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I don’t know why I’m writing this.

I don’t know why I’m writing this but I feel that it’s necessary to point out that the events of the last couple of years have clearly demonstrated how utterly useless is our political class. The Brexit referendum completely floored them. Consider what happened. The Tory Prime Minister who called the referendum in the first place and who said he would uphold the result promptly ran away when the result was not what he wanted, thus plunging the Tories and the country into limbo. I’d have him up for treason…or cowardice in the face of the enemy ……or something ??. The Labour Party in the meantime had gone into meltdown although in light of recent events perhaps not so much. The Tories after much  backstabbing mainly by Michael Gove and some by Times journalist Rachel Sylvester then selected an absolute turkey as leader the shape of Theresa May.  The rest was inevitable. If Mrs May hadn’t screwed up by having an unnecessary snap election and then conducting a crap campaign she’d have f****d  something else up.

Meantime Jeremy Corbyn is having an ball going round the country like Father Christmas promising everyone every thing .  His economics are straight out of LaLa land which doesn’t matter to him because he and  his electorate are pretty thick  being motivated mostly by resentment against (the very many) other people who are smarter than they are.

Consequently Mrs May has been forced into some sort of partnership with the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland.  It won’t be a happy marriage because the DUP actually have some principles, something that the Tories can’t be accused of.  In the meantime Ruth Davidson Scots LGBT warrior is making noises about the DUP and Gay and Lesbian rights.

The whole thing is so ridiculous that you’d think it was the script of some Netflix serial although  the scriptwriters might reject it as  too far fetched.

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  1. June 11, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Whoops !! Nearly forgot to insert a ‘read more’ tag. I don’t want another bollocking.

  2. June 11, 2017 at 10:13 am

    It’s not just in the United Kingdom. Take heart, we’re all equally buggered. Exhibit A: Canada. Harper was not much of a PM, but he was able to unify conservative parties in that Domain and create a viable political force. A veritable Cameroon, his years as PM left no real political mark. Unlike Cameron, he was unable — or perhaps unwilling — to read the writing on the wall and led his party to an ignoble defeat to Boy Justin — the less said about him the better. Exhibit B: Australia. The squalid affair that was the Kev and Juliar Show was finally lanced in 2013 when Tony Abbott became PM. Whatever his quirks and failures, Abbott is a man of principle and character who very obviously has Australia’s best interests at heart. His party forced him out in a spill action and placed the Waffling Wanker of Wentworth, Turnbull, in the PM’s position. He’s been an absolute calamity that has squandered a parliamentary majority and is trashing his party. The only thing saving the Liberals is that the Labour Party (Bugger King O’Malley’s inability to spell the word) is just as useless. Exhibit C: France. Fillon was the right man at the right time. Quiet, charming and sensible conservative he had all the right ideas for France. His campaign was derailed because of political smears and well-timed leaks. France is now stuck with Little Manny Macaroon who, as his name suggests, is all hype and has absolutely no substance. Once the honeymoon is over and he has to show results, he will crumble. Like Boy Justin, he’s the vapid creation of a rabid, Blairite media. Exhibit D: Sweden. In 2010 and 2014 the Social Democrats returned their two worst results in Swedish electoral history. You’d think, as a result, that the opposition would be able to capitalise on its woes. The Social Democrats have weakened further since the most recent election and they’re paying the price for their ill-judged “refugee” policy. The main opposition party, the New Moderates, have the rough equivalent of a Theresa Maysson as party leader and she’s been able to squander nearly half her party’s support due to some asinine political manoeuvres. The centre-right still holds a slight poll lead, but the sooner they get rid of Anna Kinberg Batra the better. Sweden is in equal measures in a state of political drift and societal flux. The only ones doing well are the Sweden Democrats who effectively set the tone, even if openly working with them is political suicide.

  3. June 11, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Backside says, ‘Bugger the colonials, it’s our country we’re worried about. Jazz has nailed it.’

  4. June 11, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Backside: Context, context…

  5. Four-eyed English Genius
    June 11, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Jazz: I imagine you are writing this as you are as frustrated as I am. I would like to line 90% of the HoC (new or old) up against a wall and have some machine gun target practice. What a bunch of self-abusers!!

  6. Boadicea
    June 11, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    FEEG – Can I add the HoL to your target practice?

  7. Boadicea
    June 11, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Jazz – I also despair. Mainly because I can’t see anyone on the political scene who

    a) believes in democracy;
    b) wants to put Britain first and
    c) wants to encourage people to work.

