Filling Old Shoes

 

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David Cameron – his political ideas are a pig in a poke

It  might be a hoary old cliché but it’s true nevertheless, when all you have for change is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

A long, hard look at today’s British Conservative party from the same of twenty years ago confirms any semblance of a rational political group has evaporated. The interests of the British parliament and the interests of the people of Scotland diverged some considerable time ago.

With around a third of UK electorate vote, and its rejection by Scotland, the Tory party knows it is technically unelectable. It boasts of having a mandate but that claim stretches plausibility. It has secured power now issuing from a poorly conceived coalition, and a truly disaffected English electorate. It plans to imbed its power by removing our rights.

Poor? Can you be more specific?

Over two decades and more the Tories sold out to big business, corporatisation of everything, rampant globalisation, and, no longer able to command the respect of a majority of voters, embraced the worst excesses of Ukip. Today, it gives sustenance to Ukip by emulating its policies, seemingly happy to have it do its dirty work for it. No surprise then, that some Conservatives feel Ukip is their natural home.

You can almost pinpoint the year businessmen became the new barons, when money became more important than society, while teachers, doctors and miners were ostracised. BBC television sent one businessman around telling companies how to do better, Sir John Harvey-Jones, the ‘Troubleshooter’. One company was Morgan Motor Cars, a company hand-building cars in the traditional way. He predicted they would go out of business within years if they did not produce more cars. They are still in business. Today, we have The Dragon’s Den, where millionaire business types do the bank’s job by lending money to new companies, but in their case they get to scoop up the best of ideas … and own them.

Since the 1970s and Thatcher the Conservative party began to ditch its ‘compassionate’, level-headed attitude of representing everyone no matter their politics, and took instead to adopting ‘conviction’ politics, a callous, undemocratic outlook best summed up in the ominous phrase ‘are they one of us?’

It took on board more and more wacky, extreme, vicious neo-con doctrine.

An empire of chaos

First of all we borrowed USA shock economics, symbolised by Thatcher and then Labour embracing Pinochet, dictator of Chile, who had implemented them in his country to brutal effect. Like Thatcher and her gung-ho Tories, Pinochet waged war on his own citizens advised by the IMF. In like mind we loaded the armament companies with orders. War is good business.

A great deal of the problems we face belong to the ‘special relationship’ with the USA, one based on us following USA foreign policy to the letter. Mix old-fashioned British imperialism with USA power and we get disaster.

The list of imperial wars and policies are endless. Call brutal imperialism ‘imposing democracy’ or ‘humanitarian intervention’; wage war by illegal drones and torture; isolate the Middle-East and corral its oil; tame Gaddafi; plunder Afghanistan’s mineral resources calling it defeating ISIS; remove Assad; portray any sort of European hegemony as at odds with British democracy; inflict severe constraints on citizen’s rights in the name of fighting terrorism, a terrorism the west has caused; increase surveillance of the population; intervene in socialist democracies that won’t play the capitalist game of putting a price on everything and a value on nothing.

I talk of a hammer but in reality it is a sledgehammer. Inciting sectarian conflicts in the Middle-East incites sectarian conflicts here at home. It’s a vicious circle. The Europe-initiated bombing of Libya created a scorched earth there, which has spread far beyond with weapons flow and stimulation of jihadi crimes. Many of the most horrible problems look virtually insoluble, like the Syrian catastrophe. There is slim hope in some kind of negotiated settlement towards which the powers involved must get around a table and work out a compromise solution. The Tory party seem intent on more bombing.

A recent interview with the prominent Middle East analyst Graham Fuller is headlined, “Former CIA officer says US policies helped create ISIS.” What Fuller says, correctly, is that, “I think the United States is one of the key creators of this organization. The United States did not plan the formation of ISIS, but its destructive interventions in the Middle East and the war in Iraq were the basic causes of the birth of ISIS“.

That the world in frightful turmoil is enough to cause you to place your head in a gas oven – if only you could afford the gas bill.

Russia steps in.

By supplying weapons to anti-Assad groups we have drawn in the Russians who wish to sustain Assad in power. They have bitter experience of promises broken by the west, and weapons of mass death moved to their borders. The confrontation not only is harmful, if not catastrophic, for Syria, but also carries a threat of accidental escalation that could be catastrophic far beyond. Each week sees a volte face on who is our main enemy, yesterday Iran, today Syria, tomorrow Turkey.

The Tory party, aided and abetted by Blair, Brown and the Labour party, threw themselves wholeheartedly into exacerbating those conflicts. The Lib-Dem party under the naïve Nick Clegg joined the farrago and immolated itself in the process.

Under Tony Blair the Labour party assumed the de facto role of promoter of neo-liberalism. It became hard to distinguish one  party from the other. Gradually the Tory party found itself so far to the right it had nowhere else to go; it stopped pretending to be a serious political party of statesman-like policies. It took up the cry of only the strong survive. In a like-for-like copy of the Tories, Labour took up the cry that they were the real party dedicated to ‘working‘ people, but not supportive of those without work.

Lunatics ‘R us

Rejected by more and more of the electorate, the young in particular, the Tory party has reached the stage it might as well identify with the lunatic elements of society, and use them to cause as much frustration to the democratic process as possible.

By adopting Ukip policies the Tories give racist Ukip encouragement and validity. Tory affirmation of outsider sects has always been there; the Orange Order is one example, the secretive Masons another. Labour pays lip service to compassion by suggesting we allow in a few selected immigrants while happy to see the BNP party wave Union Jack flags in George Square. Westminster parties merge into one.

Both treat refugees as pariahs on the state, and demand they be kettled in camps near their bombed-out homes in war zones, out of sight, out of mind.

Democracy is for the birds

Whittling away at democratic rights helps British political parties to feel they are changing society in their image, but in reality they remove power from us, and increase their power base. They turn democracy on its head.

The rest of us discover, often too late, we have lost the right of redress. It works right down to our local council services. Once a local service is privatised, councillors are no longer accountable to their constituents. We pay our rates, we pay our local taxes but they go towards paying for fewer and fewer services. We take our own domestic rubbish to the recycle tip.

We are faced by a private company who directs us to a complaints ‘unit’ that is actually an offshoot of the same private company. Unsurprisingly, our complaint is rejected after ‘due consideration’. We are told if unhappy we can turn to the courts. Who has the money, time, or inclination to take court action? – not the poor, nor the impoverished middle-classes. Court action is for the wealthy. Lawyers and the law represent property, the more you own the better your living standards.

The blowhards have it

Less government gratifies the corporate state that wants regulation watered-down and fewer taxes imposed on it. This twisting of democracy to suit the ruling elite is sold to the electorate as false freedom, the incessant lie that less interference by government in our daily life means fewer taxes. Yet the first natural disaster to hit Britain, floods, gales, motorway pile-up in fog, and people scream for the government to ‘do something’. Then we discover ‘government’ has not got enough money in reserve to handle Acts of God. Billions are spirited away from the tax man, legally, with the blessing of government regulation, and by tax men who advise corporations on how to evade tax.

As far as Scotland’s health is concerned, the Tories are happy to be seen as the nasty party. The party has drifted far off the spectrum of parliamentary politics.

They have nothing to lose. They load the economic dice and see how much Scots can take before they squeal. Fool Scottish voters by introducing English votes for English laws after seducing them and scaring them to stay part of the Union, and so be part of the United Kingdom’s parliament, now a conglomeration of factions protecting their own interests.

Labour wants to be the toff

With that great a sea change in political stance it is no wonder the Labour party shifted to the right and has become the old Conservative party. “What is wrong with amassing lots of money” they ask? Well, it is how you got it that matters, and how you spend it, and in what ways that benefits the community you live in, and the society you are part of.

In some ways the SNP fills Labour’s old shoes by default. Scotland, both Yes and No voters want greater democracy. To Westminster that grass-roots movement, that wish for genuine democracy, is considered a threat – for good reasons, when we look at popular opinion expressed on social sites, and by the overwhelming election of the SNP to Scotland’s parliament and England’s House of Commons. Westminster’s power is challenged.

This is a strange moment in British history, but I hope an exciting one in Scotland’s history despite the temporary setback on September 14th last year.

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9 Responses to Filling Old Shoes

  1. daibhidhdeux says:

    Maybe it is my imagination, but there seems to be the whiff of something akin to the circumstances in France in the air prior to the French Revolution when an overweening and arrogantly corrupt elite pushed their luck too far – more so in respect of Scotland where there is a colonial dimension to this now de facto foreign government’s treatment of the uppity “Jocks”, but also more dissent in England than they care to admit to in either the Anglo-British hybrid of parliaments that WM now overtly is after the implementation of EVEL or in this establishment’s lackey media.

