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Monday, 2 May 2016

For 'populist fragmentation' read 'democracy'?

The arrogance with which, even five years ago, the Labour and Conservative parties assumed they had a quasi-constitutional role in British democracy was breathtaking. Deeply and unequivocally corrupt, this hubris gave us recommendations from Hayden Phillips and subsequently from Christopher Kelly that crookedly proposed the diversion of tax funds to the two 'dynastic' parties in the absence of paying members. It is extraordinary that both parties have fallen so far so fast; Labour, as commenters have suggested, set to become the Muslim Party (though their official support for Hamas and Hezbollah is unlikely to withstand the Sunni Wahabbi / Salafist / Deobandi majority) and the remains of Cameron's Conservatives after the Referendum to merge perhaps with the LibDems. 

Janet Daley nailed it in yesterday's Telegraph;
Rage against the machine – the people’s furious dissatisfaction with the loss of any real sense of control over their own lives – has hit the governing classes of the West with a bang. The single thing that these phenomena have in common ..... are that they are outside the limits of the accepted order. Hatred is directed specifically at the remote structures and people whose commands must be obeyed, and yet who appear indifferent to the wishes and concerns of the governed. Surely, this was exactly what the great democratic revolutions were designed to correct? How do we find ourselves once again under the rule of unaccountable oligarchs who are oblivious to what Thoreau called the “quiet desperation” of ordinary men?

This degree of anger and resistance is unprecedented in living memory. ...What is disturbing about the present malaise is that it is so vague and diffuse. There is no specific refrain or remedy, just a rejection of everything that is Too Big: Big Government, Big Banks, Big Bureaucracy, Big Business.
The establishment term for what's happening is 'populist fragentation' but dare I suggest a much older word is a more accurate descriptor? Is this not democracy?


DeeDee99 said...

The Elite in the UK and across Europe have increasingly been behaving like the French Bourbons and Aristos in the years leading to the French Revolution. They live pampered, privileged lives, paid for by the little people, and when their policies have a negative effect they are safely insulated from them.

The Sans-culottes are reacting accordingly.

Fortunately, for the Elite, it's still via the ballot box. If they continue to ignore the demands of the peasants they so despise, that might start to change.

Dadad said...

I just hope the quiet desperation manifests itself at the referendum ballot box.

Rossa said...
Perhaps this answers the question about what is happening??

mikebravo said...

The media are complicit. They smooth everything over to keep a lid on it.

The last time they opened the box we had the expenses scandal. Since then they have been very careful to remain tight with their friends at Westminster.

Only Corbin is fair game.

I don't know when the shit will hit the fan but when it does there will have to be a major clear out.

Dave_G said...

I don't consider anyone being able to disagree with the sentiment Radders proposed - the anger is changing to seething resentment that, perhaps, ONLY an out vote will placate (for a while).

Somehow I reckon things have gone beyond the point of no return but before WE get to do anything about it 'they' will pre-empt us.

John miller said...

But most people can't be arsed.

As long as they've got their mobiles, their Facebook, their Corrie, their football, who cares?

Whenever people ask me why I want to Leave so passionately, my reply that I'd like to have a say in who becomes a Commissioner is met with glazed eyes. Yes, there are many reasons I'd like to Leave, but democracy is one of them.

Still, I find it unbelievable that no one - and I mean but nobody remembers Cameron telling us about the written guarantee he had ensuring we would pay not one penny toward the Greek bailout nor the subsequent lies as the paper was worth rather less than Chamberlain's.

Most people couldn't be arsed...

Anonymous said...

Good piece Raedwald - makes you want to weep, don't it.

The way I see it is democracy was too unpredictable for them. For instance the clique that founded the EC/EU were not going to let something like democracy hinder their project - that's why unelected commissioners run the shop. Of course they had the advantage of starting from new, setting up a parallel government, which has been empowered by successive treaties. Our democracy, indeed the democracies of all 28 members, is one constitution away from being theirs forever.


john savage said...

You didn't really think that all those cameras in the streets were there to protect you did you?

Budgie said...

"Only Corbin is fair game" - Mikebravo. Perhaps that's because he shares platforms with Hamas, Hezbollah and PIRA? However bad this country is, its faults pale to insignificance compared with countries dominated by Corbyn's Islamist, Jew hating, totalitarian chums.

visc said...

All monsters to frighten you Budgie

.. for always keep ahold of nurse
For fear of finding something worse

mikebravo said...


I would expect a free press to be attacking the lies told on a daily basis by all our politicians. From the warble gloaming tosh to the doom and gloom of project fear.

Hardly a word mentioned about anything of real consequence. A free pass to Cast Iron Dave and his renegotiation of our relationship with Le project. He can spout any old shite, and the press refuse to mention anything about the EEA and that we would happily continue trading with the EU via it.

No loss of trade, no loss of jobs, no loss of holidays to Europe and no spiraling phone charges.

However if you want to know who is in a talent show or who shagged who, - pages and pages of photos and inside tittle tattle.

The whole Jew hating thing stinks like a distraction. We already know that all statist/socialist fuckwits are in love with Islam and hate Israel. It's hardly news. They have been inviting mad mullahs and IRA murderers over for years. Only a scum party retard would be surprised.

mikebravo said...


I'm not suggesting that you a scum party retard by the way.

Cascadian said...

A little bit more of this kind of "populist fragmentation" is required around the camoron.(copied from zero hedge)


Heiko Maas, the German Minister of Justice, was unable to finish his Labor Day celebration speech on the 1st of May as he was loudly booed and chased off the stage by the German people. The people repeatedly shouted "traitor", "leftist rat", "get out!", "we are the people" and "Maas must go!", eventually getting him to cancel his speech and flee to his armored Mercedes escorted by his armed bodyguards.

Maas is considered one of the biggest proponents of expanding censorship laws, demanding persecution, fines and jail-time for everybody posting "hate speech" on social media. Recently his party suffered a devastating loss in polls across the country, losing to the Alternative for Germany (AfD) by a landslide in the last state election of Saxony, where he held his speech.

In his speech he claimed that "the people shouting 'traitor' don't even know what's happening to them." Many of the same people would disagree. According to vidmax "the German people are confused and angry about why they're told that they have to be frugal and avoid having children because of the immense cost while simultaneously working their fingers to the bones to fund a foreign invasion."

Those in the audience in the audience ridiculed Maas for claiming that actual workers in the audience "hijack Labor Day." He was ultimately chased offstage for what people in the audience said was the hypocrisy of celebrating Labor and fair wages while his party supports the import of millions of unskilled workers.

The booing public ultimately forced him to end his speech early; he was then forced into his armored Mercedes at which point he quickly fled.

Perhaps not surprisingly this took place just hours after Germany's ascendant right-wing AfD party adopted an anti-Islam manifesto, according to which Muslims are no longer welcome in Germany.

Perhaps the Germans are finally recognizing that paying jizya to Turkey to restrain the gimmegrants, but allowing free access to 80 million Turks is not such a good idea.

mikebravo said...

I wonder who will be the first people to say "no" and mean it.

I wish it would be the English, but I don't think they have the guts any more. Perhaps it will be the Germans or French.