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Don’t fall into the trap of thinking the only issue with this Government is the Lockdown and what it has done since

August 14, 2020 Leave a comment

The only thing that will make any sense of the challenges, difficulties and damage that the Johnson Government has caused us all in its response to Coronavirus and their creation of the Lockdown and Social Distancing will be the opportunities that the coming reset it has precipitated will offer us. We simply MUST be sure that we capitalise on these in the very best ways that we can.

Even as I read that opening paragraph back, it is very easy to think that the subject of the problems caused by Boris, Sunak and the Government in dealing with the Coronavirus Pandemic have taken place in isolation or a bubble. It feels like it was only from their response with the Lockdown and Social Distancing measures that the problems that we are now facing began.

Today, many people are looking at the situation – not usually before they have been directly affected by it in some way themselves – and are responding to what has happened as if it is the only game in town.

There is no consideration for the process of cause and effect. People are literally falling into the trap of believing that all our problems will be solved once the Lockdown and Social Distancing have been turned around.

Picture this: This reaction is rather like it would be if you had literally been shot by Boris with a gun and the only thing on your mind would be taking the man down. You wouldn’t be thinking about how he came to have the gun, why he felt compelled to use it or any of the process that led to him being there and acting on a decision that could end your life. All you would see is that you had been shot. However, nor would there be any consideration for the real and far reaching effect that his actions had on you. What about your life going forward and how you deal with it in the years to come? And no, this is not an equation that can be offset for anyone in simple financial terms.

A strange metaphor perhaps. But getting the point across that there is a much bigger game at play over all this to a majority of people is difficult when we seem to be hardwired culturally only to focus on effects of the apparent or most immediate cause.

Some would counter at this point with the suggestion that the effect of what Boris et al have caused is the job losses, the business closures, the loss of income, the loss of education, the wrecking of exam results, the domestic abuse, the suicides and much more. And in the most literal sense they would be right.

But what these very stupid politicians have done and now continue to do was and is itself a culmination of events or rather the effect of many things that have happened over what may be many years before. That combination or compilation of effects has itself then become the focus of the problem and in itself another cause.

The problems that we have today as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic are the outcome or effect of us having the wrong politicians in charge of the Country, presiding over a system that itself has been heading in the wrong direction for a very long time.

That is the real or genuine cause of possibly all the problems that we have right across society – not just what we are feeling or can see in front of us right now. But issues like wealth inequality, a lack of social mobility, prejudice of all kinds, the debt culture, general political disenfranchisement. These and many more are the effects of having a rotten political system that is filled with stupid politicians who are unfit to be public representatives of any kind.

The biggest risk to the future of this Country and to us all as individuals today will be going forward indefinitely and facing the coming reset with any of these people left in charge or still able to influence our direction in any way.

The anti-lockdown movement and all those who are awakening to the what the reality of Boris’, Sunak’s and this Establishment’s ‘new normal’ really is, see the pain and restrictions they face purely in terms of being the effect of what the Government has done by implementing the Lockdown and the Social Distancing measures it has taken since.

We’ve been here before in circumstances that look different but are basically the same. And sadly, our cultural disposition is that any change will do. Many of us will just accept that enough has been done if Boris and Sunak were to simply change their minds.

Yet the change that we now require for the fair and balanced future that we ALL so desperately need will not become our reality if we simply accept change as being enough in what is a very small and piecemeal form.

When the pressure reaches a level where these politicians see their ‘careers’ being at risk, they will then make the minimal changes that they believe necessary to keep their positions secure.

But it is their lack of ability, their lack of wherewithal and real-world experience, their lack of understanding of people who lead different lives, their lack of an overall unwillingness to govern for everyone and above all, their fundamental lack of the ability to lead that is at the heart of every problem that this Country has. And we collectively deserve a hell of a lot more.

People are already frustrated with being ignored by the people who are currently in control. Those vocalising their fight against masks and Social Distancing are allowing that frustration to reach a level where they look more ridiculous than the people who caused the mess that they are protesting against. This will serve only to damage the ‘freedom’ cause.

This political class will only be reached and influenced by what they consider to be a tangible threat to their chances at the next General Election.

Seeking to become a threat is itself not enough in any way. A threat will never go far enough.

A commitment to the end result and creating a movement that is fully equipped with a universal approach to public policy that addresses the causes of all societies problems is the only way to go forward and make the post-Coronavirus World work well and equitably for us all.

There must be a wholesale approach to addressing the situation as it is. There must be a willingness and commitment to the end result that is not distracted or derailed by anything or any event that appears to get in the way. Otherwise, these very wily operators will find a way to remain in place.

Boris, Sunak, the political culture behind them and the entire Establishment they represent must fall if it is we and not they who are in place to dictate the ‘new normal’ once the reset starts to form.

Yes, there are positives that are likely to come from this Crisis. The most significant will be a new ‘norm’

March 27, 2020 Leave a comment

Fear has gripped the Nation. Whether its fear of catching Coronavirus. Fear of not having enough toilet paper or fear of not having enough to eat. Fear of being fined or worse for going out in the way that days ago we took for granted. Fear and how it runs and rules our lives has suddenly become very obvious to us all.

The immediate question is will we all learn the lessons that the role of fear and it’s impact on our lives involves?

But what if fear isn’t the only thing we are now waking up to that has influenced and taken over our lives and has only become apparent to us since the Coronavirus Shutdown occurred?

Right now, the novelty of having our lives placed at a standstill has still to run its course. But for many, a realisation has started to unfold in front of us that is showing us very clearly how habit has been dictating life in so many ways and takes over pretty much from the minute that we were born.

Routines like going for coffee, where we shop and how we respond to the influences that prompt us to choose how we dress are all routine. They are the tip of a culture that we have bean brought up and conditioned to accept as normal, which is based upon material wealth and little more.

Money has become the lifeblood of everything.

What is more, the role of money, its importance to us and its suggested value has been successfully used to manipulate us. Banks and big finance have taken over the responsibility for its generation and flow, and cheap money facilitated by ignorant politicians has made us debt dependent. Those in control have swamped the world with money that didn’t come from any other source, making themselves ever richer, whilst what money we already have has gone down in value repeatedly making many of us feel like we are a lost cause.

But that was before Coronavirus arrived.

What this enforced space to think and see life differently is likely to reveal to many is that putting money and material wealth before anything else is never really going to have a happy ending.

I’ve been writing blog after blog about the reality of how badly the impact of the shutdown is going to affect people of all backgrounds simply because they have lost or are about to lose their income.

I have argued that the Government should simply stop the payment of bills, interest and accumulating debt of any kind for everyone. Because without the income to service bills and debt even partially, it is easy to see and understand the pain and misery that lack of money is going to cause – when it doesn’t need to be like this and there isn’t any need for it to be so.

The banks, the finance houses and big business only have the ability to make politicians think that bills must always be paid, because politicians think the way that normal people think.

Yet there is no golden rule or higher law that says money and interest must always be paid back on time, or that the application of interest for lending or debt should be payable at whatever the created rate might be.

Yet economists and the people who work in finance have managed to surround themselves with what seems to be a perpetual myth. A false or at best hollow idea that they have secret and esoteric knowledge about money, how it should be handled and that this understanding, alone and only in their hands will keep an economy strong.

Relaxation of restrictions under thinking such as neoliberalism has made the situation worse. And the open secret hiding in plain sight that we should all be aware of as we weigh up the situation that we are now in is that these banks and financiers literally create or print the money that they lend out to us at interest. They then manipulate everything so that money can be made at every angle without the need to add value, whilst the amount of money available inevitably means that we all have less, whilst they end up with significantly more.

