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The only genuine protection for the NHS is meaningful reform

November 9, 2019 Leave a comment

red-herringFive weeks until the General Election and there’s so many red herrings around, you could be fooled into thinking our MPs are trying to sell us a smokery.

The biggest pool of them all surrounds the Labour-led debate over privatisation of the NHS – a topic which is a continual source of dishonesty for the Labour Party, the Conservatives – now the SNP too, and very much a political ball.

The issue was in many ways fuelled by the recent Channel 4 Dispatches Documentary about big pharma and the USA’s probable attempt at assault on the way that the NHS buys drugs as part of a post-Brexit Trade Deal with them.

However, what Labour’s push of ‘we are the only Party who believes in the NHS’ fails to so spectacularly address is the real level of the problems that exist within our National Health Service, how those problems became manifest and have to be addressed, and how fire hosing money at this Public Service might keep the wheels turning, but in the long term it will not save the NHS and in fact could be making all of  the problems significantly worse.

The principle of the NHS is a very good one. We should ALL continue to have access to free healthcare at the point of access. But we cannot continue onwards thinking that its existence can be assured in the future simply on the basis of how much We spend.

Privatisation in its most literal sense is – on the face of it – a very big part of the problem of cost attribution within the NHS today. So for Labour to even suggest that they can stop privatisation when it is already present, is either disingenuous on their part, or demonstrative of their ignorance of how the service actually works.

Many of the problems with cost have come about because of deals that the Blair and Brown Labour Governments constructed under the guise of PFI. Others have snowballed because of the cultural steer towards the use of private contractors or consultants to undertake backroom management functions and the excessive use of temporary staffing agencies that were never required before all good sense in employment laws and conditions was excessively overstepped and the door was opened to unbridled levels of profit making which has gone on for so long now that it is simply the way rather than individual choice.

Fixing this problem so that the NHS once again becomes sustainable isn’t easy. And with politicians who don’t even understand how it all works, real or meaningful reform is not  even currently on the agenda, let alone being a political choice.

The MPs that we have had, their Parties and the People who lead them have no incentive to really get to grips with what is really going on. Their lack of knowledge and understanding is self evident each and every time they are interviewed – which during an Election Campaign is pretty much every time that we turn the radio or TV on.

Until this changes, none of the problems that we as People within this Country face will be dealt with.

Yet we don’t even have the option of Political Parties or Candidates on 12th December who even have an idea of what is really going on.

 

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Corbyn had a bad day yesterday. But the truth will be no friend to the Conservatives as a result

November 8, 2019 Leave a comment

1b1adc77-5377-4d68-a64f-9ec227c66d16Wow. What a day that was.

Within the space of less than 24 hours, Tom Watson, the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party stood down, The Jewish Chronicle outs its view of the Labour Party under Corbyn on its front page and Ian Watson, a Labour Minister under Gordon Brown interviews on National Television stating that the current Labour Leader isn’t fit to rule and that People should vote for Boris Johnson instead.

But what difference will it all really make?

The answer the Conservatives will not want to hear is probably not a lot.

During normal times, an individual of Jeremy Corbyn’s nature, background and ideals would not be Leader of the Opposition, let alone be less than 5 weeks away from the possibility of being UK Prime Minister and walking straight into No10.

But the times we live in are far from normal. And the reality that disillusioned Labour MPs may well have nominated and voted Corbyn into the Labour Leadership in 2015 for little more than a laugh will make no difference in the hindsight of history.

Indeed, we will surely look back on the Electorate’s 6-week interview and assessment of Marxism as an applicant for the job of driving the direction of the next government in the final months of 2019 as just being a sign of the times.

The politicians we have today bear a significant amount of the responsibility for the rise and presence of what we call fake news.

