Saturday, 15 May 2010

Truth and Politicians

I should have known. The words of a politician are never to be taken at face value, as exemplified in the latest talk on "strong government". It has transpired - not too surprsingly - that the right do not trust the existing tools of democracy and want more security for their government by changing the statute book. There's even objection within their own ranks.on this, so it must be a serious issue! The question is, will the government whip strengthen itself to impose unanimity on the recalcitrant, and thus remove the obstacle? I fear there's little doubt on that issue.

What has the electorate done? Politics is now about about a type of politician that looks good and talks glibly - to get the public's attraction and the vote. Further, it has been reported that Cameron's advisors told him "not to sound too Tory". Meanwhile, the erstwhile prime minister - with grey-hair and sagging eyes after devoted worry about serving to the best of his ability - gets labelled as "tired" and "out of touch" etc. And they said that he was "not an elected leader of the country". Well, is Cameron? Of course not, but that issue is pushed down.

Heseltine has said it about his own party ... in twelve months, this government will be very unpopular because of the decisions it will "have to" make. Trouble is, there'll hardly be a way of getting them out until the full end of their term once they've changed the statute book.

The Lib-Dems have been ensnared ... as have the British public. I may be taking matters to the extreme, but I now wonder what could be the next cue; perhaps the appointment of a stasi-style police squad and a knock on the door of any writers of blogs such as this.

The real culprit, however, is not the government that has assumed power, but us ... the very people that have put them there through our own gullibility and the block of "haves" that voted against the split vote of "have nots" and do-gooders.

Perhaps Cameron does not intend it; perhaps I am unfair. But this fair isle could quite easily be making a turn towards the worst of scenarios - a totalitarian state. Not just because of what is going on at home, but how the rest of the world is turning.

But there is a cure for all this ... the rejection of all this as being important and turning within instead. And conducting a dialogue with Truth.

Friday, 14 May 2010

The Reaction

Watching the Beeb's 'Question Time' last night brought it home to me how many voters think they have been sold down river into this coalition. 'We didn't vote for this!', they cried. But they did (vote for that) because that's how the voting came out.

Because of history, and the fact that the Liberals have never been good bed-fellows with the Tories, the current situation does not look appetising, but we all just have to swallow our indignation and let us see what transpires. Yes, I think there is a case for saying that the Liberals have been used and that their participation in the end will count for nothing except serving the Tory cause. But ... some coalition had to come out of the electors' muddle, and this is it. We've got it.

Malcolm Heseltine, however, made it painfully clear that in 12 months time the (his) new government would not be popular because of the 'difficult' decisions it is about to make. If such 'difficult' decsions include swingeing job cuts in the public services, will the acceptance of the Liberals no-tax under £10k policy be seen as part of the cause for such 'difficult' decisions?

It could just be that in a year or two, Gordon Brown's departure might be seen as premature. He understands the ordinary voter (draped in delusions of grandeur that they might be) as opposed to a privileged new joint leadership that does not know the meaning of difficulty in the home.

Meanwhile, the rest of the world still exists, and the rest of the world - both in terms of populations and the environment - is not in a happy state. When it comes down to it we do need a new kind of politics, but one that is still a long way removed from that envisaged by the privileged Cam-Clegg duo.

The government's reduction of a mere 5% off cabinet salaries (of over £100k each) shows where their minds and hearts still are. Greed is still rampant, no matter how it is disguised.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

The Needs of Society

The big question mark about the UK's new government is - surely - whether Cameron (and Clegg) can really reverse the trend in the Tories that was re-invented by Thatcher over 20 years ago - i.e. that (according to her) 'there is no such thing as society'.

Her attitude was so reviled by those who live in the real world that it could only mean that when Labour could get enough momentum, they would get back in and check the stagnation that the Thatcher years left behind. Is Cameron's real intention to undo the Thatcher theme in his party? If so, then why did he not stand as a Liberal? The Tories have never before been progressive on social issues - they've introduced nothing (in all their years) of real help to the working population, and now they are going to do otherwise? Seeing is believing in this case! I can't help feeling that there will be tears in four or five years time. Or less.

What is really needed - surely - is a middle-ground progressive party or coalition of true grass-roots membership. One that really understands the plight of ordinary people (yes, I know there are a number of scroungers on the state) and yet would have the acumen of true statesmanship. And - highly importantly - a party that understands the limitations of economic growth systems that do not work in harmony with ecology.

Irresponsible growth comes at a big cost, as we are increasingly finding out.

IF the Clam-Clegg partnership prove me wrong, then I will be very happy. But while those two were rolling around on the Downing Street lawn yesterday, I somehow felt that they are very much in party mode. The reality of the work to be done has not yet dawned on them, and when it does, they will be wearing frowns and starting to show grey hair. Like Gordon Brown; now there (despite his foibles) is the best example of statesmanship in modern times.

Farewell Gordon, you did your best, and you will not be forgotten in a hurry by those who understood you a little. You were probably the last of the non-showbiz style of leaders. You, at least, had substance; we will now see what Cam-Clegg are made of.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

The Uk Election (2)

So ... a Cam-Clegg coalition. I have to admit I am resigned to this being probably the only practical solution to the organisation of a government, other than going back to the country again without guarantee of a satisfactory result.

It became clear - as the days since the election wore on - that a Lab-Lib coalition would not work, particularly in that those two parties by themselves could not gain a majority in the Commons. But, despite my reservations, the start of the Con-Lib pact has been good. It remains to be seen how it all works out in practise given that hardly any of the cabinet will have had previous government experience, and that the Tory cost-cutting plans were against the Liberal ethic.

And there's the matter of them agreeing to remove income tax up to £10k. How that's going to be paid for in a time of cuts remains to be seen!

Let's give it six months at least before we find fault with policy. This one has to be given a chance.