    All I see are a bunch of insecure, self-serving egoists who

    a) think what they want is more important than what their electorate want – so want to scrap / soften Brexit,
    b) want to subsidise the rest of the world by huge foreign aid programs and increasing immigration at the expense of those who pay taxes, and
    c) are determined to punish people for working hard and trying to better themselves and their families – with the Tory dementia tax’, and Labour with increased taxation on everything including death duties.

    I would like to believe that “Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man” – but, it seems to me there is no Man or Woman in British Politics fit for purpose.

    The Tory Party seem, to me, to be far too busy off-loading their responsibility for the present mess and far too concerned in their own petty concerns and insecurities to realise that they need a united front and a really strong leadership to weather the storm.

    While the Tories fight over the bones left after their disastrous manifesto, the Labour Wolves are slavering over the spoils they hope to get if they force Britain into yet another election…

    As Christopher says, pollies are no better here or, indeed in many other countries. But, at this point in time, Britain needs a more altruistic bunch of MPs than it has now.

    P.S. No bollocking for a missed ‘More’ Tag!!!

  8. June 11, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Boadicea: Labour are quickly making mistakes. They’re showing the same hubris Theresa May did, if not worse. They still came in behind and there is no way that they could form a functioning government even if they did get a support agreement from Plaid Cymru, the SNP and the Limp Dims. Yet, they’re arguing that they have the right to form the next government. Corbyn’s bad ideas and chequered past were ignored because he came across as sincere, human and down-to-earth. He and his followers are quickly losing that and they’re proving how noxious they really are. The dust will settle and life will go on. Theresa May will step down well before the next election and a new leader, preferably one with a more adroit touch, will take her place. If anything, the election results were brilliantly calibrated. May’s hubris and poor decisions blew up in her face, but Labour were prevented from holding power. The Tories will have to be more humble now and they will have to carefully consider everything they do — they can’t afford any more errors. Labour also have to be extremely careful as a good number of seats they won in England were with extremely narrow margins — sometimes as few as 20 votes separated them, very often no more than a few hundred. Getting cheeky wouldn’t make them come across as very sympathetic. We shouldn’t forget that Corbyn isn’t a very good party leader. What he is is an excellent campaigner.

  9. June 11, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    God help me. I watched some of Question Time, Andrew Marr, and The Sunday Politics with Andrew Neil. All on record of course because no sane person could watch all of it. Anyway there was all sorts of stuff about Hard Brexit, Soft Brexit, Round Brexit, Square Brexit, Hexagonal Brexit…….the sort of Brexit we want etc…etc.

    I would like to remind these folk of the actual referendum questions. See the actual ballot paper below. No mention of Bexit or any other funny term. People voted To Leave the European Union Nothing complicated about that.

    EU Referendum Ballot Paper

  10. June 11, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Jazz: As it stands, there will have to be a “consensus” Brexit. There are now under two years to work out the terms and reach an agreement. However poor the campaign, May offered a clear departure from the EU. Voters punished her, and rightly so, but a result of this will be a relatively soft departure based on terms that have already been extended others. It seems we’re entering one of this inglorious periods in British history where everything turns into a queasy muddle… Shades of Regency Britain come to mind. On the bright side, that means a glorious new era might be upon us!

  11. June 11, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    The only gleam of light is the DUP. The more I look at them the more I like them. Gleaned this little gem from the manifesto:-

    3. FREEZE THEN CUT OR ABOLISH THE TV LICENCE AND REFORM
    …THE BBC

    The TV licence fee is a highly regressive tax which was designed for
    a different era and a world of communication that no longer exists.
    The success of Netflix and Amazon streaming services shows that
    subscription based media can and does work.
    An independent Commission should be established to conduct a
    review of how the BBC is structured and the services it provides and
    to examine alternative funding models, identify the opportunities
    for competitive tendering of key services and produce a plan that
    will either significantly reduce the licence fee or abolish it.

    Arlene Foster should make this an absolute condition of DUP cooperation, there will never be a better chance.

  12. Boadicea
    June 11, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Christopher
    I have to own that I couldn’t bear to watch the election results this time. So I am much heartened by your comment that Labour won some seats by the skin of their teeth. I can’t really see that Kensington would vote again for a party that wants to lower the threshold at which inheritance tax kicks in!