In fact, we have been on the receiving end of decades of spin. And whilst the Establishment continually tries to make us believe that fake news is only the preserve of those outside the mainstream, of extremists and of the Russians or perhaps the Chinese, the past three years since the European Referendum has been a master class from Politicians and the mainstream media in this Country of how to push nothing but opinion – and have it passed off successfully as being the truth.

Fake news now flows through every media channel to the point where for a growing number of people no difference actually exists between falsehood and truth.

For many, reality in politics has become all about what resonates best, what makes sense or what suits or most closely fits the listeners experience and view of the world.

Then there are the young, who inexperienced in the dark ways of the world and therefore idealist by nature, don’t look beyond the instant hit that comes from a sound bite or a picture that is painted with impractical idealism and represents what they sincerely believe can be achieved and is therefore what they would like to see.

They don’t consider the detail.

They don’t have any idea what delivering these ideas and manifesting them in reality would actually involve.

They certainly don’t anticipate or understand the consequences of what they might be calling for and the pain that waving a magic policy wand in isolation will almost certainly cause.

But then why should young people be expected to know and understand any of this when the narrative from politicians other than those like Corbyn tell them that Conservatives and those like them look on young people as being of little value, that they have nothing to bring to the party, and that they should shut up and do whatever they are told.

Against this backdrop, the narrative that Corbyn peddles is intoxicating to many of the People in this Country who are already politically disenfranchised and to an even greater proportion of the young.

The truth of what Jeremy Corbyn is, what he represents and what he might soon have the power to inflict upon us all is someone else’s news, someone else’s truth.

It has no currency to those who have no reason to trust the Establishment. Especially when the solution that Corbyn is selling offers an instant high with absolutely none of the disadvantages or responsibilities that following out-of-touch old people, boomersgammon or the elite would involve.

So whilst the Tories might be looking at the papers and the news feeds today and thinking that this Election Campaign is quickly becoming little more than a slam-dunk, they should perhaps take a step back and consider the fact that they have helped to create the environment in the UK today. A place where People right across the Electoral spectrum will be weighing up the pros and cons of all the Political Parties and all the Candidates without anything like the normal rationality that Conservative Politicians assume will always be involved.

The funny thing is that the outcome of this Election is most likely to materialise simply by default.

Nothing that any of these politicians are saying or doing stands out as being any different  to what We have heard in the past or is encouraging voters – whether young or old – to vote in any way differently to what it would, in the circumstances, be logical to expect.

If Boris Johnson and the Tories really want the truth to matter in the future elections that they might still be able to fight, they need to start talking to, interacting with and considering everyone beyond their own kind differently.

But first and before they do that, they should really take a good hard look at themselves.

 

Parliament vs The People: The Public’s view of our time that becomes a false narrative the very moment that Boris attempts to make it his own

November 7, 2019 Leave a comment

One of the most telling aspects of our broken political system is the way that Politicians and their Parties have become adept at seizing any phrase or form of words that represents the sum total of how People feel about something. Hollowing it out so that it loses all sense and all meaning. And then ride away on it during a campaign as if it is an idea or way of thinking that they somehow then own.

With issues such as the Climate Crisis, Housing Crisis or anything like that on the domestic issue front, this theft and misuse of public narrative is bad enough.

But when it comes to Our position over the destruction of democracy and the pathway that has led to it via Brexit, Boris’ attempts to steal the narrative ‘Parliament vs The People’ for his own ends is cynical in the extreme.

Whilst Boris has been fashioning himself as the champion of Brexit, his pursuit of a deal with the EU that doesn’t actually deliver it is only the first rip in the cover that exposes all of his positions flaws.

Selling out to achieve a relationship with the EU that by default will always end up being called Brexit, but is actually Remain isn’t the worst offence that Boris’ attempt to self-style himself as being different can actually cause.

The biggest is the fact that he has been, is and will clearly continue to be a BIG part of the  Parliament that has been set against the Will of the People for many years and not just since Brexit – which has only ever been a symptom of the problems that he and others like him have created. Brexit was not the cause.

