March 31, 2005
Aren't politicians something else?
Well, I am back to the reality of the UK in the grip of an election run-up: the spectacle of different politicians all slagging each other off and a Chancellor of the Exchequer grinning like the Cheshire Cat because he is giving away yet more of my hard earned pennies to his favourite bottomless and equally cost-inefficient socialist monolithic Departments. So far I have heard what the Tories and the LibDems would like to do if they get into power; the Labour Louts have not told us anything other than that they plan to destroy even more of the fabric of our society and give away more of my hard earned money to their chums - and how bad everyone else will be if we elect them.
Now I may have this wrong, but if you want me to vote for you, telling me how bad everyone else is is not likely to get me thinking you are any better! Tell me what you want to do that will -
- give us a working fire servcice instead of the wreck that the present bunch have created,
- give us a health service that isn't overrun by bureaucrats and actually allows me to see a Doctor when I need to instead of three weeks later,
- cuts back on the bureaucrats and scraps the garbage legislation that is now piling onto our statute books at a phenomenal rate,
- that tells Chirac and the rest of his Eurocrats that they get more than they deserve from the UK Taxpayer and not one penny more until there is some real reform in Brussels,
- rebuilds our armed forces so that they can actually defend us from attack,
- stops doing deals with terrorists and sends Mr Adams and his treasonous bunch packing,
- sorts out the mess they have created in the education system, and
- puts an end to poisitive discrimination, affirmative action, targets, and any other politically correct garbage and place selection on merit only,
- cuts waste in Whitehall, cutting taxes and getting rid of the worthless and expensive "monitoring" units across the board of Whitehall departments whose sole function is to ensure that "targets" for "diversity and fairness" are met, but whose real purpose is to impose politically correct "Moral Standards" on everyone.
Labour's current tactics of running a campaign of "negative" information - telling us what everyone else is getting wrong while concealing their own cock-ups is not going to persuade me to vote for this shower of complete garbage! Mind you, if Hell suffered an Ice-age I still wouldn't vote for them!
The real trouble is that there is no hope of any change of direction even if we do throw this lot out of office. The real power lies with the entrenched Civil Service. It doesn't matter which party is in power, anymore, the Civil Service control the money supply, access to the money, access to education, to health care, to jobs, and even to markets if you want to run a business. Health and Safety and all sorts of "protective" legislation supposedly to protect the consumer now place so many restrictions on employers that it is almost impossible to run a business. Even at the Abbey, when someone trips (in spite of warning notices and clearly demarcated barriers!) we get an attack of the Health and Safety Clones. That said, they could not find anything wrong and so left disappointed, but it has reached ridiculous proportions - no one is allowed to be responsible for their own safety anymore, the Whitehall clowns have to get into the act as well - perhaps a move to justify their pointless jobs!
More alarminbg was the statement recently that it is OK to sack people from their jobs in Local Government for belonging to the Freemasons or a political party the Union (Labour supporters naturally!) and the Local Authority (Labour dominated!) do not approve of. The statement was that we are now governed not by natural justice and freedom of choice but by "Moral Standards". Whose, I ask myself, since reading Mein Kampff and a few similar political works, I find that this sort of statement generally is the precursor to a political putsch! Soon it will be all members of the Tories, all members of Monster Raving Loonies, all church goers are barred from Public Office, the Civil Service, and so on. This is a very dangerous and slippery path we are now being forced down - one which can only end in that cretinous dictator Blair's puppeteers using their advantage to curtail all the Freedoms this nation has traditionally enjoyed and which they so strongly dissapprove of.
The last refuge of the charlatan with no support or basis for his or her arguments is to take refuge in the "moral standards dictate" argument. The problem is always "what are these founded on or taken from?" They strenuously deny that they have any foundation in Christianity or "Spirituality", yet they desperately try to show themselves (at election time anyway!) of supporting those very movements' values. Moral Standards that are defined in absolutes such as those now being pushed at us by Labour's godless and bankrupt collection of parasites should be treated with the deepest suspicion and challeneged at every level. If they are not founded upon well tested and tried principles of fairness and diginity for everyone and upon the principle of everyone having the right to hoild and express an opinion contrary to mine, then this can and will end in only one way - anarchy!
It would seem to me that voting in Labour for a third term of office will bring about the completion of the cycle towards the State described in Orwell's book "1984". My biggest problem is that I am not convinced that either the Conservatives or the Liberal Democrats will have either the will or the ability to stop this descent into Oligarchy. We will have to wait and see what the election brings. Sadly, whoever wins, the largest collection of incompetents and parasites will remain in power - the unelected "Nomenclatura" will be there to make sure their grip on power continues to tighten.
Our society is now on the downward spiral of a decaying civilisation; it mirrors closely the decaying days of the Roman Empire, also strangled by corrupt and incompetent bureaucrats, and there is little hope that the self serving political classes will even make the effort to change it. If this nation, indeed, if Europe is to survive, then our electoral system must be changed and the civil service must be reformed and reduced. Civil Servants should not be in positions of control, they should be there to serve the populace and not the party in power. Party manifestoes should not, in this day and age, be the "carte blanche" to tear up a constitution and do as they please because "the electorate voted for us!" The vast majority of the electorate didn't even get to see the Manifesto! The days when Parliament could reign supreme and above any law are long gone, it is time that our elected representative, with their bloated salaries, were made directly answerable to their electors - and not to the party whips!
At the last election the voter turnout was just over 50% of the TOTAL electorate. It was even lower in some areas than that. Labour's louts got in on a 41% distribution of that vote - less than 28% of the total number of voters. Blair has no mandate from the people of this country; his claim to one is as false as his promises for better services and his claims that he was putting the public first in health, education, or anything else. Maybe it's time to bring in compulsory voting, perhaps even time to consider making people vote on key policies in the manifestos. That would certainly raise the legitimacy of any government. One thing is for sure, the current "first past the post" system is well past its sell-by date and it is time it was radically overhauled.
Interestingly, this was one of the first promises Blair broke - his deal with the LibDems in 1997 was that if they helped him defeat the Tories he would set up a system based on "Proportional Representation". As soon as he realised he didn't need the LibDem vote to get any of his policies through the Chamber, he dumped this pledge and them. I wonder why? Perhaps because such a fundamental change would prevent any party ever having such complete dominance again?
In the meantime, I suppose I have no choice but to watch the various talking heads spout their usual claptrap and make promises we all know they will never keep, or which will somehow become something different when the Civil Servants have finished playing their little power game with it. Roll on the election, I am just hoping that Blair will get shown the door - but I am rather afraid he'll get in again on the apathy vote.
What a shame.
Posted by The Gray Monk at March 31, 2005 10:22 AM