Climate issues, poverty, the cost of living, going into debt simply to live. Before the Coronavirus arrived, it was the march of this form of greed-driven capitalism that pushed globalisation and cutting the corners that hurt us and future generations. It has been sold to us insidiously as the way for us to access the material possessions and things what we are continually told that must have or that we need at cheaper prices, whilst the value of our earnings have gone down and the goods we then believe we want quickly become too expensive to easily afford.

Its a vicious and destructive cycle that politicians have the power to and should have already stopped.

But we are now in the place where things could easily change.

People across this Country are now being forced – ironically by the incompetence of our political classes – to see the value in life, in things that are not material and therefore that we don’t have to have money to afford.

Our real wealth is in the way that we see the world. How we interact with others. How we help and support each other in a crisis. How we make allowance for the way that others think and see the world differently. How we take collective responsibility for the resources and the world that we share.

Money isn’t going to disappear anytime soon. But the way that we all see it, think about it and revere it is certainly going to change very soon.

We are now seeing that we can work and operate very differently. That we have been liberated and are not enslaved to the behaviours that ruled us before.

When the Coronavirus Crisis is over, we may not see the change as it happens around us, but we are going to want things to be run differently and the time will have come for big business to accept that it can no longer rule our lives, our environment or our politics and there is going to be a very different way of us living our lives, our travel and how we look at economics and business across the world in store.

This is a time when nature has intervened to call time on the selfishness of man, did away with the old and gave us the tools to create the new ‘norm’.

The Leave constituency is ‘heads’, ‘hearts’ or ‘let’s back whoever is most likely to deliver’. If there is a choice of Brexit Candidates, Leavers will not all be voting the same

October 30, 2019 1 comment

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Something feels different about the General Election that is now coming on Thursday 12th December. But it’s not the issue fatigue we have with Brexit. It’s not the anger that so many of us have with those MPs who have been dragging out and obstructing a democratic decision for their own personal gain. It’s not even the time of year, the dark-early nights, wintery chills or the prospect of going to the Polling Station on a December night.

The thing that feels so different about this General Election is the cold, hard reality that things could very easily turn out on Friday 13th December to be a whole lot worse than they are today, and at best, that they could simply turn out to be exactly the same.

Our MPs, Politicians and their Political Parties haven’t yet really began to understand and certainly not to accept just how badly they have overlooked the Electorate that they have also so severely misjudged.

The propaganda wins that the political classes were once used to and could look ahead to during the early days of an Election Campaign as being a sure thing are no longer theirs to grab.

These politicians will never again score what now look like the mythical home-runs that only two decades ago seemed to be assured for the main Political Parties in a General Election. That is until they change the way they are approaching their responsibilities and completely recalibrate their system of respect for the concept of governance and what it means to represent the British Public and the interests of our Country at large.

No, the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats can no longer be assured that People are going to vote for them just because of who they are.

A realignment in politics is underway. And what is now going to become a Leave vs Remain General Election in December will only be the start.

Whilst Boris Johnson’s Policy on Brexit is not the clean, no-deal Exit from the EU that we Voted for in 2016, many People will approach their choice of who to Vote for on the basis that it is. The polls currently reflect this too.

But some of those who are currently backing Boris’ Conservatives have not yet woken to the reality that his plan and their aspirations are not on the same page. They soon will.

Because Boris’ deal isn’t a meaningful or true Brexit in the genuine sense, there are others who will not support the Conservatives in this Election, simply because after all we have been through since May came to power, this deal will not deliver the purists Brexit that those who believe in the power of democracy know should have always been Boris’ primary aim.

Those who believe in Brexit – either because they always have done, or because they simply believe in democracy – are not of one simple demographic.

The Leave Constituency is today more or less divided into three.

The Heads.

The Hearts.

The Leavers who will back whoever they believe most likely to deliver the Brexit that they aspire to.

And the problem that the Prime Minister now has as he stares down the barrel of this Leave vs Remain General Election, is that at this stage, he is betting the outcome on the misplaced belief that all Leavers will now support his plan and Vote Conservative on the 12th of December just the same.

They won’t.

And as the Election Campaign wears on, the spotlight will not only broaden to other issues that are of wider public concern. The differences between what Boris calls Brexit and what Brexit actually is, is likely to be brought heavily into focus with the differences opened up to scrutiny and for all Leavers to see.

On Election Day, the Heads will Vote Tory, because that what logic tells us they will do.

The Hearts will Vote Brexit Party, because it will to them be the honest and sincere choice.

The floating Leavers who Boris is already counting as in the bag, will almost certainly move in between.

With the prospect of the Leave Vote being split between 2 or perhaps even 3 Candidates across a great number of key Constituencies, there is a substantial risk that the Policy on Brexit that Boris has so far adopted will energise the Brexit Party as an alternative and polarise votes within the Vote.

At best, this could lead to the Parliamentary numbers looking almost identical to how they do today.

At their worst, it could allow a Labour majority or Labour-led Coalition into power which will very quickly leave People wishing that things actually had remained the same.

By taking the approach that he has so far, Boris has demonstrated that to him, politics is still the same as it always has been.

Taking this approach is not how he will deliver a meaningful Brexit. It’s certainly not the way that he will ultimately win.

To go forward and gain the numbers in Parliament that he must surely now want, Boris must accept that the only way to defuse the prospect of a split Vote is to bring Leave Voters together and remove any choice that currently lurks in between,

The only way to do this is to work with the Brexit Party to secure this General Election Vote and with it the working majority in Parliament that not only he, but the whole Country needs.

No matter how unpalatable it might feel to him or to other Tories by working with the Brexit Party and forming an Electoral Pact, doing so is not only necessary, it is the only way that as a Tory Prime Minister Boris will be able to secure the Votes necessary to deliver a meaningful Brexit and the legacy by which he clearly hopes his tenure in No10 will be defined.

Some of us are very uncomfortable with the idea of the Brexit Party gaining any responsibility or influence on Government in any form.

But to focus on sidelining the Brexit Party as the overriding issue is neglectful not only of where the politic dynamic now is. It ignores the changing terrain in British Politics which is running away from political tribalism and now seeks to put the People back at the centre of politics and make all of us together the only focus and the only cause.

The political runes are now laid out on the table in plain sight for us all to see.

Boris just has to decide whether he wants Leavers to become one, united behind him, or to watch a very different outcome for this Country unfold as he blithely encourages them to stay divided as three.

 

 

 

Letwin behaves like a complete tool most of the time. But for all the wrong reasons he might just have thrown the right spanner into the Brexit works

October 20, 2019 1 comment

The Remain-collective-Opposition have had the monopoly on being the EU’s useful idiots for many months. That was until Boris cane back with a deal that may sound different to May’s version, but is a sell out just the same.

The glad handing emanating from Westminster over Boris’ apparent ‘achievement’ is very loud and has been coming at us from almost every direction.

With even the ERG Group on board, you will be forgiven for believing that Boris’ deal is – in Brexit terms – the real thing.

Boris’ deal isn’t Brexit.

Boris’ deal will not be Brexit.

It is now clear that Boris’ deal was never going to be Brexit.

And Boris’ deal is the straw that will finally break the camels back of democracy in this Country – that is if it should be put to a vote and it wins.

So as those who are not trying to short cut the requirements of the Brexit that the British People Voted for will know, we find ourselves in the rather strange position of being thankful that the Letwin Amendment has passed in Parliament on Saturday by 322 votes to 306.

Thankful becuase Remainers in their fervour to try and control Brexit so it can itself be stopped, may have taken the biggest step to stopping yet another so-called deal from going through that is Brexit in name only. One that is ironically no better, if not worse than Remain.

Most regrettably, Boris has now tied his true colours to the mast.

It is not what many of us had hoped.

Boris is not a genuine Leaver nor Brexiteer.

