Want the Tories out in May? Only one way to do it…

I can understand people not wanting to vote Labour – while Ed’s in charge I don’t want to, but I will – but the sheer wrong-headed stupidity of those who think not voting, or spoiling their ballot paper, will, in some magical way, punish the Tories (or possibly Labour – I’m not entirely sure what the logic is, if there’s any logic at all), displays a terrifying lack of political acumen. Voting for parties who have no chance of winning the election is no different to not voting/spoiling the ballot paper.

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Want the Tories out next year? Only one way to do it…

I can understand people not wanting to vote Labour – while Ed’s in charge I don’t want to, but I will – but the sheer wrong-headed stupidity of those who think not voting, or spoiling their ballot paper, will, in some magical way, punish the Tories (or possibly Labour – I’m not entirely sure what the logic is, if there’s any logic at all), displays a terrifying lack of political acumen. Voting for parties who have no chance of winning the election is no different to not voting/spoiling the ballot paper.

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Sick and Disabled – is our own Kristallnacht coming?

As a lifelong member of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Community, and a blogger, I’ve watched, and written about at considerable length, this appalling government’s dishonest, bigoted, and hate-filled behaviour since the moment Cameron seized power and instigated this Continue reading

Hey, BoJo – mind the reality gap . . .

I have always resisted the idea that Boris Johnson is stupid, no matter how hard he works to give that impression. He is, I believe, an intelligent and politically very dangerous man. And then he goes and says something incredibly stupid, like this, about Nick Clegg:-

“So far as he fulfils any function at all it is Continue reading

Cameron and the curse of the false premise…

Oh dear – “Guardian hack gets her knickers in a twist over nothing,” is what the headline should say. Instead it says “Many ‘low fat’ foods have similar calorie count to standard products, study finds”.

This is a fundamental error that often find its way into the pages of Which? magazine and, in fact, they are responsible for the Guardian’s pointless drivel. The fact is, low fat is not, and never has been, synonymous with low calorie. Unless someone is wrongly claiming otherwise, there is no story here. And they’re not. This whole farrago of nonsense is based on Continue reading

Democracy? What democracy?

There’s a move afoot on Twitter to get people to email their MPs, demanding a no-confidence vote against the government.

Fact is, though, such votes don’t work like that, they’re normally issue-based, not simply “This House believes that Dave and Co. are a shower of shit, and should go, RT – sorry – vote Yes if you agree!”.

Emailing MPs like that assumes that we live in a democracy, and that MPs care about us** and will take notice. We don’t. We never have. The people have their say once every 5 years (and it takes more than that to make a democracy), barring anything untoward, at Continue reading

LibDems in Parliament – what good are they?

Someone on Twitter (sorry, I would have given you a name-check, but your tweet has vanished down the timeline), is speculating on just how much the Liberal Democrats care about actual people as opposed to politics for its own sake, given their support for voting reform and reform of the House of Lords, but total lack of support for the Welfare State or the NHS.

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Will the U-turn on the “Pasty Tax” lead to a tax on all food?

And no, constant reader, that’s not as absurd an idea as you might think – read on.

There is a degree of anger on Twitter that people are perceived to be obsessing about the “pasty tax” when there are more important issues at stake and – to a degree, at least – they do have a valid point.

However, to view this as such a one-dimensional issue is probably a mistake.

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Democracy – what democracy?

At a national level, government of the people, by the people, and for the people has been a myth for a long time. Maybe it always has been. Oh, the Americans have enshrined it in their constitution, and doubtless some still fondly believe that’s what they have, but there, as much as anywhere else, it’s meaningless; the masses are governed, and the wealthy elite govern. In the past, in other countries, it might have been an intellectual elite, but it’s always been an elite of some sort, almost always rooted in money.

Just like here, which is how we came to be saddled with a Continue reading