The End of Politics

I haven’t named this post yet because I’m still trying to think about something to talk about.

[I have now named the post. The name is based upon the gradual decline of ‘party’ affiliations and membership. The decline of party affiliations and membership render these parties open to aggressive take-over by special interest groups at ‘grass-roots’ levels. But the top persons in the parties do not care because they have grabbed control over who can be candidates at elections]

What happened to the expected Government legislation about PP and smoking in cars? I thought that it was supposed to ‘announced’ before the end of April. Have I missed something? Has the Gov ‘announced’ something that I am unaware of? Why aren’t the Zealots in parliament screaming? Are the members of the REAL government in the Health Dept Commissariat biding their time until just before the summer recess? Don’t tell me that Cameron and his advisers are the tiniest bit interested in the votes that they lose with their ‘regulations’ – they operate by reference to ‘focus groups’ (who just happen to be tobacco control zealots), who say that the Tories will gain votes if they pass more regulations which batter smokers, just as Miliband also has been told that he will gain votes by enforcing his nanny state agenda. They must be finding it very difficult to comprehend the surge in UKIP support. How can that be, since all their ‘focus groups’ have told them that no one gives a toss about UKIP and its ‘freedom’ agenda?

Their ‘focus groups’ and YouGov surveys tell them that 70% of smokers want to quit, and so that justifies battering them. Of course, no one tells Cameron and co about the principle of  ‘second preferences’. From time to time, in my thirties and forties, mainly, I wanted to stop smoking. The reason was that I had a young family and smoking was a financial drain. At the time, I also wanted to curtail my boozing for the same reasons.  But that was my secondary preference – my primary preference was to continue to smoke and drink because I enjoyed smoking and drinking. On about three occasions, I did stop smoking – once for a week before I capitulated; once for three months which was ended by a family bereavement (Oh! The solace of a cigarette!); once for twelve months from Jan 1st to the following new year’s eve. Oh! The joy of that first cigarette after twelve months abstinence! The reason for the twelve months abstinence was so that I could afford to buy my first car! It isn’t always easy to remember how ‘poor’ we all were, unless we had ‘wealthy’ backgrounds – speaking in comparative terms. In those days (the fifties and sixties), even headmasters of schools could barely afford a ‘posh’ semi-detached house and a morris minor.

There is something very strange about these political entities, such as the ‘policy think tank’ which advised Miliband to persecute smokers, drinkers and fatties. Consider this quote from the Mail article:

The plans were drawn up by Andy Burnham. Sources close to the health spokesman say Mr Miliband has vowed to make them a key part of Labour’s manifesto.  Meanwhile, Mr Burnham is said to regard it as a vital way of advancing his own Labour leadership ambitions.

The proposals were backed by Mr Miliband at a meeting with senior Shadow Cabinet Ministers, including Ed Balls, Harriet Harman, Douglas Alexander and Tristram Hunt.

They are members of one of three secret policy-making groups set up by Mr Miliband to bypass the Party’s official National Policy Forum, which includes union leaders, activists and MPs.

I am not sure about the nazi credentials of Balls, Harman and Hunt, but I am pretty sure that Alexander especially is a thoroughly despicable character, who specialises in Tobacco Control matters. Harman, as I recall, is one of those characters who were involved in the recent scandal of supporting paedophilia groups. Tristam Hunt is also, I believe, a staunch anti-smoker tyrant.

Is it not odd that Miliband has surrounded himself with such characters? These people are shadow cabinet ministers! How come?

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It strikes me that politicians are lost. They are milling about, either growling, or mewing as the circumstances dictate. They have no comprehension of essentials, like the nature of treaties. They are like children – weeping or laughing, depending upon their emotional state – and easily satisfied by a sweetie.

 The fact is that, in recent decades, parliament has ceased to be a place where genuinely independent and knowledgeable people, even though they might be aligned with a particular party, meet and decide the nation’s fate. Most candidates from Labour, Tory and Libdem are selected by central offices and parachuted in. That can only have happened because the local party ‘activists’ were pushed to one side. For example, in the constituency where I live, which used to be strongly conservative before the labour government changed the boundaries, there is no reason that any conservative party member should not apply to be the conservative candidate. The local ‘committee’ should vet such persons and decide upon their individual characteristics. It might well be that Joe Blogs, a taxi-driver, might well be an educated, intelligent, vocal, clear-thinking, entrepreneur who is prepared to give some of his time to politics. Would such a person succeed in today’s parliamentary process? Of course not! Much better for central office to produce a youth, not long out of uni,who has served some time in the conservative central office research dept and ‘dun gud’.

But why do local groups accept the dictats? Could it be that their numbers are collapsing? Could it be that there exist only remnants of local conservative groups? Membership of the Tory Party continues to fall and fall. Who then is left to pick conservative party candidates?

The same is true of Labour and Libdem.

