A guest post by Samuel Miller
The past week has been an educational experience in terms of politics as it is practised UK style. We’ve had media cock ups, which wouldn’t look out of place in a carry on film. There have been yet more court developments in Labour’s ongoing bout of self abuse. Two of Scotland’s branch managers held a bit of a social media spat over who is the most anti Essenpee. We’ve even had Labour’s one and only MP in Scotland having a bit of a fallout with his own shadow Scottish Secretary.
It’s like a cross between Game of Thrones and Shakespear’s Julius Ceasar out there, only without the laughs.
FFS! We’ve just had a Tory bloodbath which resulted in the UK now in the midst of pulling itself out of the EU. Their own ill conceived, clown-footed omnishambles has seen the pound plummet, markets lose billions and leave the UK facing, at very least, a soft recession. The UK’s electorate are divided, with an unprecedented rise in hate crime since the Brexit vote. Westminster’s political credibility is currently the laughing stock of the international stage and a looming constitutional crisis on their own doorstep could see the end of the UK as we know it.
OK, that last one? There may be an upside there (cough).
Quite literally though, the main players in Westminster and their branch managers in Scotland are tearing each other apart. About the only thing these lunatics agree on is that the Essenpee are bad.
That would be the Essenpee who haven’t crippled an economy, alienated the poor, the helpless, the disenfranchised or…. the furriner. They haven’t started any wars, or committed billions to renewing the most appalling weapon system in existence. They’ve balanced their books, proven themselves capable in government and are currently busy trying to scrape together some underspend from last year’s handout to ease impending Brexit hardship in the Scottish economy. Y’know also, just to add yet a further degree of difficulty, they’re having to clean up an international and constitutional mess they didn’t cause and didn’t invite in the first place. Yet STILL, for all that, they’re bad. Probably also ‘vile’ in point of fact.
How did it come to this? Is the big chair in Downing street worth all of this? Is this the inevitable end result of a parliamentary sovereignty?
The established order, a crown and parliamentary sovereignty. In short, the fox running the hen hoose. Elected and unelected chambers of a closed shop, where the members set the agenda and decide among themselves what’s in our best interests. All of that wealth, influence, patronage (corporate and otherwise) and government. A system which can create and end any law, the supreme authority in the land which no court can overrule and only future parliaments can change legislation of. Oh and going back to that influence thing? When you effectively have your own state broadcaster and can name a newspaper’s political affiliation by it’s title then controlling the message isn’t much of a problem.
One word – Frenchgate.
Quite a set up. So yeah, you can see why political parties sold on this system of government might be a bit over competitive and aggressive in their campaigning. You can see where the art of persuasion by debate, over time, becomes the the art of naked manipulation and misinformation. You can see why competing ideologies over what is best for a population becomes bitter tribal warfare where the population becomes electoral coin and collateral damage. You can’t make an omelette and all that, or the end justifies the means, right?
THIS is politics as it is practised UK style.
This is the politics which uses and abuses our trust, manipulates our opinion and treats sections of its own population as acceptable losses. The greatest trick the establishment ever pulled, was to convince the electorate they were powerless to change anything for their own benefit. We CAN change how we are governed. We CAN choose to either live in service to a state or return the state to public service. The choice is yours…
So what KIND of politics and what KIND of country do you want to live in?
Audio version of this blog article, courtesy of @lumi_1984