Thursday, 3 December 2009

What the future holds

I was going to write a blogpost about my disillusionment with the current tranche of UK political parties:-
Via Constantly FuriousVote Labour, because the Leader of the Conservatives went to an expensive private school;

Vote Conservative, because the Prime Minister is a poor public speaker, and will never answer a question properly;

Vote independent, because even an elderly TV presenter could do a better job;

Vote Lib Dem, because the Conservatives would change a minor tax rule;

Vote BNP, because you don't like Labour any more

Vote UKIP, because the Conservatives won't promise a referendum about a treaty that has already been signed.

Vote Green, because the BNP are racist

I'm always interested in Labour supporters, what they have to support, what can they see in their political party that makes them support that party. Not the mainstream, top Labour blogs like LabourList or Tom Harris.

But the more grass rootsish blogs like Camdenish Labour blogger Luciana Berger, I don't know what they see. Where's the charisma? Where's the flag to rally round? What's the point in voting for that party.

Labour have been in power for twelve years, they've governed the UK since 1995. The UK you see before you is one they've sculpted in whatever image they wanted...

But on reading Dick Puddlecote's post, he's far more eloquent and covers many of the same bases I would have if I was better at this blogging thing.
Why the stalling, and why the continual marginalisation of those who provide the spine of the country, in favour of politically correct cowardice?

The keys to Number 10 are, as should be fairly obvious, tantalisingly in the gift of the working classes of the country, yet both Labour and Conservative are refusing to take up their cause for fear of a backlash from the professionally righteous.

There are three potential outcomes, in my opinion:

1) The Tories could unveil a 'freedom charter' or some such, which will suck up the working vote and deliver a large majority which is unassailable for a generation.

2) Labour could pre-empt that and promise to deliver some relief for the voters they have increasingly demonised. They will escape electoral obsolescence but who can possibly believe they will deliver on such promises after their previous legal battles against their own manifesto pledges?

or 3) They will both continue listening to vested interests and paid lobbyists, thereby sticking two fingers up at the electorate, and the Tories will sneak it (perhaps with a damaging hung parliament) without addressing some deeply held objections to the political process.

If I were a betting man, I'd go for 3) with the Tories reluctant to hand back the freedoms denied by the control freaks we have been subjected to since 1997.

There's nothing that inspires me to vote for any of the established parties, all of them come with baggage I'd rather travel without.

And whilst the Libertarian party under Devil's Kitchen could be a great deal of fun, in the last local elections they got about as many votes as I did when I ran for president. As Charlotte Gore points out, they're a party for internet nerds, not for the working class voter, and bleating about shoving sharpened cockroaches down pissholes and getting piano wire for lamp posts ain't gonna convince a third generation unemployed chap from Denniston who's voted Labour all his life like his pappy did.

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