I’m returning to the local elections, which will be decided in May this year. There is a real danger lurking within these particular elections be they the Scottish, English, Northern Irish or Welsh versions.
Be afraid be very afraid.
It’s no secret that the electorate has become very, very, very ticked off with the main parties. The gap between the voters and the main parties has become a gulf. Our politicians live in a bubble in which they operate with little regard for their pre-election promises whilst taking as much from the system as they can get away with. Okay there are bound to be honorable men and women doing their best for the constituents but they are also hamstrung by the devil.
The devil is the party whip. Vote this way for the party or else you’ll lose benefits in the future, like promotion, committee appointments etc. That’s going to be a pretty powerful message for quite a lot of people who want to gain higher office and why should they not seek to better themselves? The country needs good people who will make a difference and who will help improve the lives of the electorate.
The disdain in which most politicians are held is damaging in many ways, not least by stopping people voting. It’s responsible for the low turnout rates, which we see at so many elections nowadays. People think “Why vote as it makes no difference to my life and the individual parties manifestoes are so very similar”! This has to be addressed and to a degree, we are beginning to see a ground swell in the manner of a whimper against the machine. The first real sign of this was the amazing victory by the SNP in Scotland and in the way they won to a degree which had not been visualised, by those much more wiser than us to ensure no party, least of the SNP gained an overall majority.
More recently there’s been the Gorgeous George victory. The three main parties suffered a huge collapse of their core vote to the extent that the Tories and the LibDems lost their deposits. The vote was very much a protest vote. The main parties suffered but did not recognise the issues they had to face up to.
So the growing route for voter protest is vote for the wild card. Independent candidates are getting excited at the prospect of winning a seat and having a say in helping their constituents get what they voted for. However, there is a serious threat lurking just out of sight.
The Green Party has also noticed the potential in this new state of affairs. They are following a strategy to attract the protest vote. They are canny in this however, their policies are, how shall we say, less strident as their normal stance? They are cuddlier, less preachy and more approachable, at least in their leaflets and I don’t doubt that this will also be the case when flesh pressing and debating is required.
Of course as soon as the Green Party gains power their real dictats will come hurtling to the fore. Restrictions, increased costs on all manner of things and of course following the completely debunked climate change nonsense and criminal scam. You may think this is wide if the mark, the greens are not like this, they are cuddly and you can trust them to offer something different and more considered. Check out what’s been happening in Brighton. Not much cuddly stuff going on there. The Green Party is not a political party. it is a religious party. That makes things a lot more sinister for us all.
Voting for an independent or one of the smaller parties makes a lot of sense at the moment, replacing one set of out of touch politicians with religious fanatics wouldn’t be a good move.
Be afraid be very afraid.