Boris is the Establishment all over. And whilst he has had a massive opportunity to be and do something very different, like the majority of all the other MPs – who together made up the last Parliament – he has chosen not to be the difference that we have all been waiting for, instead making self-interest and what works best for him at every turn his one and only cause.

The real fight, battle or perhaps what we may come to call the war that is Parliament vs The People hasn’t even rally begun.

The system is so tightly wrapped up to protect and propagate itself that The People don’t even have the opportunity of gaining a foothold against the Establishment monopoly over who gets access to Parliament, which could only come if We had real alternatives to the Parties on offer and with it a much better destination for our Vote.

Until we have this opportunity, the war that is The People vs Parliament will not have started and so there is no way that it can be won.

So for Boris to ride around sounding off that he is the Champion of the People isn’t just disingenuous and manipulative. It’s arguably tantamount to being an outright lie.

No Boris, you won’t need this dodgy deal with a majority in Parliament and it’s only if you drop it that you will get the majority in Parliament that you want

November 7, 2019 Leave a comment

41xgBLGbJtL._SY450_The Tories are already going backwards and it probably won’t be long before there are serious questions heading to CCHQ from Constituencies all over the Country demanding to know what reason the Election was really called for.

The story hiding in plain sight where all of the Political Parties and not least of all the Tories are concerned, is that none of them now have the capacity or substance to create blue water between themselves and any of the others within any policy area other than where Brexit is concerned.

Politics really is broken in this Country and that break has created a great divide.

It is only by delivering the Brexit that We, the British People democratically Voted for that any Party Leader and the Polticial Party they lead can begin the process of healing the split.

Boris deal and what he calls his oven ready Brexit definitely isn’t it.

The odd thing. The peculiar thing. Is that Boris only had any kind of reason to attempt a compromise over what Brexit looked like for as long as what we have been calling the Zombie Parliament was still sitting and preventing him from doing anything.

The General Election Campaign is now underway.

That disastrous, obstructive, un-democratic Parliament no longer exists.

So the reason Boris could previously then argue that he had – which was little more than compromise to appease Remainer MPs – no longer exists. That is unless of course Boris was always set on Remaining in the EU all along. Or that he is perhaps afraid that a majority in Parliament is not in any way achievable.

With a majority in Parliament, the UK can Leave as it always should have done and then create a post-Brexit relationship with the EU that will actually be good for the UK – rather than always in some way ending up as a subservient one.

That’s the deal that We really want.

Boris can only leap in the right direction, that of achieving this – if he drops this disastrous deal which isn’t Brexit.

Boris’ deal is a Trojan Horse arrangement that will end up with the result being BRINO and is as such fundamentally the same thing as Remain.

Now is the right time – in the early stages of this General Election Campaign – to make that change if he genuinely wants the Electorate to come on side.

And if Boris wants to secure the majority that he needs in Parliament this December – like any New Prime Minister seeking to secure a real legacy surely would – there is a fundamental need for him to unite all Brexiteers behind him.

To unite all Brexiteers, Boris will have no option but to bring the Brexit Party on side. He must create an Electoral Pact between the Brexit Party and the Conservative Party that really will get Brexit done.

Otherwise, come Friday 13th December, things will either begin to immediately become exponentially worse as another PM strolls into Downing Street and takes over. Or at very best they will simply Remain the same.

But you never know. Perhaps that was always the real aim of the Boris plan?

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Leader debates make cheap peak time TV. But there are bigger fish to fry and these 3 Leaders haven’t even worked out how to operate a net

November 6, 2019 Leave a comment

Should we be more interested in what politicians say or in what they do?

It’s the answer to that question we should perhaps now be focusing on – at the beginning of a General Election Campaign – rather than what they say or how they say it.

The dissolution of Parliament – which formally took place at 12.01 am today apparently, rather than the rather fitting and accurate last sitting on Bonfire Night – isn’t the act of wiping the slate clean that politicians are now trying to tell us has taken place, or – and more importantly – that we as a Nation with a political crisis actually need.

