This is an open letter to readers from this blogger.
Most readers of this blog believe that the things which qualify or disqualify any leader or public figure in our minds are integrity, ethics, spine and working for our country. And we all know, judging by voting patterns and comments at online news sites, that for many out there, those qualities do not seem to matter all that much.
This is how low our society has fallen that inveterate liars like Cameron and Miliband can still find support, tribal support. We only need look at two recent events to see it illustrated.
First is the leftist attack on Nigel Farage at the pub last Sunday.
Ed West is Conservative Party so this is worth reading about Farage and decency:
There was something genuinely frightening about the disturbance aimed at Nigel Farage and his family this weekend; what’s scary is that there seem to be so many people in our country who think a man having lunch with his family is a legitimate target for such a stunt because of his views. If you’re prepared to do that in front of people’s kids, you can likely do anything.
None of the major populist parties in western Europe, whether it be Ukip, the FN, the Party for Freedom or any other, resemble the Nazis any more than the standard centre-Left have much in common with Stalin; there are genuinely neo-Nazi parties, such as Golden Dawn, but they tend to be tiny and ineffective, and in weak, fringe nations.
But once you convince a generation that anyone objecting to ‘diversity’ is a Nazi you can make them do almost anything not just to beat their arguments but to destroy them. When Pim Fortuyn rose to popularity on a platform opposing multiculturalism in his liberal country the Dutch media painted him as a new Hitler who was scapegoating Muslims – until one activist took it upon himself to make sure Fortuyn could do so no more.
What annoys me the most is all this misrepresentation. “At least Farage got some of his own back.” His own what? Does he send out kippers to disrupt people’s lunches, to attack leaders near their HQs, as in Rotherham?
There was one comment at Guido’s which I think summed this up:
There’s one thing that won’t have escaped most sensible people in the last few years. Not once has Farage smeared, shouted at, abused, jostled or threatened a single person anywhere. Every time he’s been on TV or in public he has shown the utmost courtesy and respect to everyone regardless of their politics. In return, the left have smeared, shouted at, abused, jostled and threatened him at every opportunity. That says it all.
The depth and breadth of the Left’s hate for UKIP is staggering considering Farage’s impeccable behaviour towards others and their rather benign amateur blessedly slightly eccentric very English way of going about their business.
If UKIP were the French FN, and they aren’t as “extreme” (whatever that means) these days, I could perhaps understand some, a tiny amount, of this hatred. It isn’t just those idiots from Sunday but the MSM barely contain their contempt – I don’t understand. If they have such contempt for the frankly mild UKIP stance what do they think about the rest of us?
It is all so disproportionate. It is all so skewed. Are they really that insecure?
You can well imagine one of those thugs actually stabbing somebody or setting something on fire in some hormonal hate filled raged, then trying to use their gender or orientation to get off the charge because Farage in their mind was the true aggressor. I bet many of them live very comfortable middle class lives that they not only feel entitled to do such acts without guilt but are also safe from an assault charge that would wreck the lives of the ordinary.
It is a shame that 40% to 45% who won’t vote in the General Election can’t organise themselves for just one day and shut the whole corrupt damaged three party system down. We should be thankful those thugs are just a tiny minority of a tiny minority. One day though hopefully soon a minority of the silent majority will put them back in their boxes.
So, if he’s shown spine, integrity and ethics, plus he knows politics, then why would we need to look any further on May 7th? Do we not want the dishonest politicians out? Look at UKIP the other day – slightest whiff of dishonesty and she was out. What exactly do people want in their politicians?
The second issue is the nasty little attempt today by the government to unseat Bercow by the back door. Why not just sack him? The issue of Bercow and that appalling wife aside, what this today showed was that Cameron can’t lie straight in bed. Nothing is done on the basis of it being the right thing, it’s all votes, a la Jim Hacker and he twists and turns to suit the political weather. Let alone the three men’s treason against the UK.
Miliband and Clegg are just as bad, the Greens are a joke. Now there is the prospect of Wee Alex ruling England by holding the weak Miliband to ransom and Sturgeon telling him she’s the chief nasty up there, not him. Today he was swigging champagne and swaggering about.
But one man stands above all this, one leader of a popular party. The press has lied through its teeth about this party and this week has come out with this ridiculous drop to 9-10% support, while the latest poll today says it’s gone up from 17 to 18%. Whom does one believe anymore?
Over at Guido’s, in the light of the Bercow fiasco, this comment also summed up the dilemma of whom to vote for:
If there was ever a reason to believe that the Conservative party, in its current state, was unfit to deliver anything useful for the country, this utter fiasco was surely it.
We know that the Labour party only delivers debt, mismanagement and downright graft. The LibDems? Why am I even bothering to type their stupid name, which is a total misdescription?
Only one party is fit to be put into power – and it is certainly not the SNP.
Over and over and over, the same truth comes through.
The exasperation is understandable, we’re all exasperated. But staying away and not using your vote is allowing those people in parliament today and those people who attacked the pub last Sunday to get their people in. It would only take half that 45% or whatever to actually vote just this once and vote for the party of the leader who does have integrity and there is a UKIP government.
You say they’re not ready. Possibly but is that any reason to put this other lot back in? And by not voting, that is exactly what you’re doing.
You might say it all needs sweeping away. Yes it does. Is that going to happen by saying it? Or by putting a cross in a box?
You might say you never vote, stuff them all. Again, I understand but think of this as a one off. If it’s something in Farage you don’t like, then vote for an independent. This is the one chance for five years to get something changed for the better.