Reader’s Comment: Are we ashamed to stand up for ourselves?

In response to Campbell Campbell-Jack: What’s the point of the Conservative Party?, paul parmenter wrote:

The only reason to vote Conservative today would be to keep Corbyn out. While that is a necessary aim, it is nowhere near good enough. I don't want a choice of negatives: a slow decline into overbearing state control, high taxation and dreary micro-regulation of our lives policed by an army of po-faced PC snoops that we are all forced to pay for is barely preferable to a quick one.
The crazy thing is that there really is a far better alternative, but no political party with any chance of delivering it is actually offering it. Are we a nation that is really so effete and ashamed to stand up for itself? Or are we doomed to allow these political pygmies to drag us down into every form of bankruptcy known to man?

 




  • Busy Mum

    The only sliver of light I can see is that today’s politicians are so unprincipled that they will do whatever is required to keep their jobs. My own MP is a case in hand – before the referendum, she was overtly pro-EU. When the results showed that, despite her large Con majority, most of her constituents disagreed with her on this subject, she immediately changed her tune.

    • David R

      Changing an MP’s publicly expressed opinion to match that of her constituents is often praised, even encouraged.

      • Greenlander

        It is called representative democracy, her constituents have spoken so she has to go with those she represents and not her party, which is really how it should be.

        • a misplaced modifier

          Did the Vicar of Bray really change his stance so often or was it mere expediency?

          • Superlobster

            Groucho Marx : “Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others …”

          • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Also Groucho Marx: “Whatever it is, I’m AGAINST it!”

          • Greenlander

            Didn’t read that book I’ll admit.

        • Busy Mum

          On trivial matters, yes, but on matters of principle, no.

          • Greenlander

            Then it is no longer representative democracy it become just a personal choice or worse, fear of deselection at the next election if they upset the party whip.

        • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          “These are my people– I must follow them, for I am their leader!”

          • Greenlander

            You could try sticking to your pre election promises and consulting with your supporters during term time at the very least, rather than hanging around Westminster like a bad smell waiting to be told how to vote by a party whip.

      • Busy Mum

        That’s why they have to demand respect – very few are capable of earning it.

    • UKCitizen

      Would have helped if she was actually in touch with and represented the views of her constituents in the first place.
      IMHO, anyone standing for election should have lived in the constituency for at least 10 years and should publish a CV and list of opinions on a range of current issues prior to standing so we can judge them by their character and previous actions, not by their race, gender or apparent political affiliation.

      • Busy Mum

        Agree. She moved into the constituency after being voted in (having promised to do this) – she now lives in quintessential English village from where she spouts platitudes about the wonders of multiculturalism. She could easily have chosen to live in one of the multicultural towns in the constituency….

    • Superlobster

      Sleaze in politics is nothing new. Google “Jabez Balfour”

      • Busy Mum

        But is it now the norm?!

    • Coniston

      Following Groucho Marx: ‘Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others’.

  • UKCitizen

    It would seem the answer is; Yes we are!

  • David

    Starting a new political party in the UK is very difficult. The first past the post system is very cruel to young new parties. Look at Ukip which had a noble cause, a strong leader, a strong enthusiastic supporters and activists base and was grown over 20 years. It even succeeded in achieving a referendum and winning it, and what did the public then do ? Drop it like a hot brick !

    The public have been trained or bullied by the system into grudgingly supporting the two party system. So we end up supporting the least worst one – the Conservatives in many folks opinions.