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A New Politics

getting-startedA New Politics is something that I have referenced as a term increasingly in my recent Blogs. Just as I have also referred to the ‘Old Politics’ as a term to reference the no longer acceptable form of doing political business which is currently best illustrated by the behaviour of Theresa May, along with the Parliamentary Conservative Party that immediately surrounds her.

Everything that the Conservatives have been doing shows increasing signs that they believe they will be able to return to this approach, repackaged by terms such as ‘One Nation Conservatism’ just as soon as she has gone.

A New Politics is something I have been alluding to, if not using that precise term, for a long while. Just without referencing it in this specific form of words.

A New Politics is also a term that it being discussed more frequently in the media. It was mentioned by the former Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks in his interview with Emily Maitlis on BBC Newsnight on Wednesday evening. Albeit as part of an insightful and frank analysis of the current state of British Politics where like with most examples of its use, he described A New Politics in terms of a location that comes after Brexit has been concluded, rather than offering any idea what it will look like and how it will actually work.

I have been happily tapping away at the keys on my laptop, mentioning ‘A New Politics’ as if it is already a tangible fact and is present a modus operandi, as a manifesto or some other universally accepted term. Of course it is not, and I was reminded of this by a comment posted to my Blog yesterday which specifically requested that I explain what A New Politics is.

So I will attempt to give what A New Politics is to me. What it looks like and how it would work and evolve in greater form.

A new politics is about changing the way that politicians and the people who aspire to be politicians think.

It is about application. It is fundamentally a way of being a politician and conducting politics as a vocation or calling, rather than viewing it as simply a job, career pathway or method of ‘getting on’, which is nothing like the same thing.

It sounds simple at first look. But the reality is that it is anything but simple and is not just about political reform.

Politicians today rarely have the level of awareness of self or of the community, social, business and government environment in which they operate either to look critically within themselves and at what they are doing. Nor do they have the desire or motivation to acquire the skills that will enable them to understand the interaction required of them better.

The Party Political system has reached a stage in its evolution and the management and environmental conditioning of political candidates and frontline members where it is now normal for those taking on elected roles to assume that all problems are external to them and that addressing ‘problems’ external to them is the way that each and every problem is solved.

Because of this external locus in politics, there is a lot of talk about things like changing the Electoral System to PR from First Past The Post and a second Referendum on the Brexit question. It is most notably present in the angry behaviour that is present in the continuing diatribe over Leave vs. Remain and who is – or was- actually right.

But change to our Political System resulting from blame attribution and the change the People are now seeking in Politics are simply not the same thing.

A New Politics must be something that is lived and not only treated as an idea or vision by those who are intricately involved.

It is about the example of good politicians at the top of Government influencing by example.

Of Politicians doing what is right for everyone. Considering the consequences of their decisions not just for those immediately effected. But like the ripple effect upon every part of a widened supply chain for a complex product. It is about considering and working fairly and proportionately for all of those who will be impacted beyond.

A New Politics is the leadership of taking hard, and where necessary unpopular decisions.

Politicians have the responsibility to look up to and beyond the horizon, and be cognizant of everything. Not just that which is obvious or placed in immediate view. They have to be both mindful and respectful of the possibilities and influences that inhabit the ground in-between.

Above all, it’s about seeing an Elected Term as the only opportunity to get things done. Rather than being just a term to secure the result of the next election. And I say this with no intentional hint of irony, given that working hard without fear or emotional tie in to the outcome, is likely to result in the very same thing.

Without repeating a great deal that I have already published, that is about the simplest way to describe what I offer that A New Politics would actually be.

Whilst the reality is that it is exactly what all of our Politicians should now and always have been doing – as it should be for the younger generations yet to come, for some or those with a more kindly interpretation or view of one of the few hard working Politicians that do exist, it may already be their experience and as such not be new at all.

We will have A New Politics when it is effectively the same experience of Politics for everyone.

If you would like to read about my view of A New Politics in more detail and how it would actually begin and then work, I talked about the way to get the ball rolling in Wednesday’s Blog.

I have also written a Book for Kindle that is a guide for people considering entering Politics with the intention of doing the whole thing properly. It’s called How to get Elected and you can read it FREE by clicking HERE, or purchase and download the Book for Kindle HERE.

