As a bit of a political junkie I read a lot of blogs, not discriminating by their take: left, right or barking. One of the better ones is The Conservative Woman, not too partisan and with a lot of common-sense.
Sometimes, if things get bad enough, even the most dedicated supporter can have enough. It’s well worth reading the 24th Oct post by Laura Perrins. Maybe she is beginning to see the light:
An Open Letter to Miss Laura Perrins
Miss Perrins, let me persuade you to come over to the dark side!
During the 2017 election I was asked by a Jeremy Paxman wannabee interviewer from Radio Suffolk what was the point of UKIP now that we’d got Brexit. I had the list prepared of course: defence, housing, no income tax for those on minimum wage, but I didn’t say that.
What came out was ‘to break the political class, to take power away from those in the main parties who go to the same schools and universities, live in the same neighbourhoods, party together, who never have a proper job, who holiday together, scratch each other’s backs and neglect those who vote for them.’ –
Example 1: We put a motion to council to release a couple of acres of the thirty they own in Haverhill, releasing them to the local housing association for one and two bedroom properties. This would have taken off the pressure in some of the most crowded estates in the town. Who voted against? Everyone except the Greens, who didn’t bother to turn up. The chance to mimic Kinnock whenever the Labour group started to bang on about its working class credentials – ‘the obscenity, the obscenity of the Labour group – a Labour group! – voting against social housing’ etc – was poor consolation.
I wanted to improve the lives of my residents, not score political points. We didn’t expect the Cons to vote with us, but the LibDems, voting against social housing? Labour ditto? Who did my estates vote for? Labour. With that attitude to the needs of the working class, that contempt, why did the voters of Ipswich elect the leader of the Labour group to Parliament in 2017?
Example 2: I personally fought and defeated the application for a wind turbine near the edge of town, close enough that it would have lowered house prices by 12% in some smart estates, nice but not fancy, good places to bring up a family. Who would have benefited if the turbine had gone ahead? A local landowner would have benefited by millions. Who would have lost? They would. They voted Con.
Example 3: In the run-up to the 2015 election one stud farm donated tens of thousands to the local Con constituency. Only the immense and unshakeable integrity of the local candidate precluded a conflict of interest when he was asked to help reject a major planning application in the town, houses which would have eased a major housing squeeze. He referred it to the Community minister having, no doubt, carefully weighed all the pros and cons. Who did that town vote for? Cons.
A friend, a hard-working and dedicated councillor with years of service to our community, was awarded an honour in recognition: how did it feel to learn that the PM’s hairdresser was later awarded the same ‘for services to hairdressing’?
No-one is representing the working and middle-class voter. Cons are in the pockets of Big Business, property developers and landowners. Labour tugs its forelock to the Union barons and the LibDems are in thrall to CND, Green zealots and scientific illiterates. British politics is broken and, until the voters realise this, things will only get worse.
Cameron failed and his reward is pots of money. Ditto Six-jobs Osborne. Ditto the various Kinnocks, Mandelsons and the rest. Keith Vaz still smirks from the Commons benches. Osborne and Mandelson were reported as having holidayed on a Russian oligarch’s yacht.
These people have no shame. It’s worse than being let down. We are being betrayed. Reform will not happen until the political class is exposed and broken. With the mainstream media already bought and owned by those the political class serves, the only means of reporting the truth lies with social media.
When Paul Nuttall was elected all the Suffolk county councillors decided that, as UKIPpers who had the most direct contact with the voting public, we should send him some advice from the front line. It was a list of obvious points which everyone has prodded into them on the doorsteps: integrity, rejection of outside influences including financial etc etc, and we copied it to the UKIP groups in adjoining counties.
It was only after we had a positive response that we realised we were treading over old ground: we were walking in the footsteps of Oliver Cromwell’s Eastern Association.
Cromwell’s words apply perfectly to the current situation. Democracy is broken, Parliament is filled with placemen, time-wasters and those who see a political career as a means of accruing cash, not as a vocation. It is stuffed with lightweights like Cameron who thought he’d be rather good at being PM, and with traitors like Corbyn who embraces our enemies rather than our allies. It’s time to repeat Cromwell’s words:
“Depart, we say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”
Miss Perrins, join us. Speak out.
Regards, Julian Flood
Westminster by HerryLawford