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The future isn’t Tory – or Labour either

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I NEVER pay much attention to polls. In my opinion, they tend to have rigged questions put to the wrong people and for the most part are used to sway public opinion rather than gauge it. However, I do look at them from time to time and groan when I see what some people are apparently saying. The latest is the one showing Labour overtaking the Tories on voting intention.

If there’s some truth in this, I despair. It basically says that the country is so despondent about the utter uselessness of the government that people would be willing to vote in their completely inept opposition. This country really has gone to the dogs.

For the last hundred years or so, this country has seen only two parties leading it. Yes, the Lib Dems had a coalition with the fake Tories from 2010 to 2015, but never has another party been so close to the two that have ruled the roost. There have been breakthroughs for smaller parties at local level and in past European elections, but at the general elections, the ones that see a party making legislation for this country, it has always been the same. Both of these parties have done good things in the past but since Thatcher was unceremoniously booted out by the Conservatives, both have been in a wretched state and continue to get worse year by year.

So why, I ask, do the people of this country continue to put their faith in one of two horrible parties, neither of which represent their monikers? Labour no longer represents the working class and the Conservatives no longer represent conservatives. I used to think the only difference between these two parties was their views on the economy but since March, we have seen the Conservative Party inflict an unnecessary lockdown; it will look to raise taxes to pay for it. Give it a few weeks and some bad advice and I reckon there’s a chance this shell of a party will inflict another lockdown. The rabbit hole the British people have been flung into keeps getting deeper, so to read that voters intend to move to a party which, in essence, is little different is mind boggling.

Over the last few years, I’ve heard all sorts of reasons why voters will not vote for something else. Last year, many were swayed by the argument, ‘Vote for anything but Tory and you’ll get Corbynism.’ Well, that turned out well, didn’t it? The economy is well and truly trashed, we have a police state, and we are constantly being nannied by an overbearing government while their friends in the media ramp up a fear which has divided the country. Add the various extremist groups to that (BLM), the cancel culture that followed and the ‘unconscious bias’ training causing friction in Parliament, and you have a government that has completely lost the plot. Labour, I should add, would have done nothing different; that possibly explains why Starmer has been so quiet in the last few months.

Another argument was that it was pointless voting for anyone but one of the duopoly because first-past-the-post doesn’t give them a voice. I’ve never gone in for that line of thinking and I’m massively against tactical voting; moreover, I’ve seen what can happen when the country votes against the duopoly. Many of you will think this is a terrible example considering the result but in 2015, UKIP achieved 120 second places. I’m not conveniently ignoring that they got one MP for 4million votes, I’m focusing on the fact that UKIP were very close in many of those seconds and were it not for media slurs and a leader more focused on the EU question rather than their full and socially conservative manifesto, many of those seats would have turned purple. To me, it showed that despite this rigid system we have, it could be done – and it could happen again.

I’m aware that there is nothing on the horizon at present but I am hopeful there will be by the time of the next election. Whatever happens, I implore the people of this country to move away from the destructive duopoly. Neither party has the interests of the silent majority at heart, only a small and noisy minority which is more interested in destroying this country from within, starting with its culture, history and traditions and then its people. If we continue to vote for these parties, nothing will change for the better and everything we’ve seen over the last year will be only the beginning of the end for ordinary patriotic Brits. 

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Michael Fahey
Michael Fahey is a social conservative and mental health carer.

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