UK General Election: the Dust Hasn’t Settled Yet

UK General Election: the Dust Hasn’t Settled Yet

The UK's dysfunctional democracy has enabled a mere 37% of voters to give Cameron a clear majority of seats.

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UK General Election - 2015

by Stuart Littlewood

Choosing between the gormless and the arrogant is a futile exercise. But that is what we were asked to do. The arrogant won with an overall majority.

Why the Labour Party thought they could impose Ed Miliband on the British public is a puzzle. One reason for Labour’s crash is the likelihood – unspoken of course – that Joe Public resented the idea of having a Jew as prime minister. Other reasons abound. Whatever the real causes they may have consigned the Labour Party to the wilderness for the next 10 years.

It is uncertain whether Ed is actually a Zionist. He has been quite critical of Israel’s policies and doesn’t get a high approval rating from Jewish communities. There is no doubt about his brother David, however. I could well imagine the Zionist handlers coaxing Miliband D to return from the US and embed himself once again in the Labour Party.

Sure enough, he butted in yesterday to criticize Ed and his team of losers. Which was rich coming from the loon who, while Foreign Secretary, groveled and apologized to Israel’s vilest because they feared arrest on war crimes charges if they set foot in Britain. Miliband D promised to water down the universal jurisdiction laws so that loathsome butcher Tzipi Livni, for example, could safely come and do her shopping in Bond Street. Fellow stooge William Hague fulfilled David’s shameful promise when the deckchairs were shuffled and he became Foreign Secretary shortly afterwards.

David Cameron is now king cobra in the writhing Westminster snake-pit and busily lining up his Cabinet — described by the Morning Star this morning as “a Cabinet of the rich, for the rich, by the rich: PM drafts in yet more old bankers, millionaires and public school spivs”. I don’t have the stomach to dwell on it. Suffice to say that Robert Halfon, former political director of Conservative Friends of Israel, is hissing with joy at his appointment as Minister Without Portfolio and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party. Lord Feldman, a tennis partner and old Oxford pal of Cameron’s, is chairman; so two Jews at the top. Bibi and the rest of the thugs in Tel Aviv are cock-a-hoop and turning cartwheels.

Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader, promised to step down if he failed to win a seat for himself, saying he was a man of his word. He failed and duly offered his resignation to the party’s executive. They rejected it. How can you be refused permission to resign? Anyway, UKIP obviously can’t live without Nigel so he’s back in charge after the shortest resignation in British political history.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg stepped down after leading his party to the very brink of oblivion. They face an election for a new supremo from among the surviving 8 MPs. For weeks I’ve been receiving emails from LibDem head office pleading for donations. It was the last straw when I received a message last weekend from the party’s President inviting me (and no doubt thousands of others) to “join the fightback”. She invoked the values of liberty, community and individual freedom but nowhere did she hint at change or renewal. There was merely a vague reference to the politics of fear having beaten the politics of hope — and how it hurts.

The party mandarins need to explain: what’s the point of rejoining if it is going to be more of the same… the same flawed policies that rendered the LibDems ultimately unelectable nationally? There has to be a fundamental re-think and realignment based on a clear understanding of what’s relevant to the British people and to the industries that underpin our standard of living. What the Federal Executive preaches is not necessarily what the voting public want.

I’m appalled that none of the parties in the election addressed the urgent need to re-industrialize, build new key industries and protect those we already have from foreign corporate predators. How will we ever be able to afford the first class social and healthcare programmes our politicians endlessly talk about?

So, LibDems, please don’t ask us the “join the fightback” unless you’re prepared to purge the party’s deadwood and develop a totally new “product” for the electoral market. The same applies to Labour.

Living in Scotland I’ve been closely watching the SNP phenomenon. Southerners have no idea of the contempt with which most Scots regard that nest of vipers at Westminster. The indifference of successive UK governments has pushed their patience to the limit. The effective wipe-out of LibDems, Labour and Conservatives north of the border should have come as no surprise. And I’m glad to see it because near-annihilation is the only jolt sharp enough, it would seem, to trigger the changes that must be made if an irreversible breakaway is the be averted. The 56-strong SNP contingent has now landed at Westminster determined to shake things up.

The atmosphere is ‘electric’ in a 10,000 volt kind of way. A tweeter summed up the situation succinctly: “That lot doon there will be handin’ us oor independence in nae time when they realise what the hell they’ve got to contend wi’ noo.”

From this side of the border the idea of independence is seductive and even intoxicating. A concern is that the SNP, although an astonishingly successful change-agent and brilliantly led, are not entirely the right people (given some of their policies) to run an independent nation. A strong opposition is desperately needed for the Scottish Parliament elections next year to tone the SNP down a bit.

