Well I didn’t see that coming! The next UK General Election will be held on the 6th of May 2010. As you can imagine everyone in the country is excited and can’t contain themselves. A Mrs. Wilson from the North East said:
“It’s the most excited I’ve been since 1972 when me and my hubby last did the horizontal fandango after a Tom Jones Concert! You could canoe down my thighs I’m so excited!”
As you can tell the next UK election has all the excitement and entertainment as a damp smelly rag called Gordon. And I’m sorry to say anyone wanting to canoe down Mrs. Wilson’s thighs will be hard pressed, unless she happens to suffer a bout of incontinence.
That’s right no one cares. I’ve been asking people for a while now who they’re going to vote for and what they think of Gordon Brown, David Cameron and um… the other one and they didn’t even know there was an election due. After looking at me with a look I can only describe as a mixture of fake interest and bemusement they utter the same Immortal Excuse for Laziness line I’ve heard 100′s of times before:
“I’m not voting, they’re all out to feather their own nests anyway. They don’t care about us, our votes mean nothing anyway we can’t make a difference!”
Which is completely true! But you know what else is true? It’s also their (the people’s) fault for not being aware and educated about what’s going on. If you wasn’t so busy with your trivial rubbish then you may actually stand a chance of seeing these spineless political bastards for what they are. They’re corrupt, just like the system they reside in, and they lay on an image, sounds bites and a manifesto they wont possibly keep to. Didn’t you ever think that if you were aware of and wise to their ways then they wouldn’t be that way? They wouldn’t be as corrupt and would fix the system so it isn’t bent? Of course you didn’t, because you don’t get as far as the Immortal Excuse before you feel all smug with yourself at knowing it all and contemplation of other possible causes and solutions to the problems is pointless because you’re obviously right.The Political change has to come from you, and I don’t just mean X by a candidate’s name on the ballot paper. You need to understand and question everything and everyone. The Media, The Politicians and their motives. You need to read between the lines and educate yourself. And can I just stress not educating yourself from the Media alone, especially from just one media source.
Many of the problems we have within the system is caused by the population’s not taking any notice of what is going on. Because of your lack of interest and/or your blind dogmatic adherence to your Party you allow this system of corruption and no accountability to flourish. This leads to the back and forthing to different political parties who do nothing but preserve the status quo, to a degree, for their masters. Their masters are Banks, businessmen, Unions, Private Donars and Corporations. These groups ruin the system and destroy democracy for us all by having themselves and their interests represented before that of the people.
I don’t buy the excuse that the people in those groups should be represented before the people just because they paid money. If they want to be represented then let them vote and not pay scum bags like Steven Byers and other incoming or outgoing MPs for their connections to have the laws changed in their businesses favour. The lobbying of Government happens all the time and it’s just legal corruption at the top-level that makes a mockery of democracy. Government is there to serve the people and act on their behalf, not for themselves or other external groups.
However this corruption happens on a regular basis and it’s something that isn’t and wont be addressed by the three main parties. They will promise change and will bring some change, but not enough change to make a half decent system, they’ll leave some loop holes for them to make some money out of it and for external forces to influence policy and thus undermine democracy again.
It amazes me how many people actually accept the system I explained about above. How can you accept a system that is riddled with so many ways to be corrupt and undermine democracy and the validity of their vote. With the system open to external forces the status quo will nearly always be maintained by the Politicians who are nothing but puppets for the external forces. Why vote in such a system, why validate it with a vote? I vote just so I can complain? Do you know how stupid that sounds? The system is a sham and a vote will just serve to validate and carry on the sham. This is something I don’t think I can do on the 6th of May. To vote would be an endorsement of a corrupt system and everything that goes with it.
Even if I was to vote let’s see what’s on offer…
The Labour Party:
Um, sorry but I don’t think I can’t vote for Gordon Brown or Labour. The biggest mistake they made was deregulating the financial system (In bed with the bankers in the City). Because of that we suffered badly when the recession rolled around. In fact I think the deregulation helped create the dodgy deals that eventually damaged the lives of people and the health of the economy so badly.
