I am grateful for the role that Nigel Farage played up to and including the EU Referendum Vote in June 2016, which we now recognise as the precursor of Brexit.
Regrettably, the establishment that had been beaten would never recognise the role that a pivotal player in the Anti-European Union Membership who was not one of their own had played in influencing the result, even though they were ultimately forced to accept at least the direction of travel that Farage’s voice had helped secure.
The fact remains that Farage should have been the first to have been elevated to the Lords before the many that subsequently have been who played comparatively very small parts. But I nonetheless suspect that with the power his self-assurance has convinced him he has, even this acknowledgement would never have been enough.
Whilst the argument will surely continue over what or how the Leave Movement actually won, the reality underpinning its ultimate success was that it hinged on the dynamic of one issue, one vote.
Quite literally, whatever the problem any voter perceived the EU / UK relationship to be, it could be solved or settled with a yes or a no in the form of a one-off, democratic vote.
In this lies a certain truth. That the smoke and mirrors and reliance of the ignorance of the masses that fuels and allows the EU to ‘succeed’, is where Farage’s power – as a single-issue vote winner was always to be found.
It’s also why anything that Farage, Richard Tice or any of those still obsessed with the idea that the Brexit win gave a Brexit-based movement some kind of permanency a problem. A problem that they refuse to understand when they look at the problematic British political landscape and believe that for their ideas, there remains an open door.
The failure of Reform UK to gain traction, should have already given them pause for thought. But now that Boris has thrown his lot into the ridiculous ideology that is Net Zero and the escalation of energy prices has heralded the world of hurt that is about to arrive for everyone in the form of the cost of living crisis, and with a lot more besides yet to come, it seems that a voice which was once a danger to an out of touch establishment, may now with his new campaign for a yes/no vote on Net Zero, about to become a danger to us all.
EU Membership was regrettably a way that our politicians decided to take us that a simple public vote should have put right. However, climate change and the issues that we all have a part to play in resolving, may have been led by political blind eyes and commercial, profit driven interests – but is very much about a way of thinking AND LIVING – that has been regrettably embraced by us all.
‘Net Zero’ does of course, pander to the same commercial interests and self-serving political class that have led us down the pathway to everything that is hurting us and hurting our environment. It puts their rehabilitation – and ability to keep making money from us all first, without letting the small issue of it being both impractical and unaffordable for the masses get in the way. It also has the added bonus of appearing to make us all feel inwardly guilty, because of the way that they previously conditioned us all to think.
So, yes. For a cynical, one-issue politician, looking to relive his glory days once again, the stupidity and impractical idealism of the Johnsonian Net Zero plan does indeed appear to present an opportunity that is as good as it will ever come.
But what this ‘Power Not Poverty’ take on a real problem doesn’t say anywhere on the packaging is that it threatens to polarise a debate in a way that will turn a very complex issue into a yes/no problem. And many people will be led to believe that climate change is not a problem that normal people need worry about as the result.
The closed shop which the current model of the British Political system is keeps very good and able leaders out of our Parliament and Councils across the land.
It has led to a situation where the people we have leading us are so far out of their depth, that they can only react to the problems that they face by continually creating new and evolving narratives that are making less and less sense – to anyone who takes the time and care to actually look.
In fact, this is exactly what we have seen this morning, with Boris now desperately trying to craft a new message that will provide him with a pass to see off Farage’s new campaign creation, using Ukraine as the excuse to put his ‘green commitments’ on the back shelf – and at least temporarily go completely the opposite way.
The truth that very few are prepared to consider or accept about climate change is that no matter whether we are consciously aware of what has been happening, we all have responsibility for allowing the situation to exist as it does today.
We are collectively responsible for allowing the people who are and have been manipulating the truth about what we really need to live, that has allowed a system to flourish where only the few really benefit economically. It has relied on massive, unnecessary use of resources and nothing less than environmental abuse.
It is the unsustainable nature of the way that we have been living, and the politics and polices that have made it this way that need to change so that we can get our relationship with the environment to a place where it works right. But that will not be achieved with any of the existing political actors running the Country, or indeed any of the debates. That also includes Farage.
Use of the energy crisis – or rather the horse that Farage and Tice are attempting to ride I on, will do nothing but harm to the wider debate about how broken politics is in this Country now is, whilst delaying the action on climate change that would be practical, manageable and which it is necessary for us all to take.
The good and the very bad news is that things will inevitably change now. These dreadful politicians and all they represent will ALL go. But we wont be ready to accept this and then act, until we have been hit by the coming systemic collapse (which has already started; will come not as a crash – but bit by bit, and will be named as many different things)