Well, the past week has been quite fascinating from a political point of view. I’d never thought of myself being particularly political, but after the farce of the last week, I’m getting interested in the whole thing. I’ve purchased a trial subscription to the Economist (my boss reads it and often quotes, so it makes sense to buy my own sub), and..
I’ll soon be a member of the Conservative party. And rejoining the Labour party. All for less than a large mocha and a pain au chocolat from Costa.
I’m almightily sick of the power struggle within our two main political parties. We should all be working together to get this country back on track because for the next couple of years IF article 50 is ever invoked means that we’re going to have to be friendly and polite towards each other to get things done. Not backstabbing, career progressing, self-serving nonsense that’s coming from both camps.
Initially I was going to just be a member of the Conservatives. I’ve never been a Conservative member before, and perhaps only voted for them once in all the years I’ve been voting. But if these guys are going to be in charge for a bit longer, one needs to know what’s going on, what’s being said, and what’s being done. And the ability to vote after three months will be a bonus (eventually) whenever the (inevitable) power struggle occurs again.
Ditto for Labour. I’m so angry with those MPs that resigned. Corbyn may not have been as vocal as he could be – but he’s not one of these people that foam at the mouth. He has stated Labour’s position on the referendum and their stance on Europe: remain. But what can the shadow cabinet honestly do? Mind you, I terminated my Labour membership earlier this year when the shadow cabinet barely raised eyebrows at Theresa (“I’m running for PM”) May’s Snooper’s Charter bill.
I feel utterly useless at times when it comes to voting. We desperately need to re-think the first past the post system, along with many other matters that result in the voters ending up with an entirely different outcome to what they think will happen. I’m not saying that I’m bitter because I didn’t get the result I wanted, just that if X happens, I should expect Y or Z, not A, B or C.
I’ll see how things go, and will then drop support for the political party I think have stuffed it up the most. At the moment that goes to Labour. With enough support it may be possible to steer the Conservatives in the right direction somehow. Somehow.
(Good job I’m generally positive about things, isn’t it?)
Willoughby the dog from Tex Avery’s Of Fox and Hounds, for me, sums up British politics and politicians at the moment: