When I was at school I couldn’t help noticing that there were a few bullies. Usually, but not always, bullies were big, or if they weren’t had friends who were who did their dirty work for them. I also noticed that bullies tended to single out and pick on certain children, their victims. The better bullies tended to create quite a sycophantic following that often even included some who had been and in a sense still were, their victims. I also noticed however that many that were big were not bullies. They didn’t care for control, power and prestige, they were good for a laugh and were often quite good at rugby.
Now what, you may ask, has this to do with politics? Everything.
The very fact that you are for UKIP tells me that you probably don’t fit the bully or victim profile so possibly haven’t given this much thought.
So, in politics who are the bullies and who are the victims?
Consider this: Imagine a person who decides to make a career in politics in order to make money, gain power and get prestige and respect. There’s a good chance that when at school he or she couldn’t do the maths but realised that if one assiduously learned a lot of facts one could get by quite nicely in the exams in subjects that require the ability to regurgitate facts and the opinions of others; of course carefully, craftily couched in politically correct terms designed to appeal to whoever was marking.
A little online research reveals that very few of those now in Westminster have degrees in the empirical or engineering sciences (unless one considers political science to be empirical, which I don’t).
Most that ‘could do the maths’ aren’t in politics but make an honest and often very lucrative living in the commercial or industrial sector.
So are those in politics all stupid? Not a bit of it. Indeed, here’s the rub. In my view the most difficult, dangerous role in politics the one undertaken by those depending on the votes of those who don’t work or are on the bottom rungs of employment. The poor and the dispossessed. Promoting policies designed to increase their numbers and worsen their lot is their road to political success. Getting caught out doing so their pathway to political perdition.
Here are to be found some of the most able, gifted politicians. Those with the mendacious genius to win elections on the back of the worst policies based on the weakest of arguments or, for the really talented, no argument at all!
Think Robin Hood. A lowly thief but with a flair for public relations. Rob the rich and give to the poor? Well yes, after deducting a small 90% handling fee of course. (A guy has to eat doesn’t he?) Although he was a legend, in both senses of the word, I regard him as the father of all those troublesome isms. Communism, Marxism, Socialism etc. For the latest in this long line do a little online research into the Clinton Foundation and you will, as they say, get my drift. (You could also do Global Warming, but only if you have a lot of time to kill!)
Simply put the best of those with the weakest argument or none at all are those that can turn criticism into an art form.
So when you hear the labelling, you’re UKIP so you must be racist, something-phobic, extra-military-strength far out alt right wing etc. or hear something like this recent example from one of the world’s best https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlwZPKQ3IZM it’s bullying! Here I’m obviously not referring to the parts featuring Nigel. It also highlights the best medicine for political bullying: Laughter! After all we are not the ones that are wrong. So being ‘not wrong’ makes us right, right?
Conversely, act like a victim and allow the bully to herd you into the ‘politically correct’ corner and you’re toast!
Of course the other weapon used by those who went into politics for all the worst reasons is the old, tired, right/left boondoggle.
I for one want UKIP to be at the FRONT of politics, not in the middle, wedged between the so-called left and right.
UKIP was formed to get us out of the EU and in my view, once out, to keep us out and once in power in Westminster to rebuild our country and bring it to its full, phenomenal potential.
To do this we will need to relieve all the other parties of as many votes as possible. Since some new voters will inevitably become new members who in turn will influence the future political direction of UKIP some heavyweight strategic thinking will be needed regarding our future campaigning, something that wasn’t a factor in the referendum.
Consideration will also need to be given to our current aims and objectives to identify any which may be off-putting to some desirable potential voters. For example, I think proportional voting needs to be looked at because of its implications with regard to the latent powers well hidden within our current, largely unwritten constitution which makes politicians answerable to their voters first and their parties second and allows them to cross the floor. In my view it’s this hidden hand that has, over the centuries, helped made us the country we are.
So who to vote for to become our new leader? Well if I told you that it wouldn’t be much fun would it. Besides, I might get it wrong!
Sorry, but that part’s up to you. Please take care.