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General election: 2015 [2]

The election of 2015 came and went very disappointingly. Having allowed hope and news updates to contaminate my well formed view that we wouldn’t be winning, it was the grand unveiling of a Tory majority.

There were then some protests though I know not why, you can’t go round playing a game to set rules and when you loose choose that as the time to denounce the game. The people have votes and they chosen this.

For me it’s a horrible reminder of the unpleasant predilections of so much of southern and Middle England.
Voting for a party that activity deconstructs not only the countries great achievement but also the things the very same populous espouse most pride in. The nhs, the BBC, the justice system of the courts, even the idea of giving everyone a chance to succeed is something they actively unapologetically seek to prevent.
I would move beyond the emotive and look at the proven, to our left on he map we have the likes Germany of Sweden. Germany is not a socialist country yet it protects its social infrastructure and thrives, the people are largely affluent, the economy balanced resilient and strong, a Courtney that doesn’t just espouse rights but actually takes its share or refugees from war zones..then we have capitalist venture societies like the India USA China, where social cohesion place second fiddle to enterprise, the environment is assaulted and public good (education, security, health, justice, even standards of food, water and Air) is served up to but a few pockets of those societies.

And here we are looking to the tardy cheap culture of the individual, of blame and recrimination. The great and easy distractions, the lowest part in all of us, that some arbitrary line divides the us from the them and casts cause to the the them among us and effect to the us, regardless of who we might be.

During the election it was notes that the right wing parties we attempting the old school trick of seeking to mask the farting unpleasantly in the corner of the bank system with some heart felt pointing in the direction of some thousands of largely poorly paid immigrants from Eastern Europe. It was a little low brow perhaps as metaphors go but it was no doubt exactly what was happening.
Yet with the same sentiment a voice was seeking to highlight the bank working ‘them’ to be now debt ridden ‘us’.
Avoiding again that it was in truth the majority us who only supported low regulating governments, who enjoyed the inflating ballon of growth their money movements appeared to create (for such a long time) – and who overlook the far more substantial private debt in our society that still now dwarfs what the government had to wrack up for us to bail that banking system out.

It was always and ever only us, there are social divides of gender, religion and wealth – but when it comes down to it, there is us the majority and our choice if we want to create a them either here or abroad to suffer all we would not care to have ourselves – or perhaps, not.  A choice that we hold each as the individual members of and where we have once more shown our intentions.

How is it people always forget to ask themselves what kind of country, continent, world is it that I want to live in – what really matters most and what does the evidence of history and evn other counties today have to tell us about happiness, safety and wellbeing.

If we don’t wish to be moral about it fair enough but why not be practical, we have the evidence of the difference path before us. We see all we could never want to be in the ailing and the struggling societies and all we could be in our neighbours, where is the ambition to be the best of these – why not be practical – there will always be people who represent these shallow, small and ultimately destructive The the question is not for them but to those who tick boxes in their favour – what on earth are they thinking the turkeys who vote for Christmas in the secured knowledge that they will be the well fed one who will emerge to see the other side ..

Political CartoonNigel Farage CartoonGeneral Election UK TV DebateUK General Election Results 2015 BBCCartoon David CameronPosh David Cameron Downing StreetPosh Cameron And The Conservative Party

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General election: 2015

There is at key election times, it seems an unhealthy bias among much of the media. The bias isn’t purely one way or the other but it’s present.

The scrutiny applied to the chancer currently inadvertently to be found residing in number 10 is almost entirely absent. It could be perhaps that a man unable to win the last election with every fair wind in his favour is a man for whom expectation are so low as to not warrant undue highlighting.

As a person hoping he will reside their no longer come the election this is rather frustrating. Opposition parties ought not need to resort to negative campaigning in circumstances such as these. A PM who hired and stuck by a man subsequently imprisoned as his top adviser, a man who has overseen collusion with big business, further expenses scandals and who has demonstrated such a profound lack of credibility and judgement that the media seen to be adverse to mentioning it.  The Conservatives are doing nothing wrong because this is what they are and they never apologise for it, so they cant be guilty.  This though may be a bias perspective.

More generally, the problem though lies in the other parties and the profoundly uninspiring offering they too hold up. In all my life I have never witnessed an election where the electorate seems largely to take the view, which one is the least bad option. It’s not inspiring stuff.

Yet as with the banking crisis it is the electorate who did much to create this situation and who will deny all (not even recognise) accountability. It is their right but how is it to improve when recognition of the underlying issues is so scarce.

People don’t want politicians to admit they don’t know – for example.. the media shock at such an answer .. and yet for most people that I know, there are things which they don’t immediately know and other things that even after much thoughtful musing remain unclear.

The public want to have high levels of public service but a tax regime that impacts not on their personal incomes along with debt control. They want resolution of the property market issues but retain an expectation to each and all own property.
In short they desire different outcomes but are resolutely disinclined to change behaviours, disposing of all personal responsibility onto a government that can only truly alter anything progressive meaningful or long lasting, through the collective will (actions and support) of the people.

That said people have also seemed in need of something into which they can invest their belief and at this time we have politicians more inclined to follow the public whim rather that to harness and seek to lead it toward something. It’s not wholly new for sure but the extent, the level, even party members struggle to support their leaders.

The cheap seats are always so enticing, immediate self interest & disowning responsibility – blaming others: immigrants, bankers, politicians, unions … Most of whom medley fulfill the circumstances imposed upon them, as most people find themselves doing.

While we could do with a better public to drive out better politicians it seems more likely that the numbers may through out a better politician, one who is handily much more than purely a reflection of what we deserve.
Veering about with tax cuts that ruined education, health & transport followed by the need for hasty and rushed repairs, with the wastage and debts that gifts us.
You probably can have something links the country the majority want but it takes many parliamentary terms to achieve it, more than a democratically elected leader will likely see out. We can mph wait for an Attlee to materialise once more to lead us, in his time the people fuelled by the injustices of that time laid large before then by unforgiving wars, now starved of local tragedy we have to want it for others and perhaps for ourselves & that seems far harder.

It is incumbent upon us all to pick a destination it is not matter for outsourcing.. And with that the hypocritical cheery is laid upon the cake.

Poltical Leaders Miliband Clegg Cameron Cartoon

– unless of course you believe in personal interest, survival of the fittest – independence not interdependence in which case let’s have one of those too. A real one, the cheap seats have just as much right to representation.

And once more with added bias:

Cameron NHS Cartoon

Tatcher Miner Burial Cartoon

Toad of Toad Hall UKIP Cameron Cartoon

Nick Clegg Puppet Pinocchio

Hunt NHS Fool

Cameron T-Shirt Selection

Miliband Policy Hole Cartoon

UKIP Cameron Snake Cartoon

UKIP Immigrant Distraction Cartoon