He does not adhere to the principles of democracy.

He is only looking for ways to shore up his own position and to secure the legacy that like May before him he now so desperately craves.

Boris is as bad as the rest of the MPs around him. He is not the agent of change and the herald of a new politics that we have been waiting for. Boris is the champion of the politics of old.

We do not know how things will progress or how events will unfold in the coming days and weeks ahead.

For however long we remain under the leadership of any of these selfish and self serving MPs, it would be better for us to stay at a Parliamentary standstill, rather than for either of these self-serving ‘sides’ to succeed in pushing through what will be a completely bogus Brexit deal – either way.

We will not have the Brexit that we voted for until we have a very different type and quality of politicians in power in this Country. We are now desperate for top-to-bottom reform.

Until we have it, it will surely be a good thing if any action that has will get us to the right place in the end takes place, even if the wrong reasons for the politicians doing so have been involved.

The political landscape in this Country must now be wiped clean

October 15, 2019 Leave a comment

Many of our MPs talk about Brexit as if it is the cause of all the problems that we are experiencing today.

They should know better.

Self interest has been the driving force in British Politics for many years and probably decades too.

The Political Party system has developed around it and to all intents and purposes the three main Political Parties hold a virtual monopoly on access to Parliamentary seats, holding the keys to what has become a closed shop.

The Political Parties are set up and have been developed to propagate and maintain their own existence. They are there for nothing more.

They do this by religiously recruiting candidates in their own image. People who conform to their ideologies and ideals. People who are ruthlessly ambitious but do not possess independence of thought or the obvious ability to rock the boat. The system removes them as soon as they do.

The products of this enclosed political ecosystem have now began to reach the top. With the tenure of Theresa May and David Cameron already gone before, we are now witnessing in real time what happens when careerist politicians take over the reigns of government, when they have no knowledge or understanding of anything meaningful in the world beyond Westminster and what it takes to ‘get on’.

Brexit was the symptom of this broken political system.

It was not the cause.

Brexit was the act of lifting the stone which had been covering up everything that is wrong with British Politics. It exposed all of the crap and brought the creepy crawlies to sunlight. Brexit has opened up and shown the rot and disease that infests Westminster and Government to us all.

What has become clear after 3 years of this dreadful malaise is that we have never needed change in politics more than we do right now.

But with this broken, self-perpetuating system still in place, even if we have a General Election and have new MPs elected to Parliament, they will simply turn out to be worse than the representation we have now or at best exactly the same.

Just because we cannot see a way for politics and the way we are governed to change, it doesn’t mean that the system can’t change or that it wont.

Yet because change doesn’t seem possible, the MPs who have seemingly barricaded themselves in Parliament and refuse a General Election that would only be a first step the process of removing them feel indestructible, immovable and in all likelihood invincible too. All because of what they see to be a lack of other options or a choice in the way we are a governed when they believe only those who govern can control reform.

There is no doubt that the only way this Country can move forward now to embrace our future will be for the whole of the political system to be cleansed and completely wiped clean.

The existing Political Parties – whether Conservative, Brexit Party, DUP, Green, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Plaid or SNP – are not capable of driving and delivering the necessary reform of the British Political System and giving us the change that we need.

Indeed, rather than improving their behaviour and actions in response to what has been happening since the Brexit Vote began to bring all of this hideousness to light, the behaviour of MPs and politicians is simply getting worse.

These MPs are creating the perfect ground and fertile environment for a revolution or coup.

Yet there is nobody behind the wheel of the change that we cannot yet see, but is nonetheless crossing the horizon. Change that could as easily lead to a dictatorship in this country, as it could to government in a different form.

Dictatorships seldom turn out well for everyone. Few if any dictators can stay on message once the power they have suddenly found themselves with has gone to their head.

The best thing would be for us to create a new movement for change whilst we still have time to use the opportunity to do so.

A new approach to politics in this Country that reaches from the Left of politics to the Right. Carries those who supported Leave and Remain. But above all appreciates that quality of life and opportunity for the poorest is the benchmark upon which we should measure our success, not simply the generation of material and financial wealth.

The Brexit Catch 22 illustrates the point Of how bad things really have become only too well.

We won’t have a real Government until we have Brexit and Brexit won’t be delivered until we have a real Government.

We cannot continue with MPs who have such poor moral standards and questionable motives running this Country, whilst preventing politicians coming forward who have the ability and will to actually do something good.

To move forward, the political landscape in this Country must be reformed and all those damaging it must be removed.

The only question now is where the reform will begin?

We MUST solve our political crisis before we have any hope of reaching a Brexit situation that works for the UK as well as the EU

October 14, 2019 Leave a comment

img_4352Whilst many of us still cling to the hope that Boris is about to deliver a solution to the Brexit problem that will work for everyone involved, the noises thickening around everything happening between the UK and the EU is beginning to make it feel like there may have been a little too much wishful thinking involved.

We wont know exactly what it is that Boris has offered, conceded or thrown on to the table for discussion with the EU until the final version falls into the public realm – probably sometime at the very end of this week.

But what we should be increasingly wary of right now is the appearance of anything that is overly complicated – especially with the already tight deadline until Parliament sits on Saturday when anything that could run on that timeline is likely to be too detailed to be readily understood before any vote takes place.

Regrettably, the way that Boris is approaching his way of managing Brexit is falling completely into the Remain-collective-Opposition hands. And the delay beyond Leaving the EU on the 31st of October now feels inevitable – irrespective of which side in Parliament appears to be getting its way.

Boris could and really should have played his game a lot differently, giving the appropriate level of respect for the political terrain, the way the EU does things, but in the biggest part, because of the Parliamentary numbers and the previous behaviour of the MPs who are currently involved.

That he hasn’t and that we find ourselves in a situation where anything new that Boris brought to the negotiating table is being given away as compromises to achieve a deal that the UK can Leave the EU with at the end of this Month suggests perhaps too strongly now that what finally comes out of this will be talked up differently, but in the cold hard reality of daylight will equate to little more than a reconvoluted version of the Withdrawal Agreement that was championed by Mrs May.

The truth that Brexiteers are now likely to have to face is that it is only if we Leave the EU on Halloween with no deal or on WTO terms, that we can be absolutely certain that Boris hasn’t agreed unfavorable terms with the EU.

Whilst it is only fair that we wait these next few days to see for sure, it is becoming increasingly likely if not indeed certain that there are no MPs in this Parliament who are capable, have the necessary will or possess what it will take otherwise to achieve the meaningful and genuine Brexit that we Voted for in 2016 – without the reality being one that is simply far too compromised to be anything of the sort.

Yes, the difficulty that Boris is experiencing is in the main part because our Parliament has been hijacked by self-serving idiots who do not have the decency to do the right thing in any circumstances.

But we also got here because Boris was clearly thinking just about Boris when he took Office in the Summer, and also because most of the Conservative MPs who are backing him now are still the same ones who facilitated Mrs May’s disastrous tenure and all that that involved.

Whilst this Parliament is hell bent on doing everything that it can to weld the UK into a permanent subjugated relationship with the EU, they will have no legitimate mandate to do so if they succeed, even if they have engineered a second referendum to do so, after ignoring the result of the first.

Brexit or rather the Brexit that the British People Voted for will not be delivered by the MPs and the Parliament that we have got.

The Brexit that the British People Voted for will not be delivered by the next or any future Parliament if the majority of the MPs remain the same as they are today.

No matter how long it takes or whatever we have to do to get there, we will have the Brexit that we Voted for.

We will have a Brexit without strings or obligations.

We will achieve the Brexit that we need.

The British People will all experience the Brexit that will open doors to real opportunity for this Country, along with a whole lot more.