The whole idea of personal allegiance to political parties, in a broad sense, fell apart years ago. The fact is that fewer and fewer people give a damn about political parties. It is hard to understand why so many (as much as 50%, or thereabouts!) actually bother to vote. What is there to vote for? Difference between the parties are vague and not significant. Why bother to vote?

What that means, ultimately, is that government becomes irrelevant to people’s lives. Laws become meaningless since no one cares. Christian morality has already been discarded in favour of political, multi-variable morality. How can one be surprised that hundreds of thousands of youths have discarded morality in its entirety?

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The destruction of Christian morality has gone hand in hand with the destruction of scientific credibility.

I do not know why that has happened.

 

R

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11 Responses to “The End of Politics”

  1. beobrigitte Says:

    The destruction of Christian morality has gone hand in hand with the destruction of scientific credibility.

    Indeed. Lying in politics is a prerequisite to getting the job in the first place. Lying is a sin.
    If your ‘Christian morality’ applies only to same sex oriented people I cannot agree. These days I am asking myself the question if I am the only truely heterosexual person on this planet. I do not feel intimidated by meeting homosexual people. However, I wish, as a smoker (and vaper) I was in our governments priority list.
    Somehow it seems correct to apply every form of discrimination anyone could think of to smokers (and lately vapers)….

    Are homosexual smokers/vapers vocal about this vile discrimination?

    • Junican Says:

      No, I was not referring to homosexuality! I was being more general, as in “Love they neighbour as thyself”. Of course we need ‘rules’ about which side of the road to drive on, and such, but we do not need ‘rules’ which drive a wedge between individuals rather than ‘heal’ conflicts.The smoking ban forced publicans to drive out smokers on spurious grounds. The intention to create conflict was deliberate.

  2. Rose Says:

    After all these years of constant criticism , I would expect that 70% of politicians, though they have never expressed such a desire, really want to quit, we can help them achieve this at the next election.

    • Junican Says:

      Yes. They are clearly crying out to be ‘helped’ because of their addiction. Let’s apply a boot to the seat of the pants (or knickers as the case my be). They will appreciate the pain eventually.

  3. The Blocked Dwarf Says:

    “once for twelve months from Jan 1st to the following new year’s eve. Oh! The joy of that first cigarette after twelve months abstinence! The reason for the twelve months abstinence was so that I could afford to buy my first car! ”

    I call “SHENANIGANS”! There is NO WAY any addict could simply put his addiction on hold for a whole year! Can you imagine a Smackhead saying ‘I’ll give up the Brown for a year so I can invest in Royal Mail shares”? And we all know that nicotine is FAR MORE ADDICTIVE THAN HEROIN OR EVEN SUGAR!!!!!!!

    /piss take of TC and their redefining of the term ‘addiction’ to include everything from Cigarettes to Cinnamon Swirls.

    When a junky’s veins get so fucked that he can’t shoot into them then he simply finds a different part of his body to inject in to-no matter how painful. That’s addiction. When I nearly died of Pleurisy/pneumonia -with every mouse like sip of air sending shards of glass tipped with rusty razor blades dunked in curare through my lungs- I didn’t smoke or feel the need to smoke for weeks.

    ….

    • Junican Says:

      Once I got over the initial ‘black hole of despond’, I too had no problem. I bought that first car after about six months. But that first cig six months later was still joyful!
      The acceptance of that first cig was not a result of addiction, as you rightly say. It was a result of a missed pleasure.

  4. smokingscot Says:

    O/T

    Polio’s back big time:

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/05/05/309868063/the-comeback-of-polio-is-a-public-health-emergency

    MERS virus is in it’s second phase. Two years into the outbreak and no vaccine.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/29/health/mers-camels/

    Ebola’s doing its thing in West & Central Africa

    http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/guinea/

    And what pray is the #1 priority for the WHO? Certainly not one of the above.

    Front page headlines. World No Tobacco Day. 31 May 2014. “Raise taxes, reduce consumption”.

    http://www.who.int/en/

    Pray do tell. Am I the only one who thinks the world’s gone to hell in a handcart?

    • Junican Says:

      No, you are most certainly not. The problem is that our politicians have no feeling of duty any more. They prefer the easy ride.

    • beobrigitte Says:

      Smokingscot, you might wish to add rabies to the list.

      In 2008:
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2244672/

      The highest incidence of rabies continues to be in Africa and Asia, particularly India. Most deaths from rabies occur in India and Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America. Thailand has an estimated 10 million stray dogs, with 1 in 10 dogs in Bangkok estimated to be infected with rabies.

      In 2013:
      http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/thailand

      Although rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in Thailand, it is not a major risk to most travelers.

      Hasn’t Thailand just become “the leading asian country” for smoking bans?

  5. nannyknowsbest Says:

    I stopped smoking for a year about 35 years ago. I did it for a bet (20 Benson and Hedges) with someone who said that I couldn’t do it. I did enjoy my first cigarette after a year from my ‘winnings’ !

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