Let’s start with a Pop quiz.
Which UK political party was responsible for:
Proposing the ‘Bedroom Tax’
Introducing private finance to the NHS
Raising student tuition fees
The Conservative party you say? Or perhaps the Coalition? Ooh, so close. They were all dreamt up by Labour. The ‘Bedroom Tax’ was in Labour’s 2007 Welfare Reform Act, voted for by a certain Mr E. Miliband. We all know about PFI’s and the millstone of debt they have saddled our hospitals with. Labour introduced tuition fees in 1998, then tripled them in 2004, despite promising at the 2001 election that they wouldn’t.
This one’s a bit easier.
Which party was responsible for:
– Increasing our national debt by over £400billion in just four years, to a total of £1.2trillion
Labour? Nope, that would be the evil Tories and their ‘savage’ spending cuts. Osborne is spending more money per year than Labour did in 2010.
Their spin would have you believe otherwise, but Labour and the Tories are nothing more than different sides of the same, devalued, coin. Take Michael Gove (anyone, please). While education secretary, he drew one of the few dividing lines between Labour and Tories. Any principles were quickly jettisoned on becoming chief Tory whip; he has just called for Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems to unite in the Clacton by-election.
Now I’m sure Mr Gove shares many ideas and ideals with Douglas Carswell, and indeed with UKIP more broadly. He has been the pin up boy of hate for the liberal left for 5 years. Yet ideals and principles can go hang if there are a few votes to be had. Without batting an eyelid, he has flipped from battling the education system ‘blob’ to defending the political establishment ‘blob’. His contempt for democracy, free electoral choice and the will of the people is laid bare. His status as just another career politician, in it for his own ends, is cemented. As Groucho Marx said:
“Well those are my principles, and if you don’t like them, I have others.”
How must the loyal, tribal Labour or Tory voter feel when they see this? That what they perceived as principle was nothing but window dressing, cynically calculated to attract a certain chunk of the electorate. They have blindly backed their party through thick and thin, in no small part to keep the hated “other lot” out. Yet at the first challenge to the cosy consensus, the mask drops to reveal unprincipled, self-interested, interchangeable drones.
Of course this is nothing new. The three legacy parties, and their tame journalists, newspapers and broadcasters, have formed a closed shop for some time. We in UKIP know that there has been little, if any, substantive difference between the legacy parties on any of the important issues for 30 years or more. They are all pro-EU, pro unlimited immigration, pro big government. However, with the UKIP fox getting ever nearer to Westminster, we are increasingly seeing an open admission of this fraudulent consensus. From Thurrock to Great Yarmouth, and now Clacton, the parties that would have you believe they are at opposite ends of the political spectrum are joining forces. It is no coincidence that the first cracks in the facade have appeared where UKIP support is strongest.
Labour and Conservative MPs have more in common with each other than they do with the people they are supposed to represent. By “uniting against UKIP” the old parties are not only betraying the trust of their core voters, they are conspiring to suppress the democratically expressed will of the people. It is no wonder that those in Scotland rail against the distant elite in Westminster, but it is not just the Scots who resent being patronised and lied to by a distant, disconnected and dysfunctional elite.
Labour or Tory, Tory or Labour, it makes no difference (one of the, many, reasons why the “vote UKIP get Miliband” threat carries no weight). I now realise that I have misunderstood the “in it together” slogan that we have heard so much of in recent years. How long before we see them all merge into one big social democrat party?
The “take it in turns to rule“, “gentleman’s excuse me” politics of the past 40 years is a pale imitation of democracy. Heads they win, tails you lose. Don’t accept the options. Don’t vote for the red Tories or blue Labour. Vote for direct democracy, vote for fairer immigration, vote for equality under a common law, vote for freedom. Vote UKIP.