Pre-General Election Politicking

H/T Frank Davis for the information.

Cameron, Clegg and Miliband have had a meeting. They agreed to a joint declaration:

They have pledged a pledge. They want a legally binding treaty (like the FCTC, I suppose) to stop global warming going beyond 2ºC. They pledge to work together, across party lines, to agree a carbon budget. they want to end the use of unabated (?) coal for power generation.

There are so many things wrong with these pledges that they are comical. I mean, if global warming exceeded 2ºC, what would they do? Would the stand together on Hampstead Heath waving the parliamentary mace at the Sun, demanding that it withdraw? And there’s the old chestnut again – a ‘legally binding’ treaty. No, the FCTC treaty is not legally binding. No treaty ever is or ever has been. Treaties are temporary arrangements between groups of countries where their interests coincide, like The North Atlantic Treaty. The government of the day agree treaties and not parliament. They do not commit a future government in any way at all. And what will happen to their pledges when the lights go out and industry grinds to a halt due to electricity supply failure? Are they going to beg the UN for mercy?

Another serious point arises. The Opposition has no democratic right to agree not to oppose, because opposing is what it exists for. It’s job is to examine all legislation with a fine tooth-comb for faults and to point those faults out.

Nah….. It is bold-faced politicking. What party (besides UKIP) has shown some strength in recent times? It is the Green Party, isn’t it? So what have the Tories, LibDems and Labour done by making their pledges just before the General Election? They have attempted to draw the sting of the Green Party. That is what their joint declaration is about.  Simple, obvious politicking.

And thus we see the reason for the rush to enact anti-smoker legislation. Labour said that they would do so if the win the GE, LibDem are also in favour, so what is the best ‘politick’ course of action for the Tories? Again, it is to draw the sting. Do it NOW. Level playing field, innit? I suppose that it was clever thinking, purely in a political sense, for the Tories to rush the legislation through once Labour committed to doing so after the election. If there is any backlash from smokers, it will affect all the main parties equally, more of less. Would it matter if, in every constituency, all three parties lost a few votes each to UKIP because of the smoker-bashing? One or other of those three would still win in the vast majority of constituencies.

In effect, Lib, Lab, Con are clearing the area so that the three of them can engage in their normal jousting in the run up to May.

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I am sure that they are right in the sense that actual controversial topics will be out of the way. Between now and May, Lib, Lab, Con can blather away in generalisations over the economy, the NHS, immigration, without having to be in the least bit specific. And they will ensure that their generalisations are somewhat mixed up, so as to say as little as possible. In that way, traditional supporters will be confused and fall back into line.

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So be it. We know full well that the pledges of Cameron, Clegg and Milband are worthless. For a start, let’s face it, it is almost certain that Clegg will fall immediately after the election. Also, whichever of Cameron and Miliband fails, he too will fall. So that’s two of the three pledges not worth the ink right away.

Personally, I think that there are just too many people who are sick to death of the corruption for traditional supporters of the ‘big three’ to fall back in line so easily. What is the point of voting traditionally for the Tories if you get Cameron, who is sort-of pink? What if you vote traditionally for Labour and get Miliband, who is also sort-of pink? What is the point of voting LibDem at all? In fact, why vote at all since we are governed by the EU and the UN? Have not Cameron, Milband and Clegg, by their pledges, expressed a wish to hand over control of the UK to some sort of ‘legally binding treaty’ created by the elite in the UN?

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So what should we do? Well, if you want to vote, vote. But under no circumstances vote for any of the ‘big three’. Whether Tory or Labour get the most seats, and whether there is a hung parliament, or a need for a coalition, you will still have withdrawn support for any of the main parties and have no obligation to them. You will only obey their laws to avoid going to jail or being fined. They will have no hold over you other than that created by force.

Have I just described East Germany before the liberation?

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