Category: UK politics

To my mind, the Lib Dems are right about so mu…

To my mind, the Lib Dems are right about so much and yet it does them no good. They consistently opposed the Iraq war, for example, which is now an extremely mainstream view. Obviously the Labour party is very down on the Iraq war these days but, crucially, that wasn’t the case when it was actually happening. At that point, both Labour and the Tories were all for it.

The Lib Dems are also the only political group that’s consistently advocated proportional representation, and their failure to gain traction there may be the biggest disaster of the lot. It’s because of the first-past-the-post voting system that neither Labour nor the Conservative party can split without facing electoral annihilation. So Cameron called the Brexit referendum to keep the Tories together, and the majority of Labour MPs remain part of an organisation they believe to be ineptly or even malevolently led.

The energy required to keep the Conservative and Labour parties ostensibly united is tearing Britain and Europe apart. Meanwhile the hapless and laughable irrelevance of the only political movement properly addressing the country’s biggest problems is a fascinating manifestation of our looming national disaster.

Ukip faces ‘utter marginalisation’ if it embra…

Ukip faces ‘utter marginalisation’ if it embraces hard right, says Nigel Farage:

UKIP ‘faces’ marginalisation, Nigel?

Faces?

You’re at 2% in the polls right now you muppet. Your party is marginalised already, because it’s pointless. Any role as ‘champions of Brexit’ has now been ceded to the Tory party you originally came from and all UKIP has left is pointless waffle and directionless xenophobia just for the sake of making noise to pretend someone still cares about you.

UKIP has nothing left. This is typically what happens when a party whose entire reason for existing is to campaign for its own irrelevance gets what it wants.

You have no seats in the House of Commons. 
3 in the House of Lords.
4 in the Welsh Assembly.
2 in the London Assembly.
108 local seats in the whole of the nation’s local government.

The only place you do have any say in anything is the European Parliament and when you get your way properly you won’t even have that.

Just let UKIP die on the rubbish bin of history, for fuck’s sake.

Stop trying to make UKIP happen, it’s not going to happen.

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Brexit omnishambles in the UK.

People defending a Supreme Court nominee who tried to rape someone in the US.

… yup, good times… I feel constantly sick and distressed by the world at this point.

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In light of the recent news of a ‘surge’ in support for a far-right political party in Sweden… you know what I really fucking hate?

When idiots make the bullshit argument that “well they wouldn’t have so much support if they felt listened to” which in reality when such people say that basically it translates to “if you want them to not have any power, you should have given them the things they want.”

The whole point of them not having power is that they don’t get the stupid shit they’re dumb enough to think will magically solve their problems. Giving them the stupid shit they think will magically solve their problems is not the answer here. Because you still end up with the same stupid shit being foisted upon everybody to keep a gaggle of braying morons temporarily happy until they decide they want even more or different stupid shit and the cycle begins again.

It’s the dumbest argument.

Like when hacks who think they’re pundits (yes I know, glass houses and all that) say that the way for Labour to win back UKIP voters is to pander to racist small-minded xenophobes.

You don’t get rid of UKIP by caving in to their every nonsensical whim. You get rid of UKIP by convincing people of a better way of seeing the problems of the world.

It’s harder, because stupid is as stupid does, but it’s ultimately better in the long run.

Our society isn’t fucked, unequal as all hell and failing so many hardworking people to the point of working insane hours but still having to use food banks because of Romanian immigration.

It’s easy to blame the ‘other’ as we’ve tragically seen throughout history. But it’s better long-term to address the actual root causes of the problems that are so often just casually blamed on immigration.

Example: Our NHS isn’t failing because some Europeans are moving here. It’s failing because successive Tory governments have cut its funding, screwed over its nursing staff’s pay, and implemented constant chaotic inefficient reorganisation to justify it’s privatisation agenda because they’re too cowardly to openly campaign on ‘abolish the NHS’ because they know they’ll be resigned to the dustbin of history where they belong as soon as they do.

The Black Plague, the London Blitz, a stiff pu…

The Black Plague, the London Blitz, a stiff punch in the nads and awkward dinners with the parents aren’t the end of the world either but they’re still not things you’d willingly walk into, now are they?

And just a regular reminder that during the campaign when David Cameron mentioned the idea of crashing out without a deal the Leave campaign and hardcore Brexiters called it ‘Project Fear’ and disregarded it as utter nonsense….

