While there is, of course, far more to British politics than Labour and the Tories, the dominant philosophies under which most of us suffer stem from their oftentimes well-meant ideas that were relevant in the era from roughly 1944 to 1965. In 1979, some ideas from 1179 (contributed by Saladdin) were tossed in by Margaret Thatcher and Keith Joseph, and in retaliation at their success, Labour returned briefly to 1936. Then Tory bollocks was accepted by Blair and Brown, after which both Parties ran out of ideas: and now here we are in 2013, and both ‘sides’ have nothing to offer except Saladdin2 – this time it’ll be even worse and “Well, we think there’s no need for more debt and the Prime Minister doesn’t get it whereas we’re your friend in tough times, which we will demonstrate by doing nothing about Murdoch, paedophiles, or cuts that we think are pointless but the Polls say you don’t and so we’ll go with you because we believe in the Will of the People”. It’s a snappy offering there from the Ed Miller Band, but other surveys are suggesting that – even with a thoroughly corrupt and ethically bereft Government ‘in power’ – Labour’s lead is slipping….whereas the more Right Wing UKip’s support is growing.
We are all sitting, tied up right next to the bunsen burner, in a laboratory where mad people are trying the same experiments over and over again, in the hope of a better result. What was once merely an idle lack of imagination has become the madness of those who want power at any cost.
Under our current system, only a LABoraTORY policy can get through. Weakened by point-scoring cobblers from their Coalition partners and (justifiably) populist anti-EU ideas from UKip, Camerlot is now under siege, its policies confused to the point of being impenetrable. But not that many voters beyond the hard-core tribalists see Labour as the answer.
I find this a healthy sign, because the only way forward for Britain now is to break the Troika’s monopoly and get some fresh, radical and realistic ideas on the table designed to cure the cultural illness, not patch up the econo-political symptoms.
This new Slog series will aim to find every significant example around of instances where the irrelevance of what these clowns do all day is clear and dangerous.
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- 75 MPs have recent or present financial links to companies involved in private healthcare
- 81% of these are Conservative
- 4 Key members of the Associate Parliamentary Health Group have parliamentarians with financial connections to companies involved in healthcare
- 4 Patrons of the pro-reform think tank 2020health have Peers with private healthcare links
- Nearly 40% of the most powerful individuals in healthcare are from companies with links to Lords and MPs.
- 145 Lords have recent or present financial connections to companies involved in healthcare
- 333 donations from private healthcare sources totalling £8.3 million have been gifted to the Conservative Party.
In August 2011, a New Statesman article noted:
‘The latest party funding figures have just been released and the most notable thing, as usual, is Labour’s remarkable dependence on the trade unions. In quarter two, the party received £3,093,094 in donations, £2,651,589 or 85.7% of which came from the unions. Unite, the country’s biggest union, was alone responsible for 24.8% (£765,628) of all donations. Of the £5.9m the Labour Party has received across both quarters this year, £5.2m or 88% came from the unions.
In April this year, the FT recorded:
‘Half of the parliamentary candidates picked so far by Labour for the 2015 general election are from the trade unions, a trend that will raise questions over Ed Miliband’s attempts to rebrand his party.’
In April 2013, the Daily Telegraph showed how ‘Of the 42 candidates selected for the 2015 election, 23 have links to unions – with 16 of those aiming to stand with direct backing from them. The candidates include two former GMB officials and a campaigns officer from Unison, with Unite sponsoring a quarter of the prospective MPs’.
I have no objection at all to MPs representing an eclectic range of citizen interests. But none of the major Parties in the UK do. To be blunt, the Tories represent the City and Globalism, Labour represents the TUC and feminism, and the LibDems represent the EU. None of these are in the mainstream of what the electorate is really concerned about. Most people dislike – or at least are suspicious of – all of these interest groups.
I rest my case.
This will become a regular slot, because its subject is central to what The Slog is on about.