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Q. Why are the Polls changing? – A. Because nothing else in politics is

December 3, 2019 Leave a comment

Nine days to go until the first December General Election in nearly a Century, and nobody can be sure how the votes on a week this Thursday will actually land.

You can’t say that the Political Parties haven’t tried.

Stop Brexit. Free Broadband. 20,000 new Police Officers. 33% reduction in Rail Fares. Get Brexit Done.

These are all one-liners that have quickly stuck in the mind.

The problem with all of these sound bites and carefully constructed calls to action is that they are being and have been created by a whole System and the Political Parties within it that continue to be all about the very same things as they for too long have already been.

Winning power. Keeping power. Stopping anyone else from gaining the power that they want.

With the closed political system that we currently have in this Country preventing any form of meaningful change, what we once knew as tribalism has now gone pretty much right out of the window.

People are thinking about politics and the details like never before.

The trouble for our Politicians is that normal, everyday People have never looked closely at what politicians are now doing and what they have done – in no small part because of the intransigence of MPs over Brexit that has forced them to do so.

People now understand that there is nothing about any of this – the Tories thinking its all about getting anything through that will pass for Brexit, Labour believing that its all about how much they can spend, the Liberal Democrats calculating that its about being brazen enough to openly admit that Democracy is dead – that actually makes real sense.

They have concluded that we as a Nation are trapped with the Politicians that we have got.

It appears that there is no mechanism or way to bring about that meaningful change that most rational People now know the UK needs.

Meanwhile the political classes are still treating us all like its business as usual.

Politicians believe that nobody outside of Westminster is truly aware of what they are doing.

Yet no matter what we are told the politicians achieve or plan to do, we somehow People end up going to bed every night looking at life in this County and feeling that nothing has changed and that everything remains exactly the same.

Anyone who studies all of this closely and brings to it an open mind will see and surely conclude that there is very little to be hopeful about, no matter who gets Elected in the General Election this time.

Labour will bring chaos to this Country, even as a minority government at the head of a coalition.

A coalition headed by Boris Johnson will pretty much ensure that the stalemate that we have had for over two years in Parliament will be back and ever present on the benches at Westminster with government unable to function as it has been all over again.

And if the Toris should win their long-coveted majority, Boris may well be able to stand up at the end of January and shout at us that he has delivered Brexit.

But when the dust settles and he realises that he has hamstrung himself into yet another trap of the EUs making, we could well find ourselves with the clean, no-deal Brexit that we should always have been given within 12 months. But it will come without Leadership able to address all the challenges, difficulties, knock-on effects and issues that will blow up in their faces overnight as a result.

For too long, politicians have been behaving as if politics – and therefore making decisions that impact everyone – is something very simple and can be carried out on the hop.

We no longer have titans or big beasts in politics.

Politicians and MPs come through a carefully calibrated Party system that removes free thinking and the people with any useful life experience or beneficial understanding of the depth of problems that a complex society such as ours has and the solutions that it really needs.

Candidates are lined up in the tick boxes at elections with Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Brexit Party, SNP, Green or Plaid Cymru printed by their name. But they are all now inevitably cast in a very similar image and that is why things will keep on ending up the same.

So when there are problems that this Country needs to face – like solving the Brexit Divide – and the moment when real leadership is needed to come to the fore, we now have a distinct absence of anything or anyone who can garner the level of respect from everyone and across the board, simply because they know and are prepared to do what is necessary to get the right result for everyone and are not just obsessed with what other people think or how they look.

It is important for us all now to understand that when the wheels fall off all of the issues that these self-serving and incompetent politicians have created, and the problems that many of us can now see developing become real – as it is now becoming almost certain that they will dothe solutions and answers will not come from within this political system or anything that closely resembles it in its current form.

This election was a golden opportunity for any or all of the existing political parties to go a different way, to do politics differently and they could have done so without it necessarily being in another form.

Instead, they have put their own futures forward as their only real cause and we all now wait for the 12th of December, wondering what will happen in the days and months beyond.

Until there is a real choice at any election, the polls will always be fluid and the result itself will never feel right.

And for now, the reality will be that the decision for many voters on the day of an election or when they put their tick in the box won’t based on what they see as being anything like a real opportunity, but simply about taking a punt on what they see as being the best of a very bad bunch.

