Saturday, 9 May 2015

Shy Tories or Shite Tories?

General Election aftermath

63% of the electorate who did vote did not vote Tory. Yet again we have a majority government elected by a minority. Add the third of the electorate who did not vote then it becomes clear that barely 1in 4 of the electorate voted Tory. Throw the unregistered 7 million into the mix and the position is totally untenable.
Do the maths...
UKIP came third in number of votes cast with 12.6% of the vote yet have 1 - yes one - MP. Compare and contrast with the SNP who, thanks to concentrating their campaign north of the border, managed 56 MPs with 4.7% of the national vote.

Remember this whenever a Tory tosser starts spouting about having a mandate.

Also bear in mind the nature of the beast. Andrew Rawnsley writing in the Observer 10/5/15 had this comment:
'This government will not be popular for long. In fact, the Tories were not popular on polling day: 63% voted for someone else. The Tories are not liked, even by quite a lot of those who voted for them. Many did so only because they fancied the alternative even less. His fragile majority will be acutely vulnerable to rebellions, ambushes and blackmail by a handful or two of backbenchers. That will get worse when the majority is eroded as byelection losses take their toll. By announcing that he has fought his last general election, he has put a sell-by-date on his premiership.
A vanishing majority, dissipating authority, a lot of cuts to come and expensive promises to keep, a fractured kingdom and an EU referendum that will split the Conservative party asunder. David Cameron should savour his “sweet” victory while he can. History tells us that it will turn sour."
Julian E had this to say writing on the 38 Degrees Manchester website.

Fighting the Long Defeat
'I am 67 years old. Since the onslaught of the Thatcher era, I have seen many of the characteristics and values of this country that I thought worthy of being proud of eroded and eradicated. I was involved in education as teacher and teacher educator from 1969-2011. During the Thatcher/Blair/Cameron period, I have seen many of the goals and processes of education that people involved in education believe to be worthwhile sacrificed to the ideology of greed and institutionalised inequality. 

This morning (Friday 8 May 2015) has brought a stark reminder that our form of democracy has battened down on a particular credo: “As long as I am doing OK, those people in charge are doing OK, and if some people aren’t doing OK, that’s not really my problem.” Or, more simply, “Greed is good.” 

I came to view my 42 years in education as a process that I called, “Fighting the long defeat.” It seemed, and still seems, to me to be an honourable undertaking. For what it’s worth, I recommend it to those committed to the defence of the human dignity of individual victims of greed, committed to the well-being of groups and populations suffering from the depredations of greed, and committed to the sustainability of a decent human life on this planet, threatened as it is by the greed of the powerful. It is all the same struggle. To go to battle in the hope of victory perhaps comes naturally to the young — it certainly did to me. I want only to warn that it carries with it a terrible risk of disillusionment and cynicism — the last refuge of the coward. I refuse cynicism and I do not expect to see any kind of victory but, in my own little way, I will fight the long defeat. The struggle continues.' 

For those in despair at the thought of five more years consider this quote:
“ There is no final victory. There is no final defeat. There is just the same battle. To be fought over and over again. So toughen up. Bloody toughen up.”  Tony Benn

Never forget as the tory tossers continue their attack on the poor, the weak and the vulnerable - not to forget our Human Rights - We are many they are few.

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