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Democracy in decay: Reform get my vote, and it won’t be wasted


IN APRIL 2020, at the very beginning of the Covid hysteria, I wrote repeatedly to my MP, Sir Alan Campbell, a Labour whip who once boasted in a letter to the local paper that he had ‘the ear’ of the party leader. I pointed out to him the damage that lockdown must inevitably inflict on lives and livelihoods, and asked him to push for the return of Parliament to debate the issue thoroughly. This is how I concluded my third letter:

‘The Opposition’s duty is not to scheme to win power, it is to oppose: to look at all the facts which speak against government policy and debate them vigorously in parliament before legislation is voted through. In relation to Covid-19, this has not been done.  Please persuade your new leader [Sir Keir Starmer] that it is his job to see that this failure is put right immediately.’

His reply was as follows: ‘I have read your opinions, with which I disagree, and will not be entering into further correspondence.’

I am sure that Sir Alan was not the only Opposition MP whose constituents urged him four years ago to do his duty and oppose the closure of Parliament. He was certainly not the only MP, of any party, who raised no voice against the summary dismantling of democratic procedures and the imposition of government by diktat; who joined in the almost universal parliamentary chorus of ‘safe and effective’, in response to virtually untested ‘vaccines’; who failed to attend debates on vaccine deaths and injuries; who failed to call out the damage being inflicted by Net Zero; who failed to mount an effective challenge to the insanity of the trans agenda; who failed to demand our exit from self-imposed human-rights legislation which makes the control of indiscriminate mass immigration impossible; who failed, in short, to oppose the Executive when opposition was most glaringly needed. On all the most controversial and least defensible measures inflicted on the electorate, representatives of all parties have stood united.

No wonder I, like millions of others, felt I had little stake in the upcoming election, which promised, at best, no improvement, at worst, even greater enormities. Not voting was out of the question. I had resigned myself to spoiling my ballot, consoling myself with the thought that though, at my advanced age, I was to be denied the pleasure of being unafraid for my grandchildren’s future, at least there was, nearby, the compensation of a lake rich in swans and ducks and even the occasional dabchick, where the evils of politics could be forgotten amongst drifts of cow parsley and buttercups during long (though obstinately chilly) summer days.

Now things have changed. Now there is the option of voting for Reform. No matter that the candidate for Tynemouth appears on the voting menu at present only as a name, without either biographical details or photograph; no matter that all I know of her is that she is a biological female (the other kind would certainly gravitate to another party); no matter that she has no chance of unseating the complacent Sir Alan, all set to enjoy his 28th year safely ensconced in his comfortable parliamentary niche; no matter that I may be accused of abetting an even more sweeping victory for Starmer, a man so committed to ideology that he would put worship of the NHS before the lives of those dearest to him, should such a choice arise.

However dire the thought of a Labour victory, why, after all, expect effective opposition from a Conservative Party which, when in office, was content to leave in place previous governments’ attacks on the constitution and on national independence while eagerly legislating for more of the same? What good can be expected of such people, however many seats they retain?

A vote for Reform, on the other hand, even in the most hopeless of seats, makes a more telling point than abstention or spoiling one’s ballot. Like the Brexit referendum, it gives the disenfranchised the opportunity to demonstrate in their millions exactly what they think of the globalist agendas being thrust upon them by the two main parties and almost all the minor ones. It gives them a chance to recognise their own numerical strength: a strength which is obscured, in a mere seat count, by the geographical concentration of party allegiances. Faced with the sheer numbers of ‘none-of-the-above’ voters gathering under the Reform umbrella to proclaim their rejection of the parties which have united to betray them, the likes of Sir Alan, made presumptuous by years of office sprawled across the green benches, will be unable to dismiss the evidence of the polling booth. They will no longer be able to claim that the objections of their dissenting constituents are characteristic only of an insignificant and unprotected minority.

With even a couple of Reform MPs in Parliament, we can hope to see consistent and determined opposition to agendas which have been chipping away at our right to govern ourselves for the past 50 years, and should Nigel Farage be safely installed in Clacton, we can be sure that such opposition, and alternative policies more in tune with the preferences of the majority, will receive the publicity they have long deserved.

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Gillian Dymond
Gillian Dymond
Gillian Dymond is 78, a mother and grandmother living in the north-east of England.

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