Nanny knows best; be it ‘Strong Leader’ Dave, ‘Tough Enough’ Ed or ‘King-maker’ Nick. That is the choice of who after 7th May (under the ‘benign’ management of our decline by the mighty EU Eurocrats) will tax us, control us, and meddle in our lives. The leaders have spoken of their visions, and pledges, and to silence the protestations of the studio audiences, because in all things they are the future and we had better yield.
The latest TV ‘debate’ (the special edition of Question Time) confirms how much the ruling class are in cahoots (complacent, arrogant, hollow, out of touch, self-centred). Missing is humility or any political philosophy that puts liberty (or freedom) and democracy at its core, and focuses on delivering prosperity for all via competition based free enterprise and innovation. Actually, missing altogether was any coherent and non-dictatorial political philosophy aligning with the best of our traditional values. And in its place we have Benign Big Brother. Even the Tories claim (in their manifesto) ‘We have a plan for every stage of your life’. Corporatism, authoritarianism and rule by top down diktat are the claustrophobic, mind-dumbing, stress filled future, led by a ruling class who can justify actions on the basis of belief and spin, rather than actual provable facts. And inconvenient facts can just be brushed aside (see also the Hidden Revolution on UKIPDaily.com).
Failure to recognise the inconvenient must lead inevitably to a failure to analyse as a basis for developing appropriate policies. None of the Great Leaders gave any indication that they have this ability, to develop a cogent understanding of any of the major problems facing us and the deeper underlying causes. They cannot go further and develop holistic solutions where synergies lead to enhanced outcomes because they cannot accept the whole picture; just the bits that serve their purposes.
The future does not look rosy. We can look forward to more grandstanding, follies, deception and centralised out of touch incompetence, quite possibly in conjunction with even more extreme control freaks and tragically delusional ideologues (e.g. see UKIPDaily.com on energy). Worse, perhaps, is a continuation of the abuses listed here on UKIPDaily.com (In the Spirit of 1776 – A Declaration of the British People and Labour in Denial). We need to re-balance government away from the abuse of power and towards democracy and us, the People, truly government of the People, by the People, for the People including developing ways we can work together as mutually respected partners. For starters we need a new Magna Carta (800 years after the previous one) to protect us, or at least, to let the modern day King Johns know what we think and feel. There is an example, here, on UKIPDaily.com A new Bill of Rights. I for one would be very pleased if someone with the necessary IT skills turns it or similar into an on-line petition; a modern day equivalent of the original and the Chartist Petition of 1848.
More important still is freedom; freedom is precious – see Facebook poster on UKIPdaily.com for some indication of its many liberating forms. Our freedoms are disappearing under the yoke of Big Government, the PC movement and what they are inflicting on us as individuals and on our country. Only UKIP understands this and that freedom is the foundation for prosperity. Big Brother and the resulting serfdom deliver for our crony conservative and champagne socialist lords, but not for us, The People.
Yet there are grounds for optimism – UKIP gets it and is a grassroots party of the people, by the people, for the people. There are also strong indicators that the party has excellent people and policies (see, for example, on UKIPDaily.com Professionals Praise UKIP’s Manifesto, A Nukip beginning, UKIP’s common sense policies, and Believe in Britain).
There are many examples from our collective history of our forebears rising up for liberty against oppression. Their inspiring words often resonate today, for instance:
- John Ball on Liberty: “My good friends, things cannot go on well in England, nor ever will until everything shall be in common, when there shall be neither vassal nor lord, and all distinctions levelled; when the lords shall be no more masters than ourselves. How ill they have used us!“
- Thomas Paine on Autocracy: “Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs so materially from the world at large, that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interest, and when they succeed to the government are frequently the most ignorant and unfit of any throughout the dominions.“
- Ernest Jones on the Poor: “I tell you, never was a truth propounded that did not make the world richer than it was before.“
- Together with John Locke’s political thought: “To understand political power right, and derive it from its original, we must consider, what state all men are naturally in, and that is, a state of perfect freedom to order their actions, and dispose of their possessions and persons, as they think fit, within the bounds of the law of nature, without asking leave, or depending upon the will of any other man.“
- And finally, the G.K Chesterton poem: “SMILE at us, pay us, pass us; but do not quite forget. For we are the people of England, that never have spoken yet.“
Are you listening, Dave, Ed, Nick and co? We, the People, want our country and our lives back.