I also wrote Mutual Aims which is A New Politics outlined as a very basic Political Philosophy in an essay form. Mutual Aims is FREE to read HERE or can be purchased and downloaded as a Book for Kindle HERE.

 

 

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One Nation Conservatism and the Old Politics are the same thing. It’s a horse that won’t run now the Brexit stone has been lifted and Voters are looking for something that works and is actually new

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Just at the very moment you think the Parliamentary Conservatives can do the Party no more harm, One Nation Conservatism gets rolled out again and instead of embracing new and original thinking, the few voices of hope instead show their true colours and make clear that after Brexit, they simply intend to start singing the same old sorry song.

If the seeming inability of the ERG and Brexit-supporting MPs to remove May clinically and decisively in time to save both their Party and possibly the British Political system itself were not bad enough – being made so brutally clear by the upsurge in support for the Brexit Party, even the merest hint that the truth underpinning the Conservative Party today is a view that nothing other than our relationship with the EU has changed, tells us all that their MPs are failing to realise that they are still embracing the Old Politics and are destined to fail.

Change in politics is no longer a choice.

If the Conservatives continue to cling to the wreckage of the Old Politics by choice, simply by rebranding it whilst carrying on as normal with the belief that paying lip service is all that it will take to convince an Electorate already weary of lies, that words are all it takes to change politics and no more, the Party will not be seen as in any way credible.

The Brexit Party will clean up. Not because it is offering something meaningful for the long term – it clearly is not. But because it is successfully talking up what People actually want and is therefore inspiring people from all political angles and persuasions, even though it will be hard pressed even to deliver Brexit, let alone anything more.

If the drop in polling numbers is not sending the right message for the Conservative MPs  in this lame Parliament today, that ‘this is the way that things have always been done’ is no longer acceptable; that they now must think differently and use Brexit as the baseline opportunity as a means for a better future, rather than a flash in the pan and nothing more, the People are going to judge them all as finished and look for solutions elsewhere. The Conservative Party will simply be no more.

The point of no return is now arriving.

May should have already been long gone.

The result of the European Elections this week will make clear for everyone very loudly what no change within any of the incumbent Westminster Parties has in store.

This is the last chance saloon for a future based on the existing model of British Politics.

But if the ideas, approach and policies don’t change, politics and therefore our democracy are quickly going to look very different.

The ease of electoral participation that we have all been taking for granted will evaporate.

It will be replaced by the darkness that is created by populism when it has gone too far to be headed off.

All because at the time that it could have been, when those that have the power right now to work proactively to do so simply refuse to accept that the world around them has changed and they have to put doing what’s right first, instead of reverting to type and pretending that all our problems are about just one issue and that they have otherwise been right all along.

Wake up guys. Because the age of the free ride and gravy train of party politics in the UK simply exists no more.

Everything wrong with our Political Parties has gifted them with the inability to change and what follows a win by the Brexit Party is what we should now be fearing most

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Whilst some of us have been arguing that the Political Parties need to embrace change, we also know that the very reasons that they have gone so wrong are those most likely to ensure that they will not do so. Not until time has run out and it’s all too late.

We needn’t look far for examples that make this clear.

The Conservatives have and even now are missing repeated opportunities to change approach and go a different way.

They are happy to indulge an out of control and wholly inept Prime Minister for purposes that are all and only ever have been about themselves, whilst the Country draws near to a precipice that could otherwise have been avoided.

Our political class has become detached from reality and insulated by a Political Party System that excludes anything from it that gives the whole Electorate an effective and fully inclusive voice.

After many years within a process of insular ascendancy, our MPs no longer understand or identify any need to listen to any voice, other than their own.

Politics today is not in any way intuitive. For if it was, we would not be in the position that we are and Brexit would have been completed. We would already be well and truly out of the EU and talk of a dividing line down the middle of the Country would have never gained traction. The whole thing would be over and done.

Instead we have a political class that cannot understand nor accept even now, that it has done anything in any way wrong.

For years and in all likelihood decades, this approach has been innocently overlooked by the Public. There has been an unwritten acceptance that this was the way Government works. Simply the way that things get done.