The issue, debate or whatever else you might want to call it – about Leader Debates, is therefore rather a moot point.

Do we really want to see Corbyn, Johnson and Swinson grand standing their new approach to solving the UKs problems on primetime TV when all three of them are bringing nothing new to the table other than a rewrapped version of their previous form?

The sensationalism that now drives politics is fuelled by the mainstream media. It does nothing to help resolve the problems that we have with the quality, motivation and ability of our politicians. In fact, it is helping to develop the problem rather than doing anything at all to target the cause.

Whilst there might be times when it would be appropriate to consider the benefit of holding televised debates that will include all Political Party Leaders, after 3 years of parliamentary stalemate caused by the very same people who are seeking reelection, this General Election Campaign is arguably not one.

Until such time that British Politics and the Party Political System that currently monopolises it has been fully and comprehensively reformed, the only thing that UK Voters can be sure of is that they are going to receive the same contempt from those we elect as MPs – and if anything, probably a lot more.

Nothing that the three Leaders can tell us will become of any benefit to any of us just because of the way it has been transmitted.

Words and presentation are meaningless if the actions and results don’t reflect genuine attempts to address real problems and their cause.

What we actually need in Parliament and Government now are politicians who aren’t driven solely by how everything looks.

Genuine Leaders who take their responsibility to the Electorate seriously, consider the consequences of all their actions and are driven to deliver the right results no matter what anyone else or the media says.

As far as politicians focusing on their time in the public eye is concerned, it’s not the priority and its time to press pause.

No, I will not vote in an Election where there isn’t an option for change. Why would I?

November 5, 2019 Leave a comment

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Whilst our crooked politicians fall over themselves working how to con enough people into wasting yet another vote, they are missing the undercurrent which is building amongst Members of the Public who whether Left, Right, Centre, Leave or Remain now realise that the system is not working for them and there must be another way and that means a different choice

How are you going to vote in the General Election on Thursday 12th December 2019?

That – or a form of it – is a question that will pass across many lips in the next 37 days as we approach the Winter Poll, if it hasn’t done so already.

For me, there isn’t actually a choice. I will not be voting in 5 weeks time for any Candidate, nor any of the Political Parties that are involved.

Coming from the experience of having been a Member of three different Local Authorities and a Licensing Chair too, I have written extensively about the problems with our political system and why we are getting politicians and the groups, Councils and Governments that they form like we do.

In early 2018 I created the Website How to Get Elected and the E-Book that followed it as a guide for anyone who wanted to run in a Local Election as an independent and at the same time become a good Councillor too. I didn’t bother writing about running in an Election to become a Member of Parliament at any great length, simply because the whole thing is a closed shop.

Right now, we are witnessing yet another great giveaway where our own money is being thrown at us just so that we will be conned into keeping the wrong people in power.

Yes, some of the faces will be different when Parliament is recalled the Monday after the Election, but what they do, how they approach it and how they are motivated might appear a little different, but the results for all of us and the experience that we continue to have of the impact of Government will pretty much remain just the same.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The three main parties –  or what I call a triumvirate – basically have a monopoly on this Parliament. Those Parties now exist only to extend and propagate their own existence. They do this by selecting candidates in their own image and quickly exclude anyone from running for seats they see as simply being theirs with no hint of real democracy being involved.

So whilst we have all of the Party Leaders and their Party machines throwing all sorts of different policies and approaches at us as part of their respective Campaigns, the reality underpinning all of it is that we are going to have the same people in power – one way or another. None of them are about change.

Yes, arguments are being made that if we don’t vote for Boris, we will let a Marxist Government in.

But their are arguments that are deliberately put out their to frighten us and keep us all in line with what the Establishment wants, each time their is the threat of a new Government walking in.

