Thursday, 30 June 2016

EU Stitch Up

Here we go, already the prime Leave campaigner, Boris Johnson has pulled out of the Conservative leadership  contest.

That leaves Theresa May as the front runner. She of the remain campaign, she that refuses to listen to the will of the people, she with no leadership qualities, she that will lose the Conservative Party the next election.

Let me be quite clear, she is no Margaret Thatcher. She does not have the sort of qualities that can resolve the fractures in her own party, let alone the country.

The Conservative parliamentary Party have made a catastrophic error of judgement with this. Whether the Conservative grass roots are going to be as vocal about this stitch-up as the labour party activists, who knows, but it's this complete rejection of the will of the people that put MPs in Parliament that hopefully will do for the parties in power.

It really now rests with UKIP to pick up the ball and run with the meme that both Labour and Conservative parties are split between those MPs that want to follow the will of their grass roots supporters or those that want to follow the bidding of their masters in the elite.

It's an idea that could gain a lot of traction and grab disenchanted voters from both the right and the left.

Something is happening in UK politics, the people have spoken and the Elite don't like it and are trying their best to keep the lid on it.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Political Brainstorm in progress.

It looks like the EU referendum has triggered a sort of mental breakdown of the political class in the UK.

David Cameron resigned and for some reason, the Tory party are trying to plot against the Boris Johnson juggernaut. That's despite him being the prime Leave candidate, the highest profile figure they have and a sure-fire figure to take things forward, get a decent negotiating team and sort out the mess. I'd wager he'd have the humility to invite Labour Leave campaigners on the negotiating team as well, to avoid the calls of a stitch-up from the left.

In the meantime the Labour party has imploded yet again, with all the shadow cabinet resigning. So loyal.

I'm not sure why, they seem to be planning for a general election where they think they will get elected so they can do all the negotiating. Not sure how that works, given they were in the losing side in the referendum and their heartlands in the North comprehensively stuck two fingers up to what the Labour political elite were telling them to vote.

Then we get the Liberals, that have come up with a spiffing idea to make themselves even more unelectable by promising to go back into the EU. Now given that 52% of the biggest turnout of any vote in history (72%) voted to Leave the EU, I'm not sure how that's an electable strategy.

In fact ignoring the referendum result seems to be a common meme across a number of MPs that don't get how democracy works. Not only Tim Farron, leader of the Lib Dems, but David Lammy was another tweeting that Parliament should reverse the "non-binding" referendum, because some people are regretting vote leave.  But I can understand Mr Lammy's words, because his ward voted to remain, like most of London. But tough shit Lammy, we voted to leave so suck it up and exercise the will of the Majority.

It really is intriguing to watch this implosion of UK politics. Our politicians can't really handle the situation where the majority of the public have rejected their agenda. They have been deluding themselves for so long they have gone into meltdown.

I've been saying it for so long, it's nice to be vindicated. Another question is how politicians that are so out of touch with the will of the people have been able to stay in power for so long? The answer is they've been reliant on low turnouts. Elections are decided on turnouts around 60%. Which means that only 30% of the country voted for the party in power. This makes it very easy for parties with policies that the majority don't want to vote on win elections.

In the meantime, Corbyn is doing that most Socialist of things and sacking people he doesn't like while the others have resigned. I can't think of a situation where 90% of the ministers have resigned and a Party leader hasn't taken the hint.

What he doesn't realise is he may have had a mandate to lead from Labour party activists, but the majority of ordinary people have overwhelmingly rejected him. I'd hate to be him if it ever sinks in that he's so out of touch with the ordinary working man. It'll crush the deluded old codger.

But that's what you get when you live in a bubble of activists and not in the real world, like most politicians.

Bless 'em, they need to get out more....