But when David Cameron tossed over responsibility to us for a decision on leaving the EU, that status quo was broken.

It instantly became unacceptable for MPs to continue behaving as if they have the right to manipulate and dictate everything that we do and what for us as a Country is yet to come.

When we the People made our decision to Leave the EU, just like after any normal election where we would also have done the same, we expected and trusted that the result would be respected in the same way by politicians as we have had to accept, sometimes grudgingly too.

By choosing not to respect this formula, MPs have brought into question the whole meaning of democracy.

Their obfuscation and malevolent behaviour during the Brexit Process has underlined that MPs consider the Decision of the People to be wrong.

Their action has released the genie from the bottle and now Farage is back. Bigger, better and hitting home with words people relate to more than ever before. People are beginning to feel like he has already won.

But the reach and apparent accuracy of the Brexit Party via a captivating campaign that is tapping into public feeling that crosses the entire political spectrum is limited. It is only a campaign after all.

The connection with the Brexit Party and its message that we see, feel and find ourselves relating to has been created by good dynamic communication. Communication based on effective analysis, intuition, interpretation, translation and the clear unbiased elucidation of the common thread of feeling we share about how we have been sold out by an out of touch and self-serving political class that without immediate change, will only continue to do wrong.

But the Brexit Party is not the change that we need either.

It ultimately represents a collective response to dealing with just one thing.

And once the result of delivering Brexit has been achieved, the commonality that binds everyone with the aims and actions of the Brexit Party will immediately be gone.

We should really now be asking ‘what happens then?’

The Brexit Party has no political philosophy that underpins it, other than to deliver Brexit. There simply is nothing more.

There is no direction underpinning a domestic policy. And with a raft of highly enthusiastic and yes opportunistic candidates too, the clear lack of experience of politics, government and the machinations of the wider public sector present, should be telling us all that we really need to know.

The reality is that a Brexit Party immediately thrust into majority government or as a key influence within a cooaltion would almost certainly be no better, if not even less effective than the very poor excuse for democracy and responsive government that we have already got.

Very few of the Brexit Party Candidates would be equipped with the experience and understanding to hit the ground running in government, no matter what they might sincerely believe. The Civil Service would simply seize the opportunity to go on the rampage, when the malign influences at work within Whitehall are themselves not an insignificant part of all that is already wrong.

Whilst an open assessment that says there is no substance behind what Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party are doing might well sound like an argument to stick with what we already have, I can most assuredly make clear that it certainly is not.

Change is now inevitable.

The rot in politics has simply gone too far.

But none of this is or ever has been as simple as being solely about Brexit alone.

The open secret for a growing number of us is that this has always been about so much more.

The question here is who will actually bring the real change that People are now having their hopes built up to, by a Brexit Party that is in reality selling nothing better than the ‘Old Politics’, wallpapered over with messages that sound like the Party is capable of delivering dreams, when it is currently ill-equipped to even attempt to deliver Brexit. There is certainly nothing that suggests the Brexit Party is a credible option to take the UK beyond Brexit and deliver more.

The hard truth is that the Brexit Party can only promise the delivery of Brexit with a considerable risk of disappointment for us all involved.

As far as democracy is concerned thereafter, we can only be confident of an immediate return to the politics of the world before Brexit. Of going back to the system we have rejected. The very one that we so badly want changed.

We are sadly guaranteed this because NO Political Party can demonstrate a difference between them and the ideals of ‘them and us’. What we the People now recognise as the politics of old.

 

 

Are you wondering how GOOD politicians would behave differently to the shower of shite we have now?

April 18, 2019 Leave a comment

Get Elected 13Nobody is talking about what really needs to change at the baseline of British Politics.

Amazing as it may seem with all the chat about new political parties such as Change UK and Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party being tipped to clean up at the never-should-have-been-held European Elections on 23rd May, there is simply no discussion underway about what it will actually take to put things right and to correct everything that is going wrong.

Worse still. By falling into the trap of thinking that change is as simple as electing one party that says its all about change or another party only dedicated to delivering on the Leave Vote over Europe, we may together blunder into electing yet a load more politicians who might look different, speak different and maybe even behave different, but will actually do everything just the same.

