of perceived glory of their role.

With it goes any chance of accepting that contributing as much or as little as it would take from each and everyone of us to get the job done is often as much as it will take, and not everyone can or even should want to be an MP or PM if we are really minded that we want to get the job done.

In the established parties, embedded structures have been successful in ensuring that candidates in the majority would speak publicly with pretty much one attitude and voice.

Problems quickly come when that structure and experience is absent. This was the case with UKIP. And even though it had existed for two decades at the time of the EU Referendum, it never possessed the inherent experience and knowledge of a frontline presence in government required to train and contain those involved. As a result, it simply suffered from the damage and disruption caused by lone, overexcited and unbridled voices that suddenly in possession of a public platform fell into the trap of believing that everyone around them fighting to Leave the EU had ideas that echoed exactly the same thoughts as their own.

With Brexit itself having become the story through no fault of its own, the many causes and contributing factors of the will to Leave the European Union – themselves being far from being black and white and constitutionally constructed of many shades – have not and are not being considered or addressed by any of the political organisations currently elected or otherwise. There is simply no sign that they are going to be either, by anyone who is involved.

Any Political Party or Movement seeking to get a full, proper Brexit delivered and British Democracy back on track, has to have a manifesto and raison d’etre that reaches across all of this and beyond. One that is fundamentally constructed on foundations which are much mush deeper than the question of simply whether the UK should Leave the EU or Remain.

Although the current political landscape not only changes daily, but seemingly by the hour, it would be foolish to say that there are not other possibilities that we cannot right now foresee as being able to deliver the solutions that we should now all be talking about.

Yet if we were to look at the options as they stand before us today, they are likely to be limited to a completely new Movement borne of all the Brexit factions which have sprung up and exist. Or as an offshoot or reboot of the Conservative Party, which if it were to suddenly grow up and start functioning properly, would always have the advantage of an existing party machine.

For a new Party to come out of the Brexiteer factions and be successful to the level needed, all of the established groups and yes, Parties and their candidates and leaders too will have no option but to leave those identities and whatever kudos they currently perceive themselves to have, behind.

The movement which will right all the wrongs not only brought to the surface by the Brexit Betrayal, but reaches way back into years and perhaps decades of our political history beyond, will not be created, developed and led by politicians who treat it as their own form a vanity project – the very same reasons that everything we see in politics today has gone so utterly and completely wrong.

I don’t honestly know where the best place would be to start or to begin when it comes to the Westminster picture, as emotions are now so entrenched, it will not be easy to get so very many fired-up activists and people to stand back and accept that not pushing for a frontline role might be the best way for them to contribute to ensure that we all work as one, together and collectively get along.

But if you are a Brexiteer and your immediate thought, emotion or feeling is that you alone have the best ideas and everyone else should be using your ideas and falling in behind, you need to stop, look, listen to all the muppets we already have in Westminster and accept the reality that you are attempting to sing the same old song.

May: The PM who tried to prove that she has been right all along and that everyone else will agree given enough time

The political anoraks amongst us usually have a good choice of words to read from the commentariat and the opnionati which reflects a reasoned view of where things are going in Westminster. Not any more.

The debacle of the great Brexit Betrayal continually unfolding as I write, has removed the ability of even the most clues-up and intuitive analysis of where things will now go. And this is to the point where it would be stupid to risk the stake on betting where they will.

Of course, in an age where news content is little more the condiment spread upon a main stream and social media discourse of 95% opinion or more, this won’t stop any of them trying.

The habit of changing the words without care for the content is certainly a sign of the times. But is it any wonder, when our Prime Minister is the epitome of words without action and an over reliance on the assumed trust that goes with her position. Trust, which is itself fundamentally gone.

If there were a difference between the opinionati and Theresa May, we might like to think that the PM does st least have a strategy or plan, rather than just being all about being s public figure dvd remaining fully in the frame.

But if she does, what exactly is it and how does it fit with the whole concept of democracy and the Westminster Parliament which today?

after the latest waste of several days and big words about working with MPs to break the Brexit impasse, May is entrenched just as deeply as ever, working under the unspoken pretence that it will only ever be her deal or the highway.

