Power to the People

6 12 2009

Rod Liddle, ex-Labour speech writer, home-wrecker and all round twat thinks the proles should know their place and be thankful that the Status Quo can continue to dictate the terms.  Once a NuGov lover, always a NuGov lover, even if it means looking like a total knob-jockey.  If paying attention at school meant becoming a confused-Marxist-minded mug like Liddle, I’m glad I bunked most of my lessons.

Give power to the people and you’d best expect lunacy

The Times, December 6, 2009

The Swiss had a referendum last week in which they were given a chance to ban something. Lord, you think, if only that were us. What would be first on your list? Kirstie Allsopp? Traffic wardens? Health and safety risk assessment forms that ask what race you were “designated” with at birth? Everyone, anywhere, who has ever watched The X Factor? Devil dogs, Alan Carr and Chelsea FC? Hell, we could argue about this all night. But Switzerland, given this free hand, decided to ban … minarets.

You writhe at the wasted opportunity — they’re Swiss! They could have banned cuckoo clocks, mountains and venality and made the world a much happier place. But no, they chose minarets. About as much use as banning chives. For sure, their choice was symbolic of a disaffection with the country’s growing Muslim population, which now numbers 320,000 (a “small” number according to the BBC, but not according to the Swiss). But banning minarets hardly gets to the root of the issue; it’s a bit like banning nan bread, beards and kebabs. If it was intended as a blow against Islam, my suspicion is that Allah, sitting up there watching it all, is a bit nonplussed, much as he was when Jack Straw decided he didn’t like burqas.

This referendum thing, though, does seem to commend itself, superficially at least. And you wonder what Britain might be like if once every few months we were asked to adjudicate directly on some important matter. What would the country be like now, given a taste of true and direct democracy?

To judge by opinion polls, which have for a long time shown majorities of more than 55%, Britain would begin to resemble the sort of country Oliver Cromwell once envisaged: a robust, muscular if somewhat insular nation state that did not pussyfoot around with miscreants. There would be capital punishment, for a start: every poll for the past 40 years has showed that. We would need capital punishment if only to thin out the prison population, which, by referendum number two, would be nigh on 1m. Opinion polls show we believe prisoners should stay in prison for longer and that they shouldn’t enjoy it too much when they’re there. We would be a very white country: British public opinion is overwhelmingly opposed to immigration (and it almost always has been).

We would be a straight country too. Even recent public opinion polls have shown that the public is not terribly keen on homosexuals, although it will happily watch Graham Norton for an hour or so. Gays, by and large, would not be banged up, but neither would they be afforded equal rights, and certainly not allowed near the kiddies. The European Union might balk at one or two of these votes, but that wouldn’t matter because the likelihood is we wouldn’t be in it any more — either kicked out for our illiberal transgressions or for voting against treaties, or after a public vote to pull out (the numbers on this are too close to call).

We would begin lots of wars — against the likes of Afghanistan — but we would be disinclined to finish them, preferring to give up halfway through. More to the point, we would be in favour of wars when we were winning them easily against the most ghastly foreigners and there wasn’t an endless procession of bereaved relatives to make us feel bad about the conflict.

We would be in favour of a strong National Health Service and state education sector and the bailout of British industries that have fallen on hard times. However, we would also vote ourselves tax cuts, resenting the amount of money we pay each year to the exchequer. Where does it all go, we would wonder to ourselves as we lined up to mark an X in the referendum that would give us a tax rate equivalent to Grand Cayman’s. Like California, which governs itself partly by referendums and is now bankrupt for precisely these reasons, we would want services without having to pay for them.

On social policy we would be slightly to the right of General Franco. Perhaps this is the answer to how we rehabilitate our politicians: let the people rule the country for the next five years, until we beg for them to come back.

Capital punishment, tougher sentencing, maintaining a untied Nation, putting family first as nature intended and the withdrawal from the EU all sound like common sense to me.

As for the warmongering, unless Our Nation had a direct threat to deal with, and I mean a real direct threat, not a Tony Blair inspired “45 minutes to terror” bullcrap, sure the populace would want to defend itself.

And lastly, to refute his final thought, the day the people have power, the polichickens will be hanging from the lampposts so there’ll be no chance of them returning.

So if the above appeals to you, vote BNP, the only Party that will put Britain first.  Either that or the funeral pyre.

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