The problem is that many of us fall for it, especially as there doesn’t appear to be any alternative option. And the whole thing is a vicious circle that ends up in the same old place with the very same choice.

Yet this General Election isn’t just about Brexit. It should actually be about the opportunities that exist to put right all the wrongs that this Country and the People within it are facing, that can only be addressed once we are successfully beyond.

We need MPs who have the understanding and the wherewithal to do all that is necessary with the drive and motivation to serve all of us and do everything that is necessary not only to deliver Brexit, but to get all of it done.

I cannot and will not vote for any candidate that doesn’t know exactly what it is getting itself into by standing AND is then still prepared to put their career, reputation and future on the line to do what is right for all the People they were elected to represent – by their own choice.

Being a Member of Parliament is not an individuals job. It is a responsibility to us all.

And I cannot consciously or voluntarily support anyone or any Party who continues to approach the Representation of the People as being just a route or even a plaything that takes them to wherever they want to be or to do whatever it is that they themselves and only themselves want to do.

Politicians should be aware that I am not alone.

In a conversation I have already had this morning, I have heard of people who have been paid up Members of those three ‘main’ Political Parties looking at the mess that our self-serving Politicians have created and are placing a very big question mark over the prospect of voting in this General Election and what they will do.

People are tired of everything that Politicians have been doing. The way they behave. The way they contemptuously take our votes for granted. The way they clearly believe that once they have drawn a line under Brexit, for them things will just go back to being as they always were. That for them, the Westminster gravy train will always turn out the same.

My choice will simply not be to vote on 12th December if the approach and attitude of ALL the Political Parties remain as they are today.

It will be the same for others too.

Some will spoil their ballot papers. Some will write ‘None of the Above’.

But for all of us who decide to boycott this Election, the People and the Political Parties running in it, the Politicians who still represent this dreadful era and its terrible lies should not see anyones choice to be silent this December as an endorsement of anything that any of them are still choosing to do.

It is a clear statement that we have had enough and that we now want change.

That we now understand the rules of the crooked game that they have which keeps them in control whilst excusing all opportunity for us and for all others.

We the People who see them for what they are, are growing in number.

Our choice is to no longer play along.

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Play the ball, not the man.

November 4, 2019 Leave a comment

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So there’s plenty of scorn being heaped on Nigel Farage’s decision not to run as a candidate in the December General Election today. But the reality of what the Brexit Party, UKIP and the Anti Federalist League before it are and were actually for may be passing a great many people by.

In fact, even members, candidates and those who have been elected on behalf of the UK exit from the EU movement may have not realised what the different incarnations of this political movement were really created for.

So from this perspective alone, it comes as little surprise that the opinionati and those from the other Political Parties squaring up for this Campaign are choosing to see Farages decision to ‘sit this one out’ somewhat differently to what it actually is.

Whether you love or hate the Brexit Party and the UK exit from the EU movement in its current form, Farage clearly sees and acknowledges his own value within this Election as continuing to be a voice for the whole Brexit issue, rather than focusing on winning a Parliamentary Seat – which without the Party machines that the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrat Leaders have at their disposal – will require all of his effort in each and every form.

The Brexit debate is not yet over.

The UK’s departure from the EU is a war that is not yet won.

And today we have a Prime Minister undertaking a General Election Campaign fighting other Political Parties who are openly committed to Remaining in the EU, telling us he is committed to and has a deal with the EU that delivers Brexit, when the outcome from supporting him and his Party would itself ultimately result in Remaining in the EU – just  with a different name.

Nigel Farage’s gift and arguably his purpose, has been to be a real champion and figurehead of the whole Leave the EU debate. There is little question that he was a key part of the wider team that saw the Vote to Leave the EU in 2016 through.

So his decision to focus on the message at this stage is very important for all Brexiteers – even those who do not yet see it for what it is.

That is if we want to see the Brexit that 17.4 Million People Voted for brought into being properly, meaningfully and permanently once and for all.

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