Wiggia wrote and sent yesterday:
Christopher Booker often writes articles that are nearer the truth than his contemporaries in the MSM, not always with the facts correctly displayed but in general terms there is much to commend his articles.
But not this one where he cites all the politicians as being centred on giving away sweeties and failing to discuss why so many things are really failing and refusing to get involved in telling it like it is.
So he quite rightly gets pulled up in the comments when it is suggested one politician is telling the truth on certain subjects Nigel Farage and UKIP whom he dare not mention as his mate has fallen out big time with.
Rather a disingenuous stance to take in an article on all the political class, so not only do we, as he suggests, get the politicians we deserve by voting for the status quo, but we are also not given the truth about the one party and its leader that is at least making some of the right noises because his mate has had a falling out with same, bottled it is the expression that came to mind.
Yesterday was a busy day for me and I’ve only just read this now. Interesting that that was precisely what we were discussing yesterday too. Once a week, I get to have an in-depth political discussion – the rest of the week is following the same sources all the rest of you do.
What was apparent with my mate was his optimism and I mentioned it and he asked what I was then? Pessimist? Realist? Reader of history, I added. Which today leads back to Wiggia.
Don’t know if this is one of the most transparent general elections or not but it seems so glaringly obvious that desperate “leaders” are promising impossible things to give, uncosted, all to get “first past the post”. What a ridiculous voting system and yet a majority put it back in in a referendum. I suspect many voted against the AV simply because it was Clegg. Personality politics in the UK.
In a similar way, there are clearly a large number who don’t like Nigel’s abrasiveness, directness and seeming empire building. The UK is caught up in the cult of the personality – leaders’ debates are all about that.
My mate says people around this land see right through the politicians’ lying promises. Do they? On the other hand, they’re caught up in an openly lying press which does everything from distorting polls to manufacturing scandals to labelling whatever the MSM wish to apply.
Who are these 33% of people who will vote Tory or Labour? Who the hell are they? Are they people who wish for continuity and stability, wishing to vote for the devil they know because those two parties put forth BS about being the party of business or the party of the worker? Both have been exploded if, by “business”, you mean middling and small businesses, the backbone of the nation.
Do these 33%ers see through the lies and the damage done to the nation and ask, “What nation? There’s just me, just my family?” Anyone promising to cut 1p off a pint, anyone promising child support or something else? Can these people not see the lying toerags in Cameron and Miliband, the latter one of the most ineffectual in opposition but highly dangerous in power?
Are you not agreed that the EU is a yoke on our necks? That it is utter BS that it prevents wars? Is it for the free travel to the continent without showing your passport that you’ll vote in all the rest of it these Marxists are doing to us? Are you happy with the numbers up in the 40% region in some places, e.g. Bradford youth, not from this land? A
Or are you against a similar border policy to most other lands?
One thing I’m sure of is that “the deficit” is not of the least concern to the people as a whole, nor national debt. So what, think people, it’s not my personal deficit, not my personal debt. And how many conflate the two? Are the people of this land political sophisticates?
One word which was mentioned over and over yesterday was greed. That people have been encouraged, from on top, to be greedy. So here go labourites, saying Thatcher began it, here go Tories saying it was Labour. Hey – it’s people who are like that. Politicians pander to the lowest common denominator in the society.
It was similar in Russia. Many Russians associate greed with the British – that was interesting to me, I’d never thought of that. And most Russians are associated with the peasant, immortalized by Maxim Gorky – it didn’t come from me, that statement. And the peasant mentality is not noble, it’s for survival first and foremost and then, having survived, keeps accruing and that becomes personal greed. Hyacinth Bucket.
And sorry but it’s thick. Politically thick at least. But it’s always been so, it’s never really changed.
People such as the readership of this blog on the other hand, by definition, go round other political blogs too and read widely, think things out for themselves. There’s no soft soap in that as I’m just one of these who decided to express it in blog form in 2006. So, we see these things happening out there, mired in dishonesty.
And the other people out there, not on the net, not reading alternative opinion, using the Beeb and Sky for their values, they’re being played like a violin. Or are they?
My mate says that soon something will explode, that the moment the first pollie is executed, hopefully Blair, it will change the political conversation. He doesn’t openly wish this upon anyone of course as that would be sedition but he observes it might happen. He doesn’t even imagine it. I certainly can’t see how it would be – take away people’s beer and football?
How much difference will UKIP make? I don’t think they’re on 25% but nor are they just the 10% lied about the other day. Plus they’re spread throughout the land, coming a good second or third in so many constituencies. And Tories I know are crowing about it, that that’s a good thing that sanity is squashed and we can get back to the good old corrupt two party system with the pretend third party.
If Labour’s bete noire is the SNP, if the Tories’ is UKIP, then UKIP’s must surely be the non-voter. They’ll only get anywhere if they can coax these people to vote.
Lastly, is this the state of our politics? This was sent by Wiggia from the Thurrock Gazette:
Stanford-le-Hope resident Sue Marriott, 49, of Victoria Road, who popped out of work when she heard Eddie was in town, said: “He looks fantastic! He’s lost so much weight. Now he’s got better legs than me!”
Asked why he was cross-dressing for the campaign trail, Eddie said: “I am transgender! It is my genetic right as a human being to dress like a woman and if anyone has a problem with it, they can take it up with the United Nations Court of Human Rights.”
So, here we are on this Monday morning. Have a good one.