Our Cause is Your Cause
So said Gordon Brown, launching the New Party’s election campaign today. Surely he meant to say, Your Cause is Our Cause; which is to say, we, as elected politicians will attempt to find out the views of voters, and reflect them in our manifestos. No; he means what he says; they need us to perpetuate their power grab. As Nick Clegg said today, Brown is personally responsible for much that has gone wrong over the last thirteen years, including the failure to regulate capital, and signing the cheques for two illegal wars (that’s Kosovo and Iraq), and two unwinnable ones (that’s Afghanistan and Drugs). I would like the chance to vote for a left-wing party, and the New Party are not it. The Tories have been in power since 1979, and it’s time to see them off.
As part of that process, the New Party need to be comprehensivly kicked into the gutter on May 6th. And, also as part of that process, we may need to put up with a few more years of Tory rule. Does anybody really care? How many people have you heard being interviewed today saying ‘Well, they’re all as bad as one another?’ And so they are. I’m lucky, in that I live in a Lib-Dem held constituency. Our MP is Roger Williams, a hard-working and popular MP who lives and farms locally, and gets in Elda’s Colombian Coffee House from time to time. If I thought the Tories might win here, I’d happily vote for Roger Williams; if he looks like he might be home free, I’ll vote Green. But if I lived in a New Party/Conservative marginal, I really might consider holding my nose and voting for Cameron, if that’s what it takes to force the New Party to go away and turn back into Socialists, or at least pinkish Social Democrats. I still wouldn’t vote for them ever again (I did in 1997), but I’d like the choice.
You and Yours had a phone-in recently where they asked people to send in policies. I sent them three, and they phoned me back, and asked me to be on the show; but sadly, I was out, so I’ll never know which one they wanted me to pitch. Anyhoo, here they are;
1. The setting up of a Royal Commission on drugs.
2. The disestablishment of the Church of England.
3. No university tuition fees for students from state schools who choose to go back to teach in their old school for a minimum of five years.
I’d vote for anyone who put forward all three (except BNP/UKIP, natch); for anyone who gets the environment, for anyone who is against Trident and ID cards, and for anyone who understands why the BBC is so important and needs safe-guarding. At the moment realpolitik makes it the Lib-Dems for me, though my heart is still Green.
I’m going to do m’darndest to blog everyday for the next month, just because this is probably the most interesting election of my adult life; but the one in which lots of people seem completely uninterested. Come back on May 8th if I bore you more than usual; because that’s the date of the Tour de Presteigne…