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The best thing for everyone would be if every MP and Party we have stood down and agreed to never stand again. The problem is, big money would just replace them

There is a twisted hilarity to hearing the words come from your own mouth and almost watching them solidify as they cross the air, forming the sentence ‘Out of the two candidates running to be PM, Boris is by far the better choice’.

The problem for us all, is that when the choices you have from an entire Parliament and political system are so desperately bad, you at some point have to recognise that without a genuine alternative – rather than just another politician who looks and sounds different, and may well wear a different colored badge – we have actually reached the point in the downward spiral of this bolted-shut ecosystem where every change is just going to compound the problems and make everything worse.

Yes, the reality is that stark!

Whilst we cannot vote for a real Polternative, Boris and the entire muppet show or wannabes and out-of-touchies that surround him on all sides of the so-called political divide, are all that we can choose from. And this grim pool of self-servants will continue to block every seat to our Parliament until the disasters they are collectively responsible for have fully unfolded, and all of us outside of the Westminster bubble have woken up to reality and accepted that they no longer are the de facto choice.

We must wait, because they will not do the decent thing and walk away, as they ALL really now should. To do so would require them all to be very big and to have a level of self-awareness that is clearly absent, as the reality is that the UK would otherwise be nowhere near the situation that we now are in. Knocking on the door of a catastrophic downturn that may well signify the UKs role in the end of an entire world epoch, as we now arguably are.

However, this imaginary moment or lapse from their usual reason would be wasted if it were to happen today, as the big money that influences and controls everything that all of our standing politicians already do, would simply fill the void with other stooges who would do exactly whatever the money wanted them to do.

Sooner or later, we are all going to realise that the only way to break this seemingly perpetual cycle, where life is always dictated by how those in power, with influence or with great wealth believe it should be, will be to turn the entire top-down system on its head. To restore and rebuild our democracy with a focus on localism in its truest sense, from the grassroots up, and create a system of governance that puts human beings, life, the way we live, balance and fairness at the forefront of all public policy. You know; the way it should have always been!

No, MPs should NOT have second jobs. After all, being an MP is NOT a job anyway

November 17, 2021 Leave a comment

The ongoing row over second jobs for MPs has certainly proven to be an interesting one. Yet it has also become increasingly concerning to follow as it has become ever more obvious that so very few of the journalists, commentators and people working around the political sphere have any real consideration or respect for what the role of an MP and public representative should really be all about.

The comments and arguments for second jobs range from the suggestion that MPs with second jobs enrich links with and understanding of the real world, to additional money being the only way to make the job worthwhile. Whilst those against include suggesting that it would be fine to ban second jobs for MPs, but only if they were given a ‘realistic’ salary’.

Nobody seems to have mentioned that being an MP or public representative is not a job.

Being an MP is a responsibility to others. It’s not one that should be taken if the individual concerned cannot guarantee that their responsibility to others will not be compromised by prioritising income, career opportunities, fears, influences of any kind, or any other motivations that put their own needs before anyone else at any time, at any level or in any way.

It is part of the human condition that we can only be loyal to one master. MPs are no different to anyone else. If an MPs priority is income or career at any level, it will not be focused on anyone else.

There are simply no grey areas with this. It really is very black and white.

If an MP can be swayed in their decision making by any factor which will reflect on them personally at any level and in absolutely any way before anything or anyone else, they can be bought. As such, they cannot be relied upon to represent the general public and the voters within the constituency who elected them.

Being an MP or elected politician of any kind requires people who have the life experience, understanding of others and are at a stage within their own lives where they can willingly and unswervingly put the needs of others before themselves in every meaningful way.

It is because we have for so long had a Parliament full of MPs on all sides of the political divides that are ruled by self interest at some level and in some way, that the British Political system – and as a result the whole of the UK – is in the mess that it is in today.

Public service can be the only master of any politician who wants to fulfil the obligations of the role with which they have publicly been entrusted. There simply is no other way.

For as long as we keep electing politicians in this Country and allow them to frame their own roles as careers and jobs, their attitude will continue to focus their attention on nothing other than what the impact and consequences of their actions will be for their future and for themselves before anything else.