But we have to change our MPs and the way that British Politics works before we can get there and there’s going to be a lot more than just a General Election involved.

The behaviour of ALL of our MPs has been dreadful to put it politely. But not just since Brexit. It has also been severely wanting for years and decades before.

The manifestation of all that has been and is wrong with politics in this Country is the mess and chaos that is manifesting in parliament and destroying democracy – all taking place in front of our eyes.

Brexit itself – whilst being the doorway to this Country’s whole future, is actually being sidelined by the main event.

Until we solve the crisis in British Politics that we now have, successfully remove all these self-serving, incompetent and treacherous MPs from office and clean up the whole Political Party system to ensure that they or their kind can never return, the relationship problem that we have now and will have with the EU including and after Brexit will never be solved.

The Brexit Catch 22 is that we won’t have a real Government until we have Brexit and Brexit won’t be delivered until we have a real Government.

If supporters of democracy and Leaving the EU are ready to donate, let’s skip any protest that will fall on deaf ears and go straight to being the change that the UK needs

October 10, 2019 Leave a comment

img_4318As we look at the days and weeks ahead, no one can be sure what further twists and turns we will experience in the events that surround the Brexit process.

What we can be sure of however, is that nothing in British Politics is ever going to be the same again.

Unbelievable as it might seem to the many millions of us who have become captive spectators of the ridiculous shitshow that our Parliamentarians have been acting out now for some 40 months, the majority of our elected MPs continue to believe that contrary to all the principles of democracy, Brexit can be stopped and forgotten, and that they have some kind of mandate that justifies any action that they take to get this done.

The events that have led to a situation where we have a wilful majority of MPs squatting in Parliament that contradicts the will of the People and the instruction that they have democratically been given is pretty much the perfect political storm. One that has been created by inept self-serving politicians looking to preserve their own power; taken forward to the point of destroying British Democracy whilst they disloyally sell out their own Country to a Foreign Power under the auspices of Remain.

We may never know if David Cameron and Nick Clegg would have dealt with their need to create the Fixed Term Parliaments Act differently, had they known exactly what was to come.

Reality is that with the exquisite mix that is a hung parliament, filled with politicians who have no integrity or responsibility towards the People who elected them, all puffed up like a gargantuan peacock using the FTPA like a life-preserving crutch – we have what we can only hope will be an historically unique situation. One where resolving and clearing up all of this dreadful mess will only be achieved when we have politicians running this Country who can and will always do the right thing.

Sadly and most regrettably, politicians of this calibre and nature do not exist en masse in this Parliament today. If they did, we would never have found ourselves in the circumstances that we are currently in right now.

Whether the MP that you would normally Vote for or aim to see elected in the Constituency where you live would be Conservative, DUP, Labour, Lib Dem, SNP, Plaid or even from the Brexit Party, none of the Parties that they are loyal to are equipped, have the intention or have the policies in place (or the will to create them) to look at everyone and everything across this Country and then behave not as if they are acting out their own fantasies in a parallel universe, but are in touch with what we all need to see, feel and experience. Basically making clear that they are with us all in exactly the same room.

With all of this madness going on since the European Referendum Vote in 2016, it was perhaps inevitable that sooner or later the discussion amongst those who support Leaving the EU – even if just to respect the concept of democracy – would move to suggestions of protest and even civil disorder. All in the hope that action of this kind would change the minds of those who are misusing their power and the responsibilities of their Office to coercively overturn Brexit and bolt us into a permanent form of Remain.

It won’t.

Not because the argument that we have and share isn’t justified, right and legitimate. But because the people who have their hands on the levers of power and are therefore at the controls of this chaos are not.

Events are not under anyones control. Once each and every decision has been made, the consequences and the events that will subsequently follow are always out of the hands of the decision makers – no matter what they might have us believe or what we have already been told.

As such it remains possible something that Boris Johnson is doing already or is about to do will end up having the required result.

However, I like many others cannot say that I feel hopeful.

With this Remain-collective-Opposition running the Country, behaving like some giant snake attached to the tail of a very small dog, there is as much chance if not more that we could have this same zombie Parliament until the early Summer of 2022 as there is that we will have the General Election that we are all waiting for anytime soon.

When the next General Election does come – whether its this Autumn or in around 30 months time – without having change in the kind of politicians that we have and are able to elect, nothing will really change for any of us who are on the receiving end of all that they do.

Whilst the faces might look different, the way that broken politics has failed to represent us properly in this Country for decades, will simply continue onwards just the same.

At the time of a National crisis – which is precisely what we are now in, it is difficult to imagine engaging in any process that does not appear to offer an instant solution and a remedy for all those involved.

Yet if we don not start to think differently about the cause of all these problems we are having and how all these issues would actually be resolved today, as we look forward when we get to that place tomorrow, we will only be regretful when we get there and realise that nothing in our relationship with government will have actually changed.

The change we want and the change we need is not a change that will resemble anything that any of these Political Parties are telling us that they will do.

Yes, we must Leave the EU cleanly. But Brexit – in terms of our future – is just the symbolic act of opening the door.

So if we now back any of these proponents of the old politics, which is all about them and not about us – no matter what it is that they now say, all we will be doing is endorsing candidates and politicians who once elected will still resemble the politicians that we have got already in every meaningful way.

If there is the money, support and the will to do everything that is now necessary in order that the UK can take control of its own future and destiny AND do all that is best for our People whilst bringing democracy back in from the cold, we should together be seeking to create a new movement for change and with it a political party that reaches across all parts of the political divide.

Whether Left or Right, Leave or Remain, it’s what we have in common between all of us that should be dictating the public policies and the choices we make to create our future.

We must do everything necessary to remove bias and any form of manipulative behaviour from politics that prevents equanimity of government. We need leadership and power that values each and every one of us the same.

Together we have the power that can achieve this change if we can discover the collective will to do it.

But it will not happen if we sit back and believe that someone else is going to step in and make the difference.

If we as individuals, together as communities and being one as a Country want things to really be different in the UK now and for the future, each of us must step up and be the change.

 

 

Events this week have ensured Boris will only win the General Election on a ‘no deal’ ticket. Conservative MPs who believe otherwise should step aside

October 9, 2019 Leave a comment

GE2019Good leaders cannot be all things to all people. In fact, the best leaders don’t even try.

Boris enters a danger zone every time he flirts with the concept of One Nation Conservatism. But has found a winning formula with ‘lets get Brexit done’.

It is on the basis of focusing purely on getting Brexit done and making it stick, that for the Conservatives – in all likelihood with the help of Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party – the upcoming General Election will be won.

After more than three years of this woeful Brexit process and in particular the events that have transpired this week, it should be realistic for voters in this Country to be able to expect that MPs on all sides of Parliament would now accept that there were only two choices when the question of Leaving the EU was put to the People. And that when the People were asked about our future relationship, the People Voted to Leave.

Strange as it might therefore seem, for a number of Conservative MPs this certainly isn’t a view that they share with the Voting Public, and they are apparently up in arms about the prospect of a Conservative General Election Manifesto that is based on a clean or purist ‘no deal’ Brexit alone.

There is not, will not be and never has been a halfway house or middle way with Brexit.

This truth has been confirmed and clarified by Angela Merkel this week.

For any MP to stand against the will of the majority of the People on the basis that they personally want to Remain, when it is now clear that the only way the UK can actually Leave the EU is to do so cleanly without a so-called ‘deal’ is not only undemocratic. It is disingenuous in the extreme.

The only way that the Conservative Party can now survive the process of destruction that is underway within our political system, is to become the Party that will deliver that clinical form of Brexit and be open to the opportunities for meaningful reform that will come next, based upon moving on determinedly from the old politics and broken ideologies that serve political parties, but not the People anymore.