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I feel slightly unnerved that so many people I know, who’s opinions I’m used to either agreeing with or deeply respecting, seem to have suspended their ability to think critically when it comes to Jeremy Corbyn specifically.

I shouldn’t be needing to remind sensible, sane, intelligent sentient beings that it just is entirely possible that Jeremy Corbyn just isn’t a totally perfect human being in every possible way and that anyone acknowledging flaws regarding him, his politics or his leadership of the Labour party are not all evil Tory plants conducting a massive widespread conspiracy with the shadowy backing of the entire UK news media to destroy him because they’re terrified of his power.

We currently have the most significantly shit Conservative government I think it’s possible to have and in opinion polling Labour under Jeremy Corbyn is still polling at, at best, a statistical tie with the Tories and Jeremy Corbyn is losing consistently in polls of who would be better as Prime Minister when his opponent is Theresa May.

Maybe that’s not all some nefarious conspiracy to discredit him. Maybe he just doesn’t appeal to as many people as strongly as he appeals to you and maybe people see flaws with him that you refuse to acknowledge.

…I’m fully expecting to get shit for this one.

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Would it be an unpopular position to state that the one thing that Brexit will achieve that might be kind of worth even some of the bullshit is the hope that Brexit may put a pretty major fucking nail in the coffin of two party politics in this stupid country?

More than 100 seats that backed Brexit now wan…

More than 100 seats that backed Brexit now want to remain in EU:

If this holds true the logic for rigorously sticking to Brexit as some kind of vital democratic necessity is increasingly shallow which is impressive given at it’s deepest it could maybe be slightly comparable to a child’s paddling pool.

Also if so many constituencies in England are flipping to majority Remain, would this then solve the problem Labour has with Brexit where it’s membership is largely pro-Remain but a lot of it’s MPs were representing pro-Leave constituencies?

Because I keep hearing that that’s the reason Labour isn’t backing either scrapping Brexit or a final say on the terms of the deal. “Well they just can’t because their constituencies are so strongly pro-Brexit.”

If this change is happening surely that becomes less and less of a problem as time goes on?

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In many ways being massively depressed helps me deal with politics.

I mean our nation is fucked because the most hideous cabal of venemous pricks at the very top are pointedly failing to negotiate any kind of deal for us to continue to work with our neighbours so we’ll crash out of the EU as an isolated tax haven for rich bastards permanently screwing the rest of us until the end of time with none of the sensible EU regulatory statutes to help prevent it.

So life is going to be an unending swirling vortex of misery but fuck it everything sucks and hates me anyway so what does it matter any more.

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You know I rail against Donald Trump a lot, and don’t get me wrong he is utterly and completely evil.

But the thing is on balance I prefer Donald Trump’s evil to our own country’s Tory evil.

Why? Because his evil is so blatant that it’s impossible for any sensible person to ignore it. It’s brazen, loud, arrogant, in-your-face, fuck-you evil obviously designed to make everyone else hate the prick while galvanising his increasingly narrow base of fanatical devotees who the rest of humanity would much rather pretend don’t exist out of shame of sharing a species with them.

That’s terrific evil because you know it’s there.

The Tories’ brand of evil is far worse because it’s precisely as disgustingly evil as Trump but it’s so benign and outright boring and grey that most people just seem to tune it out. They’re doing horrible things but because they do it in such a nondescript and mind-numbingly boring fashion it either makes most people jut tune it into the background white noise, or it dresses itself in such a generically ‘standard’ look that it makes otherwise sensible people just go along with it.

Like, Trump’s fans are morons but the divide is obvious. Anyone who supports him has a galloping case of the crazies and everyone who doesn’t knows that about them and pick it out immediately.

With a Tory voter you can be talking to them for hours and they’re a perfectly reasonable and friendly and personable person and it’s only later that you realise what fucking horrors they willingly vote for and it shatters your idea of them.

The hardest evil to fight is the evil that is so boring that most people don’t even realise it exists.

That’s the Tories.

Trump is obviously evil and the divide between those who know that and those who think it’s worth the destruction of America just to ‘trigger’ liberals is clear as day, the battle lines easily defined.

Now I’ve written this and tagged it with Trump-related hashtags it’s going to be fun seeing the Trump loyalists precisely prove my point by embarrassing themselves in the notes of this one.