In Which I Am A Bit Like Paul Daniels, But Not A Lot

I am hopeless at card tricks, and hardly ever wear a toupee, nor do I have the pleasure of sharing my life with the lovely Debbie McGee, but I tell you where I am a little bit like him, last night I briefly considered leaving the country because of an election result.

 

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Hands up – who voted UKIP in the European elections? Care to tell me why? Because I just don’t get it. OK, Farage is the ‘man in the pub’, but is that really enough reason to vote for him?! I have been known to be entertaining after a beer or two, maybe I should stand? And let’s be honest, he is the man in the pub who is spouting the sort of racist nonsense that makes us all consider whether we should be going and having a quiet word.

I was in a family pub once, in the middle of an afternoon, where a drunk man was spouting his views on immigration, loudly and offensively. This same man was then horrified about me subtly breast feeding my baby in public, muttering about me being a bad thing for children to see. I less than quietly muttered back that my breastfeeding was far less offensive to children than his politics. Then I left because I didn’t to get into an argument frankly.

But is leaving the right option? Either that pub situation or in general. Isn’t it just running away?  Me and my family could decide that we don’t want to live in a country where so many people willingly vote for a verging on fascist party, but judging from results across Europe last night it seems we would have to go intercontinental in our bid to find a friendlier vibe. Plus, isn’t leaving just giving up and handing them our country on a plate? So no, I am staying and fighting.

I keep saying it is time to get more involved in politics, I even got through the information on my local Labour Party meetings after a chance happening on the street. Much to my shame I haven’t done anything else yet, but I am going to now. I was heartened to see the Green’s gain last night, showing that at least some of those disheartened by the main parties are not being suckered in by the Farage barrage, but I think we have to look to the traditional main parties to have a hope of not seeing UKIP in power, even in a coalition capacity, next year.

The thing is, I DO get it. Politicians turn me right off, and they need to stop the hyperbole and re-connect with people by starting to answer questions properly and speaking in plain language not PR speak.

So what do I want to hear from Politicians? Well, something like this.

  • We will make sure everyone, young and old, is looked after.
  • We will mend the broken NHS and treat it with the pride and respect it deserves as a thing of utter beauty.
  • We will educate your children, in a way that is full, rounded and engaging.
  • We will tackle housing before most of you cannot afford to live anywhere other than a paper bag in the middle of the road.
  • We will look after the environment.
  • We will catch you if you fall. We will not be distracted by the minute, tiny, fraction of people who fraudulently claim benefits, instead we will remove shame from those who need them. We will be a society who is glad to help those who need it.
  • We will make the big corporations and the pop stars pay their taxes, you do, why shouldn’t they.

Oh I could ramble for ever really, about the niceness and the sharing and the love and the need to pay your bleedin’ taxes. As for Europe, I like it as a whole, a lovely continent with a tasty breakfast. I know, they want to mess with our bananas or something, but bottom line we need more global co-operation not less. I am all for World Government, bring on the United Earth from Star Trek. We are all people, some poxy line on a map doesn’t make someone more or less worthy.

I tell you the only positive about those who voted UKIP, they at least voted (even if I might wish they hadn’t). The turnout was about 36%. Meaning approximately two-thirds of people didn’t vote, either through apathy, ignorance or forgetfulness. I have heard some people say they don’t trust any of them, or they don’t know who to vote for- they all sound the same. Well now is the time for the main parties, (and I mean Labour, really I don’t think the Tories are more than a smidge better than UKIP anyway….) to start a new era of open-ness and try to get some of those people voting again.

Like an obtuse Martin Luther King, I have a nightmare, and it is of a Tory UKIP coalition after next years elections. *shudders* I can just imagine the uncaring sort of policies a combo of those two would engender, so I plea to those who have the vote to use it, and make sure that we get a government that speaks for all the people, not just the super rich.

Right, am rambling, time for breakfast, a croissant perhaps, nice to be continental don’t you think?