To achieve this, Boris, his Party and his MPs will have to look favourably upon help from the Brexit Party and shed any Conservative Candidate – whether a current MP or other – who believes that Brexit can be delivered without the complete separation of the UK from the EU, and therefore continuing to play a three-year-plus-and-counting game of pin the tail on the donkey somewhere in between.

People are not only fed up with but completely bewildered by the behaviour of our MPs, their disregard for democracy and their continuing attempts to overturn Brexit.

We will all be grateful for true leadership that takes us out of the EU and recognises that Brexit is just the doorway to where real and meaningful reform of government and the political system in this Country begins.

There is no place for MPs and politicians in the UK’s future who cannot move on and accept that it’s time to leave the selfishness and self-serving behaviour of the old politics behind.

 

MPs are getting high on their own supply and are on target to wake up only when all damage possible has already been done

October 1, 2019 Leave a comment

We talk about the ‘Westminster bubble’ as if there is a dome like structure physically parked right over the middle of London under which our establishment and political elite exists. But the humour made out of the detachment that our MPs have from the realities of the world outside has now subsided as significant truth that underlies the joke has been exposed.

Not content with imprisoning a Prime Minister and refusing to go to the Country – as everyone but them realised that time is running out for democracy to be restored – the Remain-collective-Opposition has now moved on to creating a new constitution of its own design, all as the wrecking ball it has aimed at British Democracy swings back and forth keeping the dynamics of the situation continually on the move.

On Wednesday they are tabling a Bill in Parliament to nominate a new PM.

Yet despite Boris Johnson’s attempts to call a General Election, this quasi-Government has refused to seek legitimacy for their position. As such, no vacancy for a Prime Minister actually exists.

To continue going down the road that these MPs who oppose Brexit and the will of the People are going, only serves to underline the truth of what their aims are.

Their contempt for democracy and the People who lent them their power has now been completely exposed.

The reality is that there is no way back to the system that once existed. Where losers consent and therefore their respect ensured the legitimacy and follow through from both Parliamentary and Electoral Votes.

Over the course of three years, the majority of MPs in this Parliament have overridden the principles of democracy both in their relationship with voters and with the constitution itself.

The damage is done and what is more, these MPs, completely intoxicated with their own power, now believe their own hype and are behaving as if anything goes.

An alternative to the system we have does not appear readily available and this is probably why they are confident that nothing can now stop them.

They have the Courts on their side and believe that there is no power above or below them that can or will stop them. They are certain that they can continue completely unhindered because there is no longer a bigger fish swimming in the pool that is able to get involved.

But the alternative they are not counting on is the British People itself.

A fuse has been lit and when the inevitable explosion comes, these MPs who have got high on their own supply will realise that they do not know better than the People they were elected to represent. That for all the glory and fleeting headlines they temporarily generated – as they wrecked the system that gave them power – it would not only have been responsible, but much wiser to have done exactly what they had been told.

We the People deserve significantly better than to be treated the way we are by politicians who are obsessed with their own ideas and place in the world, rather than with any legitimate cause.

Their selfishness and contempt for others has certainly assured them a legacy and place in history. That will be the destruction of the system of democracy in this Country – for no other reason than their determination to sell out their homelands to a Foreign Power called the EU.

Our system of Government is no longer fit for purpose and we are unlikely to get the change required if it is left in the hands of any of these MPs

September 30, 2019 Leave a comment

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Politics is broken. It can no longer remain the same.

Elected representatives have demonstrated repeatedly that they cannot be trusted to respect the principles that underpin our democracy. For what happens next, they have only themselves and their parties to blame.

Until the 2010 creation of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, the safety valve that prevented trouble of the kind we are now experiencing was the ability of any and all prime ministers to call for a General Election, at any time and without two thirds of Parliament in support.

It was respectfully used at times when a government had no way to continue and simply didn’t have the number of votes necessary in Parliament to provide it with majority support.

Whilst opposition after opposition would have grabbed the chance of a General Election being gifted to them at any time, this Remain-majority of a quasi-Government has refused to have one deliberately by choice.

By doing so, they have demonstrated a total disregard, for our centuries-old constitution. A system of government that has never before seen such open and contemptuous forms of abuse.

Their priority and aim has been to manipulate the system to deliver what they want without any form of legitimacy or mandate.

What is worse, their plans run completely contrary to the will of the People – given to them legitimately as a direct and clear instruction in a democratic vote.

None of the political class that currently sits within our Parliament can walk away from this complete mess and claim they had nothing to do with it, the years of abuse that prepared the ground for it, or that it was always out of their control.

There is a rot at the base of British politics now and the real problem for us all is the question of how it can be replaced.

We cannot wait for a new party to be established that will have the policies and reach that will make it a credible alternative to what we have as the current line up or choice.

The current system is a monopoly of three at best and is totally rigged at worst.

But without a new political party that is a real left-right/Leave-Remain all-view-considered movement too, we are faced with the prospect of having to elect MPs at the coming General Election who have come to Parliament through the very same Party Political system that gave us the people that have broken our democracy.

This system of political parties only works to further itself and is as such fundamentally flawed.

The truly concerning thing for us all right now is that the stupidity that we are witnessing in Parliament may not have as yet come to its end.

The MPs we have Today are either so sure of their own position or confident that they can do what they like and that Public concern will simply then fade away, that it has become clear that they are now capable of doing absolutely anything when it comes to getting their own way.

This travesty must be stopped. What they have already done has set a dangerous precedent. Those politicians who follow them in future without there being the meaningful change required will simply approach future policies just the same.

We must find a way to create and establish a fixed and robust constitution that covers all aspects of the way this Country is governed.

We must set proper, considered rules covering how we allow our MPs to be appointed as candidates and then become elected.

Otherwise we must now accept that Parliamentary democracy in this country is no longer fit for purpose and has come to its end and that the time has come to find another way.

One way or another, change is coming and it’s probably going to come very soon indeed.

The answer may not be anything anything we have already seen. And it won’t be a question of if or when.

It will simply be a question of who.

 

The future of this Country will not be dictated by a Squatter Parliament filled with cuckoos rather than genuine MPs. Our future will be decided by the British People and implemented by representation that we can actually trust.

Boris’ audacity might just win a majority. But with many of the same MPs returning, it will not be enough to get Brexit done

September 29, 2019 Leave a comment

We are no longer a Country run by democracy. Today we are a land where anything goes.

Any politician left in Parliament today who intends to do whatever they genuinely can to uphold any principle of democracy and to deliver Brexit, must now realise that the rules have changed significantly. That to survive in the long term, they themselves will have to change – that is, if they can.

The shibboleths of the old politics are no longer acceptable to the British People. They have gone for good.

And so our Prime Minister Boris Johnson is faced with some stark realities. Realities that he cannot expect to dodge.

That is if he intends to see a proper Brexit delivered. Then open the doors to the opportunities that lie beyond that have the power to bring this Country such good.

Whilst few of us are openly prepared to talk about it, there is a stark reality now at work.

A storm cloud is brewing around everything to do with government in this Country. How politicians are elected. How they should be qualified and their motives tested. How we can ensure that the people elected to represent us will do the job that was intended. How we make sure that self interest holding the levers of power is history and no longer continues to be the norm.

The leap from where we now stand to a reasoned political future can sound very simple. But when we still have a Parliament that is overpopulated by MPs who want to frustrate Brexit and maintain what to them has been a highly beneficial status quo, the realisation will have to soon dawn for us all and not least of all Boris Johnson, that focusing on delivering upon the task in hand is the first and only step that must immediately be taken.

Plans and grand strategies for politicians to take the steps now to secure their power after this, that and just about anything else has happened in the future, simply now have to be put on hold.

Brexit offers the significant opportunity that we have been waiting for, to put so many of the things that have been going wrong in this Country right.

