Thursday, May 28, 2009

[october election] handwringing for the disillusioned

Gordon at Davos: ‘I know I promised to plunge the next two generations into crippling debt and I’ve only managed one so far. Don’t worry, it’ll be ready by the election.’

The essential problems with our electoral and parliamentary system include:

1. Westminster is a club to which men and women might come in idealism but which they’ll sell their souls to remain a member of. It tends inexorably to corrupt the soul – witness the MP’s expenses row - and it’s heavily under the financial influence of the shadowy Them and why shouldn’t it be?

Look at it from Their point of view. They have an agenda of forming a European bloc to play on the world stage, Britain has already been carved up and the regional assemblies are in place to officially take over, post-Lisbon, courtesy of Common Purpose [* see below].

All they need is the Irish Lisbon vote, which they’re now likely to get.

With the crippling of the Lords, playing on the people’s natural bent against elitism, Blair and Brown have made this a country of Prime Ministerial rule. The Queen is irrelevant, except in loyalist hearts.

The real political power in this country is in the hands of Them; they groomed Blair in 1993 and Brown in 1991 and if you doubt the influence – examine the key movers and shakers in Yorkshire Forward, examine the accounts and where the cash came from.

When a journalist charged Viscount Étienne Davignon, "all the recent presidents of the European Commission attended Bilderberg meetings before they were appointed," Davignon's response [was that] he and his colleagues were "excellent talent spotters."

Ditto in Britain. Everyone knows that Cameron is a clone of Blair, an opportunist out for power and shifting his political position to take advantage of the changing climate.

Where are the men and women of genuine conviction? They don’t get preselected, that’s all – they’re either bought or marginalized.

2. Anyone who knows the sytem knows that the final choice placed before the people is a sealed deal. All the real politicking is done at the preselection stage and that’s where the global power is at its most visible – within the party ranks.

Nobody wants idealists within the Club of Westminster – that’s what the whips are for, charged with ensuring the uniformity of opinion and pulling ‘rebel’ [read people of integrity] members into line.

3. This is one reason a hung parliament might be the best solution. With Westminster poised to become a regional cog within the EU nation, the last PM in the traditional sense, Brown, is doing his masters’ bidding to bring the country to its knees to make the transition smoother by 2012. If you doubt that, read through some of the work by Ian Parker-Joseph and others.

4. What of the little people, like me? What can we do? A dyed-in-the-wool Tory, not unlike David Davis, I see a corrupt leader with no backbone leading what could be an excellent into oblivion. Sympathies are very much with the Libertarian Party these days, perhaps the least corrupt of them all at this early stage and don’t forget the UKIP.

Is it better to vote for one of these?

Under first-past-the-post - hardly.

Under preferential voting, as in Australia – better.

Under proportional representation – best.

Proportional representation weakens the executive and legislature and leaves the country’s governance as a lame duck but it does bring the people’s voice back into the picture, something it risibly isn’t at this juncture.

I like Lord T’s idea of direct voting on major issues via one’s PC, an idea he’ll no doubt post on one day and his plan for the reduction of MPs’ terms is also good – I would add, on a staggered basis.

So here we are – an election in October and whom to vote for? My history says, ‘Vote Tory,’ I’m a paid-up Tory member as of now but to vote for my local member also ushers the corrupt Cameron straight into a Prime Ministerial EU regional dictatorship.

On the other hand, to vote for a minor party is to throw away one’s vote under first-past-the-post.

What to do?

* With its purposes now subsumed into Common Purpose, the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations in London was funded into existence in 1946 with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.

One of the Tavistock founders, Dr. John Rawlings Rees
, who also became co-founder of the World Federation for Mental Health, talked of infiltrating all professions and areas of society:

‘Public life, politics and industry should all ... be within our sphere of influence ... If we are to infiltrate the professional and social activities of other people I think we must imitate the Totalitarians and organize some kind of fifth column activity!

We must aim to make it permeate every educational activity in our national life ... We have made a useful attack upon a number of professions. The two easiest of them naturally are the teaching profession and the Church: the two most difficult are law and medicine.’

Common Purpose comes into its own in the post-democracy phase of the EU from 2012.


angus said...

Being totally apolitiical and having no preference between the parties because they are all from the same mold.

I think I agree that a hung Parliament is the best option for the public, the only snag is that the elitists wil still take power, they will join together to form a cross party group that will probably be as bad as what we have now.

I like your arguments but I think we need a totally new approach, maybe something like the Americans, one MP per county(state), elected by the voters on a preferential basis, by primaries and not pushed forward by the parties by preselection.

The only problem with that is that there may be many independants elected, which is good for joe public but not for the country because there will be no common policy.

I don't know the answer, but I think we do need a general election this year, if only to clear the air.

PR works only if the voters get out there and vote, but the polling figures in the Uk are pretty abysmal and we could end up with a government voted into power by a minority of the electorate, which happens now under the present system.

Of course I could be talking total bollocks:)

Andrew Allison said...

I can see why you left your comment on my blog yesterday, and can now see what you mean.

I'm sorry, James, but I can't agree with you on David Cameron. Corrupt? Where do you get that from? Both of us are anti-EU. Both of us agree our best course of action as a country would be to leave the EU and be like Switzerland; a country that benefits from free trade, but doesn't have to put up with all the intrusion. Cameron doesn't want Britain to be part of the EU as it is now, and leaving the awful EPP grouping is one step along the road. I think he will go further and there are many of us in the party who will be pressing him to do just that. Surely you agree a Conservative government under the leadership of David Cameron is infinitely better that the current situation we find ourselves in?

Like you, I am a dyed-in-the-wool Tory. PR will give us lame duck governments who will never be able to deliver on a mandate. We will probably not see another Conservative government. The minority parties will hold us to ransom and some of those minority parties are odious in the extreme; such as the Greens and the BNP.

There are other options to the current electoral system, such a the preferential voting which you mentioned. This is a fairer system and in my humble opinion is much more preferable to PR.

James Higham said...

I'm glad you came and put that comment, Andrew because both sides need to be heard. this is why I liked Chris Morell's input on the philosophers.

Angus, that's a nice take.

Lord T said...

Cameron is as useless as all the rest of them though and does not deserve to be PM. The evidence for that is clear. He is facing the most hated party in the history ofour country and couldn't make headway without a scandal in which some of his own people are also involved. He clearly means to remain in the EU if Gordo manages to hold on for long enough and Cameron is not pushing for him to go quickly either so it looks like it is not his choice.

I still think every MP who voted for the Lisbon treaty needs to be executed for treason.

James Higham said...