Putting policies back into politics

17 Sep

Finally UK Politics is moving back to being about policies .

I can’t quite remember when it became ‘Americanized’ (please say this with a twang in your voice) ; but at some point in the last 10-15 years the ‘Spin Doctors’ took over and politics became about slagging off the other parties for what they weren’t doing and ‘Americanizing’  (again, remember the twang) body language.

Everyone became a puppet.  Someone somewhere told them (I think this started with Tony Blair) to pause_after_every_word; to keep their hands and arms in an open posture and gesticulate in an up and down motion to the rhythm of their voice; to open their top button to be ‘down with the people’; to use “street speak” to mirror the youth as it would gain their trust… to quote Ed Milliband “Hell Yeah” that really worked out well.  All politicians in all parties lost all credibility and most of the voting population.

Welcome Jeremy Corbyn.  I’m not a Labour voter myself, but thank you JC.  Real policies which you are prepared to stand behind; your own mind; your own words and your own clothes…. and no stupid hand gestures.  Phew It was beginning to look like aliens had taken over the House.

How many other people never, ever , ever watch PMQT?  But I did (on catch up) yesterday.  I think this new era of politics will engage voters.  We will have a Socialist Left and a Corporate Right and a space for Liberalism in the middle.  And, with a little luck, hopefully nowhere for the extremist Britain First, UKIP,  to seep in.

Loony Conference 2014

Loony Conference 2014

Although equally hopefully there’ll always be a small gap for us Loonies…

We must always remind ourselves that in the scheme of the universe, life really is all a bit of a joke and we must always take time to laugh at ourselves. Life is short.  Be kind to each other. Enjoy the ride.

Or we might just end up with egg on our face!

 

winner!

 

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3 Responses to “Putting policies back into politics”

  1. Marcher Briton September 17, 2015 at 3:23 pm #

    Nice clip, Hariod. Thank you. (in the absence of a Like button….)

    • Marcher Briton September 17, 2015 at 3:26 pm #

      And meant to add: very good article, interesting, and I agree about the penultimate para too.

  2. Hariod Brawn September 17, 2015 at 11:11 am #

    Yes, how wonderful it is to see the mainstream media completely flummoxed by Corbyn’s popularity and approach. Straight away, they began their tired old methods of looking for differences of opinion between J.C. and his cohorts, as if the public at large found this relevant at this stage – the death throes of New Labour – and they do not; they can see further than the end of their noses. Your observations on contemporary political methodology and presentation are astute, and it seems to me that Blair’s infatuation with, and mimicking of, Clinton’s style has swept like a virus through British politics. I like your closing observation:

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