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.
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