My Only Comment Ever On The UK General Election (At Least Until May 7th)

The forthcoming British general election is such a non-event that it hardly merits discussion. Gordon Brown’s revelation that May 6th would, indeed, be election day surprised no-one, as the date had been leaked to the public domain over a month ago.

The UK media is doing its best to pump up public enthusiasm, but Brits are so fed up with politicians and their sleazy, underhand, games that turn-out looks like being at a record low.

David Cameron, the still-wet-behind-the-ears Tory party leader is telling the people the Tories are the party of change. It’s hardly original, is it? That’s been the slogan of every political party in opposition since Robert Walpole.

(For American readers ignorant of UK political history, Walpole is considered to have been the first British prime minister. His title was, Sir Robert Walpole KG, KB, PC – though he was more colloquially known as “that fat old Squire of Norfolk”).

How can the Tories be the ‘party of change’ when their policies are nearly identical to those of the present government?

There was a time the British electoral system was unique. Not any more. Now, the ‘American way’ has permeated all aspects of UK politics, so it comes as no shock to learn that both major parties have employed the services of certain American gentlemen responsible for the success of the Obama presidential campaign in 2008.

Only two winners there, then. Given the low level of the UK pound it’s likely they’ll have requested their substantial fees upfront, and in dollars.

While both Gordon Brown and David Cameron are claiming a hung parliament (no working majority for any party) will prove a disaster for the country, what they truly mean is it’ll be a catastrophe for them. Serving the whims of their corporate masters would prove much more difficult with minor green parties, or even the much abused Liberal Democrats, in tow.

In fact, it might well prove the best situation for today’s Britain. Plenty of other governments are managing very well as coalitions, and the result is a much broader based political system. One has only to study the German model to perceive the advantages.

The British, however, have traditionally shown themselves to be a ‘two party’ people. When the one they choose lets them down – whether through fault, or simply circumstances beyond their control – they’ll swing en masse in the other direction.

They’ve always been a ‘suck it and see’ race, and not overly quick to learn from history.

So, my guess is that, while there’ll likely not be a Tory landslide come May 7th, David Cameron will be the next British prime minister, and the first Tory to achieve that since 1990.

If he fails to win, then the Tory party may as well pack in politics and take up flower arranging. Given the record of the Labour government, certainly during its last two terms in office, I doubt even the British can be that forgiving.

Sadly, though, the plain truth is they’ll be even worse off under the Tories.

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3 Replies to “My Only Comment Ever On The UK General Election (At Least Until May 7th)”

  1. …they’ll be even worse off under the Tories. There’s nothing more certain, RJ.

    It’s sad that in both the UK and the USA the choice comes down to ‘Very Bad’ and ‘Worse’.

    At least in the UK it’s all over bar the shouting within a few weeks – a month in fact. Whereas in the USA we have to endure 2 years of the bloody play-acting nonsense, with a sub-election of congress members taking up the other 2 years. 🙁

  2. I’ve been asked by a British colleague whether I’m going to vote – I asked him why I’d bother? Both main parties are both as bad as each other, the Lib Dems stopped being worth voting for a number of years ago, and the loony parties aren’t mad enough (at the age of seven I was determined I’d vote Monster Raving Loony every time!)

    As an ex-pat, the British government is unlikely to have a huge impact on my life on day to day matters (I already know that they are in effect going to steal the little I’ve paid in to my state pension – I don’t believe there will be anything for me to claim when I retire), and even if I were living in the UK, I’d probably end up spoiling my ballot!

  3. Serving the whims of their corporate masters would prove much more difficult with minor green parties, or even the much abused Liberal Democrats, in tow.

    Sadly that hasn’t turned out to be the case here in Ireland where the Greens have essentially sold their souls for a seat at the top table. At least if they’d remained in opposition, there’d be a Green Voice in parliament. As it is, they merely rubberstamp the corporate-capitalist policies of the ruling party.

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