In just over 30 days, as the dust settles from a General Election like no other, a huge spotlight shines upon our nation’s wrecked political and democratic system.
We now have a ‘majority’ government put in power by just 24% of the voters. This means our country is being run by a party that does not have the support of three quarters of the electorate, a third of which could not be bothered to vote!
Unperturbed by this haemorrhaging of support the new government is already using its miniscule majority to push through its agenda whilst it still has unassailable power. The abuse contained within this agenda is truly staggering and shows a contempt for even the minority that voted them into power.
Let’s start with the EU referendum, a political selling point in the Tory campaign to win re-election, which worked very nicely for them and the reality of which is now hitting home. Cameron is bending the whole stunt out of any semblance of an effort to empower the people by dropping the established ‘purdah’ period, thus allowing his party to shape public opinion into the ‘Yes’ vote he needs. To add insult to injury WE will be paying for this propaganda exercise!
To muddy the waters even further he is now seeking to have the referendum held on the same day as elections for the Scottish parliament, Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies and the London Mayor, flying in the face of the Electoral Commission who believe such an important decision should only be conducted on a separate voting day.
I remember the first speech Cameron made after his appointment as leader of the party when he looked across the despatch box at Tony Blair and said “I am a younger version of you”. My God how profound were those words. He has yet to begin an illegal war but is certainly pulling many loathsome political tricks I am sure Blair would be envious of.
Then there’s our Chancellor, who bragged how he was pulling down National Debt and would make further inroads if re-elected. What he didn’t mention at the time was selling off the governments (our) shareholding in Royal Mail, as well as our stake in RBS at a loss that is blessed by Rothschild’s. All of this whilst reneging on an election promise not to reduce tax credits. An indication perhaps, to the 24%, as to what they have voted in . . . and where his true loyalties lie with ‘austerity’?!
(In the US it has been revealed that it is now mathematically impossible to pay off all of their debt and I have no reason to believe we are not headed in the same direction, as part of the terms of our ‘special relationship’ with their government!)
Political abuse is now rampant, (a 10% pay increase . . . for what!!!!), with a democratic process so skewered out of shape that it is difficult to see how we can return to some semblance of control over it. Morality has long been absent from the mind-set of the political leadership and why should it when so few of the population are needed to produce a government that is untouchable?
In Tony Blair’s favour was his ability to recognise that the political landscape has change out of all recognition to what it was 50 years ago. Gone are the Dockers, Sheet metal workers and Mineworkers, along with many other ‘blue collar’ workers that formed the backbone of the labour party. Today all workers, be they blue or white collar and I include the middle class as well, are facing a common enemy that is the 1%.
In distancing the Labour party from the trade unions he identified this change in potential supporters, which Milliband ignored to his cost. No longer is the traditional battleground of left and right relevant and as long as it is given credibility by the electorate the 1% will continue to strengthen their hold on power and its subsequent abuse.
Within every problem lies its solution and this is the case for the people of this country now. We need a new political party that can unite the ‘middle’ and ‘working’ classes (I HATE those phrases), in returning power to the people through a form of Socialism that recognises the need for effectively managing and promoting the profit motive.
It could have been possible under Blair and Co, if they had played with a straight bat but sadly the lure of untold wealth and power finally took its toll. A repackaged Labour party under a visionary leadership could be our country’s salvation, or a party with similar values, if the old Labour mould cannot be broken.
In the meantime I look at the political carnage of the last 30 days and weep for this country and its people.
Until the next time.
Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes