Home > Changing politics for the better, Covid, Ethics, National Politics, Principles, Restoring Democracy > The New Tory Chair has told the Party to ready itself for a General Election, and as there’s no electoral alternative to more of the same, change could be six, seven or even eight years away

The New Tory Chair has told the Party to ready itself for a General Election, and as there’s no electoral alternative to more of the same, change could be six, seven or even eight years away

If you are hoping for change, its looking very much like the only change in the air will be the reshuffle that Boris Johnson has been overseeing in recent days.

Politics is a game with a set of very distinct rules. Rules that rarely make sense unless you are on or have spent time with your eyes and ears open on the field of play. So, when a newly appointed Chairman of the Conservative Party walks from his appointment meeting at No10 and goes straight to Conservative Central Head Quarters and opens up by telling staff (and therefore the Party) to get ready for a General Election, you can be pretty sure that he’s not using words to try and outshine the guy who’s just given him the job.

Many are unaware that we are now in very troubled times – despite of and increasingly because of Covid. And the biggest reason we are facing difficulties is quite literally because of all the bad decisions that poor politicians leading successive governments have made.

But whilst our political class may be completely void of leaders, they have become very adept at covering their backs. And when it comes to decisions that will help them win the next Election, it’s literally the day after the last vote that the first decisions with 4- or 5-yearsyears’ time in mind are being made.

Whilst it is reasonably safe to assume that the Johnson Government really has no understanding of the consequences of everything that it does, it is filled with a political class that has risen to the top by modelling itself on the images and perceptions of historic political titans, whilst overlooking the reality that how things looked is very rarely an accurate portrayal of how they actually were, and that the ongoing impression that leaders give rarely bears any relationship with the realities of what is going on for them within.

Looking at issues unrelated to their own, even our inept leadership and the sycophants who advise them can see where issues may be about to blow up and have an impact upon their own.

Today, issues with the Financial Markets in the United States and now also in China are indicating to even the most out-of-touch with the issues eating away at the foundations of our economy, that a collapse or what will be at the very best a significant correction is on its way across the world. The phrase ‘When the US Sneezes, the World catches a cold’ gained ground for a reason and you can take it as read those unfolding developments mean that our Government has at least in this way been warned or ‘told’.

What is being overlooked is the perilous state that the Chancellor and the Johnson Government have put the UK in financially over the past 18 months, which will have the effect of multiplying any problems that hit us as a result of crashes or corrections in the US, China or both. Yet in the first instance, we will collectively buy in to the narrative that this wasn’t our problem, the Government has our best interests at heart, and we will, as with Covid measures, continue to do as we are told.

Money or rather the lack of it, will affect many more in far more meaningful ways than even the threat of the flu-like Covid Virus and the spectre of death has done, and people will soon start to see the realities of what Government is doing very differently.

They may not see the reality of their actions yet. But the Government knows that given the Covid Pandemic and the fact that they are still able to tell us that they have saved the UK with a straight face, they are now likely to end up being as electable as they were when the votes of the December 2019 General Election had been counted, and that to avoid the complications that will come from events that are outside of their control, the time to use or play this hand politically will be now, or what in political terms will be very soon.

The Tories really have nothing to lose as things stand. The UK probably has the worst Official Opposition that it could imagine possible at a time when decent leadership and motives would make a good representative party thrive.

Worse still, all those lined up against the Government from outside the representation and benches of the current Parliament are obsessed with single issues, have egos that will not yield to a wider debate and certainly will not recognise that providing a political alternative can be a highly counterintuitive process that takes time and has a large amount of what will at first appearance seem worthless work involved.

It is reasonably safe to expect that Johnson will go to the Country again, just as soon as the Fixed Term Parliaments Act has been overturned and he and those around him feel they are likely to benefit from making that choice.

Realistically, we could be talking just a few months. And it will only be World events – such as that crash or correction arriving sooner, that could make ‘going early’ seem like the wrong choice.

For those of you reading who really can see and want there to be meaningful change in this Country in the ways that are possible and as it could be, this realistically means that if the Conservatives are able to maintain the narrative as they have been, change could be six, seven or even eight years away as a minimum, and that the day a new administration walks in to Downing Street, doesn’t itself signal the end of what by then could have been multiple years of serious pain.

Yes, a popular uprising remains possible, especially with what may be about to happen. But revolutions are messy affairs and whilst in the heat of the moment it will all make sense just because it does, events like these have a habit of delivering change to something far worse than how things were already or how they were before. Revolutions create vacuums that start to suck all sorts of crap towards power and its anyone’s guess what will fill the hole first. This is a big risk to take.

The option is that we all work together to create something new that is truly representative of us all. Not focused on self-interest or only what those who lead are passionate about. A movement that connects to and relates with real life and how decisions need to be made that consider the broader picture and are made fairly, considerately, in a joined-up way with other policies, and above all, places real equitable value on the contribution from everyone and not only the few.

A New Party For All does not exist today. But it can and will, as soon as people begin to take a real leap of faith after accepting that everyone has a part to play in creating, building and delivering the alternative that will be a different way.

When the next General Election is called, it will be too late to make that difference. We will be returned to start with up to five more years of stupidity and self-interest influencing the decisions and actions made by government. And without that leap of faith in ourselves, this pattern will continue all over again.

What we need to do is take a leaf out of the self-serving political class’s guidebook and start working on the result of the next General Election today. Only this time doing it properly, with the benefits to everyone in mind, and in a way that none of the existing Political Parties will ever consider taking until they have lost the power that they already believe to be rightfully theirs.

If we started work today, we could have an alternative on the ballot paper in Constituencies across the UK when the next General Election comes. But if we wait – all over again, there is an inherent risk that we will never find ourselves on the way to helping ourselves in the way that circumstances dictate, and we will always be burdened with government that only considers itself and its electability as the important thing.

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