Take your pick, but don’t expect things to get better…
As Britain gears up for May’s general election, preceded by two months of political diatribe, it is likely that the only winners will be politicians. The voters themselves, regardless of which way they vote, will once again be the losers.
Given the corrupt nature of Britain’s political structure – including the outdated, outmoded and totally unrepresentative voting system – whichever party or parties come to power, the end result for the public is likely to be broadly the same. More state control, more restrictions on civil liberties, even less money for the poor and more money for the already wealthy.
If you don’t believe that the voting system is unrepresentative, consider this:
According to the Electoral Commission, the percentage of votes cast as a proportion of all those eligible to vote in the 2010 general election was Conservative 23.47% , Labour 18.87% and Liberal Democrats 14.99%. That means that at the very best, nearly 75% of voters did not end up with the party for which they voted. Given that there were 45,597,461 registered voters, it is very difficult to see how that election was representative.
Although Britain’s electoral system – if not its entire political structure – may be broken, those in power have absolutely no interest in fixing it. Were they to do so, they would run the risk of having to truly represent the people. Britain’s MPs have no interest in the people, the public having been described by one MP recently as being, ‘a bloody nuisance’.
With the political hierarchy focused on the past and consumed by historic sex abuse cases, a desire by all major parties to exercise more control over individuals and politicians who give in at the drop of a hat to feminist lobby groups and money grabbing charities, whichever party or parties form the next government, the outlook for the rest of us is to say the very least, bleak.
For those who believe that voting UKIP will make any difference, forget it. When it comes to the crunch, most voters will go with the parties for which they normally vote and UKIP, if it’s lucky, may end up with four or five MPs; certainly not enough to make any difference. UKIP will soon be subsumed and corrupted by the political machine, sinking into obscurity from which occasionally, a howl of pain may be discerned.
TheOpinionSite.org believes that in the forthcoming general election, voters will be faced, as is so often the case, with a choice between several evils:
On the one hand there is David Cameron with his ever increasingly right-wing Conservative party, including a justice secretary who many believe has the mindset of an incarceration-motivated megalomaniac, a home secretary who is a self-proclaimed feminist who wants to be prime minister, a work and pensions secretary who sincerely believes he is doing good by taking money away from people who have very little to begin with, and a policing minister who, as an ex-policeman, wants to give the police as much power as possible, regardless of the consequences.
On the other hand, there is Ed Miliband’s Labour party which is driven by feminists, has no idea about the economy, purports to help the poor but actually doesn’t, is essentially the same party that created 3,000 new criminal offences in just 10 years under Tony Blair – that’s almost one a day, has a leader that fails to inspire, and a would-be chancellor who can’t add up.
Somewhere in the middle, there is the soon to be annihilated Liberal Democrat party led by Nick Clegg. Well-meaning, supposedly a champion of civil liberties and protector of the poor, the Lib Dems are out of sync in a society where greed, selfishness, vindictiveness and revenge seem to rule.
What all the three main parties have in common of course, is the inability to tell the truth. To put it another way, they all lie through their teeth. But then again, so do all politicians; and if they didn’t, then governing a country would be impossible. Governments need and thrive on secrecy, disingenuousness and lies, all neatly wrapped up and presented as honesty, transparency and openness.
Should you ever need proof that the above is indeed the case, try putting in a Freedom of Information Request to the police and see how many reasons they give you for being exempt from answering your questions. The endless exemptions were gifted by the politicians when they promised to be more open. with the public.
Britain is destroying itself from the inside; slowly rotting away like an ageing corpse, as it seeks to be more important than it really is. Our rulers have, as have all empirical rulers that have lost their empires throughout history, turned on their own people, in misguided desperation and yearning for someone to rule.
Therefore, as is so often the case in a general election, the choice in the forthcoming general election essentially comes down to whose lies you wish to believe; or to be more precise, which lies make you feel better. Nothing more, nothing less.
Unfortunately, until a more representative voting system is introduced, particularly for a general election, this is the only choice that voters are ever likely to get. Most people say they don’t care about politics, and quite honestly, one can understand why they say that. Nevertheless, the fact is that politics affects everything that happens in our lives; from the price of food, to the length of prison sentences; from how many children you can afford to have, to how many of them will still be living with you when they’re in their mid-40s.
As Winston Churchill once famously said, “Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”
The truth is, that as depressing as that may sound, those are probably the only true words you’ll ever hear spoken by a British politician; past or present.