The people have spoken

May 7, 2010

Deliverance Day. With the results in and no more need for speculation we can take some satisfaction from having forecast the outcome and being consistent since we were registered as a political party. Gordon Brown has emulated James Callaghan’s 1979 demise, but David Cameron has not repeated Margaret Thatcher’s success. However, we did not anticipate that GB would also try to emulate Edward Heath’s attempt to stay in power in February 1974. The fact that GB thought he might pull it off shows how delusional he is. Edward Heath won the popular vote by 267,185+ but was five seats short of Labour’s total in the Commons. In the circumstances he had a realistic chance of getting the voting support he needed from other parties. It quickly became clear that he could not and he graciously conceded defeat.

Not only did GB lose the popular vote by 2,102,289- he has a deficit of forty-eight seats behind the Conservatives in the Commons. There is no comparison. GB is not conceding defeat and is hanging on for Nick Clegg to save him. Even though Nick Clegg’s bubble has been popped, he recognises the right of David Cameron to form the government as the leader of the party with the highest vote and largest group in the Commons.

He is therefore enhancing his reputation and distancing his party from contagion by association with the discredited policies of the Labour administration. It is clever positioning for the next election in the near future. A Labour + LibDem coalition would have been the worst possible scenario. It is good to see the back of Doctor Death – Evan Harris. Can we look forward to Lords Adonis and Mandelson resigning their titles?


The people decide

May 6, 2010

Deliverance Day minus 1. One more day before we find out what the future holds for us. None of the options are appealing in terms of the moral agenda of all three main parties. Indeed the same can be said for most of the small parties whose policies are very narrowly focused and lack a moral dimension. Conversely, the Christian based parties are sharp on the moral issues but lack breadth on their secular agenda. This General Election will prove to be a turning point that triggers a series of realignments. The liberal democracy supporting politicians will coalesce as a reaction to the democratic socialist politicians reasserting themselves in alliance with the trade unions. Social democrats must then realise that any potential for pursuing traditional policies within the existing parties are nonexistent. They will have to work with the small parties who support Christian democracy. We need someone of standing to bring this about, even if it means knocking heads together.

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None of the above

May 5, 2010

Deliverance Day minus 2. The reason why none of the main parties will ever agree to a ‘none of the above’ box being put on ballot papers is; voters would reject them all. They dismiss the forty percent of people who are registered to vote but did not, at the last two general elections, as apathetic. They will not accept that these people do not like any of the choices on offer. Liberal Labour have gone to great lengths to remove all of the supposed obstacles that they claim make it difficult for people to spend five minutes putting a cross on a ballot paper. On-line and text voting are vulnerable to computer hackers. Postal voting has been abused to an extent that would shame a banana republic.

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Reality check

May 4, 2010

Deliverance Day minus 3.  As we get closer to Election day it is becoming clearer that the issues most concerning voters have not been debated in any meaningful way. Sure, all the parties have produced comprehensive manifestoes and all the policy areas are covered, but it is like an iceberg with the 90% under the surface remaining hidden and unexamined. There has been no microscopic debate about Labour’s mishandling of the financial crisis or the recession The recession as been phoney because Labour has borrowed and continued to borrowed and will keep on borrowing if they get re-elected. They will not come clean about the inevitable measures needed to redeem this debt or how long it will take.

The roots of this problem go back to an earlier Conservative government and their economic policies which Labour had continued with. We therefore have this self preservation pact of silence by both parties. The financiers in the City are preparing to make a killing in the markets no matter which party gets elected. They are unreformed and thrive on movements in the markets. The hedge funds will continue to profit while ever they act selfishly and are irresponsible of the best interests of the Country. Where in any of the manifestoes are the proposals for regulation and stability?

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Unfinished business

May 3, 2010

Deliverance Day minus 4. We can be sure of one thing after the votes are counted when the polling stations close; there will be 649 Members of Parliament elected to the House of Commons. The MPs elected will be entering a Chamber that is unreformed and on terms and conditions that will be fixed for the term of the Parliament. In the closing months of the last Parliament they awarded themselves a pay increase of £1,000 when the people they are legislating over were faced with pay freezes and pay cuts, or had lost their jobs and income. Occupational pensioners had their payouts frozen and tax allowances have been frozen. On top of the expenses scandal this pay award was at the least insensitive and sent out the wrong message. When austerity measures are introduced they must be preceded by a demonstration of solidarity with the public who are to be squeezed to pay for their laxity in not holding the Government to account. They must set an example.

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Solidarity between the generations

May 2, 2010

Deliverance Day minus 5.  Politics has been described as the art of compromise, reconciling conflicting demands with what is possible and limited resources. Politics is all about having the will to make things happen and about prioritising where resources are to be directed. Like a parent in a toy shop telling their child that they cannot have a toy because they cannot afford it, the money has run out. The choice gets more difficult when the decision is about food to eat or shoes for the kids. It is a situation that millions of parents face each week. In the coming four years more people are going to experience that situation, including people who thought they were well off and secure. It will come as a shock to those young enough not to have experienced the 80s and 90s. But the people who we must feel most for are the young who have done as they were told. Diligent at school, gone to college or university, studied hard, obtained a degree or diploma, and are now looking for a job. They would enjoy a short period of independence before settling down, buying a house on a mortgage and starting a family. It may seem old fashioned but it is still the aspiration of most. The reality is and will be that they leave higher education with a debt and will find it increasingly hard to find permanent paid employment. Without that they will not be able to afford a mortgage, buy a house, marry and start a family. The young are our future and seed corn.

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It’s about character

May 1, 2010

Deliverance Day minus 6. The three Leaders’ debates on TV have been like a bare-knuckle fist fight, where there are a few boxers in the ring. It is everyman for himself but early on some boxers are picked on and beaten to submission by a group, before they then turn on each other. It is illegal and usually held in secret before a baying mob, with loads of money changing hands. It is called ‘last man standing’, who is then declared the winner. There has been much media discussion about which Leader won each of the TV debates, and bets have been made in the betting shops and on-line. So it is not that much different from cage-fighting.

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