But to do so, the Government that leads us as we Leave the EU must not only ensure that the UK Leaves without any restrictive deal, strings or ties; they must also be able to keep everything moving in the right direction. Until turbulence and the challenges that we will face as we take control of our own destiny have come to a clear end.

Regrettably, the political party model that we currently have, the dynamic in parliament and the impact of what the Remain-collective-opposition has done has ensured – not even with polls moving significantly towards Boris and ‘No Deal’ – that no one can be sure of the result when the General Election comes.

The problem isn’t just about winning seats. It’s both the number of seats and the propriety of the politicians involved.

And because many of the same politicians that are responsible for many of the problems this Country is facing right now – that only include Brexit – are seeking to return, we cannot be sure that the change for the better will come or even be possible after the General Eection, unless an unwavering commitment to a genuine no deal Brexit and all steps necessary to achieving it are now made and the decks cleared to ensure that it is delivered for everyone.

Boris and the team around him – despite the audacity of the approach they have employed – cannot guarantee that the General Election can be won with the Brexit Party still in play.

SPOILER ALERT: The Brexit Party is not going away.

The dynamic of the demographics that support both the revitalised ‘leave’ Conservative Party under Boris and the Brexit Party are different enough that if they exist on a Ballot paper as alternative options for Leave Voters in enough Parliamentary Seats, there is no way that either Party can actually win.

Boris is doing an excellent job of trying to be more Brexit than the Brexit Party. But the Brexit Party currently possesses a demographic that will remain loyal to Nigel Farage and the purist option, simply because without the Brexit Party support or endorsement, supporting the Conservatives in any form simply has too many risks for them involved.

Brexiteers are either heads, hearts or floating voters.

The heads follow the Tories.

The Brexit Party and Nigel Farage are supported by the hearts.

The significant number of Leave supporters that float between will on Election Day put a cross in the box against the name of the Party they think most likely to get the result. To get Brexit delivered. To get Brexit done.

Because of the nature of the situation we are now in, the choice that Boris has is to either cling to the wreckage of what he hoped would be the Johnson era of Conservative Glory and go down in flames with the rest of the Country. Or take the practical step of joining up with the Brexit Party in an electoral pact that can win the General Election whilst demonstrating a very different kind of leadership. So that the will is thereafter present in Parliament to whether the storm through our departure and then clear the decks for the new politics that must now begin.

This is a far from perfect situation. There are arguably very good reasons not to want the Brexit Party involved.

Boris and his Conservative Brexiteers can refuse to understand and accept that it is the utilisation of what all Leavers have in common that will equip him with everything that today he doesn’t have.

But if they do so, they must also then accept that the alternative is to be stitched up by this Remain-collective-opposition and that they will watch from the opposition benches as it emerges from the General Election with nothing less than what was an avoidable endorsement that they will sell to the public as being legitimacy. Ready and willing to weld us into the EU forever as they sweep away any ideas of real democracy every being returned to the UK aside.

Many are impressed by your leadership so far Boris. You are beginning to make the Remain-collective-opposition convulse and shake. But if you really want to get Brexit done and deliver for the People, you need to work with Farage to give us that break. 

It’s time to take that leap of faith.

 

 

 

The Lib Dems could be about to make Labour irrelevant. But polarising the Brexit debate by promising to scrap it would mean victory in the next General Election is a very hollow win

September 20, 2019 Leave a comment

Jo Swinson might be annoying the hell out of Brexiteers and the right alike, but it’s her friends across the opposition benches in Parliament who are now most in fear that her new energy and approach could be about to throw them back into the electoral bin.

Some startling parallels have been made between the new Liberal Democrats Leader and the approach of Nigel Farage.

But beyond the fact that they have now positioned themselves outwardly at the polar opposites of the Brexit debate, there is something very different in the motivation that underpins the reasons why these two politicians are pushing a narrative that sounds confident, as if these two political parties are on the verge of a breakthrough win.

Spoiler alert: It’s only about Brexit for one of them and always has been.

We are experiencing an endgame in politics right now. A watershed moment that is being drawn out into a long and painful period of transition.

Yet the players on the political board don’t even know that the rules of the game around them have adjusted already and continue to be in the process of fundamental change.

Farage and the Brexit Party have become a voice of the heralds of change. What defines them is their riding the truths that are the foundation of Brexit, using them to wrap their collective’s crusade. The vein of truth that gives a feeling of legitimacy to their cause.

Yet as a political force the Brexit Party represents the very same things that are wrong with all the politicians we have in office as MPs right now. Their MEPs in the public eye are media savvy, obsessed with getting a hard-hitting narrative out there that ‘connects’ with the electorate, but nonetheless suffer with a lack of real empathy and understanding of the whole spectrum of issues and experiences that people have both beyond and including Brexit. 

Beyond Brexit itself, these are not the people who are equipped to actually get things done.

But Jo Swinson and her Liberal Democrats are playing the very same game as Farage. Only the way that they are playing on this field is very cynical and potentially much worse. As they do not recognise nor attempt to acknowledge in any way what Brexit represents or what the Brexit debate is really about.

For the ambitious Leader of this now apparently revitalised Political Party, the current Parliamentary mess and the chaos that surrounds it is a political opportunity to exploit that could result in real power for them.

That’s their primary aim. But it’s clearly a case of bugger the consequences of what might be involved along the way.

At its best, power for the Liberal Democrats would come at a high price for everyone. Even those who are intricately involved.

The unyielding commitment to the EU that they would deliver, beyond being a massive democratic betrayal and surrender all-in-one, would also create obstacles to us ever Leaving the bloc or attempting to do so. Everything that defines us as a Nation State, our defining characteristics and the ties that bind us would be systematically, progressively and deliberately eroded away by laws, rules and regulations that nobody is aware of until it is far too late.

The process of liberally democratic change would be no doubt accelerated no doubt my the implementation of so called electoral reform and the switch from First Past The Post (FPTP) to a Proportional Representation regime. One that favours small political parties that appear to be unfairly place or unelectable under FPTP, but by its very nature will make what we have been experiencing since the European Referendum in terms of a stalemate in Parliament – pretty much the norm. 

And all that is what happens just as a start, if everyone – including the 17.4 million voters and the others who now support Brexit and Leaving the EU were to just roll over and accept what under a Jo Swinson government was about to come.

The reality is that they wouldn’t.

And as far fetched to our cosseted and complacent society as it may seem, civil unrest and what might follow it would soon blow the lid off the lie that is neither a liberal nor democratic party, and show us what the self interest, selfishness and ignorance that underpins politicians that are obsessed with power tangibly means.

But what Swinson, Farage and all of the incumbent MPs and those that facilitate them today must realise is that the politics of old, which is there to serve only that which they choose is now over.

It began to die the very moment that the decision over EU Membership was tossed back to the people and Jo Swinson represents the death throws of all that is wrong and is rotten with our politics as she demonstrates how this broken politics is about nothing more than doing absolutely everything and anything to win.

We are all waiting for a new politics to begin. These politicians and their ideas will have to go or at the very least change definitively if our democracy is ever again to be capable of experiencing a win.

 

 

Restoring Democracy Pt 4: Joined-up thinking, rather than focusing on issues on their own

September 6, 2019 Leave a comment

Politics isn’t just broken. The whole Political System has lost its way, and most of the problem is because of the way that Politicians think about what they do.

Everything in Politics has become about the ‘quick win’.
 
That’s pulling the white rabbits out of the hat that have the desired effect of grabbing Voters attention drawing their focus away from what’s really going on whilst catalyzing support.
 
The whole approach is very shallow. It is all about dealing with the effects of problems rather than dealing with the causes. Worse still, there is very little consideration for the impact of Public Policy beyond the scope of whatever the plan has been put in place to address.
 