The rot in politics that it seems cannot be removed is why everything feels, looks like and is steadily now going wrong.

The log jam that is all that Party Politics in this Country has become is not what the principle of democracy was created for.

No Boris, profit isn’t a god to be worshipped. Many of the problems you tell us you care about are driven by greed for money as the root cause

November 6, 2019 Leave a comment

5824a3c1-508e-4d1f-a672-e453b9d85794In this world, perception is everything.

First impressions count more than anything else.

We have politicians who rule us – and therefore are also failing us – because they judge everything on the basis of what is effect rather than the cause.

Profit or rather the generation of wealth and money was an inevitable topic and focus for policy in this upcoming General Election.

Yet within the majority of Policy areas it has and will not be identified in any way as being relevant. Even though the motivation to secure it, extend it and to be able to play with it will almost certainly be buried deep down somewhere. Possibly many times over as any problems root cause.

The Politicians who covet the role of Leading this Country should know this.

But they don’t.

Whether that ignorance is wilful or innocent, the result is just the same for us all.

On one side of the not-so political divide, we have a Marxist Leader on the verge of entering No10, who will do everything that he and his supporters can to dismantle the apparatus of commerciality, simply because Labour do not understand or value the intrinsically human concept of individual aspiration. They believe it possible to make a world fair that is fundamentally unfair by its very nature, simply by coercion and inflicting a set of man-made rules.

On the other we have Boris and his conservatives who are actually only conservative in name. They call themselves ‘one nation’ but follow a way of being based on freedom of the markets and the ridiculous idea that deregulating business and the markets gives commercial interests the motivation to think of and look after the needs of the public and all others ethically – all when profit and finding new and innovative ways to increase it legally but without care for anything else is money’s one and only true cause.

Both Corbyn and Johnson, and their respective Parties and the ideologies that currently underpin them have got the whole question of money, profit, power and influence completely wrong.

They do not have any understanding or appreciation of the role of human nature in all of the problems that this Country is facing.

They don’t see or place any value on the relationship between money and profit as a motivator and how it overshadows so much of public policy as the open secret that nobody talks about because so many of the problems that the UK faces have the obsession with making more and more money deep down as the root cause.

They do not see how the cultural malaise of everyone taking money out of production, services and supply chains without adding any value are exponentially widening the already significant wealth divide.

They simply don’t understand what they are actually doing.

They have no experience of the lives and futures that their ignorance is wrecking.

But the system allows them to continue on without question, whilst the problems such stupidity causes continues to pass them by as they become mine and yours.

Until such time as we have Leaders running this Country who understand all the problems they have been tasked to deal with, no matter who they effect, what they are or what work and effort it will take for them to be solved, the depth and breadth of the issues that we are facing right across our households and our communities alike will simply continue to be there and in all probability develop further – no matter the crap we are being told.

None of the Politicians who are seeking our Votes in this coming General Election are seeking to do anything differently than any of those who have campaigned to be elected to run this Country before.

Look at the problems and the trouble that they have already caused.

Until we do have politicians who do give a shit about how what they do impacts upon all of us too, it doesnt matter whether we are Left, Right, Centre, Leaver, Remainer, Rich or Poor.

We all have a whole lot more pain in store.

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

November 5, 2019 1 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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If we want anything like normality back and the type of Government we deserve in this Country, we need a General Election where none of these MPs or the existing Political Parties can stand again

October 22, 2019 Leave a comment

Pretty much everyone is now awake to the reality that the MPs and the Politicians that we have in this Country will do anything they believe they can get away with.

Brexit was their opportunity to be different.

Instead they have used it as the beginning of their last stand.

What we can be sure of – now that Boris Johnson’s colours are tied to the mast and there for all to see – is there is simply no combined group of MPs in this Parliament today who are, as individuals, prepared to do whatever would be necessary – irrespective of risk or personal cost – to step up and do the right thing.

This is not how public or elected representatives should ever be.

With a Party System in place that now exists and operates in such a way that it has made entry to Parliament a closed shop for anyone who actually wants to represent other people in a meaningful way and with the integrity that is required, this Country is now facing a watershed moment that reflects on issues much deeper than the pantomime that is taking place in Westminster today – apparently just over Brexit.

This is now about our democracy, governance and how this Country is actually run.