What can be certain, whether this was always part of a grand strategy cooked up and driven by the EU masters of a Trojan Horse Prime Minister, or simply the misguided cause of an over ambitious politician who only ever saw No.10 as an opportunity to create a legacy and the kudos that comes with such a role, May is certainly taking every attempt possible to prove that her cause is the only right one and that everyone else will come to agree – if they can only be given enough time.

With so many opportunities missed by the Tories around her to take control and set Brexit on an altogether different course, people around the UK will already be asking themselves whether the real responsibility lies with those who could have now repeatedly intervened but chose not to, or the Prime Minister herself and what drives her, whether that be borne of ignorance, ineptitude or malevolence on behalf of a Foreign cause.

Either way, the come what may that she is coercively and irresponsibly hellbent on inflicting upon us will come at what cost.

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Voting for a Brexit Party just became a serious option for many of us, but we need a political movement ready to tackle the causes of Brexit too

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It feels like we have been taken to the edge, just for Theresa May to go off again many times before. Yet the content of her speech from Downing Street last night not only put an entirely different reality on the table for the Brexit process, but for British Politics and the wider possibilities of what we could all be about to experience in the UK too.

The frustration and yes, anger over the Brexit betrayal and the actions of many of our MPs is becoming palpable in the world outside Westminster.

If you take time to read, absorb and interpret the messages that are pumping out across social media, you will see that talk of alternatives to the three main Political Parties has been growing. Even frontline Conservatives are now publicly questioning their allegiance to a Party that has completely lost its way under May and are on the verge of looking for a new political home.

The passion out there is growing. There are clearly a great many people who are adding their voices to a mix that not only includes those ready or already committed to taking their vote away from the Conservatives, Labour or Liberal Democrat Parties – perhaps as early as the Local Elections set to be held next month. But many more who are set to support anything which resembles a movement ready to respect and deliver Brexit and do whatever it will take to get the job done.

Because of the mess that the overriding majority within today’s political culture has created, we cannot overlook the impact of the influence that new political vehicles such as the Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage could now inflict.

There are others in the making along the same lines too. And with the strength and evolution of Public resentment now coming directly into the mix too, these are very real entities that within weeks could be getting Councillors, MPs and yes, MEPs elected, representing that focus, frustration and anger, but also bringing to the table a lot of additional unknowns too.

The real danger in all of this, is that at a time when this Country needs something fundamentally different from the current Public Representation that we have at all levels, we could be about to get something far less refined. Something that is nonetheless fundamentally equipped with the same views, aspirations and understanding as the current crop of politicians that we have.

I say this, because the majority of MPs and Councillors now representing us had the same kind of passion, outlook and energy themselves when they first ventured into this horrid excuse for a political system that we have.

Few with such aspirations enter the world of politics without reference to a commitment to public service at some level at least. But the structure, nature and mechanisms of the political and government system as it is and has been for a very long time have made the majority of our political class little more than willing but nonetheless passive participants in a legislature incapable of breaking new ground, of original thinking or of taking the people and businesses of this Country to the destination where we are all considered properly and as a priority by public policy. A place where we can be confident in the Country and communities around us which are not the EU’s, but very much our own.

Why is this important?

It is important, because being an MP, Councillor or whatever an elected representative in the UK might be, is not just about getting elected alone.

The responsibilities of finding yourself elected are far reaching. So even if a majority of MPs were to be elected to Parliament from just one or from a number of Brexit Parties, we have to ask the very serious question about what happens to law making in this Country when a proper Brexit has been delivered and the manifesto promises of speakers like Farage have been achieved and their value has effectively gone.

Brexit lifted the giant rock that has been covering everything that is wrong with politics and government in the UK.

Many of our politicians don’t even understand the complexity of the issues upon which they are voting for. A reality brought into painful focus by the fact that Conservative MPs were being taught to understand a Customs Union only this Monday, after they have been voting on its possible use in a deal with the EU for weeks if not months already.

Political tribalism – that’s voting for the three main Parties, is the default setting in this Country.