There will be many who suggest that this is the way that the system works and that you can only change the system from within. The regrettable truth is that this is a myth perpetrated only for the benefit and furtherance of the interests of those already within that system. People who have a massive investment in ensuring that nothing happens which could bring about the comprehensive systemic change that would serve to help and benefit us all.

Sadly, until we all come together and accept that the people leading this country in government, the establishment and the wider public sector are not working to put our collective best interests, we are doomed to live the same experience. Public policy is today created in all areas of life where the decisions have been made not with us as the priority, but with what is important to the people we elected being always put first.

We only have ourselves to blame for each and every day that this sordid and perverse idea of democracy continues to rule, impinge and inflict avoidable pain and chaos in our lives.

None of the Political Parties that we have on offer to us today are focused on all of us in the way that they should be.

It is we who must make the decision to elect MPs and politicians of all kinds who will make promises and then keep them. Because they are there in our Parliament because politics is a calling or a vocation for them, rather than just an interpretation of a career or a job. One that to them is nothing more than getting the maximum return for themselves for the least amount of work.

We need a real choice in politics. We need MPs who understand and genuinely care. We need #ANewPartyForAll for the next General Election.

To achieve this, we need to start thinking differently and begin to build the alternative to the madness we have got right now.

If you really want all this to change, please visit www.anewpartyforall.org and think about the power that you have to input and help to bring about change.

We cannot afford to elect or re-elect any MP not capable of representing the Public and our Country at the highest level, or of making the right decisions on our behalf – no matter the circumstances

The Covid Pandemic has shown us all how inept, how incapable and how self-serving all of our MPs really are.

We have leaders who cannot lead. We have dissenting voices from within the ranks of the governing Political Party that pick and choose when to dissent, based on what the risk will be to them. We have an Opposition that instead of opposing a Government hellbent on destroying the fabric of society without comprehending what it is doing, instead pushes and promotes even more totalitarian forms of Government policy at every available turn. We have 650 elected representatives who do not have the experience, motivation or wherewithal to understand and empathise with the lives of the people they were elected to represent.

Yet it wasn’t just the Covid Pandemic that made things this way. We only need turn our minds back to the Prime Ministerial tenure of Boris Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May and the Brexit ‘stalemate’ running up to the Summer of 2019. A Parliamentary blockage engineered by a majority of our so-called public representatives who refused to represent the will of the people. All because they concluded that they knew better than the same people who had voted to put them in their roles.

The list goes on. And as the rather strange creatures of habit that we humans really are, we are continuously overlooking, making allowances for and wilfully supporting the otherwise questionable actions and decisions of politicians from the political parties – or rather the tribes that we support, simply because we have a massive blind spot that lets us think our own team is always the one to vote for, and can basically do no wrong.

Brexit and now Covid have changed the dynamics of what had previously been a near 100-year status quo in British Politics. Power had switched back and forth between the Conservatives and Labour, whilst we seem to have just accepted it to be ‘normal’ that these were the only two choices available – with a side order of Lib Dems and their various other incarnations thrown in for good measure too.

In what has become a three-way Parliamentary Political Party monopoly, entrenched tribalism on the part of voters and the freedom it has given to the three Political Parties has left us with a situation where access to the ‘job’ or ‘career’ of being an MP rests solely at the whim of those who select their Parliamentary Candidates. Yet for anyone else, bar some extreme exceptions – getting elected to represent others at Westminster is like knocking at an imposing and tightly locked door.

If those selectors and the party machinery behind them were elevating people to candidate lists and local ballot papers who were good public representatives, rather than being names and faces that looked like they would be good for their party, the existence of only three ‘mainstream’ parties might not be be limiting the prospect of good government to the point where we don’t actually have it as a choice.

As it is, the party machines select and promote people who are unfit to lead, govern, legislate and represent us, simply because those making these highly consequential selections look at themselves in a mirror and tell themselves, ‘These guys are going to fit right in’.

There may have been a point where the processes and influences that have led to this could have been reprogrammed to take the whole parliamentary candidate selection process a very different, more meaningful and more appropriate way.

