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Sunday, 11 December 2011

Cameron's Brussels Veto exposes UKIP's weakness

The unexpected veto by Cameron puts UKIP in an unenviable position, with much of their support coming from members who are 'natural' conservative voters, who support UKIP out of frustration with Tory acquiescence to the EU. The change in the Tories position as they embark upon lessening the UK's ties with the EU leave UKIP with nothing to distinguish them meaningfully from the Tories.

These UKIP 'frustrated' 'conservative' supporters know Labour's response indicates they would not have vetoed the attempt by the EU to put through this new treaty.  The Libdems well known strong support for further integration of the UK into the EU means both they and Labour are going to be in an increasingly weak position as the UK moves further from the mainstream in Europe and towards the inevitability of a referendum on the EU.

The expectation by the leadership of  UKIP that they just had to keep beating the anti EU drum, without offering anything different to the three main parties, is now exposed as a spectacular miscalculation and  highlights the lack of  radical policies and vision to fix British politics by the UKIP leadership. It is not enough in British politics to be a one trick pony, our electorate are far too smart to fall for it.

The UK electorate are in the main EU sceptics, but not to the degree of the UKIP membership, and when the inevitable election comes about,quite possibly now prior to 2015 I believe the Tories will have enacted legislation to enable a referendum on the EU and so secure themselves a strong win at the ballot box.

This will signal the demise of UKIP as they have nothing left in their locker to offer, what an opportunity missed, they could have been the party to force to the front of the political agenda the fixing of British politics by offering radical policies:
1/ Reducing the number of MP's to 300
2/Open primaries
3/ Privatising state assets to reduce debt.

It's not to late for UKIP to offer a radical agenda, there could be 2 + years to go before an election, forcing the real possibility of fixing our politics and the prize of replacing the Libdems as the third party.
This window of opportunity in British politics to fix our corrupt corporate party politics will not come again for many years and surely offers UKIP, if they have the courage, the possibility of up to 10 seats at the next election as the Libdems support crashes and the Tories are elected with a respectable majority

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Our Corrupt Party Political system corrupts us all

The nonsense of our adversarial politics,trapping us all in the politics of our parents or our youth, encouraging the tribalism and class system that we still suffer from in this country,has left us with a truly corrupt political system that is destroying our country both economically and socially.

Many voters feel the need to protect and defend 'their'party through thick and thin, despite the fact in many instances they may really have a different view on some of the issues their party may be promoting. A prime example of this was when Maggie Thatcher allowed council house tenants to buy their council houses at a discount. A measure strongly supported by council house tenants despite the fact the large majority would have called themselves labour supporters.

Politics has moved on from the 'left' and 'right' politics of the last century, despite the main political parties encouraging their so called 'philosophy', in a vain attempt to keep their crony party political system on the road. The party political system is corrupting our politics and cohesion as a people with its corporate and union lobbying; the demands for taxpayer funding to finance political parties and the buying of votes and favours by courting large corporations and unions et al is there to perpetuate a rotten system.

The average voter in this country has a lot more in common than the party system would have us believe, we have an inordinately smart electorate in this country who agree on sound common sense policies. This is constantly attacked and warped by the political parties in an attempt to justify their existence for their own self serving ends.

We need to break free from this corrupt party political system, the voter should have far more power over the decisions and actions of government, the disappointment is that so few MP's are willing to pursue this end for their constituents, perhaps this is an indication of the quality of MP the current system has thrown up.

The way to break free is not to bring in legislation for party funding, to concern ourselves on who and how much is being given to the political parties, to concern ourselves with lobbying, it is to shift the power from the 'Parties' to the MP through making them accountable to the voter. This will bring to an end most of this corrupt nonsense.

We need open primaries and we need a lot less MP's, only when we are willing to tackle the desperately sick politics we have in this country will we be able to tackle the huge demands that are facing us both socially, politically and economically.