Love Miss Cisco

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16 Comments

  1. May 26, 2014 / 9:12 am

    It is frightening to think that the General Election is just a year away. You’re right though, we really do only have Labour to have any hope of changing things.
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  2. May 26, 2014 / 9:17 am

    With you there. My first thought last night was where in the world should we emigrate to, but then you get to thinking that the only reason we care is that we live this country and hate to see this happening. The only thing we can do is stand up and fight for change. I come from the other colour party, the blue variety one, and have made the approved candidate list for next years local elections. But that’s not to say I agree with all of their policies, a fact I’ve made no secret of, but change has to come from the inside. Politics needs more passionate caring people, in all the parties. Speak to your local party about getting involved, they’ll be glad to hear from you.
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    • May 26, 2014 / 9:22 am

      I am very impressed with you for getting involved, even if it is from the other side, you are right, you need to be in it to change it. Looking forward to reading more about your foray into politics, and wish you well.
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  3. Shiv Ferguson
    May 26, 2014 / 9:19 am

    I am also really down about the growing prospect of a UKIP/Tory coalition. Farage is a Stock Broker who still hangs out with his banker mates. Nice smokescreen blaming the economic woes on immigrants rather than his friends. The main problem with immigration is people coming here willing to work on the black market while living in a shed with 12 other people. I think most of them would much rather stay in their own countries if Europe was encouraging economic equality. What if employers here were tackled about hiring workers illegally and landlords were prosecuted for overcrowding. Instead another people is exploited and blamed for their exploitation.

  4. May 26, 2014 / 10:24 am

    The thought of a UKIP/Tory coalition is the stuff of nightmares. The fact that there is a strong chance this could actually happen is really forcing my hand in terms of the upcoming Independence Referendum. I certainly don’t want to live in a country that is systematically being torn apart from the inside. Even though Scottish Independence is also a terrifying prospect, I’m starting to think it might be the lesser of two evils.

  5. May 26, 2014 / 1:39 pm

    Ten cheers! I actually did leave the country after Mrs T got in for the third time, as I threatened, but now I am in Ireland and I am staying here to fight for all the things that I believe in. Hope you do get involved in politics, I think you’d make a great contribution xx
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  6. May 26, 2014 / 2:15 pm

    It is a total disgrace that UKIP has become so popular in this country. Farage represents everything I loathe. The apathy of the Brits who don’t vote is truly astounding.
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  7. May 26, 2014 / 3:13 pm

    Yay, well said. I love your list! The turnout was atrocious wasn’t it although not completely unexpected. My 18 year old could vote for the first time and took it very seriously, I’m pleased to say. Being an A level politics student I’d be worried if he hadn’t.
    A Tory/UKIP coalition is certainly the stuff of nightmares, however the Tory government give me nightmares already!
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  8. Karen Marquick
    May 26, 2014 / 3:43 pm

    Well said. I voted, it’s my right, other women battled to give me that right so I’m darn well going to exercise it! Also I do want my opinion counted.

    I’m a labour voter and proud so my EU vote was easy, I had no idea UKIP stood any chance of gaining seats….disappointed if labour voters have moved to UKIP, BUT labour do need to pull their finger out to gain support before the next general election…and we REALLY do no want another coalition (you suck my balls I’ll scratch yours scenario).

  9. Karen Marquick
    May 26, 2014 / 3:46 pm

    Oh meant to add, my friend helps the Labour party up in Stockton and loves it.

  10. May 26, 2014 / 4:10 pm

    I totally agree Sonya (Even if I do not agree on the EU) but everything else is a HUGE worry.

    The foundations of this country need to be sorted out BEFORE anything else – back to basics and get the fundamentals right before implementing more bad ideas.

    I have decided I am running next year – We should start a party Sonya

    XX

    Lynn
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  11. May 26, 2014 / 4:47 pm

    Couldn’t agree with you more and would have loved to have been able to express myself as clearly vs. my recent ranting to anyone who would listen.
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  12. May 26, 2014 / 7:22 pm

    Fantastic post.The sad thing is most of the main parties DO say those things, but actions speak louder than words and things don’t get any better.
    I am intrigued to know who these people are who voted for UKIP. They are obviously the silent majority, because I haven’t heard anyone own up to it or say they like them/ agree with them. Or maybe I should just be grateful that I don’t know these people.
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  13. May 26, 2014 / 9:18 pm

    Well said. A Tory/UKIP coalition is something I hadn’t even considered, but what an incentive to get everyone out to vote. A lot can change in a year; let’s hope it changes for the better.
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