You have a vote. Just the one. A single, solitary voice in a cacophonous sea of sibilant pleas. A white noise of need with every breathy wish slightly different from the next. To each his need, goes the Marxist aphorism, but my needs are not your needs and yours not mine, so we’ll settle for something in between, if you please.
You didn't always have a vote and that was a shame. But if you thought that being given one solved that problem, think again. Because you may as well not bother scribing your ‘X’ unless you understand what it might do. Disraeli was against expansion of the franchise, believing an increase in voters would bring into parliament "a horde of selfish and obscure mediocrities, incapable of anything but mischief". Wise words.
The best you can do with your single vote is to add it to others in a way that reduces the number of selfish and obscure mediocrities. How’s that working out for you, voters? Since at least the nineteen seventies there has been an upsurge of that very type of parliamentary member; the opportunist career politico, elected exactly as Disraeli foresaw. Now it’s rare to find any other kind.
Being a good leader does not mean being popular. Few successful bosses are liked by all their employees and those who are are rare indeed. Everybody delights in the tawdry stories that portray world figures in a dim light. In Britain particularly, the schadenfreude runs deep in our psyche. So when it comes to electing our leaders in the national pissing contest we call a general election we really should avoid, at all costs, casting our vote on popularity; that’s how Nick Clegg got in. (Don’t worry, he’ll be off to Brussels quite soon.)
Whoever gets in has to be on the side of Britain, because once they’re in our votes no longer matter. We were sold to Europe in 1973 without a vote being cast. Binding promises to give us a say in our relationship with the EU have been broken. Treaties are signed without consent and wealth is plundered at the whim of unelected officials. If you think the last point is exaggerated, put yourself in the place of a Cypriot saver - as their banks open today for the first time in two weeks – being told how much of their own money they may see.
You think a vote for labour will maintain your welfare lifestyle? Look around you. What wealth we have will be driven away as closer European integration means we have to spread the love ever more thinly. Your life will only get poorer as the population grows in the wrong way. You think a vote for the Conservatives will give you a vote on Europe? Don’t bank on cast-iron Dave’s hollow pledge; he has already said he will fight to keep us in. You like the Libdems? Then you’re not wise enough to have a vote.
Which leaves UKIP. Of course they won’t form the next government. Of course they don’t have all the answers. Of course they are not all uniformly attractive and popular people. Of course there are one or two nutters in there – me for a start - that goes for any party. But think about this, my vote-wielding chums. The other parties are suddenly turning nasty. The trash talk before the fight has started. To the LibLabCon troika, UKIP is the most unpopular smell in the air right now. They must be doing something right.
You have a vote. Just the one. In 2015 you will have just one last chance to do the right thing for Britain. Don’t vote on party lines. Don’t vote for your narrow, short-term, personal interest. Between now and the general election register your concern and make your protest heard. In every local election, in every by-election, rattle those old party chains and vote for UKIP. Labour won't desert their EU masters, but you can make the Conservatives listen; make them change. That way, come the general election you might just have one final chance to vote against the EU.
Yet again, a fantastic blog entry. Your final paragraph sums it up perfectly, as does James Delingpole's excellent article in the Telegraph about the Climate and Energy Piffle Department.ReplyDelete
I've been on the edge this week, but I'm coming out fighting. I'm retweeting idiot Conservative comments, so we can all see what they have become. I'm also fully in support of Abu Quatada's mission to expose this Country as the weak-arsed, spineless, bureaucratic Nation that it's politicians wants her to become. Well done to him.
Let's not taking this fisting lying down.
The system; the establishment, is corrupt at its very heart. People will just vote for another head on the same monster. #ObserverChroniclesReplyDelete
Yeah, but... once you vote you are voting to preserve the system of voting. And for all your impassioned pleas (which do in fact resonate with me) most people at the next election will go for the quick-fixers -- or at least those who say they will quick-fix.ReplyDelete
It may not be a good alternative to have a dictator who doesn't allow voting, but it may be a better system in the end because the short-termists who appear on the ballots are largely in it for what they can get before everything falls apart under their direction. The dictator is trying to stay there for life.
But then, in 2015 there will be a vote whatever I or anyone else says, and the sensible money is on a left-wing dictator of sorts taking the throne. Perhaps then in the end it doesn't matter much.
If we DON'T get out of the EU now, your vote will NEVER count again. If Labour get in we are finished.If the Conservatives get in under Cameron there will be no referendum. The only path I can see is voting like hell for UKIP in local council elections and by-elections and joining up in droves to push the real Conservatives to oust Cameron before 2015.Delete
I am not opposed to what you say. Far from it: I voted UKIP at a recent election but while they didn't win I was gratified that they almost won. Perhaps next time.ReplyDelete
I don't want to see us in the EU because what has happened in Cyprus is the thin edge of a very uncomfortable wedge. The prospect for Britain is grim under their control though it is equally grim for lots of other nations under the shadow of the blue flag with the ring of bumholes. As it happens I do, and this may be completely wide of the mark, think there will be trouble within the EU; not just riots in a beleaguered city with nice views of the Med, but real revolution.
The trouble with that scenario is that the EU has managed (by accident or design) to bring in lots of peoples from poorer parts of the world who have no reason to disturb the status of the EU. There are people on EU-inspired and maintained benefits who have no cause to make trouble with Brussels so any 'uprising' will be a smaller and therefore manageable repression.
When I suggested a dictatorship I was, I admit, hoping for a dictator who cared first and foremost about these islands. if the person had the interests of the british people first, there would be no need to vote anyone else in. Currently we have a group of semi-skilled managers of limited ability running the nation, and voting for a left-leaning left-wing government or a left-leaning right-wing government isn't an appealing option.
Let us hope then my second for UKIP will produce better results.