The Labour Party also allowed some Muslims to implement elements of Sharia law in the UK. Thank you for that! They also brought in the 2006 Racial and Religious Hatred Act which has made Islam a race and almost impossible to question any Minority religion in the UK. Two pointless wars. Countless spinning of figures from the NHS to School Places. They lied at nearly every turn, then again what Politicians don’t? Uncontrolled Immigration.
Of course Labour did some good while they were in power. Increased NHS spending, the minimum wage, Devolution of the UK (I’d personally put that in the bad pile but so many people see it as a good thing). Let’s just look Labour’s Top 50:
1. Longest period of sustained low inflation since the 60s – (Destroyed by financial deregulation)
2. Low mortgage rates – (Destroyed by financial deregulation)
3. Introduced the National Minimum Wage and raised it to £5.35 – (Not bad)
4. Record police numbers in England, Scotland and Wales – (But more red tape to keep them off the beat and more CCTV cameras to make up for it).
5. Cut overall crime by 35 per cent – (Not sure about that with the fiddling of the figures they do).
6. Record levels of literacy and numeracy in schools – (Again, not sure of that).
7. Best-ever primary school results – (The tests WERE made easier)
8. Funding for every pupil in England to double by 2008 – (Did that ever happen after the bank bail-out?).
9. Employment is at its highest level ever – (Destroyed by financial deregulation)
10. Written off up to 100 per cent of debt owed by poorest countries – (And now we’re in debt ourselves. Think China and Middle-Eastern states will write our debt off?).
11. 85,000 more nurses – (Wonder how many were BORN and trained here?).
12. 32,000 more doctors – (As above).
13. Brought back matrons to hospital wards – (And that helped how?)
14. Devolved power to the Scottish Parliament – (And?)
15. Devolved power to Welsh Assembly – (And?)
16. Dads now get paternity leave of 2 weeks for the first time – (Good?).
17. NHS Direct offering free convenient patient advice – (Fucking useless!).
18. Gift aid was worth £625 million to charities last year – (That’s nice).
19. Restored city-wide government to London – (Centralisation made it easier for London to be run)
20. Record number of students in higher education – (Good).
21. Child benefit up 25 per cent since 1997 – (Good. But the cost of living went up to).
22. Created Sure Start to help children from low income households – (Good. But can’t help but think that programme will suffer when the cuts are made after the election by either party).
23. Introduced the Disability Rights Commission – (Good).
24. £200 winter fuel payment to pensioners & extra £100 for over-80s – (Good).
25. On course to exceed the Kyoto target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2010
– (Would be nice if it meant something).
26. Negotiated the historic Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland – (Good).
27. Over 30,000 more teachers in England schools – (Good, now stop making the work and tests easy).
28. All workers now have a right to 4 weeks’ paid holiday – (Good).
29. A million pensioners lifted out of relative poverty – (Good).
30. 800,000 children lifted out of relative poverty – (Good).
31. Introduced child tax credit giving more money to parents – (Good).
32. Scrapped Section 28 and introduced Civil Partnerships – (Good).
33. Brought over 1 million social homes up to standard – (Good).
34. Free school milk for five, six and seven-year-olds in Wales – (And what about the rest of the UK?).:
35. Banned fox hunting – (It’ll be repealed at some point).
36. Cleanest rivers, beaches, drinking water and air since the industrial revolution – (Maybe that’s because we’re a de-industrialised nation?)
37. Free TV licences for over-75s – (They can’t even see what’s the point?).
38. Banned fur farming and the testing of cosmetics on animals – (Good).
39. Waiting times for operations halved – (I experienced this first hand, it’s true).
40. Free local bus travel for over-60s – (Good?)
41. New Deal – helped over a million people into work – And the recession helped them out. Thank you to both the Tory and Labour party for their deregulation of the financial system).