Things will not change in politics until we think differently about politics and make sure that the people we elect to represent are thinking about politics just the same.

That’s going to take work.

Whilst we needed the change that’s coming to have taken place 3 years or more ago, it hasn’t, because the very reason that the change is needed has continued to get in the way.

Yes we need a quick result.

But when there aren’t quick options available that actually work in the way that we need them too, the battle is won in each and every step that we take to make, become and live the change and not just about what we perceive to be a fleeting result.

If you’d really like to see, know and understand what it will take to get British Politics in the right place, with the right politicians doing the right things for ALL of the People that they represent, I would like to invite you to read my e-book ‘How to Get Elected’.

How to Get Elected is not just a guide for those considering running in elections wherever they might be across the UK. It is a basic code of practice. A guideline and framework for anyone who wants to be a good public representative for other people, with pointers to what to do, consider, how to behave and how to go about getting things done.

It’s available to read in the form of a click-through Website which you can access without charge at anytime HERE.

How to Get Elected is also available as a Kindle Book on Amazon and will be FREE to download over Easter Weekend by following the link HERE.

Please enjoy my book, leave a review on Amazon and don’t be afraid to let me know what you think.

Best wishes to you, whatever your natural affiliation or view,

Adam

 

Voting for a Brexit Party just became a serious option for many of us, but we need a political movement ready to tackle the causes of Brexit too

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It feels like we have been taken to the edge, just for Theresa May to go off again many times before. Yet the content of her speech from Downing Street last night not only put an entirely different reality on the table for the Brexit process, but for British Politics and the wider possibilities of what we could all be about to experience in the UK too.

The frustration and yes, anger over the Brexit betrayal and the actions of many of our MPs is becoming palpable in the world outside Westminster.

If you take time to read, absorb and interpret the messages that are pumping out across social media, you will see that talk of alternatives to the three main Political Parties has been growing. Even frontline Conservatives are now publicly questioning their allegiance to a Party that has completely lost its way under May and are on the verge of looking for a new political home.

The passion out there is growing. There are clearly a great many people who are adding their voices to a mix that not only includes those ready or already committed to taking their vote away from the Conservatives, Labour or Liberal Democrat Parties – perhaps as early as the Local Elections set to be held next month. But many more who are set to support anything which resembles a movement ready to respect and deliver Brexit and do whatever it will take to get the job done.

Because of the mess that the overriding majority within today’s political culture has created, we cannot overlook the impact of the influence that new political vehicles such as the Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage could now inflict.

There are others in the making along the same lines too. And with the strength and evolution of Public resentment now coming directly into the mix too, these are very real entities that within weeks could be getting Councillors, MPs and yes, MEPs elected, representing that focus, frustration and anger, but also bringing to the table a lot of additional unknowns too.

The real danger in all of this, is that at a time when this Country needs something fundamentally different from the current Public Representation that we have at all levels, we could be about to get something far less refined. Something that is nonetheless fundamentally equipped with the same views, aspirations and understanding as the current crop of politicians that we have.

I say this, because the majority of MPs and Councillors now representing us had the same kind of passion, outlook and energy themselves when they first ventured into this horrid excuse for a political system that we have.

Few with such aspirations enter the world of politics without reference to a commitment to public service at some level at least. But the structure, nature and mechanisms of the political and government system as it is and has been for a very long time have made the majority of our political class little more than willing but nonetheless passive participants in a legislature incapable of breaking new ground, of original thinking or of taking the people and businesses of this Country to the destination where we are all considered properly and as a priority by public policy. A place where we can be confident in the Country and communities around us which are not the EU’s, but very much our own.

Why is this important?

It is important, because being an MP, Councillor or whatever an elected representative in the UK might be, is not just about getting elected alone.

The responsibilities of finding yourself elected are far reaching. So even if a majority of MPs were to be elected to Parliament from just one or from a number of Brexit Parties, we have to ask the very serious question about what happens to law making in this Country when a proper Brexit has been delivered and the manifesto promises of speakers like Farage have been achieved and their value has effectively gone.

Brexit lifted the giant rock that has been covering everything that is wrong with politics and government in the UK.