    The massive paramilitary-type police presence along with snipers at the recent Tory (this word derived from Gaelic “Toraigh” as in “bandit”) conference bearing testimony to this and these parasites’s dim recognition that they are skating on very thin ice whilst sociopathically addicted to pressing ahead with their plans to return England to socio-political mediaevalism with fringe Celtic bantustans to plunder and exert lebensraum over via the assistance of certain indigenous client Unionist auxiliaries.

    However, it would seem to be the case that their so-called realpolitik is unravelling irretrievably and fast amongst the blue-woad-painted barbarians of the land to the north which must not be named where tectonic shifts in the political plates have occurred, and the ground continues to tremble before the shudders of the next Holyrood elections along with the local government ones.

    I believe we “woad-daubed” citizen Sans Culottes of Caledonia will democratically break the back of this current, poisonous, anti-democratic paradigm and point the way forward to our brethren not only in Albion, but elsewhere in these isles.

    Hence, the stench of fear beneath the arrogant babble and onslaught via “Great British” drivel of the Unionist elites and their vacuous chatteratti.

  2. hektorsmum says:

    daibhidhdeux,

    I too see a whiff of the circumstances which led to the French Revolution, an arrogant aristocracy who would not contribute to the State, the milking of the emergent Middle Class, the poverty of the peasants is never the real reason for revolution but harm the educated Middle and you will have had your chips.

    The Russian Revolution did what the French one did, used the peasants as soldiers but Lenin was a Doctor and all who stood round him were also Middle Class. We need to get them onside to see a revolution here, and knowing the Tories once they get the bit between their teeth they will not be able to stop themselves giving them cause.
    Another excellent post, Grouse Beater. I always learn something here.

  3. daibhidhdeux says:

    Thank you hektorsmum for the additional illuminating points, and of course, the Grouse Beater, for setting the discussion in motion (again – joy of joys).

    I hesitate to blow the Scots free-thinker collective trumpet lest boasting be accused, but the level of debate and discussion on this and other pro-re-independence sites knocks the Unionists into an auld, fraying, Battle of Trafalgar cocked and cliched hat.

    Aye kindest
    David

  4. daibhidhdeux says:

    Addendum to my reply, hektorsmum: I have picked up on the sense of that also amongst some of my siblings – some already committed. Others on the verge.

    Salutations & felicitations
    David/Daibhidh

  5. Bugger (the Panda) says:

    After the collapse of the Soviet Union, we had a chance to bring Russia into the fold of Nato and eventually the EU. The Yanks didn’t want that as their arms industry needed Russia as the bogeyman. China, rmember was way less developed than now and its military was of Stalinist philosophy. More and More human corks into the breach.

    See what we missed and what happened because Russia was reawakened?

  6. Grouse Beater says:

    Aye, excellent point. The Tories seem intent in stoking up the Cold War a second time.

  7. Bugger (the Panda) says:

    OT but this has been ripping ma knitting for some time. A tweet would never do justice to it; too few characters.

    So, may I post OT?

    Re Trident 2.

    The UK Gov will build 3 Vanguard nuclear submarines equipped with Trident 2 missiles.

    The technology, including nuclear reactors, electronics, missiles and warheads will all be US as will the targetting systems. It is hartdly an “independent” nuclear deterrent as has been acknowledged by several retired Military top brass.

    It is now estimated to cost us £174 billions and rising yet not one metal bolt has been fashioned. By the MoD’s own galactic procurement standards, I would not be surprised to see it top £500 billions and of course it will leak inwrads and outwards.

    Then there are the running costs of F knows how much.

    It cannot be fired without the US saying it can.

    It is really just a US Navy outsourced bolt on mini fleet.

    So we spend £500 billions (?) on buying-in a US outsource?

    Surely they should pay us?

    £500 billions so some Eton crackhead can sit at the UN Security Council and get hurls in Airforce One?

    This is an Alice in Wonderland defence of the Realm and wee need out of this madhouse.

    Again apols

  8. Grouse Beater says:

    Comment away as you feel fit. I’m happiest when others interact. 🙂

  9. Bugger (the Panda) says:

    Have a stick of bamboo.

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