42. Over 1.5 million child trust funds have been started – (Good).
43. Free eye test for over 60s – (They’re blind anyway!).
44. Five, six and seven year olds in class sizes of 30 or less – (Had that when I was in Primary school anyway).
45. Free entry to national museums and galleries – (I thought they already were?).
46. Overseas aid budget more than doubled – (Aint we in debt?).
47. Cancer death rates down by 12 per cent, saving 43,000 lives – (Good).
48. Cut long-term youth unemployment by 75 per cent – (Not now you can’t).
49. Free nursery places for three and four-year-olds in England, Scotland and Wales – (I always thought they were).
50. Free fruit for all four to six-year-olds at school – (Nice!).
So Not bad, but nearly everything has been, or will be, undone by that little deregulation act back in 1998. There’s also a few other little snags I mentioned. Labour’s plan for the future is hold back the cuts on public spending untill next year (2011) and then start cutting. This will give the economy time recover enough and not create a double dip recession by cutting too soon. The thing is they haven’t really specified what they’re going to cut. The Tory Party haven’t either, neither party wants to say what they’d cut because they don’t want to get on the wrong side the electorate.
Alistar Darling plans to tax the richest 5% in the UK to make up 60% of revenue in new taxes. Well they made money off the economic boom, why shouldn’t they pay more tax in a recession? Fair? Let’s face it the UK public have already suffered for their support and greed and will suffer again when either Labour or the Tories start cutting front line Public services. The Tory party would cut front line public services and have said they wouldn’t reverse the tax increases implemented by Labour. It’s desperate times, and everyone’s going to have to pull their weight to get the country out of the hole it’s in. Whether the taxes and cuts will damage the economy remains to be seen, but I got a feeling they wont help much and the UK will keep losing it’s economic edge regardless of who gets in to Downing Street.
The Conservative Party. Well, they haven’t got much policy, they keep flip-flopping from one thing to another. In honesty the Tories are only slightly worse than Labour at the moment. In fact I think the Tories would hasten a relapse in to recession with their front line cuts sooner rather than later. With their support of Labour’s new Tax and front line cuts, they’re the worse of the three main Parties. But with Gordon Brown, Labour’s recent track record and the high regard MP’s are currently kept in, the Tories may get in via voter apathy.
The Liberal Democrats. Who cares? No, to be serious they talk a good game but would have just as much trouble finding the money for their plans. They’d also have to raise taxes somewhere and cut public services. Their ambitious plan to expand and open old train routes would cost fair amount. Their name as well, Liberal by name wet by nature. The Lib-Dems have little or no spine and are very PC in my opinion. There’s too much PC bollocks going around as it is, we don’t need anymore.
The British National Party
Currently in turmoil. They’re Nazis anyway.
. Tories who are hardcore Euro-skeptics with no other Policy.
The Green Party
. They’ll never have a full meaningful Manifesto to attract the UK electorate.
They’re the main fringe Parties I can think of. None of the others are worth mentioning. If you’ve read this far then well done to you, I don’t usually write blogs this long anymore because people have short attention spans. I could expound a little bit more on each parties policy but the majority of people will only scan this blog anyway. So I wont bother. If you do want to know more about each party then click the coloured party name.
So yeh, there’s an election coming and I don’t think I can vote in it. True change will only come when at least half of the electorate is politically minded to be able to navigate through the crap they spin. That’s very unlikely though, most of the electorate is waiting for someone else to do it for them. For someone to come out of the shadows and say “Ah, but I have a cunning plan! And you wont have to do nothing but vote for me!” All Parties and Politicians have said that for a long time. I wouldn’t mind these people being manipulated if it didn’t mean I’d be subject to their choice of wanker.
I’ve been told to enter Politics to make the changes I want to see. I can’t see people voting for me while I’m telling them what they don’t want to hear. They want to hear your promises that you can’t possibly keep. They want to hear it’s going to be easy and they wont have to do anything but vote, they want you to be Jesus and make it happen. I’d get no where in Politics because I’m not a liar or just out to feather my own nest.
It seems we’re stuck in a perpetual back and forth game between the two main parties and there’s nothing I can do about it.
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