The closed shop appearance of the system can easily lead anyone to believe that there is simply no way that the system can now be fixed.

The Politicians appear to have everything wrapped up and bolted shut in such a way that even The Brexit Party is just another caricature of a system that ensures that anyone elected to public office is destined to behave in exactly the same way as those who have gone before.

But it doesn’t have to be so.

Appearances can be deceiving. All it takes is for People to look at all of this, understand, accept and then to be brave enough to embrace the reality that there is a different way that won’t give us results that turn out to be just the same.

If we want Politicians who are ready and able to fix the problems that we have – whether it’s the climate crisis, housing crisis, poverty, the polarity of wealth, the failures of public services, our education system, Brexit and our relationship with the EU, or indeed our relationship with the rest of the world – we the People must be the ones who stand up, are brave and are ready to instigate and be that change.

The Politicians we have are the relics of this broken system. It is time for them to go.

To be the change that we want, need and deserve in the UK, these politicians need to be removed from their posts or at the very least be prevented from standing in an election ever again. And the Political Parties must be prevented from fielding any Candidates – as without change and reform of the Parties that monopolise the system and select them, these new politicians will surely be just the same when they have been elected as all those we have had before.

Just because there doesn’t appear to be a mechanism for this to happen doesn’t mean that it isn’t a situation that cannot or will not come.

If we do not open ourselves to the possibility of doing things a very different way and are not brave enough to take the risk necessary to be that difference too, we will only have ourselves to blame when this injustice simply continues on indefinitely whilst we all miss out in some way and some how end up getting the blame.

 

Could Bercow actually end up doing the right thing for the wrong reasons too?

October 21, 2019 Leave a comment

Bercow 1Watching the disaster unfold which has been Boris turning out to have been not only as bad as Theresa May but also the same as all those MPs who have been so obsessed with Remain, is an exercise that has provided little in terms of comfort for those who love this Country. It certainly has not been any fun.

In recent days, all the hope that we few still had that Boris – for all the misgivings and warning flags that have flown – would turn out to the the shining knight on a white charger, have been well and truly dispelled.

Boris’ deal is no better than Theresa May’s. What is more, it is certainly worse than Remain.

Worse still, for whatever reason, whether its simply issue fatigue, stupidity, ignorance or just the reality that the People are getting very wise to their self-serving behaviour and are about ready to call time, MPs have been flocking to support Boris’ Trojan Horse Brexit – and now he’s had time to realise it will give him all he ever wanted, even Oliver Letwin has jumped on that same train.

The answer to the Brexit problem is not going to come whilst we still have any of these current MPs behind or indeed anywhere near the wheel. They are simply the wrong people to be undertaking such a responsible and public-minded role.

This means that whatever happens in the coming days, weeks and months, and whatever stunts these miscreant MPs pull, the real Brexit that the British People voted for is not going to be delivered anytime soon.

That however, doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be awake to the further damage that any of these MPs have the capacity to do to our democracy and to the Country or our future itself. For as long as they remain in power, they remain able to continue doing all then damage that they have done, they are doing and that they will continue to do.

If Boris’ deal were to be passed and implemented, the damage it will almost certainly do to the Union itself will be its destruction.

That is before we contemplate the reality that underpins what will be the continuance of shared alignment and rules – which under this so-called agreement would continue to be directed fully by the EU, simply because they will still hold all the trump cards that will prevent gutless politicians of the kind we have today from Leaving the EU as they were directed by the People in the European Referendum at any time.

Whilst Lewin has very quickly returned to his normal form, we may yet be able to look to one of the other destructors of democracy, who has done so much to destroy our Constitution already by misusing his power to do the wrong thing at every turn – simply because there is such an horrifically large ego involved.

Yes, as the Government contemplates going back to the Commons today with what is basically a request to re-run the Vote on Boris’ deal that should have concluded on Saturday, The Speaker himself could be the one key player left who could this time legitimately stop the Government from doing the wrong thing. Just because he wants to use his last days of power to gain more glory, he might actually adhere to the very conventions that he overridden so tirelessly previously, all for the wrong reasons, whilst doing the right thing.

If he does so, it may well turn out to be the case that with no small irony, we will look back and thank him for preventing the same National travesty from manifesting that he has himself done so much to facilitate and cause.

Let’s just hope that John Bercow keeps to his predicable form.

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?

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