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Welcome to the House of Bunkum

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DON’T mention the ‘B’ word – bunkum, which originated from a long-winded speech given on 25 February 1820 by Republican Congressman Felix Walker representing Buncombe County, North Carolina. To the exasperation of his colleagues, Walker deviated from the subject in question, about the admission of Missouri as a state to the Union, and explained that he was addressing not Congress but his home town of Buncombe. Although he was shouted down, his persistence has made Buncombe, or ‘bunkum’, synonymous with claptrap.

The ghost of Congressman Walker must have been stalking the corridors of Westminster during the last three and a half years, as the majority of the occupants on the green benches have now enmeshed themselves in a spider’s web of deceit and treachery. The voting public are being invited to accept almost daily doses of drivel and hypocrisy from the Establishment elitists who have taken it upon themselves to cancel the implementation of the legal and democratic verdict of the majority of the electorate in 2016, and the promise of the two major parties in the General Election a year later. Bunkum abounds in the clapped-out House of Commons as members fall over themselves in their self-righteousness, entitlement and incoherence, so that it seems impossible that public trust in politics will ever be restored. Fanatical Remain MPs, terrified of a General Election which they have been demanding (or was it another People’s Vote?) in case they are held to account by an increasingly sceptical and appalled electorate, some of them playing political musical chairs to obtain a nice safe seat, secure in their generous taxpayer-funded salaries, and gold-plated, index-linked pensions. Recently, in some of the most dismal and depressing scenes in Parliament, the public were treated to the spectacle of an SNP MP making obscene gestures at the entrance of Black Rod, seemingly encouraged by a preening, self-indulgent, egotistical Speaker who doesn’t give a ‘flying flamingo’ about contorting parliamentary convention to accommodate his Remainer cabal and disenfranchise 17.4million voters. At the time of writing, the Supreme Court is considering the legal propriety of prorogation of Parliament with Uncle Tom Cobley and all ready to put the boot in the beleaguered Prime Minister. Meanwhile the latest polls suggest that Boris Johnson will trounce Comrade Corbynov and his Marxist mob of terrorist sympathisers if the public are allowed to exercise their democratic right in the near future.

Now we behold Jo Swinson of the so-called ‘progressive’ Liberal Democrats, like some student union leader, giving a speech to her party’s delegates of flabby, muddled, mediocrity in which she apparently regurgitated the old Whig argument that fear of popular democracy would lead to a concentration of power. Therefore, a strong aristocracy would mean dispersal of that power which is necessary for the establishment and maintenance of a society in which liberty is guaranteed. Substitute ‘aristocracy’ for members of the current parliament with their apparent superior knowledge and intellect and bingo! the masses are silenced. She should have recourse to her illustrious predecessor, William Gladstone, whose 1869 memo to Queen Victoria 1869 expressed his hope that the House of Lords would not lose power and influence as a result of the 1867 Reform Act, observing that ‘decision by majorities is as much an expedient as lighting by gas. In adopting it as a rule we are not realising perfection but bowing to imperfection’.

His successor doesn’t perceive that decentralisation of power and limited government is essential for a liberal state in her obsession for the federalism of the EU; we have in short, a return to the days when political power rested in the hands of a few well-educated males, just what the supposed ‘feminist’ leader of the increasingly illiberal antidemocratic party ordered, where Leave voters are unequal to Remain voters because of their supposed inferior intelligence. So much for the progressive politics of the Left that can effectively dispense power and liberty regardless of the wishes of the masses who put them there.

The Electoral Commission’s website assures the viewer that ‘we’re here to make sure your vote matters’. On present evidence, it doesn’t very much because the elitists have other ideas.

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Victoria Baillon
Artist, smallholder and part of the forgotten middle!

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