    I hope that the Conservatives have learnt a few lessons. May should never have been allowed to turn the election into an American-style personal campaign. She should never have been allowed to consider the prospect of the return of Fox-Hunting.

    But I think her biggest mistake was to try to equalise the treatment of the elderly who choose (or whose family choose for them) to remain at home and those who choose (or those whose family choose for them) to go into care-homes. One attacks the elderly with care… I’d really like to think it is because people care about the elderly with some sentiment – but I suspect it is more about what people hope to inherit and what the elderly want to leave to their children.

    That Corbyn would have ensured that no one was able to leave anyone very much was ignored!

    But who will the Tories elect to lead them?

  13. June 11, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Boadicea: There are 36 seats with majorities under 2,500. Most are Labour, some are Limp Dim and SNP. Nineteen of them have majorities under 1000. Even if the Tories returned only a marginally better result next time they’d have a majority.

    At the moment things are still very uncertain and I think it is wise that the Tories are letting May lead for now, at least until the dust settles. She knows she’s finished. One look at her and there can be no doubt that she almost longs to leave Parliament. This will give the Tories the chance to quietly ponder their post-May future. May was a mistake. Had the Tories had the opportunity to properly consider their options she would probably not have been the person they chose. Cameron’s quick resignation threw the Tories into chaos and they looked for the first pair of “safe hands”. May was a known quantity, even though many had grave doubts and reservations about her — myself included. I suspect that a more popular, moderate Tory will take over after she resigns — someone who would not make the same unforced errors and wouldn’t be tainted by the calamity. Perhaps the only good thing that came out of this election was that only May was effectively destroyed, the other cabinet members at least held their own. I will keep my powder dry for now, but will take a keen interest in seeing which cabinet members play more and more prominent roles in the Brexit process and gradually assume more leadership responsibilities, at least de facto — including tussling with Corbyn at parliamentary debates and PMQs.

    She made two drastic errors in regards to the elderly. The elderly have paid high taxes for decades with the reasonable understanding that they receive support from the social state. Threatening to take this away was a terrible move. Even if it was a bad move, it could still be defended. The British population is ageing and care is becoming terribly expensive, at home or in a care facility. I am hesitant to call them “homes” as they’re rarely anything of the sort! At the risk of going off in a tangent, they’re places to send the elderly to die PDQ as most will quickly lose the will to live. The problem was that she squalidly backtracked at the first sign of distress. Making the core of a campaign “strong and stable leadership” and then wobbling something profound is discrediting to say the least. It made her seem both heartless and incapable. It also meant that the Tories would have to dedicate much of their campaign to defending a cack-handed proposal rather than force Corbyn to answer for his disastrous manifesto.

  14. christinaosborne
    June 11, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Ditto, ditto all of the above.
    Told you years ago we needed a re run of Guy Fawkes. Pity the IRA never did the job for us.
    The only way to get politicians with altruism is probably to stop paying them!

    Christopher this bunch are far more reminiscent of the earlier 1700 pre regency govts. Post South Sea Bubble Walpole era. Which relied on the cult of individual personality rather than party allegiance.
    What changes eh?
    What a cluster fuck.

  15. June 11, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    CO: Quite, I see your point. I thought of the Regency Era as it was to a large extent a time of drift and political incompetence — as well as general public disgust at anyone and anything in power. Really, Disraeli and Gladstone in their present states could do far better than the foetid bunch of mediocrities wasting space now.

  16. christinaosborne
    June 11, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    I don’t know why I’m writing this?

    Answers on the back of a postage stamp in triplicate.

    Mine would be-

    The humiliation and frustration of sharing my nationality with millions of total dingbats! (Actually I would use a far ruder word beginning with c)
    Reduced to –

    The total ffing embarrassment.

    There, that fits.

  17. christinaosborne
    June 11, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    christopher, 1720-40s. The machinations of Walpole, Townshend, Carteret, Harley and then Pitt, Hideous similarities to what is going on right now!
    South Sea bubble = croneyism at its heights a la Cameron. Cabal govt. a la May’s downing Street attack dogs. etc etc.

    Incredible fodder for the media of the day, ie Swift and Defoe.and their broadsheets.

    Talk about history repeating itself! over and over again!

  18. June 12, 2017 at 6:33 am

    CO, that was all before the advent of universal suffrage and the benefits of ‘democracy’ too! 🙂

  19. christinaosborne
    June 12, 2017 at 7:24 am

    True true, but Caroline of Ansbach stirred the shit politically something ‘orrid!

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