I've no idea why so-called "libertarians" from UKIP are congratulating them for their win. Left-wing economic policies and right-wing views on immigration sound horribly like the BNP to me.
But the truth of the matter is that every party has fallen prey to populism. Gordon Brown's "British jobs for British workers" would have caused a national upchuck from Labour members if Nick Griffin had said it. Ed Miliband is currently avoiding populism by bashing bankers. Cameron's NHS "reform" U-turn is as populist as anything. And even Farage's burqa banning bollocks was just a straightforward bit of populist playing to the gallery.
It may well be that in years gone by, political parties had a set of principles that they would strive to, occasionally lapsing as realpolitik necessitated uncomfortable compromises. But it seems to me that since Tony Blair arrived on the scene, politics has been completely restructured so that expediency is the sole objective.
David Cameron's team of half-wit fuckmongs are resuscitating policies that even the snot-munching cockwomble gave up on. The LibDems, who actually probably led the way in having populist expediency as a raison d'être but were just too irrelevant to matter before, have gaily indulged in faux "investment" cutting and loads of authoritarian bollocks, just like Labour did before them.
To a disinterested observer with no particular tie colour to endorse, the parties and their policies are indistinguishable. This is because their principles are indistinguishable:
- Get into power
- Stay in power for as long as possible
- Thats' it!
This focus-group-driven crap where people indulge in showboating for votes really fucks me off.
But really, who can we blame? Voters don't think about politics any more. They don't vote or they vote tribally.
Politics is tired. Electoral reform may help some aspects of it, but the truth is, if you put a yellow background on Labour's manifesto, a Lib Dem tribal voter would vote for it. If you put a blue background on it, a Tory tribal voter would vote for it.
Anyone who is actually thinking about his or her vote has to choose between three parties that offer no difference in outcome. Some minor details may differ, but most people will not really notice anything.
The disconnect between voters and the government will not be addressed by AV, PR or abolishing the monarchy. Voters are being led by unprincipled, on-the-make fucks who think they know better than we do what is best for us. Does it matter who you vote for between Dave, Nick or Ed when you get no fucking difference who you elect? Does it matter if there's a coalition between the "left-wing" Lib Dems and the "right-wing" Tories if you can't tell the difference between that and the previous "left-wing" Labour government?
Does it matter whether you vote for one shyster huckster, or rank up to five of them?
Electoral reform is not the problem, a sea of completely unprincipled politicians is the problem.
People give me grief for my anarcho-capitalist views, but at least there are a coherent set of principles that underpin it. And they will not be compromised by political expediency if there is no political body to gain from that expediency.
*It's time to fess up, this was deliberate.