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Splitting the Conservative Party may soon be the only hope for Democracy in the UK

December 14, 2018 Leave a comment

The idea that a new political party will be the cure to all ills in politics is not a new one.

As I have written at length before, the way that the Electorate interacts with British Politics doesn’t lend itself well to what the Establishment portrays as outsiders. Unless that is there is an issue at work over which the Establishment does not have control.

We only need look to the rise and fall of UKIP and it’s inextricable link to the EU Referendum and then Brexit itself to understand what happens when the Establishment has dropped the ball – whether for good or bad.

For decades there has been an embedded form of monopoly in politics held between the Conservative and Labour Parties, with the Liberal Democrats and its previous forms being held up or utilised from their position which is mislabelled as being between.

Breaking open this racket has been all but impossible for what seem to be very simple, but nonetheless seemingly impossible challenges to answer. Many have tried. Some have had significant bank balances to enable them to do so. But even when UKIP gained around 4 Million votes in the last General Election, it was simply the case that there was no new parliamentary real estate for them to be found.

In as succinct terms as possible, there has existed an unwritten and assumed covenant between Electors and the Elected, which has benefitted this triumvirate mode.

The purpose and responsibility of being a representative of the people, both given and received at the ballot box was understood.

A reverence and trust for politicians has been the default standard for all politicians in the psyche of the Electorate.

That is unless there has been some big scandal, usually focused on the actions of an individual politician rather than the Party itself, and once removed, the default position would quickly be resumed.

All, that is, until the straw arrived that broke this heavily burdened camels back. A straw which came in the form of a decision being tossed back over to the Public, after which the Establishment simply assumed the status quo would be returned once more.

The problem with that decision, the decision for the UK to leave the EU had its genesis in the inference that this was a choice too big to be left to the delegated powers of our MP’s alone. For a decision with such implications, the Electorate itself would be trusted with the choice, and once that choice was made, their decision would be delivered and not returned – as that itself would bring into question what the very purpose of the Referendum had actually been for.

Overnight the lines of that once apparently straightforward interaction between the Public and Politicians was overturned. Instead of Voters who are typically Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat or of a mind to sit on the borders located in between, there has emerged a new understanding and assessment of our Political Masters which rather than being fluid between 3 or maybe even more possibilities, has now become a binary choice – only presented as being many others and not least of all, the direction of either Leave or of Remain.

But as with everything that relates to the human condition, it is far from being even that simple and the options which relate to those choices are now unlikely to ever be viewed by voters as being anything like the same.

That choice itself when it comes to appointing the representatives of the people, is now between electing Politicians who represent only themselves, and electing Politicians who represent us all.

The dividing line is democracy itself.

Not party lines or any kind of political philosophy.

This is about the choice of our elected representatives being to work unquestionably for others, or working for oneself and the accumulation of position, status and wealth for personal gain plus more.

This dichotomy is not false. Politicians can only have one master. It’s the Electorate or their own ideas, party and dreams.

The insidious nature of this dynamic crosses across all of our Political Parties, but it is within the Conservative Party where the divide between the two principles has now become so very clear, that the change that many of us for so long have been advocating, may have finally found the right place and time to actually gain traction and the process of creating a new electable party which puts voters first in every sense and can command a majority wherever it runs, can finally begin.

No, I don’t for one minute think that the Tory Party will split whilst they seem to be in power, simply because until it is set in stone that the Party can no longer win anything in its current form, there remains a chance, albeit a very slim one, that sanity is restored and comes in the form of those who vote only for themselves recognising the change in the Electoral terrain and what its true purpose is for.

But when the point comes that the Conservative Party in May’s image hits the buffers – which if the current chaos and uncertainty continue it inevitably soon will, there will come a point where all the Conservative MP’s who make up the subsequent wreckage will have the opportunity to return true democracy to the UK once more.

Neither a new single issue Party nor one made up of the rump of the Remain Campaign can solve the Brexit crisis now

December 10, 2018 Leave a comment

Whilst it would be very easy to think differently, based upon how our MP’s are still behaving, the Vote to Leave the EU wasn’t just about one issue. It wasn’t about two, three, four or five. In fact it was about a whole lot more, and even then it looks different to everyone because their own experiences and views of the situation are different.

If the question over whether we should Leave or Remain had been a single issue, the decision and the reasoning behind it would be simple to quantify. Between the two choices there would be nothing in between.

Put simply, there is no way to avoid the reality that Brexit is multilayered, multidimensional and as such has multiple problems that cannot be solved by pretending that it is all about just one thing.

Yes, the single issue approach was successful over many years in the sense that it ultimately delivered the EU Referendum.

But to pretend that once the Referendum was secured the complexity of winning the public argument was anything other than an attempt at herding cats for either the Leave or Remain Campaigns would suggest that there was a level of control that neither side could ever have had over the process, even if they thought they did.

In this vein, the purpose of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) effectively came to its end at around twenty minutes to five on the morning of the 24th June 2016, when everything that it and its previous evolution The Anti Federalist League had been created for had effectively been achieved.

Indeed, the only real commonality between all members and politicians involved in either project was the mutual aim of ending the UK’s Membership of the EU once and for all.

Whilst much knowledge of policy and legislation governing the relationship between the UK and the EU always existed within its ranks, UKIP shared the same lack of foresight when it came to qualitative impacts upon the people it was trying to represent as the politicians in the main parties.

It is these impacts which are still not understood by the majority of the political class and the establishment itself. The reality for all which must be collectively acknowledged and considered before what has now gone bad can be made good.

UKIPs reach before the Referendum came from the misleadingly distilled version of the EU question that Nigel Farage delivered. He was prepared to speak out in ways that political correctness had for too long prevented politicians in the three main parties from doing. He tabled the blunt edges of the real world perspective which has always been the flip side to the EU debate coin, but did not demonstrate the complexity of those issues that even now continue to be overlooked and assumed to be very specific and identifiable as simple-to-explain issues using words like immigration, Leave and Remain.

Other than being openly and completely committed to the proper version of Leave or Brexit that so many of the People outside of the Westminster bubble want, the creation of a Party to replace the political squat which is today’s UKIP will not bring anything new to the situation the UK is now facing.

It will not bring a new dynamic to the debate and as it would not be anywhere near power within the required timeline, it is questionable whether its creation could in fact distract from the real issues by giving those who’s only argument against Brexit is that it is a right-wing conspiracy the tools to further polarise, when our divided People need and want something which unites us all.

A new Party, whether from the perceived right, the left or the centre would not be able to influence the debate positively and there remains an overriding obsession with making other people wrong, rather than working to deliver what is right.

What should be recognised by all of our MP’s is that without the acceptance and understanding of the real issues and the true value of the Public experience which led to Brexit in the first place, now being used as the real basis upon which to take the UK from here forward, there is simply no way that any political party – whether new or already existing – will ever find a solution which will be agreeable to all.

image thanks to unknown, quote attributed to Albert Einstein

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