It’s just as well we are all on-line – we would have felled an entire rain forest over the last few days; picking over, examining, dissecting, debating, discussing, ridiculing, criticising, every last word and gesture of the parliamentary campaign candidates.
For what; for why?
Why do we laud Ben Butterworth for shouting out a question to the Prime Minister? “oooh he heckled the Prime Minister, that’ll rattle him” Will it? The Prime Minister could have turned round and offered Butterworth junior a free place in Eton if he had wanted to. He is under no obligation to keep his word if re-elected.
Sky, the BBC, and ITV are consuming millions in expenses trailing after the organ grinders – ‘will you cut NI?’ ‘He said he’d cut it just a bit’, ‘No he didn’t, he said he’d increase it just a bit’, ‘I heard him whisper to his wife that he’d keep it the same’ – for God’s sake, it doesn’t matter; they can promise to abolish NI altogether and then bring it back in as 90% of your wages if they want to – why are we listening to this nonsense?
So the Conservative Party has joined a European alliance that includes a Pole who once said something the gays object to – so what? It’s neither a reason to vote for them nor a reason not to vote for them, because once elected they could join an alliance with Genghis Khan if they want to and have the head of every banker on a pole outside Downing Street.
Nothing, nothing at all, that any of them say over the next few weeks will have any bearing whatsoever on how the country is governed after the election. There is neither law nor convention that says that they have to abide by their manifesto or election promises.
They would like you to believe that it matters; they will put millions of pounds and dominate the airwaves over the next few weeks persuading you that what they say they will do should affect your vote. It won’t, not a jot.
The only truth we have seen from this rotten parliament is the truth that was dragged painfully, reluctantly, redactedly, blinking and sputtering into the daylight, by Heather Brookes.
The MPs expenses. That is the only true manifesto we have seen. What is says is that they would all do as they were told, follow each other like sheep – or rather piglets – into the ‘economy’ as the Prime Minister has rather quaintly taken to describing that tranche of money extorted by force from the population, and demand first dip at it.
The disgraceful scandal of Glasgow politicians tells us that once they have had their fill, they will move aside and let their friends and relatives take a turn in the trough.
If anyone threatens to disturb this cosy relationship, they will shout and scream that they will remove our nurses, doctors and firemen as the price of an enforced diet on their part.
Those are the only truths we have heard in the campaign, and therefore the only vote you should be placing is one based on your personal knowledge of the independence of mind of a candidate.
Don’t vote for a ‘Party’, vote for a candidate. Don’t waste time asking them what they will do about National Insurance or the Gaza question – they won’t tell you the truth, and even if by mistake they do, they don’t have to keep their word.
Yesterday, Labour fired a candidate, Stuart MacLennan, for speaking his mind, for not toeing the party line – that is exactly the sort of candidate you should be seeking out; let’s hope he stands as an independent.
I no longer care much what any of their politics are; I just know that the country will be a healthier place if Parliament is filled with independent minded individuals that say what they are really thinking.
The election should be a referendum on how we want to take this country out of its massive debt. Its not. It’s a charade based on fairy tales, unenforceable fairy tales.
Fitch have just downgraded Greece’s debt rating from triple-B-plus to triple-B-minus; that wind will blow over the UK shortly, not least because the government raised taxes, and thus fuel prices, in order to shore up the economy and as a result, the real economy, the people who are out there making things, not counting the number of ticks on the social services annual return, struggled even harder to earn a living.
It is people like Fitch, Moody’s and Standard & Poor who will really be running this country once the election fever dies down, What we are seeing right now is an attempt to make Brown and Cameron look more important than they are.