Many of our politicians don’t even understand the complexity of the issues upon which they are voting for. A reality brought into painful focus by the fact that Conservative MPs were being taught to understand a Customs Union only this Monday, after they have been voting on its possible use in a deal with the EU for weeks if not months already.

Political tribalism – that’s voting for the three main Parties, is the default setting in this Country.

This means that once Brexit is done and dusted – which it will be, that without a credible alternative to what we have now in place that has a direction equivalent to wholesale change, voters will ultimately return to the Parties they used to vote for once the mess is gone.

Be under no illusion, they will be voting for the same attitudes, same self serving behaviour and same contempt for the lives of others that we are experiencing the tail end of right here and now, if the Parties that we know in Westminster today are not subject to fundamental and far-reaching reform.

There is a distinct absence of principles, ethics and morality within our political class today. This is the biggest problem of them all.

For if these attributes existed to any great degree in Westminster already, we would not be anywhere near the Brexit chaos in which this Parliament has guided our pathway to become entwined.

If as the result of some grave misfortune we still were, such qualities would be guiding us away from a place where May could be about to make a deal with the Devil just to save her own role and perceived legacy. And those MPs exhibiting them would be doing everything necessary to put this Country first, which means bringing the career of this Prime Minister to its end – knowing and in spite of the fact that it would be at risk to their own.

There is imply no way to plan ahead from the place that this and a succession of Parliaments has brought us today and the paralysis will remain until the reality of this has had its say.

The only way that we will find ourselves as a Country again will be if our MPs start doing the right thing in the moment, instead of being obsessed with controlling everything else other than that which is theirs to control.

 

Dear anti-Brexit MPs: You didn’t attempt to spin your way out of the democratic mandate when you were elected to Parliament, so why is the Brexit we also voted for so different?

BullWith all credibility now well and truly gone from this Parliament, it is regrettably all too convenient that some of the architects of the Brexit impasse are already touting the possibility of an inquiry being set up to define what went wrong.

In the age of spin, where the best, most eloquent or most communicable excuses eclipse pretty much every level of genuine truth or non-Westminster reality, it sadly comes as little surprise.

It has, after all, become the default option of poor representatives, to cover their own failures, misgivings and downright self-interest by identifying just about any form of excuse they can find which will anchor a justification for trashing workable plans, ideas that will actually help other people or destroying the credibility and often the progress of others who can actually justify their arguments or what it is they do.

The problem is now so deeply seated within the establishment and the way that both Politicians and public figures behave that very little actually stands up to scrutiny under anyone who can still be bothered to cast a critical eye.

Relationships of all kinds with the Electorate and the Public at large are being obliterated.

Our trust and faith in institution has been abused. But until now, until this excuse of a process for Leaving the EU, the rock had not been lifted upon all the darkness that lies in the system beneath.

It has taken the rebellion of our elected representatives against a clear democratic instruction to show and give the lie to everything that for so long was accepted as credible, now demonstrated as being rotten, actively misrepresented and in no way what it has been presented as, and is in fact, the opposite extreme.

The Will of the People is no grey area. It is not a policy which itself can be negotiated, redirected, chopped and changed. The Will of the People is clear, definite and no excuse can, should or will ever justify any kind of excuse or attempt to ignore it or overturn it, no matter how right or justified the party behind such a move might believe their efforts to be.

It is not for any elected representative to dictate that those who elected them are in any way wrong.

To do so delegitimises the very act of their own election. It indicates that the democratic process leading to their appointment is also flawed and therefore wrong.

It doesn’t matter what these intransigent MPs say, think or do. No amount of time. No amount of obfuscation. No amount of fear mongering will bring legitimacy to their actions or that which they do.

Deep down this rum majority of MPs know this, even if they cannot bring themselves to be open about it and act upon it as they should.

That is why Brexit is where it is.

That is why people are being lied to about Brexit.

That is why we are being sold lie after lie which contradicts the truth that a clean, full, meaningful and no-deal Brexit for the UK will actually be extremely good and much better for us all – the real People across this Country than continued entanglement with the EU ever would.

So MPs, cut the excuses and the bullshit that you have framed our once world-respected political system with as you have smashed it into the ground.

