Inside the tent

It’s probably better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in.
Lyndon B. Johnson

I’ve always been someone who has preferred to be outside the tent. I have always had a deep-seated suspicion of joining anything. I don’t want to be co-opted – why would anyone want to co-opt me?

So what I’ve just done has taken me by surprise … I’ve joined the Labour Party. I know they’re not perfect, and they never will be, but this election result has booted me up my complacent leftie arse and made me want to get involved in whatever small way I can to make this a fairer country, and to improve the lives of the poorest and the most vulnerable. Labour can do this, even if they will never be as radical as I would like …. in the gap between a Labour government and a Conservative government lies death, misery and waste. If the Conservatives get elected again in 2020 I at least want to be able to look myself in the mirror and know I at least tried to stop it happening, I tried to take small, practical, measurable steps to make this country a fairer, more equal, more hopeful place.

I’ll always call out Labour policies I don’t like. I am not a fan of austerity-lite or their ridiculous position on immigration, that’s never going to change. What has changed is now I want to build and contribute towards policies that I do like, on disabled benefits, on minimum wage, on workplace protection, on human rights, and to get involved in local policies on housing and education that are coming to a boil. So, as of now, I’ll be inside the tent pissing out … want to join me?

No change here

At what point did we lose control of politics? Or more to the point when did we lose control of politicians? In 1945 Churchill lost the general election despite being a victorious war leader because people doubted his ability to deliver a new world worthy of the tremendous sacrifices that had been made. It also didn’t help Churchill that there was a strong opposition with clearly defined differences. There are no such worries for David Cameron now. Despite handing Labour open goal after open goal nothing that Labour has said gives any indication they would do anything radically different. It is brutally apparent that a vote for Labour will bring no real change. At best they are Tory Zero, basically the same but not quite as bad for your health. Which brings me to the question of losing control of politicians.

For all the claims about the wealth of the current cabinet, there is plenty of money and privilege in the backgrounds of the Labour front bench. In itself of course this is not necessarily a bad thing. The problem is when Labour start espousing identical policies to the Conservatives and fail to defend the working class it seems to be bitterly obvious that in the main our politicians are from one small sphere of life and pursue policies that will principally benefit others in the same small group. So essentially our choice is to vote for someone with a red tie or a blue tie and that is all we have to go on. How can we give somebody control over important decisions that impact our day-to-day life when their personal reality is utterly divorced from the majority of the people they represent?

If we want any change we need to move away from a system run by a political elite for the benefit of the elite. We need to move away from the failed corpse of liberal democracy. All that remains of a once proud concepts is a hollowed out shell. Liberal democracy is a Trojan horse for neoliberalism. We need a revolution, and we need a post-revolution agreement that market driven capitalism needs to die for good. Surely humanity hasn’t evolved purely to benefit shareholders?

Bumbling idiot act broken

So Boris Johnson has finally allowed the act he’s been playing for some time to slip and and the real Boris Johnson has been nicely exposed by Eddie Mair. And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer person – everyone got to see just how nice on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th March. You can watch the interview courtesy of the BBC in the UK. Other countries might need a bit of searching to watch it.

I think such an occurance has surely been coming for some time. I find it difficult to believe that someone who is really such a bumbling idiot could have maneuvered to such a position as Mayor of London. Perhaps the real scenario is that’s the technique that Boris has always used to deflect attention from the reality of what he’s really like – a personality that seems much more suited to his political success. I could, of course, be wrong and I frequently am but it will be interesting to see what the fallout is.

It’s some time now since the incident occurred and Boris seems to have been somewhat quieter than usual – possibly drowned out by the furore surrounding the death of Margaret Thatcher although it might also be because he seems to have pissed off to the US. Long may he stay there but I expect he’ll be back, particularly as the ‘bad news’ has probably been buried.