The elections for Europe are over. Will the politicians really react to the will of the people? It’s doubtful. Instead we will see a shift in emphasis as the big parties try to demonstrate that they understand. It’s unlikely that they will really address the real issues. There will not be a vacuum but the discontent will continue, merely subdued for a time.
UKIP have a struggle ahead. Practically a one-person party, with Farage (as in garage) leading the way and dominating the media. They need to grow up immediately. Th media have treated them badly during this election, demanding answers to improbable questions whilst raking through the dust stirred up by opportunists who had joined their party.
Politicians tend to be a sordid bunch so UKIP are no worse than the rest, with a similarly dirty selection of perverts, thieves and liars.
There are too many career politicians. In truth that has always been the case. The ruling elite controlling with arrogance, corrupt rotten boroughs ensuring that power was kept within bounds. During the last century we saw the rise of mob rule, with a loud-mouth being sufficient to hold sway. The middle ground, if politics ever was a straight line, has been fought over with policies thought to be attractive to the electorate being sufficient to hold power.
During those years we have seen half of British industry be destroyed or sold to foreign interests, and our nationalised industries plundered. The British peasant, ever tolerant and submissive, has been willing to share an ever-smaller crust of the national cake with others.
They have accepted asylum seekers, and been tolerant of the stupid decision, taken back in 1955, that 880 million Commonwealth citizens had the right to live in Britain. Having lost so many of our native stock it was seen as a way to rebuild our country after a disastrous and destructive war. The British people accepted those newcomers. Now we are noticing our place is getting too crowded.
Mistakes were made. There was no real attempt at integration. Ghettos were created. Any sense of nationalism was frowned upon, and so pride was replaced by bigotry. Slowly we all adapted to the changes that came with an increasingly multicultural country.
The European concept seemed sound. After two major wars centered upon Europe the need to integrate and cooperate was admirable. Nobody wanted another war. Or did they? Probably not Europeans but that Johnny-come-lately from across the Pond had other ideas.
The Cold War kept us all in fear for over four decades. We were all about to die. The Bomb became a black cloud over all our lives. It allowed the arms industry to replace itself, to grab more of our resources to create even more terrible killing machines.
Since the last great European War the United States of America has not stopped creating conflict. Involvement in over 200 skirmishes has meant the US arms industry has built the world’s largest army, spending over 4% of the USA’s national wealth each year, and with a rippling effect across the world. We all spend too much on killing machines, with too many made in the USA, UK and Israel.
Some of those ill-gotten gains have been used to exploit other industries. The UK and European expertise has soon found itself used by the USA. The Internet is no longer an information exchange but a commercial vehicle to exploit us all, and the USA companies now tend to dominate, and avoid paying their due in Europe.
Given a few bob we all become arrogant. Dismissive of the people who don’t have very much, and very willing to exploit the weak and powerless.
Your clothes are but one small example. If you or your family had to grow the raw materials, then process and make these clothes you would not be able to afford to buy as many. You can do so because we exploit the poor. Ever has it been thus. The British worker was little more than a slave 150 years ago. Wretched and poor whilst being exploited by the few. Look into the history of the owners of the many grand houses now kept by the National Trust – an ironic legacy that has the new poor supporting the old rich. It is now the poor living elsewhere that we use, helped by an unequal transport network.
What is the solution? It’s a complex social problem. Not helped as we still use 19th Century economic exploitative systems so we see a small proportion of people in possession of too much money, and through that money comes power.
Immediately we should insist that the BBC, and much of the media, stop assiduously reporting on USA affairs, businesses and celebrities. For a small young country of just 350 million souls they have too much. Too much power, they are like teenagers in their parent’s car. Too much money.
Poverty could be stopped very quickly. An internationally-agreed income for everyone could be a start. We should all share in the world’s profit. That share should not depend our labour being given to someone else to exploit.
Back to the BBC: when do they tell us anything about Europe? Over 500 million neighbours and we know very little about them. Replacing US news items with those from Europe would help.
Schumaker, way back in 1960s, said that small is beautiful. Indeed it is. If we are to have an acceptable form of democracy it must start at the lowest level. Decisions by the local community. That does not mean representative democracy. Electing for five years, as happened in my area, a person who had never been to my county before being elected, but was chosen by a hidden cartel on the basis of support for a given political colour, is not enough. My requests are easily ignored.
Political parties hate referenda. They cut away their sources of power. Given sufficient information a group of people can use consensus to form a workable decision. We now have the technology, to to quote a phrase. It’s time we started to use it to create a new form of democracy.