Posts Tagged ‘labour’

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As everyone knows, yesterday was the day that the rich got richer and the poor got the impression they were better off. Although in reality, when is anyone actually better off. Although fuel duty didn’t rise, we can’t afford fuel. Although a pint went down 1p, we still can’t afford a pint. Although in 2015 you’ll be able to earn ¬£10,000 tax free, nice sentiment but in reality it means pennies.

All the above taken into account, the biggest annoyance on my part, was the well paid, elected members of our counties, acting like a bunch of yobs. They were jeering, pointing, laughing, abusing and basically disrespecting each other for the cameras. As in my previous blogs, no one actually answered one of the questions posed by either side. In reality it seemed like a bit of fun. The place was packed, which is a rarity. The ammunition had been prepared a day early thanks to leaked information. It was just an expensive episode of Jeremy Kyle.

Good TV but is anything in parliament actually truthful or representative of the people¬†any more. No matter what the party in power do, the opposition would have done it different. If the opposition make a fair point, the party in power do something different, just to prove they went there own way. It’s mob rule it seems. No one has any morals, no one has any clue and everything is done for cheap points and judging by yesterday, cheap laughs.

I have to be honest, I don’t even know my local MP, they have no interest in knowing me either it seems. They don’t come around my rural location to find out what my opinion on anything is. In fact they don’t ask anyone. They turn up when one of the other parties drops the ball, to emphasise the mistake. They have no better morals or ideas on fixing things, they just have the majority agreeing with them on one point and maybe winning the odd vote.

I’d like to see a parliament that is a genuine representation of the people. People from a diverse background of areas and employment. Normal people who know how it feels to live on nothing and struggle to find employment. The problem is that people are nurtured to vote for particular parties by events of the past. Labour will soon be forgiven for putting the country into the mess it is in today because the Conservatives are having to tighten the purse strings. But when they do eventually get the country back in the black, people will have become tired of them and voted Labour back in. Liberal Democrats will side with anyone to get into parliament. UKIP will preach that they will sort immigration but what are the other items on the mandate for them. Not a lot it seems.

Perhaps it’s time for a new party. A party that gets a chance because they earn it, not because the rest are terrible. A party that understands you can’t please everyone, but is open and honest about the reasons they are changing the mandate to match economic climates, immigration statutes and things that need to be amended to meet demand. It’s not the things of dreams, it just need belief from the people.

I’d support anyone that realises that we can’t allow any immigration currently because we don’t have jobs. Someone that realises that the current benefits system, tax system and credits system is poor and needs revamping completely to a standard format. A party that understands that council tax is extortionate when coupled with the other taxes we pay on everything from fuel, car tax, income tax, VAT and alike. And someone that realises we need to become more self sufficient in production, manufacturing and technological development to create jobs of the future. We can’t all work in retail, warehousing and transport. We need to build some things too.

Something needs to change to stop the boys club doing whatever they like for the rest of my lifetime. Perhaps people like Dave from the Bank of Dave, Richard Branson and others like them, should be encouraged into parliament. At least they have an opinion and they’re not afraid to share it in the right way, rightly or wrongly.

Would love to hear your thoughts and hope you enjoyed the read…

5564444814_917e0b2052Question Time. A show that allows politicians and councillors an opportunity to answer the questions put forward by a studio audience or even people like me and you on Twitter and other social media.

But¬†every time¬†I¬†watch the show, something really annoys me. The ¬†questions never actually get answered. Not for want of trying on the part of David Dimbleby, who last night asked closed answered questions, up to 6 or 7 times and still didn’t get an answer. And people still ask the question of why we have no real faith in politics. I’m still yet to meet a councillor or politician that answers a simple question with a yes or no, even if they then had to elaborate on the answer and explain the whys or buts of the situation.

Now I know some of the questions aren’t always a simple yes or no but surely this should be in the response at some point. After all, I’d have a lot more faith in opinionated politics, as opposed to the statistic kind we currently have. You get the impression that if someone asked the politician which party he actually represented, they’d say things like “it’s not always a question of representation, it’s a case of my views on life and love” or something similarly pointless, that has no relevance to the question asked.

Lets look at the episode broadcast on the 28th February. This was one of the first closed questions of the night and quite simple to answer you’d think, given that fuel duty is an issue that a party should have a plan for.

Q: Are you saying fuel duty is going to come down?

A: Well we have frozen it every single time since?

Q: Is it going to come down?

A: Well we have frozen Labours planned duty increases, we have spent ¬£5billion helping motorists, I would love it to come down but it’s a constant battle…

So in hindsight, can anyone tell me if fuel duty is coming down? I’m not sure and when I next vote, this is an important issue to the majority of us. So surely a yes or no would have been a better approach to gaining trust. We can all appreciate what we know, so even mentioning that Labour were intending to increase this already extortionate tax even more, is purely to score cheap easy points.

It got worse after this point. Some of the questions won’t have been answered by the next episode with how much cheap chat was being made. If I wanted figures I’d have studied a maths degree. I know it’s an unforgiving job and I know the media will jump on any chink in the armour of a candidate, politician or councillor. But please answer at least one question a week with a yes or no answer, to prove it’s possible.

I often got told that I should have been a politician, which I felt was quite a complimentary comment. After watching how they operate over the years, I’m beginning to think people were being fairly negative. I’d love to have the opportunity to interview politicians for a living but I don’t think I have the time to get the answers I’d need. I mean to start every Q and A, you generally need a name. How frustrating would it be, when the person in front of you answered “Well it depends, I get called right honourable gentleman in parliament” “George by the wife” or “Mr Osbourne when my staff address me.” It’s an answer granted but now a simple straightforward answer. Next question would be the interviewees age. “I was 28 in 2012”. So does that make you 29 now? “Well I was 27 in 2011”. It sounds patronising but it really is as bad as that.

My advice, if you want to relate to the people who should be voting. Keep it simple and just answer the question. If you don’t like the question or don’t have an honest opinion, give up politics. We need a voice, a big pair of nuts and an ability to argue for what we believe in, not what’s nice to hear.

Just a thought and feel free to comment as always…

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