The UK’s dysfunctional democracy has enabled a mere 37% of voters to give Cameron a clear majority of seats. From this travesty he claims a full ‘mandate’ and no doubt feels all-powerful as he parades his troops. But he will have to tread carefully if he’s not to go down as the prime minister who presided over the disintegration of the United Kingdom.

The natives all across the country (not just Scotland) are exceedingly restless — disgruntled with just about everything from the austerity measures to the crap voting system to the lack of opportunities for youngsters to the toffee-nosed detachment of the political élite. They could turn nasty any minute.


See:

UK general election: Not a pretty sight, no cheery prospect

UK General Election: Democracy hits the bottom

UK General Elections: Breakaway SNP strikes fear into Westminster parties

 

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Stuart Littlewood's articles are published widely on the web. He is author of the book Radio Free Palestine, which tells the plight of the Palestinians under occupation. For further information please visit www.radiofreepalestine.org.uk "Lawlessness must have painful consequences for the lawless, not their victims." (Stuart Littlewood)

6 COMMENTS

  1. Seriously? You think people didn’t vote for him on religious grounds? Nothing to do with his loony left wing Trotsky thought patterns? His hopping from one sound bite to another? His constant harping on about the economy he helped to destroy & the governments efforts to put right the damage? I think Labour Policy weighed far more on the minds of the voters than anything to do with him being a Jew or otherwise & for the record I didn’t even know he was/is a Jew (Not that I care) just that his family moved here when his Dad’s daft ideas made him unwelcome wherever he was from at the time. He shouldn’t have been allowed into the UK either with his views but that’s another matter.

    • I did say other reasons abound, Joe. Anyone following his brother David’s antics as Foreign Secretary must have realised the ethnicity.

    • New Labour worked with the bankers to ruin the British economy. New Labour was a Thatcher party Mk 2 and carried on with her destruction of the UK to line the pockets of the super rich. We need a real socialist alternative. We need to get the ruling class out if our lives, as they have become too big, they control everything and are bleeding the UK dry.

      We need more democratic government with teeth to represent the British people, to cut the ruling class down to size and reduce their power. We can’t let the big ruling class ruin our lives and dominate everything. More democracy for the people means a cheaper NHS, cheaper utility bills because governments ie.us, as public owners can run these better without excess profits.

      We need publically owned banks,,that is, get the mega rich, ie.big business, out of our money supply. Less big business wrecking our lives and mode effective government representing us, not just 37% of the electorate. The bankers party.

      In a proper democracy big government is people power. Our taxes will be lower because the rich can’t scam us anymore, or start loads of wars which we, the tax payer get left with the bill for.And publically owned banks will mean ultra cheap loans and government borrowing will cheap too saving up to 30% on our tax bills or even more.

      Get big business out of our lives and we won’t have to sell our homes when we get old to pay for our health care. It’s time to cut down the power of the big mega rich meddling in our lives and have more effective government working for our behalf. It’s time to reclaim back our democracy and stop the big banks from wrecking our world and our children’s future.

      The Conservatives are the bankers party, and these people are too powerful and have become too big with too much control over our lives. We need to claim our individuality back, have more freedom, less interference from big business, and higher quality lives.

      • And let’s get the big banks out of our pension schemes where they rip us off with insider dealing. We need more effective government to control the pension funds, or better still, get the government to run then for us without profit. Pension funds with their hidden costs might take the majority of the money you have paid unto them and they underperform so you might not be able to retire when you want to. So let’s get the big banks out of our pensions schemes where they scam us.

        The truth is hidden from the electorate, we have programmes about about Benefit. Street on TV, but nothing about the scum and criminals that work in The City of London and Wall Street.

        In the book, Economics and the Powerful, Norbert Haring and Nail Douglas, describe who hedge funds managers work with pension fund managers to rob the pension funds. Hedge fund managers get to know the books of companies they want to invest in and in this way they get insider knowledge. Because they have so much money and clout they can demand this.

        If it looks like a company that the hedge funds have invested in might lose value the hedge fund managers will get their pension fund manager friends to buy their shares off them so the pension funds lose money instead. But the opposite can also occur, if a,company that pension funds have investments in are going to make a lot of money, then the pension funds,sell the shares to the hedge funds so that they make the big profits,instead. It is,estimated that pension funds,under perform by 10 to 20% because of this. That’s worth billions to only a,few elite people. And with all that extra wealth they have,even more money to corrupt others so they can make even more money still.

        None of this ever gets reported in the MSM, and,so people keep voting for the bankers,party, the party backed by financial criminals, because they have been told that Labour will ness up the recovery by a right wing press that the mega,rich own.

        Our retirement age in inceeassjg not because we are,.living longer, ordinary people don’t, but the wealthy do, which alters the statistics, but because our economy has been scammed by the bankers, hedge fund managers, and private equity firms so that it is,always on its knees.

        Everyday we get ripped off by the aristocracy but people unwittingly keep on voting for the bankers party oblivious to the scam.

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