Please vote on Thursday

The United Kingdom will be holding two elections on Thursday. One Election will be for representation in Europe where Members of the European Parliament will be elected, and another will be for local authorities, where local councillors will be elected. There is no doubt that the elections will be very bad for the Labour Party. It will end up as a death by a thousand cuts. The Labour Party is the party that governs the United Kingdom. They have to take the blame for the expenses scandal that is making us all so cross. The fish stinks from its head.

I think that it is more important than ever that people vote. If enough angry people vote they will set in chain a series of events that will allow them to achieve what they want to achieve; throw the bad people out of parliament and cut them off from future financial benefits from the public purse. I think that for this reason in these elections it is important to vote – actually vote, not spoil your ballot paper.

Voting is always a question of the least bad choice; at least it should be unless you are fanatic or extremists. No political party is ever going to tick all the boxes on any individual’s list.

I shall be casting my vote early on Thursday and shall be voting for the Green Party. I like the Green candidates, whom I have met, and think that they have good policies and an honest frame of mind. They are perceived as a single issue party, but I think that perception is unfair because they do have policies that go beyond “green” politics; they are a party that has a central issue.  I do not expect that it will surprise readers to elarn that i shall be voting for the Greens; for me climate change and global warming are problems of such immense potential and no other party comes anywhere recognising the difficulty of global warming, pollution and environmental degradation. Of course the science of climate change may have exaggerated the problem, but I am not prepared to take the risk that it has.

I am sure that the Greens have plenty of faults and will make many mistakes, if in power, but perhaps less faults and fewer mistakes than anyone else.

The elections will start a process that will probably pan out like this: the results of the council elections will be announced on Thursday night or Friday morning; these will show a massive turn away from Labour. Labour Councillors will lose more than half their seats.

The Prime Minister will react by announcing a reshuffle of Ministers. Mrs Smith is stepping down as Home Secretary. Her leaving will not be lamented by lovers of freedom. Out will go Mr Darling and a few others. If he appoints Mr Balls to become Chancellor of the Exchequer he will open another running sore; Mr Balls’ expenses claims are just as bad as those of Mr Darling. If he appoints some other person as Chancellor he will find it hard to choose an untainted person of talent and experience.

Mr Mandelson has already proven financial misjudgment in his personal affairs borrowing larges sums of money from “friends”. If he and Mr Balls fill the great offices of State then Mr Brown will show great contempt for the British public. The foundations of the government will become shakier.

On Sunday the results of the European Election will be announced. There will be another massive swing against Labour. This will be like an earthquake to the foundations of “new labour”. Mr Brown will look increasingly isolated and out of touch. The pressure will be immense for him to call a General Election. A person who claims Presbyterian morality may find it impossible to live up to those claims while the whole country is calling for a General Election, especially if he fills his most significant minsitries with people of questionable integrity.

Many Labour MPs will understand the immorality of holding on to office in these circumstances. Some will make their feelings known. Mr Brown may try to deflect the public’s anger by promising constitutional reform, or threatening the people that they will end up voting for extremists but the British public are not stupid and will want to see those people that have stolen from the public purse, or milked it, or treated the public by their behaviour with contempt suitably punished and withdrawn from public life as quickly as possible – not in a year’s time.

Mr Brown simply does not understand the British public’s anger. If he did his morality would lead him to hold up his hands, take the blame and resign. It happened under his watch and he is eager to take the credit for his successes and should bear the responsibility for his failures and the expenses business was a massive failure by Mr Brown and before him Mr Blair. Instead Gordon Brown seems intent on hanging on to power regardless of the morality of his doing so.

The events will overtake Mr Brown. They inevitably do. I think that we should prepare for a very  general election, especially if you all vote, no matter how you vote.

One Response

  1. I will certainally be voting on Thursday, those who take the attitude that they will not vote, have no right to complain about the political system, these people are usually the ones down the pub, moaning about the state of the country and how poor the Government are performing, but when it comes to them be able to influence who is in charge, they do not vote, I have no time for people like that.

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