But the self-serving and ambitious philosophy that is now ingrained and focuses solely on obtaining and maintain power at all costs within these Political Parties mean that MPs have become little more than hollow bodies expected to do no more than turn up and vote. Meanwhile, absolutely nobody outside the Party System and the chumocracy that surrounds it will ever experience anything meaningful being done to help them or make life better for the communities around them – as they rightly should.

I have to break the bad news to you on this: If you believe you have benefitted from a Policy from the Party you vote for in some way, that’s just been very good luck for you. For the MPs concerned, it was always the votes that could be won that underpinned their choice.

Public representation is not a job. It is not a career. If anything, it is a calling or even a vocation.

The role of Member of Parliament should never have become encouraged as an aspirational choice for young people of school or university age. People who have not and see no reason to try and experience life beyond the shielded bubbles they grow up in where limited knowledge and understanding of the wider world could never equip them with a truly representative voice.

With cracks now appearing in the Johnson administration, a Tory regicide and another leadership election is unlikely to give the majority of us a meaningful choice of who becomes our next PM.

But neither will a General Election. That is, if the next one is called before there is a credible alternative to all of the above on each and every ballot paper. A genuine political choice that has connected and engaged people of all political tribes and affiliations and inspired them to back a very different kind of winning horse.

The biggest problem that a new movement or political alternative to all of the above faces, is that there is little time and no party machine to screen those who you can be sure will step forward, thinking that politics looks easy and that if they were in that job, everyone else would hear the message they have in a very different way.

That doesn’t mean that it cannot be done. But for every group that exists and is thinking it is going to step up and takeover – just because they are convinced that everyone will soon wake up and see all of this chaos in exactly the same way, I’m afraid that using what you see as the guidebook for political behaviour and campaigning will only ever be a backward choice.

There is a very different, positive and proactive way that we can do politics in this Country. One that turns this broken political system on its head and works tirelessly from the grassroots up. One that engages everyone because it thinks about life for everyone, is inclusive of everyone without any kind of prejudice, but above all creates policy and makes decisions based not what is best for the representatives, but what is best and will make life better for all those that they represent.

The concern for us all should be that whilst everyone set against the Government are falling over themselves to be heard and to be acknowledged as being ‘right’, nobody is doing the work necessary to start A New Party For All and put together the strategy, THE PEOPLE and the focus on engagement with a very large community that means at the next election, there will be a proper alternative to this ridiculous closed system and that tightly bolted door.

Keir Starmer: Another Gutless Shitwizard who believes Opposition is just a waiting room for power

July 27, 2021 2 comments

Right now, I, like many others, would love for there to be a fully functioning Opposition to this Government. A spectre haunting every movement they make and taking apart everything the Johnson Government has done.

It wouldn’t matter what the Opposition politics or background were. Just to have someone, some people, some politicians who are in precisely the right place, at the right time to ask the right questions and hinder the Government over everything that they have done. It would mean that we had an Opposition that were being everything that the British People need Her Majesties Opposition – and specifically, their Leader to be.

But there is no opposition. It simply isn’t there. The Official Leader of the Opposition is little more than an empty chair.

At the time when someone with a legal mind and professional background as a barrister should be using the very specific set of career skills and the experience that we do know Keir Starmer has, he should be eviscerating each and every one of the Government’s Covid Policies. Yet instead of a voice of reason and an inspirational passion for all of the people that we are repeatedly told the Labour Party stand for, a meaningful form of Opposition leadership is simply nowhere to be seen.

What we have instead is an Opposition that is making up the numbers. Under Starmer, Labour is providing an insurance plan that underwrites the Johnson Government’s wayward Covid Policies – all of them being whimsically led by what will surely prove to be one of the most defective Prime Ministerial terms the UK has ever had.

After the chaos and quantum leap backwards, engineered by Jeremy Corbyn’s tenure, it has been easy for commentators to suggest that Labour is in the middle of an existential crisis.