Give us the proper Brexit that we voted for.

Stand back, let us finally Leave on the 12th of April and do your job to facilitate the Will of the People as your were instructed to do so democratically; as we expected and trusted that you would when we elected you, and as you know deep down that you should.

 

 

 

 

 

Brexitocracy

February 27, 2019 Leave a comment

It would be nice to think that getting frustrated with the Brexit process is an experience available only to those who follow everything going on very closely. Sadly it is not. And whilst those of us who look closely at the implications of everything that our Politicians are or are refusing to do, the reality is no different for those who perceive Politics and the Brexit process from a much greater distance, feel the difference without any need to elucidate it, and have a much more real-world take on the realities of Leave vs. Remain.

The short-sightedness, short mindedness and short memories of our MPs is illustrated particularly well in relation to Brexit by the fact that as a majority they still have no understanding of what actually caused it and continue to play out the idea that they actually know better than the People they govern, by readily continuing to commit the same mistakes over and over again.

With Government now at a point of stagnancy which is hard to describe, we are in danger of overlooking the real impact of this constipated state of governance that we have found ourselves in, and are just as likely to forget the significant, yet intricate chronology of events that have taken place under the auspices of the Coalition, Cameron and May Governments, and what the impact of this whole style of politics is going to have in the future, even if their modus operandi should prove successful and the UK is temporarily forced to Remain.

I have focused on the short-termism in the attitudes and outlooks of politicians, as this is an umbrella which covers a whole multitude of problems, issues and time bombs which are being stored up for the immediate and long term future, but which will be forgotten if not by accident then on purpose.

Today we have inept leadership at the forefront of an incompetent Parliament.

Politicians are driven by anything and everything other than that which they should be.

They are fearful of their own shadows, and above all have a cultural default position of prioritising self-interest that culminates in an influence upon all decision-making and boils down to self-preservation and maintaining the prospect of retaining their positions above all else and everything.

To call today’s Parliamentarians legislators would be disingenuous whilst remming technically correct as they are merely playing a game in all that they do.

For they are collectively stewarding a vehicle which is no better than a banana republic, whilst lording it around telling everyone very loudly why they are justified to do all that they are or are not doing.

Today this can be distilled down to the badge of delivering a form of Brexit which will only ever be Brexit in name.

The inaction or misacting of which they are responsible, whether innocently driven by those who should never have been entrusted with a level of public responsibility that they do not understand, or deliberately by those who once elected immediately believe they know better than the People who actually elected them is a distinct form of politics and it should have its own name.

Brexitocracy will surely be remembered for a form of government where nothing changes and everything stays the same.

No matter what words may be different; no differences will ever be made.

The Politicians and the Political Parties involved have key stakes in the furtherance and propagation of a system which is not only broken, but simply doesn’t work and ultimately will only deliver benefit to those who are involved.

The Politicians and Parties will not step aside. They will happily blame the environment around them for their faults, but will never turn around their analysis and look at the causes of all their problems and ultimately our problems, which have been generated from within their inside.

First Past the Post (FPTP) is not the problem.

When Politicians are genuinely in touch with the needs and aspirations of the Electorate, the Party, collective or group of Independents that tap into this will almost always be guaranteed a landslide.

Proportional representation is the tool of politicians who are continually looking to others to make responsible for their own ineptitude, inadequacy and guilt. It is the easy way out and a tool for lazy politicians who covet the power of being elected, but don’t want to actually connect with the electorate that they should be there to represent.

Brexit itself is the culmination of many different problems that have been coming together and manifesting as broken policy over decades and many different governments and parliamentary terms.

It was the decision of David Cameron to set a new precedent by going to the People with a plebiscite in which they willingly took that responsibility from those who had resigned their responsibility, which finally broke the mould.

The genie is now well and truly out of the bottle and there is no way that the UK can ever be returned to the condition that Europhiles romantically recall as being ‘Remain’.

The direction of travel is now that the People are committed to leaving the EU and if this cannot be achieved under the auspices of one team of caretakers who have gone native in Europe, it will simply wait until a new government or new form of government takes over and sweeps aside the malevolent interventions and obfuscations of all those who are currently involved.

 

 

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