Category: uk politics

To my mind, the Lib Dems are right about so mu…

To my mind, the Lib Dems are right about so much and yet it does them no good. They consistently opposed the Iraq war, for example, which is now an extremely mainstream view. Obviously the Labour party is very down on the Iraq war these days but, crucially, that wasn’t the case when it was actually happening. At that point, both Labour and the Tories were all for it.

The Lib Dems are also the only political group that’s consistently advocated proportional representation, and their failure to gain traction there may be the biggest disaster of the lot. It’s because of the first-past-the-post voting system that neither Labour nor the Conservative party can split without facing electoral annihilation. So Cameron called the Brexit referendum to keep the Tories together, and the majority of Labour MPs remain part of an organisation they believe to be ineptly or even malevolently led.

The energy required to keep the Conservative and Labour parties ostensibly united is tearing Britain and Europe apart. Meanwhile the hapless and laughable irrelevance of the only political movement properly addressing the country’s biggest problems is a fascinating manifestation of our looming national disaster.

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Ukip faces ‘utter marginalisation’ if it embra…

Ukip faces ‘utter marginalisation’ if it embraces hard right, says Nigel Farage:

UKIP ‘faces’ marginalisation, Nigel?

Faces?

You’re at 2% in the polls right now you muppet. Your party is marginalised already, because it’s pointless. Any role as ‘champions of Brexit’ has now been ceded to the Tory party you originally came from and all UKIP has left is pointless waffle and directionless xenophobia just for the sake of making noise to pretend someone still cares about you.

UKIP has nothing left. This is typically what happens when a party whose entire reason for existing is to campaign for its own irrelevance gets what it wants.

You have no seats in the House of Commons. 
3 in the House of Lords.
4 in the Welsh Assembly.
2 in the London Assembly.
108 local seats in the whole of the nation’s local government.

The only place you do have any say in anything is the European Parliament and when you get your way properly you won’t even have that.

Just let UKIP die on the rubbish bin of history, for fuck’s sake.

Stop trying to make UKIP happen, it’s not going to happen.

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Saw an old friend today and we caught up over a coffee. He’s known my husband for many years, he’s in his late 60’s and the talk came to politics. My husband mentioned Brexit, imaging that he, a seasoned traveller would share my remainer stance. Oh no, he voted leave. When I started to talk he loudly said

“I Don’t want to talk about this’

I couldn’t believe it. I took a deep breath and said ‘Don’t worry, you don’t need to say anything. I’m presuming you remember Britain before the EU?’

He confirmed that he did. ‘Cheers John, you remember a time when you were young and the world was your oyster, I hope you’re comfortable taking that away from younger people like your grandchildren’

I couldn’t help myself. Luckily the conversation changed to something else!

Brexit is tearing this country apart

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Brexit omnishambles in the UK.

People defending a Supreme Court nominee who tried to rape someone in the US.

… yup, good times… I feel constantly sick and distressed by the world at this point.

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politicalsci 2018-09-12 12:24:30

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In light of the recent news of a ‘surge’ in support for a far-right political party in Sweden… you know what I really fucking hate?

When idiots make the bullshit argument that “well they wouldn’t have so much support if they felt listened to” which in reality when such people say that basically it translates to “if you want them to not have any power, you should have given them the things they want.”

The whole point of them not having power is that they don’t get the stupid shit they’re dumb enough to think will magically solve their problems. Giving them the stupid shit they think will magically solve their problems is not the answer here. Because you still end up with the same stupid shit being foisted upon everybody to keep a gaggle of braying morons temporarily happy until they decide they want even more or different stupid shit and the cycle begins again.

It’s the dumbest argument.

Like when hacks who think they’re pundits (yes I know, glass houses and all that) say that the way for Labour to win back UKIP voters is to pander to racist small-minded xenophobes.

You don’t get rid of UKIP by caving in to their every nonsensical whim. You get rid of UKIP by convincing people of a better way of seeing the problems of the world.

It’s harder, because stupid is as stupid does, but it’s ultimately better in the long run.

Our society isn’t fucked, unequal as all hell and failing so many hardworking people to the point of working insane hours but still having to use food banks because of Romanian immigration.

It’s easy to blame the ‘other’ as we’ve tragically seen throughout history. But it’s better long-term to address the actual root causes of the problems that are so often just casually blamed on immigration.

Example: Our NHS isn’t failing because some Europeans are moving here. It’s failing because successive Tory governments have cut its funding, screwed over its nursing staff’s pay, and implemented constant chaotic inefficient reorganisation to justify it’s privatisation agenda because they’re too cowardly to openly campaign on ‘abolish the NHS’ because they know they’ll be resigned to the dustbin of history where they belong as soon as they do.