This means that once Brexit is done and dusted – which it will be, that without a credible alternative to what we have now in place that has a direction equivalent to wholesale change, voters will ultimately return to the Parties they used to vote for once the mess is gone.

Be under no illusion, they will be voting for the same attitudes, same self serving behaviour and same contempt for the lives of others that we are experiencing the tail end of right here and now, if the Parties that we know in Westminster today are not subject to fundamental and far-reaching reform.

There is a distinct absence of principles, ethics and morality within our political class today. This is the biggest problem of them all.

For if these attributes existed to any great degree in Westminster already, we would not be anywhere near the Brexit chaos in which this Parliament has guided our pathway to become entwined.

If as the result of some grave misfortune we still were, such qualities would be guiding us away from a place where May could be about to make a deal with the Devil just to save her own role and perceived legacy. And those MPs exhibiting them would be doing everything necessary to put this Country first, which means bringing the career of this Prime Minister to its end – knowing and in spite of the fact that it would be at risk to their own.

There is imply no way to plan ahead from the place that this and a succession of Parliaments has brought us today and the paralysis will remain until the reality of this has had its say.

The only way that we will find ourselves as a Country again will be if our MPs start doing the right thing in the moment, instead of being obsessed with controlling everything else other than that which is theirs to control.

 

Dear anti-Brexit MPs: You didn’t attempt to spin your way out of the democratic mandate when you were elected to Parliament, so why is the Brexit we also voted for so different?

BullWith all credibility now well and truly gone from this Parliament, it is regrettably all too convenient that some of the architects of the Brexit impasse are already touting the possibility of an inquiry being set up to define what went wrong.

In the age of spin, where the best, most eloquent or most communicable excuses eclipse pretty much every level of genuine truth or non-Westminster reality, it sadly comes as little surprise.

It has, after all, become the default option of poor representatives, to cover their own failures, misgivings and downright self-interest by identifying just about any form of excuse they can find which will anchor a justification for trashing workable plans, ideas that will actually help other people or destroying the credibility and often the progress of others who can actually justify their arguments or what it is they do.

The problem is now so deeply seated within the establishment and the way that both Politicians and public figures behave that very little actually stands up to scrutiny under anyone who can still be bothered to cast a critical eye.

Relationships of all kinds with the Electorate and the Public at large are being obliterated.

Our trust and faith in institution has been abused. But until now, until this excuse of a process for Leaving the EU, the rock had not been lifted upon all the darkness that lies in the system beneath.

It has taken the rebellion of our elected representatives against a clear democratic instruction to show and give the lie to everything that for so long was accepted as credible, now demonstrated as being rotten, actively misrepresented and in no way what it has been presented as, and is in fact, the opposite extreme.

The Will of the People is no grey area. It is not a policy which itself can be negotiated, redirected, chopped and changed. The Will of the People is clear, definite and no excuse can, should or will ever justify any kind of excuse or attempt to ignore it or overturn it, no matter how right or justified the party behind such a move might believe their efforts to be.

It is not for any elected representative to dictate that those who elected them are in any way wrong.

To do so delegitimises the very act of their own election. It indicates that the democratic process leading to their appointment is also flawed and therefore wrong.

It doesn’t matter what these intransigent MPs say, think or do. No amount of time. No amount of obfuscation. No amount of fear mongering will bring legitimacy to their actions or that which they do.

Deep down this rum majority of MPs know this, even if they cannot bring themselves to be open about it and act upon it as they should.

That is why Brexit is where it is.

That is why people are being lied to about Brexit.

That is why we are being sold lie after lie which contradicts the truth that a clean, full, meaningful and no-deal Brexit for the UK will actually be extremely good and much better for us all – the real People across this Country than continued entanglement with the EU ever would.

So MPs, cut the excuses and the bullshit that you have framed our once world-respected political system with as you have smashed it into the ground.

Give us the proper Brexit that we voted for.

Stand back, let us finally Leave on the 12th of April and do your job to facilitate the Will of the People as your were instructed to do so democratically; as we expected and trusted that you would when we elected you, and as you know deep down that you should.

 

 

 

 

 

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