Behold, the wisdom and maturity of a couple of the voters who helped shape the future direction of our nation, its economy, and it’s presence of the world stage…
Particular props to the guy who hates ‘snowflakes’ but took time out of his actual life to buy, write, and send a spiteful Christmas card to an MP who so offended him by daring to not have the same opinion about something.
So if not only the entire premise of Brexit as sold in the referendum was hopes and dreams and wishful thinking fantasist nonsense with no relation to reality, and now if it turns out the Leave campaign itself broke campaign laws… why the fuck are we still letting them dictate the entire agenda as if no other opinions exist?
Tories: “Stop calling us scum, it’s really offensive and damaging!”
Blimey, I’m amazed he could fit a figure that large up his arse what with that stick he’s already got up there.
I want some hardcore Brexit rebellion in the Tory party to oust Theresa May from Downing Street and replace her with a die-hard Brexiteer.
Because maybe then when Brexit inevitably goes tits-up those morons will have to confront the reality that the ideal they voted for was a lunatic’s demented fever-dream and own up to their hideous mistakes.
Because right now I feel like when the Brexit shit truly rockets fanward the hardcore Brexiteer horde are just going to blame it on ‘Remainer’ Theresa to avoid any responsibility for the whole mess themselves.
They’ll spend ages playing the media with the “we shouldn’t have trusted Brexit to someone who didn’t go to bed every night masturbating to the thought of Jeane-Claude Juncker crying” line to avoid facing any ramifications for the shitshow they’ve managed to inflict upon the rest of us.
And if we are doomed to Brexit, the last fucking thing I want is the bastards who doomed us to it getting away with any of their bullshit.
How unpopular does a government need to be for it to be headline-making news that a whole shitload of people were actively tracking the flight a Cabinet Minister is on to count down to her getting fired?
That’s insane but that’s a thing that actually happened.
Sometimes I love my country.
Random musing of the day:
I often find that the reason people don’t want to give 16 and 17-year-olds the right to vote always boils down to “they won’t vote the way I think they should.”
It’s because they think young people can’t be trusted to believe the same old tired shit they’ve been buying hook, line and sinker for decades and vote Tory like a good little drone.
Can’t recall being asked so here we go:
1. The House of Lords needs to bugger off forever
Because really, how this is still a thing is beyond me. At this point I feel it’s still there for the same reason things like the Monarchy still exists. It shouldn’t be, but it’s been there for so long and this nation is so cripplingly averse to change on most matters that the fact that it’s been there so long becomes the sole reason that keeps it around.
It is the very antithesis of democracy and it’s continued existence is a laughable sham.
2. FPTP needs to die
I don’t know what I can add to any discussion of electoral reform regarding First Past the Post that hasn’t already been said. It’s a ludicrous system in this day and age; designed for a two-party system but forced to work in a political environment with more than two parties and woefully ill-equipped to provide meaningful representation for smaller parties. Without it, the Tories’ rigored death grip on the reigns of power would be much loosened and this country might stand a shot of being rid of the blighters for more than a brief span before they manage to bullshit their way back in with narrow majorities or coalitions again.
I’m very much in favour of a system that rewards seats on a fair more even basis. If we can work it so that a ‘safe seat’ no longer becomes a thing that exists, the more the better. Because that notion of a seat in Parliament that is guaranteed to one party disgusts me because it encourages laziness and complacency both among the elected representative of that constituency and among the voters of that constituency.
And honestly, I feel coalitions are the better way of doing business, politically-speaking. Perfect? No. Look at 2010-2015. Holy shit. But the way I see it FPTP encourages the zero-sum game of politics. Either you win a total majority or you’re screwed until the next election. Coalition is where compromise begins, which is best for everyone but the most die-hard ideologues.
3. FPTP won’t die
Here’s the kick in the pants. As much as FPTP needs to die a horrible death and be replaced with something else, I doubt it ever will.
For one simple reason: All political parties want to get into governmental power and, once there, are hardly going to be willing to do away with the very system that allowed them to get there in the first place.
To change the rules you need to win the game using the current rules and when you win with the current rules it suddenly seems like hey, the rules actually aren’t so bad after all.
I like to think I’ll be proven wrong but in the grand game of politics we all willingly, for reasons either unknown or insane, involve ourselves in even in a small capacity, if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that political parties are fundamentally self-serving when it comes to their own positions in relation to power. Because they have to be.
I live in hope that one day a party will soar to power with a majority and decide to change the very mechanisms by which they obtained it. But I consider it a fool’s hope for now until I’m proven wrong.
That’s my briefly blurted-out thoughts on electoral reform. Sorry for the lack of stunning insight but if you want stunning insight you shouldn’t be asking me to begin with, I’m an ill-informed ignorant bystander on my best day.
So I thought this was a dead concept by now but amidst recent developments regarding the idea that Brexit negotiations are possibly on the verge of total pathetic collapse, apparently there are still some idiots in the world who think that the UK has all the leverage in this situation and that the EU needs our trade more than we need to trade with them.
Because apparently in their mind 27 nation states rely on 1 more than that 1 relies on the 27.
Because they’re morons, as evidenced by them still wanting Brexit to happen.