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Monday, 1 October 2012

We don't want brands, we want politics

If they had any hope that the filth that mired them from the expenses scandal would wash away with time they were wrong. And now they're finally waking up to the fact that people don't vote in elections because they're apathetic - simply, they aren't - but because they loath politicians. And both they and we need to be very careful - for we're actually not that far away from seeing the political class lynched from lamp-posts for real

Fraser Nelson reports from Manchester on the Speccie blog on the anger of voters;
“The problem with politics is the politicians,” one man declared, to much applause. When the microphones were turned off, the politicians had a hard time getting out of the room unmolested. Even the cheery Ben Bradshaw was also tackled by an audience member who ended the conversation by shouting: “You’re on another planet! You’re out of touch.”  One remonstrated with John Denham accusing him of lying with statistics. The mood was not so much anti-Labour, but anti-politician. And this is a force that needs to be taken far more seriously than is being done now.
 Above all we need to lance the boil of the dying parties, their mistaken sense of entitlement and the central metropolitan consumer marketing of the party brands. Politics is not a commodity that people consume as a lifestyle choice, it's not a brand to identify with and it's not a product to be bought as a result of a slick advertising campaign. It's not owned by a privileged metropolitan elite nor restricted to the few remaining members of their moribund clubs. Politics is democracy and it's our natural birthright, as participants, as determiners of policy, as voices to be heard be they ever so distant from the Speaker's chair. And they'd better take our anger seriously - for we're taking it back.


Anonymous said...

"We don't want brands, we want politics"

While we are directed from the European Union, we can't have politics.

Anonymous said...


In your last few posts you been firing on all cylinders, gas, banks and politicians I agree with all you have said.

All the best.

FrankS said...

Damn right!

banned said...

Ben Bradshaw is a highly regarded constituency MP (despite being a socialist and a last ditch supporter of G. Brown). Many people in his constituency of Exeter have him to thank for his support against Them, be that The Police, The Social or The Housing.

DeeDee99 said...

The British people would do this country a huge service if they voted for anyone but the main 3 parties (preferably UKIP) but anyone would do - just to give our arrogant political elite the kick up the jacksey they deserve.

The fact is Anonymous (no.1) said: all the time our governance comes from the EU, politics is pointless: they argue over the minutae of policies which are basically identical because they are dictated to us by the Kommissars.

Roll on next week and the Blue leg of LibLabCON getting the same treatment.

Anonymous said...

The political class at conference engage with the BBC, focus groups, charities and think tanks and nobody gives a tinkers' for the country.

Britain is undergoing a metamorphosis.

A descent into bedlam, from a benign basically sound and stable nation.

The death moth breed, who have been the cause of this awful shape-shift are the political class, their backers in the corporate world and in alliance with big brother in Brussels: who provide the perfect excuse of smoke and mirrors - "who to blame?"

A socio-economic and demographic laboratory has been created, open borders, child benefit and exorbitant credit tax system encourage the dissolute and fanatic alike into the baby factory of prodigious progeny.

Schools filled with dysfunctional feral kids and the remainder with no knowledge of English - that is the future now.

Welfarism, drug taking, crime and no punishment, a hamstrung police 'service' a Godawful PC CPS and legal ambivalence to violence and any crime other than 'thought crime': there a recipe for lawlessness and civil unrest.

One parent families championed, gay marriage expounded beyond reasonable responsibility, the established church all but obliterated by political correctness provides not for moral direction.

Cronyism, managerialism, Human resources, equality legislation and health and safety clogging up the arteries of business and manufacturing, zombie banks and ghost economy and more debt piling up.
What's the answer, QE and more dissonant cognitive dogmas, Basel III, Bilderberger deals with Nate and Oleg and Vlad and Mandy, Gazprom/EDF runs British energy policy.
Global warming and the EU, windmills and lunatic subsidy will turn all the lights off for good.

So what to do?

Get your fingers in the till and milk it till the taxpayer teat is dry - small wonder everybody hates the moths.

That's why we despise them.

G. Tingey said...

Consistently being FORCED to vote for the "least-worst" candidate is very tiresome, to say the least.

Last general election, our local Labour MP - highly regarded, good constituency man - retired.
The Tory was a hang/flog ultra with deeply unpleasant social views about controlling people's private lives. Labour was a new unknown, don't think there was a UKIP candidate (& they have religious problems, which makes me nervous).
Turned out that they had been "entrified" by followers of the religion of submission.
Finally voted Labour, with gritted teeth.
[As I voted in London for Boris, ditto, just to get rid of crawler-to-the-extremists Ken]
Turns out that the new lady is also a good constituency MP (there's a tradition round here - either good constit. MP or PM (!)
{ NOTE }
But, even she is going to need convincing that her party is NOT the way forward. (I've met her twice) Name?
Stella Creasey.

{NOTE: When I was very small, the PM had our then West constituency, the East one was a marginal, and the next across belonged to the leader of the opposition.
In 1951, it switched round....}

Anonymous said...

Fingers in the till, teat cows etc and lost it there - sorry.

Anonymous said...

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