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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.

None of you represent the People. That’s the problem – you represent yourselves

November 1, 2019 Leave a comment

01cd8f85-6c8f-4251-8967-adcc3ddea156One of the few things worthy of a good chuckle on the news streams this morning was the Cartoon drawn by Matt from the Telegraph.

Clearly referencing the hollow battle lines that are being drawn between Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson over which of them can claim to represent the People, you can’t help but wonder if the point would be lost on either of them as things now stand.

The elephant in the room towering over not only them, but all of the existing MPs and Candidates lining up to stand in this General Election, is that People will vote on 12th December for one or the other of them and their Political Parties simply because there is no better choice.

People won’t be voting for Labour because Corbyn is promising wealth redistribution and the ascension of some modern day equivalent of the levellers.

People won’t be voting for the Liberal Democrats because Jo Swinson has tabled one giant fuck you too far at the People by promising to cancel and forget Brexit.

People won’t be voting for the Conservatives because Boris has succeeded where May hadn’t and has convinced most of his Party that Brexit will be whatever he says it is.

People won’t be voting for the Brexit Party because Nigel Farage is committed to a no deal Brexit and appears to be one of the few politicians who not only talks, but is prepared to do as he says he does.

People won’t be voting for the SNP because Nicola Sturgeon says that Scottish Independence is the only thing in Scotland that makes any sense.

People will vote for these Political Parties because there is nothing on offer in British Politics today that connects with People, respects People, communicates with People and above all, shouts loudly to the People that this politics that we have is broken and that there can be, is and will be a much better way to run this Country and do things with power in Government.

The politicians that we have today – whether they are elected and sitting in our Parliament or not – all represent a system that is completely broken.

It is a system that exists only to keep everything in government operating in exactly the same way.

That system’s one and only purpose is to look after itself, not the British People.

And the people who are allowed entry to this closed system have to swear blind obedience to its values and way of being.

They do so because thats how they have been taught they will get a name for themselves, to be successful. It’s how the ambitious in politics believe they must behave to get on.

This is why we have politicians in power who cannot think for themselves or the People that they are supposed to be representing right now, today.

It doesn’t and will not matter what policies any of these salesmen visiting our doorsteps over the coming weeks will be offering.

The outcomes for us will just be the same.

This political class is not interested in delivering anything meaningful or different. They will just tell you anything that will secure the surrender of your Vote.

And then once they have been elected, they will just resume business as usual and continue thinking only about the next election and what it will take them to get reelected, with lots of talk and the appearance of things happening, whilst the experience that we have of life and everything that Government touches will either be worse than before or just remain static and exactly the same.

The Politicians that we have do not represent any of us.

The Politicians we have just represent themselves.

And until we have changed the way that we lend our power to others, so that they can represent us and to act on our behalf, these charlatans will be able to continue peddling their dubious wares, making out that they are righteous and doing something meaningful, when they are the most selfish and self-serving of public representatives that the world might have seen.

When you consider on 12th December whether to vote or not, simply reflect on this suggestion and go to your Polling Station minded of ‘buyer beware’.

 

image thanks to Matt and telegraph.co.uk 

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.

 

 

These are dangerous days for our democracy and freedoms. What our public un-representatives do now will have implications that go way beyond Brexit and could result in life changing for us all

August 15, 2019 Leave a comment

img_3853There’s nothing quite like a double whammy to hit home a point.

In the past 24 hours, both the Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson have made public statements of intent for what they plan for the weeks that follow, and nobody watching all of the responses to Brexit by Boris should be under any illusion that there is anything genuinely altruistic in these highly political approaches and what they tell us these left-wing Leaders believe the opportunity it presents to be there for.

Were the consequences for us all not carrying the potential to be so severe, we might all sit back and have a laugh at everything these two, very self-interested politicians have to say.

Brexit has already been decided and the mandate given by the People for the UK to Leave the EU, come what may. There was no requirement given that there must be any kind of deal before we leave. The choice was black and white: Stay or Leave – and the choice was made that the UK must be gone.

Yet to hear Jo Swinson speak this morning, you would be forgiven for thinking – and yes, even believing that events had actually turned out another way. You cannot fault the Lib Dem Leader’s passion for stopping Brexit as her cause. That is if you had been in some parallel universe where the result to the 2016 European Referendum was actually different; a majority of British People voted to Remain, and the side that Swinson and her not-so Liberal Democrats had actually won.

Just to confirm, they didn’t. It didn’t happen. And what we are seeing is a political master class in storytelling and reinventing the narrative. The very same reasons that when it came to Brexit, the People Voted to Leave the EU and on the part of these MPs, the so far shameless excuse for acting upon democratic instruction and dragging it out for over 3 years was begun.

Swinson will clearly be the darling the EU and fill the vacancy in the public spotlight of British Politics that was vacated by Theresa May. On their own, the Liberal Democrats represent everything that the hopes and fears of a political no-mans land can offer, where idealism can bounce around unhindered because practicality never gets in the way. Yet their thirst for power is real, and with the hope that they can break the stranglehold of the only electoral system that works for a democratic majority, they may soon decide that a deal with the devil in the shape of a coalition with Corbyn’s Labour isn’t something that will actually hinder their way.

Although the tabling of a No-Confidence Vote in Boris’ new Administration has been the talk of the Town since he arrived in No10, the publication of Corbyn’s request to all opposition Party Leaders and those MPs opposing Boris to make him Prime Minister temporarily, should be the wake up call and warning bell for everyone that we could now be a matter of days away from having a Marxist Prime Minister.

And whilst those MPs that remain hell-bent on overturning the will of the People at any cost may now feel that giving Corbyn the keys to No10 would only be a stepping stone to finally getting their own way, their selfishness would only be outdone by the stupidity of them giving power to someone that once they have it, will never respect the will of the people or our constitution – assumed or otherwise – ever again.

From that point of view alone, for those who have done so much to frustrate and overturn the will of the People, the outcome for them might be viewed as being very sweet.

But these MPs and the Corbyns and the Swinsons and all the other objectors to democratic reasoning amongst them are only a matter of a few hundred in number, whilst their actions will impact upon 60 Million People or more.

The problem is that Boris is doing nothing to counter the problem that the Remain-led Parliament presents. And he is instead doing everything that he possibly can to bait them. That’s people who on this side of power have egos that are aflame as the result of such intransigence and on the other side, are likely to be ultimately responsible for having a gun put to his head.

A General Election has now gone beyond being favourable for the right outcome. It has become a necessity instead.

And within that it is essential that those lined up against those who have become intoxicated by what they see as the promise of power, have their arguments devalued by the promise of a new politics that shows capitalism – whilst essential to any country that wants to get on – can also be caring and considerate, and that there are ethical ways for people and businesses to behave that mean everyone has the opportunities that are right for them. But above all, that there is a much better and inclusive way for politics in this Country to be done.

If none of our politicians now see the risk that all of their behaviour and choices not to be responsible has created, it may now be inevitable that this Country is about to experience a period of significant darkness – all because our political classes think that they are in post by god-given right, and that when you have power, they are the only ones right about anything and there simply is no other way.

 

 

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