The result is that problems affecting often many more parts of society than just the one that ha been targeted by a policy change are created or made worse, whilst the solutions put in place don’t ever last in any meaningful or useful way.
 
Like putting a plaster on a leg break, Public Policy requires Politicians to do considerably more than they do.
 
Compromise is not something that should ever be necessary when Public Policy is being created for the right reasons and nobody is focusing on the wrong priorities such as if something doesn’t work out as it should, who then gets the blame.
 
Joined up thinking is now essential as a part of how every policy is reviewed or how every one is made. There must be consideration and action taken to address the root causes, the effects whilst they continue and then the consequences no matter how far reaching they might be, once any new policy has been implemented and the changes have been made.

Restoring Democracy Pt 1: The ‘Old’ Politics

September 6, 2019 Leave a comment

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Everyone quietly knows and has known for a long time, long before Brexit, that something is and has been wrong with British Politics.

Because of the relationship that we all have with Government and Politicians, we have simply accepted that this is just the way that things are.

Yet Brexit opened a doorway. Not just to removing the shackles of the EU and Leaving it behind, but to also shining a light on everything that is has been rotten with our Politics.

We now know and understand that this old politics has to go and be replaced with something NEW.

The old politics is synonymous with everything bad about self-interest.

Like a cuckoo invading the nest of another bird, the old politics has slowly an insidiously taken over every part of or democratic system.

Its effect has been amplified through the manipulation and exploitation of the Political Party system, furthering the interests of people and politicians who only ever see their interests as being combined together as one.

The old politics is what gave birth to the phrase ‘career politician’.

It has created a situation where Politics is not a calling or public responsibility. It is merely an opportunity for furthering the interests of the politicians. It is to them no more than an income, a step to advancement. What most people recognise as the basis of a job.

To be free of the problems that led to Brexit, restore our democracy and then move forward in a confident, beneficial and measured way, we must now end the grip of the old politics on all parts of Government and the Public Sector.

It’s time to manage Public Services and the things that we share in common in a much more community minded, forward looking, considerate, consequence based and emotionally intelligent way.

 

Want a real Brexit and Corbyn kept out of No.10? – A General Election is now the only way…

images-2Coverage of the result of the Peterborough By-Election actually felt different. Maybe even a little odd. But perhaps prescient of the direction our Politics is now going – a place where there is no control or script and it all seems to be in the hands of the gods.

Within hours of this blog being published, the gurus of political interpretation will have of course broken the whole thing up and began spinning it into many different, but for them, primarily self-serving ways. However, the reality will nonetheless remain underneath it all that Politics in this Country has changed and things are never going to be the same again.

Yet the politicians refuse to see it.

They are still looking at everything coming at them through the lens of the old politics – and yes, I’m even including the Brexit Party as being one of them in this instance too.

To perhaps understand this a little better, it is important to consider the Peterborough result.

Yes, the Labour Candidate was Elected. But the Brexit Party Candidate wasn’t far behind them and it would be foolish to frame the Conservative Candidate’s 3rd place as being outside of the same room.

Somewhere, probably in London today, different conversations will be taking place around the realities of what can be gleaned from the way the vote was split.

Some of this thinking will simply be deluded. Some of it will be based on outright fear. But what will be common among all of it will be the view that the problem is outside of the Politicians hands, outside of their Party’s control and that it will be something or someone else who is getting it all wrong.

With the Peterborough result for these three Political Parties and the wider Westminster Polls being dispersed between them and the Liberal Democrats as they are, you can bet that the debate will end up for many of them concluding that First Past The Post is now redundant and should be replaced by some other form of electoral system that will benefit the de facto righteousness of their position – such as PR.

What they fail to observe, or deliberately overlook and therefore do not accept, is the reason that none of them – even with Brexit involved – is offering the leadership, vision and inspiration that is necessary to formulate the public policy that the People now want and is required of our Politicians and their Parties not just for Brexit, but as we step off into a world based on A New Politics beyond.

Playing around with the Electoral System will only benefit the Political Parties and the Politicians themselves.

It will sure up, consolidate and in some cases expand their presence and position.

But the upshot is that the opportunity to provide the kind of decisiveness and defining leadership that we now need in British Politics more than ever, will simply be lost.

Brexit and the future of this Country requires good leadership and the decisiveness that goes with it by the truckload. Without it the mess we are now in is set to get a whole lot worse.

What Politicians should understand from the results and polling as they are, is that no Political Party is currently capable of commanding a working majority in Parliament.

Without a working majority, neither Brexit nor anything substantial in terms of the changes to and creation of new Policy that our People now need is going to be addressed in any meaningful and lasting way. That simply has to change.

The biggest risk to Brexit and to our Democracy –  make no mistake that the two are now intricately linked – is that the new Conservative Leadership will continue onwards and go all out to enable a No Deal Exit from the EU by 31st of October – just so the Conservative Party can claim that they have achieved and can take ownership of that result.

If the current Parliamentary dynamic doesn’t stop them before they do so, there is a storm cloud awaiting them on the other side. Because it is there that the Remain majority in Parliament – if it has not been changed – will have an incredibly hard stick to beat the Government with, and the ability to make serious hay from the sunshine that they will see pouring over them from the inevitable problems that will follow a No Deal Brexit that has been executed in this specific way.

Taking the UK back into the EU on the turnaround of a sixpence is not something that any Political Party with designs or long term aspirations on being the natural party of government is going to want to do. Especially when the straightjacket that the UK will have no choice but to accept as part of a completely one-way and loaded bargain will inevitably become poison for whoever was to blame – irrespective of the Politicians who were actually involved.

The only way out of this problem is to recognise Party boundaries and tribal loyalties as the ties that bind all of todays MPs to the politics of old. The old politics that the public are telling them is not only flawed but is fundamentally wrong.

Our Politicians must come together to deliver on the issues. And the issue which is the doorway to solving all other issues is Brexit – whether our Politicians like that fact or not.

The People Voted for the UK to Leave the EU without any deal or ties. Giving us anything less will simply be wrong. This includes coming out of the EU and then taking us immediately back in, whilst MPs then sell their ineptitude and lacklustre attempts at managing the Process as evidence that the whole thing was wrong.

The only Political Parties that have the ability to coagulate around the fact, reality and message that a full and proper Brexit must happen are the Brexit Party and the Conservative Party. And it is within the Conservative Party where the real struggle is still taking place, as it has been all along.

The new Conservative Prime Minister must accept and then immediately act on the fact that without a General Election and securing the Brexit MP Majority that it will give them if they ask for Public support in the right way, the future is effectively lost.

To realise and achieve the alternative – which is a real and permanent Brexit, there is no option for the next Conservative Party Leadership other than to swallow their pride for the greater good and work with the Brexit Party to establish a ‘Grand Brexit Coalition’.

Working together these Political Parties can provide that Brexit Majority and then ensure that our Brexit and the great future that follows it will for all of us be secure.

If they fail to do so, the future is very bleak. It is one that revolves around Corbyn and his Marxist tentacles reaching out and destroying everything we value from No.10.

The cost to everyone in this Country from allowing this to happen will go way beyond the destruction of the Conservative Party. It will simply be too high.

Isn’t it time the Conservative Leadership put the requirements of real Leadership first and did whatever necessary to get the job done?

 

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A New Politics

May 24, 2019 6 comments

getting-startedA New Politics is something that I have referenced as a term increasingly in my recent Blogs. Just as I have also referred to the ‘Old Politics’ as a term to reference the no longer acceptable form of doing political business which is currently best illustrated by the behaviour of Theresa May, along with the Parliamentary Conservative Party that immediately surrounds her.

