As we draw nearer to the General Election and the excitement of the nation hits a riveting 1/10, can you look at the list of those standing and think “I trust them, and yes they are listening to what I want”? What do you want as a voter from those who supposedly act on our behalf? Me I want a politician to listen and just be honest and if I ask Santa hard enough I might get my wish, but won’t hold my breath as blue is not a healthy look.
I decided to study politics as I am fascinated by the comings and goings in Parliament and those who try and convince us that they are worthy of sitting in the arena where the likes of Churchill, Thatcher, Wellington, Cromwell and Disraeli sat and who in my opinion are currently failing the country miserably.
I often look back with what can only be described as fondness for the parliament of the 80s and 90s, and watching the speeches of Baroness Thatcher and her famous handbag and realising sadly that we shall never see her likes again, especially when you look at those who are standing. Do you feel that they understand what you as a person expect from them? Do they understand what your town expects them as the MP to do? I know that the MP here Faisal Rashid has no idea and with 3 weeks to a General Election he seems to be dipping into the fluffy cloud area of thinking that his sparkling wit and personality will do it despite his appalling record of ignoring the voters instructions.
For instance we have the usual interview with the local newspaper where he sits very comfortably behind his nice, shiny desk…. but no sight nor sound of him in the area (mind you he is not alone in that and you can read my running battles with the Tory candidate and his no shows continually), and you have to ask yourself has he given up? He did himself no favours today by writing in the local newspaper that he would vote remain in a second referendum as we are a town that voted out, and that is despite the promise he made to respect the referendum result. He has done the opposite and I feel very angry that he misled the electorate on this and this must never be allowed to happen again, and I am not the only one as the majority of the comments are telling him they are unhappy at his stance, and again we have a politician who is just not listening, and it will cost him….and a comment left read “I hope he leaves a forwarding address for his P45”. .
Another case of a politician not listening is Jeremy Corbyn, and it is laughable that he makes a speech to the CBI about how only Labour are the only true party for British Businesses (when not trying to crash them by forcibly buying back the utilities and trains for only a fraction of the cost, and no policies on investment…just borrowing and spending), for it then to be dismissed by the head of the CBI within minutes who openly tells him that the labour policies and spending will bankrupt the country, and unbelievable he thinks he is right and the head of the CBI is wrong. Yet again a politician who is not listening and I suspect does not care as true to form for most politicians they are riddled with narcissism and think only they know the answer, and that we should accept their wisdom without question!! Or as Diane Abbott stated “you cannot say Jeremy Corbyn is wrong on anything”….now I don’t know about you but that smacks of a North Korea dear leader statement and is quite scary that a cult is building up around him.
Labour cannot denationalise the gas, water, trains etc and stay in the EU as it is not allowed and is against their competition rules, and can you imagine the law suits, the fines by the ECJ and the disaster that will occur to the stocks and shares? Yet again we find another MP who is not listening, and whose insanity has affected others, MPs who would have been taken for quite sane in another life.
It is not only the Labour MPs who are not listening as we have had Tory MPs who have told the electorate one thing, whilst going on their merry way doing another and acting in way that can only be described as subversive. Can we really trust MPs when they stand on false promises in an election campaign to just get the seat and who become media slaves bagging all the air space…”of course we will respect the vote”, “there won’t be another referendum and we won’t be requesting one”……ding dong ding dong….”we want another referendum”….”they didn’t know what they were voting for”…etc etc etc…
We have Jo Swinson currently riding round in a large coach with her face plastered all over it as though it was a presidential campaign….yet she has no chance but is not listening. We have remain voters who although they voted to remain respect the out vote and want their MPs to enact the will of the people, and what does Swinson spout…”if there is no overall majority that she will demand another election”. Not content with helping to keep us in the EU and making us pay billions, she would demand another vote costing millions…but strangely enough won’t give Scotland the vote again. In fact how they are allowed to register themselves as Liberal Democrats is unbelievable as they are neither Liberal in their views, and definitely not democratic in trying to stop Brexit. It seems that the ambition of this woman knows no bounds when she is spending the electorates money, but I guess this is the start of it, and true form is just another politician who thinks the fluffy cloud area of her personality will win over the electorate.
There are a few MPs who I would class as honourable and that is Kate Hoey, Giselle Stewart, Sir Bill Cash, Mark Francois, Jacob Rees Mogg and Frank Field as they believe in the will of the people, and how sad that the majority have been harassed, abused and driven from their seats by the momentum mob. Since when was it acceptable to have such thuggery visited on our politicians?
Although on the flip side we have had politicians resort to the name calling, take the likes of Anna Soubry who refers to people like me as a Nazi and if I am told once, I am told a dozen times that I did not know what I was voting for in Brexit. So here I am ….being lied to by MPs, being insulted by MPs and having my IQ called into question. Since when was this acceptable?
The problem is that the current swamp desperately needs draining away, but those who are wanting to take their place are pretty much the same and despite the years of blatant disrespect by the MPs, it seems we will be voting in nothing more than another batch of career politicians whose only ambition is to serve themselves rather than the electorate. I despair.
Should we not hold our MPs to a greater account that any other individual? If we expect our heads of businesses to be held to a high standard then why not MPs? We allow them to be judge and jury over themselves which is a ridiculous way to uphold democracy. Take the case of Keith Vaz…he spent 18 months avoiding a disciplinary committee and managed to get another £105K out of the taxpayer plus at least £300k in expenses whilst telling the committee he was ill, and all the time having a ball visiting countries, attending get togethers that we pay for…and when finally held to account tells everyone through his media account that he is hospitalised….is this really what we expect and accept? It seems that it is as we do little to demand a change…….our voices remain silent.
I see today that the Conservative wannabe MPs have signed a pledge to respect the Brexit vote, but hey folks we had them stand on the promise at the election and then 75% of the MPs went back on their word, or as I like to call it…they lied. Can we really trust them to deliver their promise as it is the word of an MP we are being asked to trust, and this country cannot risk 3 more years of lies and self serving individuals, the cost to the nation in terms of democracy and monetary risk is just too high.
We should demand a code of practice before the new session of tax payer funded blood suckers take their spaces in the palace of Westminster and forgot conveniently all their promises, with the really annoying sentence of “I am doing this in the best interest of my constituents”…even though the constituents have spoken loudly, and seriously do we need mummying by someone who just ignores one of the largest voting results in the history of this country for their own political ambition.
I started this blog off with the question of why do MPs not listen and I don’t know the real answer because if I did I would probably never vote again in my life. After all, all that I am voting for is for someone either from the town or parachuted in to have a comfortable life for a number of years, employ their family members and leave with more houses than they started with….as that is all I see MPs are….blood suckers on my tax payments.
It is terribly disappointing to be studying politics and not because the course is wrong, as the OU are brilliant at pointing out how politics should be run and breaking down each segment, but the disappointment that we have excepted such mediocrity to sit in judgement on us. Lets face it, if we had the sort of service from dining out or buying from a store and we were faced with the lies, mis-service, mishandling and blatant abuse that we put up with in politics….we would kick off big style and demand the service member is sacked, spread the word and never go there again.
Why oh why oh why do we just accept such bad attitudes from MPs? It is time to demand a change and maybe the answer is to have a monitoring group of voters who oversee parliament and parliamentary abuses, but not for the law but for the conduct of MPs as they cannot be trusted, and maybe just maybe knowing they are under such outside scrutiny they might just listen to us.