I was one those that bought into the 'Things Can Only Get Better' dream that was Blair.
After Thatcher and Major I genuinely believed that was the start of something so good for the UK.
The hair's on my whole body stood on end watching Blair go to Bucky Pally to be asked to form a government.
The dawn of a new age.
We had the world at our feet.
12 years later and I feel so cheated.
Blair should be beheaded and his head placed on a spike and sent around the whole of the UK for all to see and take note of what happens to traitors
Brown is inept and out of his depth.
That there needs to be a change is undeniable.
But is Cameron a viable alternative?
Most definately not.
He is as much a career politician as Brown and his cohorts.
His policies reek of popularism and have little or no substance whatsoever.
We have so few people's politicians with the cares and concerns of their constituents being their primary concern.
(Vince Cable en.wikipedia.org...
& Frank Field en.wikipedia.org...
(politician) are two notable
My local MP is one of the few New Labour MP's whose integrity remains intact.
Unfortunately I suspect he will pay the price for being aligned to New Labour.
Party politics has failed us.
The notion that an MP should obey the Party Line on everything is outdated and has clearly failed us.
The primary concern of an MP should be his constituents and his country, not his party.
Parliament is full of greedy, self-serving egotists whose only concerns are personal advancement and finacial gain.
They are far too removed from the everyday people of this country and their lives and concerns and what WE want.
I know I am in danger of repeating what I have stated in other threads, but, we need a new Cromwell, (minus his religious bigotry though!).
Oliver Cromwell's Speech on the Dissolution of the Long Parliament
Given to the House of Commons
20 April 1653
"It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your
contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and
enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell
your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.
Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have
no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter'd your conscience
for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?
Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil'd this sacred place, and turn'd the Lord's temple into a den
of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the
whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress'd, are yourselves gone!
So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors. In the name of God, go!"
I personally would love to see the vast majority of MP's and MEP's removed from office at the earliest opportunity, party alignment to be abolished
and all elected officials accountable only to their constituents.
I would also like to see the introduction of more referendum's allowing the people themselves to determine important issues.
As for the June elections?
Both Labour and Conservative are definate no's. It would be a vote for the continuation of the current situation and that is totally unacceptable.
Lib Dem's? Too wishy washy for my liking.
Green Party? No, but I do hope they gain some support just to keep green issues high profile and in the public eye.
UKIP? I like some of it but unfortunately I feel it is merely a branch of the Tory party.
BNP? Probably. But only as a protest vote and to stir things up. I agree with some of their policies and they will stimulate debate on immigration and
be a counter point to the more PC driven parties.
Would I ever want them to form a government? Not a chance in hell.
One last point.
Not voting is as good as voting for a continuation of the self-same system and people that have put us in this mess in the first place.
Turnouts in General Elections are dwindling.
This shows an increase in apathy and dis-satisfaction.
I suspect this is a result of the dumbing down of society, the disgust people have for the current system and those that get elected, resignation to
their lot, general acceptance of the status quo and a belief that their vote doesn't really count and can not affect things.
Turnout for EU elections are even lower, quite significantly so.
That so few people vote on something that has such a massive, direct impact in our lives is inexcusable in this day and age.
[edit on 17/5/09 by Freeborn]