Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Self-Absorbed

This two-word phrase seems to sum up UK politics at the moment.

The Labour party is so self-absorbed it elects one of the worst people to lead. it: not that there are many viable candidates to chose from. Nowhere in the Labour party do I see anyone with the charisma or leadership qualities to pull the Brown, Blairite and assorted other camps together to make a coheisive whole.

The con-Dem coalition, so self-absorbed, whose primary objective is to maintain the coalition at all costs, to maintain the slimmest of majorities and cling to power, without the strength to push forward with conviction and do what is necessary. Hamstrung by ideological differences, a coalition of compromise, they tweak and twiddle, unable to make take the real tough decisions, to make real foundations for a prosperous future. swallowed up by inertia, the juggernaut of debt left by Labour rolls on increasing day by day. We've waited months and the brakes have yet to be tested, instead our burden now is even greater than before the election.

Neither of the above has really made that leap of faith and asked the question: what do you want. Instead we have speech upon speech, rhetoric piled upon dogma, espousing a limited point of view.

Not one part has really pulled out the stops and engaged with the voters, neither have they really done what is necessary to pull this country out of the mire.

In fact the contrary. Non have promoted action for the good of the country as a whole. Instead we get vaccuous self-promotion, meaningless diatribes, limited beneficial action. We get preferrence for specific interest groups, the super-rich, the corporations, those with bank balances big enough to employ rafts of lobbyists working to skew UK politics away from the needs of the population and corrupt it in favour of those who would strip us of everything we hold dear and sell us into slavery. Westminster has become a whorehouse, with everything on offer and available for cash, no questions asked. Sinister sponsors pull barely visible strings, playing the puppet theatre that is Parliament. Strateigic policy is abandoned in favour of tactical, short-term self-interested quick-fixes. This once-great union has been fragmented by its foes, power is portioned, costly parochial parliaments set up at the expense of the English, with rights, freedoms and benefits given unfairly to some and denied others within the kingdom.

I have one thought on this.

It has to go.

The whole corrupt cadaver that is our polluted UK politics, the punch-and-judy sideline to Strasburg and Brussels needs to be torn down, burnt, consumed, torched, scorched, salted and consigned to history.

We need re-learn the meaning of expectation and to hold our politicians to account if they fall short. We need to flex the combined muscle that 60 million people can. We need to organise, to direct and inform those that are unaware, reacquaint the population with their responsibilities and rights as citizens and start to reclaim what is ours: our country, our political system, our freedom and our rights.

2 comments:

  1. You have very eloquently spoken my mind. We have just swapped one lot of dishonest tosspots for much the same. Bring on the revolution!

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  2. I fear it'll take something close to bring about change.

    I'm sure we're not the only ones who think the same. The issue is to convince people that they have the power to change things, to actually go and do something active rather than passively stand by and watch it all happen.

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