Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Take Back The Power

This is the start of a campaign to ask all voters to vote for anyone who isn't from one of the big three parties. If you're fed up with constantly being lied to and let down; if you're fed up with politicians who never answer the question and spend all their time slagging off the opposition; if you're fed up with politicians telling you what you want, rather than listening to what you want; join the campaign at

Tuesday, 1 March 2011


If you publish an advertisement your are bound by the laws governing the content. It has to be clean decent honest & truthful. Yet why is this stricture lifted when it comes to political advertising? The mandates that all political parties put in their manifesto should come under the same laws. If you are advertising any product and service then if that is not carried through then the company is fined. It should be the same for political parties.

It is no good us taking the high moral ground over the pro democracy demonstrations in the north African countries when we are having our own democracy eroded by politicians who consistantly lie about what they are going to do when they get into Parliament and then renege on their promises.
They have persuded voters to elect them on a mandate and then have not delivered what they promised. In other words they lied. Any company would be prosecuted, why not the politicians? This is not an academic exercise but I feel that it erodes the very tenets of democracy in this country.
We demand democracy and honesty in other countries but not our own. What happened to safeguard the NHS advertisement then putting through a complete reform based on an economic and ideological which is a short step away from privatisation?
It is about time that politicians should be honest. The idea that its ok to lie to get into power is Stalinist in its concept. They wonder why no one votes and this is why, though of course the less people who vote the better for the politicians as they will most probably stay in power. Is it really that important and at what price must they lose their soul to gain the world?

The idea that all the country must pay for the greed of a few people or rather of an industry which deals in concepts rather than realities s purile. The actions of the present government are based on ideologies that can't work in a country based on market economics. The point of cutting services which in the long term will cause unrest while reducing the number of policemen on the beat is counter productive in that it costs more money to keep someone in prison that at Eton. So the prison population rises and therefore more prisons need to be built by private companies so we are seeing the birth of a new industry which was started as part of ideology. Why would a government stop the EMA which pays students £30 a week to study when the basic unemployment is £34? Over tens of thousends of students over several years the four pounds starts to add up.

All this to get our credit rating down. Who cares? With inflation rising, unemployment rising, the cost of basics rising we are trying to get our interest rates down so we can borrow more money to sustain an economy which is based on a falsehood. The lie being that everything will be ok. Every election I am told that if I vote for a political party things will get better and yet they get worse. This leads me to one of two conclusions, that either the people we have in government are inept or they just lie to get power.
Now that's a case to answer.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Duty of care?

The government have decided that to follow their policy is somehow good sense, even when the exiting head of the CBI points out that it is doomed to failure. To feign suprise about the economy when following an economic policy that puts potential consumers out of work while raising prices, petrol is now at a record high, and then talk about long term growth. How is this policy going to help the country recover from what is an international debacle concerning the banking system.
Where are the reforms that have been promised? The idea that banks can be self governing is wrong, in fact the the best way to get over the financial crises is by putting a levy of 1p in the £1 on the banks profits. Now to whom do we owe this money tht helped save the bank, why other banks of course. The sense of irony is so tragic that we shoud be laughing not crying. Strangely I agree that the banks should be getting their bonuses if it does attrct the best people, but then surely we want to attract the best in every profession, nursing, teaching, transport, and the police. Yet when they put in for a pay rise the answer always to seem be a problem about funds. Actually on a serious note if I was a shareholder in a bank and the bonuses were really high while the interest rates were low I would start making the executives feel very uncomfortable.
They could say that the bank rate is low but actually they still charge a high rate to borrowers according to their status so why the pitifully low rate for investors. Just look at the rates of the credit card companies, the highest they have been for a very long time. Making it harder for people to pay back and so delaying the mythical recovery of the economy.
We have a government that is so out of touch and the worst of it they as a class always have been. It is the 21st century which means that all information is now accessible, and yet they remain out of touch. People are taking to the streets in protest yet nothing has even been discussed. I would have more respect for them if they actually admit that they were wrong. They just don't care. They may to prfess that they are doing the best for everybody but its not true. They just don't care and the trouble is I don't think they ever will.
As a postscript it took a long time for me to vote for the LibDems. I never will again as they have betrayed me and my optimism for a pocket full of magic beans called vanity. I really don't know who to vote for and until I see some form of duty of care for the men and women of this country then I am adrift in a sea of despair.