There was a belief that Keir Starmer was the safest pair of hands that the Party had. But that doesn’t account for the disturbing reality that the whole of the British Political System is itself going through an existential Crisis. One so bad that it should not be difficult for any political leader who can connect with people and understand them to pull their own Party – and potentially the whole British Political System through to daylight the other side.

Keir Starmer’s trademark policy has instead to prop up a dangerous buffoon. And as I anticipated in the blog I published in May 2020 Keir Starmer has proven not to be the man for all seasons that we now so desperately need.

In fact, his tenure is far worse than I could have imagined 14 months ago. Starmer has instead driven Boris to do his absolute worst with Covid Policies that our Parliament and all the 650 MPs within it should never ever have approved.

The latest let down in Starmers idea of public representation is Starmers open support for Vaccine Passports; a form of divisive draconian social policing that there is simply no logic or legitimacy to any argument of support.

In terms of the so-called ‘progressive’ causes that the Labour left have championed for so long, this move to support a Policy that is set to legitimise prejudice and division between people who once relied on for help, tells us that what is left of the Labour Party is now playing a very different kind of tune.

It is a long time since anyone at the top level of British Politics was there for anyone or anything other than their own self-interested cause. Sadly, we all have a habit of looking upon those who seek election to the office of MP and unwittingly buy into the conditioned lie that all MPs are super human, super gifted and super ethical – as they would all like us to believe them to be.

We have now had a series of Governments, with different Political Parties governing and with different Leaders leading us as our PM, who have basically bluffed their way along, doing very little of value to us in terms of making life better for any of us in the ways that they should be committed to doing for everyone. The vacuous, empty-vessel nature of all their leaders had only failed to be found out because there have been no national or world events that required any of them – until Brexit – and then Covid – to bring demonstrable leadership skills to the fore.

Theresa May, and then Boris Johnson both failed the tests of leadership that fate has thrown at them.

May was removed by an act of Tory Regicide, with only the framework of her Brexit Withdrawal Agreement handed on in the form of a minefield as her legacy to Boris. Boris then treated the entente cordiale with the EU as something to be unsparingly driven over with a reinforced challenger tank, doing infinitely more damage than real leadership would.

Boris’ real legacy and the damage it is still doing to our Country and to us all is something that can and will only be reconciled once every event linked to his and his Government’s decisions have taken place, and we have all had the benefit of time to look back.

The decades old assumption that political power keeps going around in circles, being passed between the two main parties over periods of time did of course lead ambitious MPs like Keir Starmer and Ed Miliband before him to believe that all they needed to really do as leader of the Opposition, was play the game. Their opportunity to be called to Buckingham Palace would simply then arrive in good time.

All the leaders and would be leaders and the great many unhealthily ambitious MPs who believe that the role of PM will just find its way to them if they work slavishly and unquestionably for their party machines, really do believe that being a backbench MP, junior minister, shadow minister or Leader of the Opposition is just some kind of elementary waiting room. A place where they just sit quietly, say nothing that will hurt their progress and bide their time on the way to power. The problem then comes when they get the star role they coveted and are then required by unforeseen events to lead with responsibility for lives of millions of others that they did not.

It is simply ridiculous and disingenuous at best for any MP not to lead from the roles that they have got at a time when the whole Country has been put to a massively challenging test – caused more by the way that it has been handled, rather than the Covid Virus itself.

Keir Starmer not only could but should have been putting the minds of millions of people at rest by showing us that we could expect a very different type of leadership from a Labour-led Government, if and when the Johnson Government collapses, and that they are heirs apparent to step in and fill the void.

Instead, all that we have seen is given what might be a make-or-break opportunity for the whole Country, Starmer plans not only to do the same as Boris Johnson and the Conservatives have done before him; both he, the Labour Party and whoever falls in behind them to save their necks (again) will do exactly the same. But under his leadership, they will do it with aplomb.

Like all the other MPs who are sitting and have missed every opportunity to face danger or any threat to their seats or positions since the Covid Pandemic was born, Starmer is just another gutless shitwizard sitting tight in the waiting room, thinking he doesn’t need to do or say anything meaningful, until his time to be in power comes along.

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