Everything that the Conservatives have been doing shows increasing signs that they believe they will be able to return to this approach, repackaged by terms such as ‘One Nation Conservatism’ just as soon as she has gone.

A New Politics is something I have been alluding to, if not using that precise term, for a long while. Just without referencing it in this specific form of words.

A New Politics is also a term that it being discussed more frequently in the media. It was mentioned by the former Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks in his interview with Emily Maitlis on BBC Newsnight on Wednesday evening. Albeit as part of an insightful and frank analysis of the current state of British Politics where like with most examples of its use, he described A New Politics in terms of a location that comes after Brexit has been concluded, rather than offering any idea what it will look like and how it will actually work.

I have been happily tapping away at the keys on my laptop, mentioning ‘A New Politics’ as if it is already a tangible fact and is present a modus operandi, as a manifesto or some other universally accepted term. Of course it is not, and I was reminded of this by a comment posted to my Blog yesterday which specifically requested that I explain what A New Politics is.

So I will attempt to give what A New Politics is to me. What it looks like and how it would work and evolve in greater form.

A new politics is about changing the way that politicians and the people who aspire to be politicians think.

It is about application. It is fundamentally a way of being a politician and conducting politics as a vocation or calling, rather than viewing it as simply a job, career pathway or method of ‘getting on’, which is nothing like the same thing.

It sounds simple at first look. But the reality is that it is anything but simple and is not just about political reform.

Politicians today rarely have the level of awareness of self or of the community, social, business and government environment in which they operate either to look critically within themselves and at what they are doing. Nor do they have the desire or motivation to acquire the skills that will enable them to understand the interaction required of them better.

The Party Political system has reached a stage in its evolution and the management and environmental conditioning of political candidates and frontline members where it is now normal for those taking on elected roles to assume that all problems are external to them and that addressing ‘problems’ external to them is the way that each and every problem is solved.

Because of this external locus in politics, there is a lot of talk about things like changing the Electoral System to PR from First Past The Post and a second Referendum on the Brexit question. It is most notably present in the angry behaviour that is present in the continuing diatribe over Leave vs. Remain and who is – or was- actually right.

But change to our Political System resulting from blame attribution and the change the People are now seeking in Politics are simply not the same thing.

A New Politics must be something that is lived and not only treated as an idea or vision by those who are intricately involved.

It is about the example of good politicians at the top of Government influencing by example.

Of Politicians doing what is right for everyone. Considering the consequences of their decisions not just for those immediately effected. But like the ripple effect upon every part of a widened supply chain for a complex product. It is about considering and working fairly and proportionately for all of those who will be impacted beyond.

A New Politics is the leadership of taking hard, and where necessary unpopular decisions.

Politicians have the responsibility to look up to and beyond the horizon, and be cognizant of everything. Not just that which is obvious or placed in immediate view. They have to be both mindful and respectful of the possibilities and influences that inhabit the ground in-between.

Above all, it’s about seeing an Elected Term as the only opportunity to get things done. Rather than being just a term to secure the result of the next election. And I say this with no intentional hint of irony, given that working hard without fear or emotional tie in to the outcome, is likely to result in the very same thing.

Without repeating a great deal that I have already published, that is about the simplest way to describe what I offer that A New Politics would actually be.

Whilst the reality is that it is exactly what all of our Politicians should now and always have been doing – as it should be for the younger generations yet to come, for some or those with a more kindly interpretation or view of one of the few hard working Politicians that do exist, it may already be their experience and as such not be new at all.

We will have A New Politics when it is effectively the same experience of Politics for everyone.

If you would like to read about my view of A New Politics in more detail and how it would actually begin and then work, I talked about the way to get the ball rolling in Wednesday’s Blog.

I have also written a Book for Kindle that is a guide for people considering entering Politics with the intention of doing the whole thing properly. It’s called How to get Elected and you can read it FREE by clicking HERE, or purchase and download the Book for Kindle HERE.

I also wrote Mutual Aims which is A New Politics outlined as a very basic Political Philosophy in an essay form. Mutual Aims is FREE to read HERE or can be purchased and downloaded as a Book for Kindle HERE.

 

 

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I’m as big a Brexiteer as anyone, but I won’t be voting for the Brexit Party or anyone else next week and here’s why…

images-6They say that Politics is a long game, and in many respects it certainly is. But to the significant number of us who pay little or sparse attention – that is unless our politicians have become so brazen as to reject the result of our vote in a referendum – the focus is usually only fleeting and extends into impacts that can be measured simply in terms of what might happen in days or perhaps just weeks ahead.

Equally, an elephant trap of epic proportions for us all is to mistake commonality with others over one issue for commonality between us covering all.

Yes, people actually do assume that agreement over one thing gives license to talk, project and even act as if there is agreement within that form of community over them all.

This is why the European Referendum Vote to Leave the EU very quickly became toxic to those who are from the Remain camp. Because it is cheap and easy to condemn the actions of one you find disagreeable by categorising any shared commonality between that one and with the all.

Hence with a lazy reverse twist action, the few far-right voices who shared that commonality of being pro-Leave, resulted in an assumed and dangerous commonality being imposed upon all Leavers, by lazy and unthinking Remainers – an act of using the same brush to tar them all.

I am making this point, not in an attempt to become some kind of apologist. I have no need to, as the wide-reaching nature of the circumstances and the attack on democratic reason that has become the seedbed of the Brexit Party, has already brought together people from all backgrounds and political persuasions – all as we watch the established Political Parties in complete free-fall.

I am making this point because the success of the Brexit Party today is shielding the reality that there is no substance to anything that it is doing.

The Brexit Party IS a single issue Party.

No matter how valid and important the impact the Brexit Party has already had, if it succeeds in destroying the Old Politics model as it appears well on the way to doing so, it is not bringing anything new to the political or government table as it does.

The Brexit Party is currently incapable of being a credible replacement, even for the complete shit show that we already have.

There is a significant danger underpinning the Brexit Party’s rise. Because with words and slogans like ‘changing politics for good’ the Party is attempting to sell a political product that people will not perceive as separate from the comparatively simple task of Leaving the EU.

When the change that people are now associating or defining as being all about Brexit is not delivered, they will experience disappointment again, in the same way that they now feel they have been robbed by politicians, rather than Brexit fulfilled simply being a step in the process or journey towards achieving something that nobody in living memory has experienced – as they should.

Whilst I have been against the European Union from when I was first able to vote, I have also spent many years in frontline politics.

I know that making hollow promises to make it appear easier to get one issue dealt with and over the line is almost guaranteed to create many more problems than it could ever solve.

Brexit and the decision to Leave the EU always had significant legs of its own to stand on.

But politicians who were opportunistic took to selling it with cheap and easy words, rather than making any attempt to put together, translate and elucidate the in-depth arguments that would have ultimately – and more effectively won the day.

So supporting the Brexit Party – whilst I completely agree with the principle of their one argument, is simply not something that I can do.

The issues that led to Brexit are simply too far reaching and have consequences and impacts that just the act of Leaving the EU – as we already should have done – will not on its own resolve.

The tragedy is that there is for me – as a lapsed conservative – no other option to vote for.

None of these Political Parties are stepping away from the existing or Old Politics model. A model of doing things in government that is all about power being concentrated in the hands of the powerful and only doing what is considered politically expedient to secure election wins and continuity of the vote when they come.

This Country really is today at a terrible impasse. Because voting for any of the Political Parties that have presented themselves ready for the European Elections will only guarantee that we ultimately retain the same version of broken politics that we now so badly want changed.

It’s just wrapped up differently, cleverly attuned and playing on our emotions. Thereby treating us all like nobodies. Because for politicians of the ‘Old Politics’, this is always only be about just one thing.

 

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