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Reader’s Comment of the Day: Does it matter which mediocre pipsqueak occupies No 10?


In response to Nick Wood’s Campaign Commentary: Ten days to save our country. Can Dave find the passion to get the message across?, Oliver J.S McMullen wrote:

But Cameron and his party are part of the problem – not the solution, as this article seems to be suggesting. His management of the Scottish referendum was risible to put it mildly – panicking at the last moment when it seemed that the vote might actually go the “wrong” way.

As for the “sheer muscle of the two big parties” – what is big about them? They are both moribund failing organisations that represent almost no one. The Tories are steadily losing members – I’ve seen figures quoted of well below 100,000. Both parties would keep us in the European Union, a status which means we are no longer a sovereign nation state anyway. We are already living with an alliance of the Left (social democratic liberal Tories) and the far left (Liberal Democrats). All the main parties are variants of social democratic liberalism, offering no genuine choice. In this context Ukip is a response to failure – a symptom not a cause.

The author references the supposed economic recovery – based on what? We apparently produce very little of concrete export value. The country floats along on a dangerously inflated house price bubble fuelling cheap credit. Our prosperity is an illusion. We have been lucky with the low oil price, but how long will that last? And how long before interest rates have to rise – will we be able to service our colossal national debt? No, we will eventually have to default on at least a significant part of it. We will all then have to get used to living within much reduced means.

So bad is the situation that we have Lord Tebbit of all people suggesting that Scottish Tories might be better off voting Labour in Scotland – presumably in a forlorn attempt to save the Union. This in what Peter Hitchens of the Mail on Sunday rightly describes as the most fraudulent election in living memory. The entire political system is broken; lies and delusions are the norm. So does it matter which mediocre pipsqueak occupies No 10 Downing Street? Neither of them can win an outright majority – this is a good thing. With luck they’ll all be reduced to squabbling impotently amongst themselves as the looming economic and financial crisis forces the rest of us to face a very bleak future.

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