British Politics is messed up- Here’s why

One thing that we can all say for sure at the moment is that things are skewed in British politics at the moment. Following the Brexit vote, everything is up in the air. Borris Johnson is Foreign Sec, the Labour party is absorbing the hits on the crooked finger pointing and yells consisting of triumphant “Ha!”‘s and ‘Nobody votes for a divided party!” The Conservative party is also in disarray. Divides on the pace of Brexit and arbitrary battle lines of those for the soft and cuddly Brexit and the hard and stiff Brexit. And then, according to a two-page spread in  The Observer yesterday, Theresa May stands as the in the middle. A measured and collected mediator who draws up a compromise between the two groups and brings them together? Or the “Out-Of-Her-Element-Shut-The-Fuck- Up-Donny”figurehead waiting to get crushed in the middle from unrelenting demands on both sides.

A majority of 12 that was just about scraped together by David Cameron against Ed Milliband. Let’s read that sentence again. A majority of 12 that was just about scraped together by David Cameron against Ed Miliband. David Cameron barely managed to win a majority against Ed Milliband, possibly the weirdest choice for Labour leader in the modern televisual age. Ed Miliband tried to appeal to everyone. After all, that’s how you win elections, he probably told himself. You win over every person possible wth really cool policies that everyone will love and then you win the vote because the coalition is not doing cool enough stuff. This was basically his strategy. Appealing to everyone was a strategy that turned out to mean that you appeal to no one:

  • He just about won over left leaning people who were pissed off at the Lib Dems and found themselves reluctantly crossing Labour at the ballot box rather than the bloody Tories. Hardly a basis from which to launch your election with such lukewarm reception from your own people.
  • Floater voters either voted Tory, invested in the extremely long-term economic plan, or voted Ukip as so many were pissed off with the status quo.
  • Conservative voters, notoriously self-assured that their way of doing things is the only possible solution to the world’s obstacles, were never going to vote for Red Ed.

Red Ed worked effectively as a piece of right-wing weaponry against Miliband because it rhymes, it’s simple and it rhymes. “Red David” or “Red Jeremy” are not used because they do not rhyme. A potent Molotov hurled at Miliband by the tabloids which defined Milliband a loony lefty, whereas those on the left who understand what that actually means, accused Ed of “Tory-lite” policies.

Crushed in the middle by the demands of both wings of popular opinion in Britain, sound familiar? Theresa May has an enormous uphill struggle against the tide of public opinion on Brexit. She says she wants to please everyone but as Ed Milliband demonstrated this could mean pissing off everyone. Speaking of pissed off, the former government allies Gideon ‘Gidiot’ Osbourne and Sesame Street’s Big Bird in the form of Nicky Morgan, have been making waves in the media lately and they haven’t been terribly kind to the new Prime Minister: “Yes, I suppose she wanted a different face to mine.” said Nicky Morgan on a BBC political talk show, referring to Theresa May sacking Morgan as Education Secretary. A “different face” is an interesting and revealing comment for Morgan to have made. One perspective that Morgan considers secretaries as figureheads that are merely used as a tool for governmental departments to present policies to the media and withstand its scrutiny. There is a case to made that it is

“Yes, I suppose she wanted a different face to mine,” said Nicky Morgan on a BBC political talk show, referring to Theresa May sacking Morgan as Education Secretary. A “different face” is an interesting and revealing comment for Morgan to have made. One perspective is that Morgan considers secretaries of state as figureheads that are merely used as a tool for governmental departments to present policies to the media and withstand its tepid scrutiny. There is a case to made that it is actually the unelected senior civil servants that shape and drive forward policy reforms rather than the publically educated white blobs  who typically studied something like Classics at Oxford and after a few years tramping around after an MP, another white blob with the same story, are soon put in the charge of the entire country’s agriculture. Or foreign diplomacy, in the case of Borris “the racist” Johnson. Suffice to say, British politics is a unpredictable sess-pool at the moment: Theresa May has old enemies leftover from the Cameron government, the power- hungry Boris and the slightly mad and arrogant Liam Fox in key cabinet positions, a Labour party beginning to get its shit together, a divided country, a media with a right-wing agenda, a refugee crisis that is politically toxic to tackle because of media hysteria, a racist undercurrent, high housing prices, stagnant wages, a floundering creative arts, a crumbling NHS and an unelected Prime Minister who believes her own hype.  

 

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Author: Atlas Stood

Human society is changing at an unprecedented pace. Political ideologies from less than 10 years ago appear out-of-touch already to a dissatisfied voting public. In the West, we can see that the days of the politicians making the rules and people largely voting between two options are disappearing. The internet is creating pockets of societal divides, now any idiot, such as myself, can blurt half-baked ill-informed opinions online. In contrast, there is now more scope for good journalism, the public can now check exactly what a politician said in the past without having to trawl through pages and pages of library newspaper archives. The ways in which music and art are sold is changing. A successful YouTuber or blogger can feasibly collect an audience from across the world. One or two people from each town across a continent and you can now garner an audience of thousands or even millions. When this generation grows old, each pocket will have different things that they remember from their youth in this era. The iPhone and Facebook will be all that unites us; if things keep going this way, then no longer will nationhood, musical genre, taught trades or local communities be the things that bring us together in our nostalgia of the past. It will instead by the account created on websites put together by large corporations and how everyone had a Facebook, even though they didn't and they don't. This blog, in short, is anything I feel like externalising that's been playing on my mind in the hope that I can maybe make others more cynical of what they see, read and hear.

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