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Once this shitstorm of a Government ends, I don’t want to be governed by people who only know how to complain loudly and tell us what they don’t want. I am not alone

August 20, 2020 Leave a comment

In a number of different blogs I have published recently, I have focused on what happens next once the Johnson Administration falls as it will inevitably do so, probably within only weeks or months from now.

I am attempting to reach out to the growing mass of disenfranchised people and those who have found themselves on the receiving end of the fallout from the Lockdown, Social Distancing and the measures that are turning the UK into a totalitarian state around us whilst many don’t even appear to be even aware of what’s going on.

Regrettably, those who believe they are already in possession of ‘the truth’ and are furiously accusing other people of being wrong whilst expecting them to change their minds in the same breath rarely have the capacity to understand that they themselves may only understand a certain perspective or part of the truth. That there a much bigger picture at work that even fewer understand.

A #KBF activist tweeted a picture yesterday of what appeared to be the hands of Morpheus in the Film The Matrix offering Neo the choice of a blue pill that would keep him at the same level, which was ‘continued sleep’ or the red pill which would ‘awaken’ him and liberate his understanding of how their world really operated as if he was in ‘wonderland’. The accompanying text said something like ‘If I can get one person to take the red pill today, I will feel that I have achieved something’.

Whilst this sentiment said much about the difference between members of one social group that appears to be blindly doing what the Government tells them to do and accepts as truth everything that the media tells them, and the other which sees itself to be awake to the truth and bordering on if not actually dipping into a foray of progressively unbridling conspiracy theories as they do so, it says very little about the complexity of the situation that we are now in.

Finding a solution to all this – as the Brexit debate has already proven – will be ridiculously divisive if people continue to paint the choice for everyone as being simply a question of black or white.

The same people celebrate that those they disagree with block them or run from debate because there is no basis to their argument. Yet at the same time those preaching talk up marches, riots, the weight of numbers and prosecutions of those ‘responsible for doing wrong’ when these are all sure signs of a perhaps surprisingly similar narrative. One where the speakers are not confident of their own position to be sure that they have all the bases covered and know deep down that they really have a formula that is legitimate or even on the pathway to being right.

Everything is relative to something and this whole debate about what Johnson & Co have done and what happens next is by no means relative to everything, but it is still relative to a whole lot more than the list of wrongdoings that those lined up against the Government today are making allowance for.

The philosophy they have, like the Brexit or Leave movement before, is based in the greater part only on getting rid of what they don’t want. It only pays lip service to what the problem will be replaced with and is accompanied by no genuinely tangible information on how they would achieve even that.

This kind of approach simply doesn’t wash or create genuine buy-in with the majority of people when experience suggests that the only people who can be relied upon to run the country in the future will be drawn from the groups of politicians who are running it now.

Cheap talk, threats of violence and promises of punishing those we have made guilty doesn’t sort out the problems that a Country has at anytime. Least of all now when we are in the middle of a National Crisis that the stupidity of the existing establishment has made exponentially worse than it ever needed to be.

Confidence and inspiration for us all will only come from the creation of a credible alternative. One that can replace the false promise of a track-record with the personal motivation and desire to take a leap of faith in people who will see through in government what they promise us, treat us as adults as they do so and turn everything around in the UK so that everything works for all.

Yes, the British Political System is totally fucked. But until we have made it work for us so that we can legitimately replace the stupid politicians that we have got, we cannot begin the comprehensive public policy reform that will make democracy work again for us all.

What looks like the easy answer is unlikely to be it. I have had conversations with a number of activists that make clear to me that few understand the role that they can play in being that change, and that simply following someone who has a name, a profile and sounds like they are right about a few things that a few people agree with is likely to be yet another paving slab on our current pathway to hell.

I walked away from frontline politics at the moment it became clear that I could not put the needs of my electors before the aims of the Conservative Party and my local Group and by that I mean the people who led it. I cannot support anyone seeking elected office who approaches representative government and the responsibilities that those elected have in anything like the same way.

So I am looking for a solution; a new movement that comes from the grassroots up, respects the need to work with the political system (and our system of democracy) as it is now, so that it can be restored to how it should really be. Above all, one that wants to be inclusive and genuinely blind to the differences between us whether they are physical, in the way we think or whatever our past approach to politics and questions like Brexit once involved.

It is neither rocket science nor beyond the capability of normal, everyday people to start something new now that could quickly become very big and ready to take over and then take on what will be the long and arduous process of putting everything right where Johnson, this rotten political culture and all these stupid politicians who should never have been in elected office left off.

We just need to start a new conversation. Begin with the right approach. Keep going with it uncompromisingly  as we go along.

Are you ready to be the change and do it properly?

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