The aftermath of the “Brexit” vote has left the UK in a pretty strange place. David Camoron, remember him? Well, after campaigning for the UK to stay in the EU, and losing; he decided to resign. We now have a new Prime Minister, Theresa May, or “Maggie May” as she is known in these parts, for her resemblance to the Thatcher Bitch… Maggie.
Labour, currently billed as, Her Majesties Opposition… are themselves in turmoil, embroiled in an internal leadership battle… and it could get worse! Their current leader Jeremy Corbyn is a hard left wing, old style Labour politician; while most of his colleagues are more biased towards the centre, so some have tried to oust him in a coup d’etat. The outcome of which is still to be decided.
Now, I am sure you know all this anyway. You may be a Conservative voter, and be currently basking in the radiated light of Maggie May. You may be a Labour supporter, and be worried about it’s future. You may however be like me, and just watch from the sidelines, with an expression of… WTF!
Politics changed in the late 1990’s when Tony Blair won a Labour landslide, I don’t personally remember anyone before Blair. Thatcher, and John Major were around in my childhood years, but Tony Blair arrived I am told like a breath of fresh air… Cool Brittania was here, but sadly, Tony was not what he made himself out to be.
Labour had been out of office since 1979, some 18 years spent in the wilderness, the country had grown tired of “Socialism”, Thatcher’s reign had seen to that. So, “New Labour” was born, with radical new ideas, and new allegiances formed, and with the backing of Rupert Murdoch, and his shit rag newspaper, the Daily Scum, in swept Tony Blair.
To win this landslide victory of course, Labour, or “New Labour” as it was called, had to ditch it’s traditional “Left Wing” ideals. New Labour was now a party of the centre, the only way to beat the Conservatives was to become… more Conservative. These ideals won Tony Blair 3 elections, but the Labour Party was changed forever. New politicians joining New Labour during Blair, and Gordon Browns reign would be far different from those who were around when Labour was staunchly left wing.
Here we are in 2016, and Labour have a leader in Jeremy Corbyn who at 67, harks back to the years Labour spent in exile. A hard left wing socialist, and let’s be honest here, the Blair supporters and the Brown supporters, just don’t recognise this as Labour. Labour isn’t a left wing party anymore, apart from one or two, like Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell. Labour’s ideals are just a fraction to the left of the Conservative government; a fact which can be seen by looking at how Labour MP’s vote on important issues.
The vast majority of Labour MP’s vote in favour of most Conservative policy. In fact, some Conservative policy was stolen from Labour back in the Ed Miliband days. So, Labour are not in opposition to the Conservatives in the true sense, they are in fact allies. They share so many values they may as well re-brand Labour as “New Conservative”.
The electorate, us, don’t have any choice anymore. All the major parties are fighting over the middle ground, they all want to represent the voter with money.
Now, you may not agree with me, you may think that calling the current Labour Party a faction of the Conservative Party is just me being stupid, or me trying to be clever, so I would ask you this. Which Conservative Policies were firstly Labour ideas, and if a Labour party did come to government, what would you like it to change?
Would you like the Unions to have more power? Would you tax the rich at a higher rate, a rate above 50%? Would you take Rail. Gas, Electricity, Water, Royal Mail, Telecoms, back into public ownership?
Controversy recently as it emerged that Donald Trumps wife, Melania, made a speech using words and phrases used by Michelle Obama. Michelle used the phrases in her “would-be” future first lady’s speech, nearly eight years ago. Also, Donald Trump thanked Melania on Twitter, using the same words Barack Obama used to thank Michelle.
OK, we’ve all seen the speeches side by side, and you will make your own mind up whether it was plagiarism or not. What I would like to point out is this. All politicians make speeches, and to a greater or lesser extent, their spouses become part of the theatre too. In the UK, they tend to take a back seat, they are seen, but rarely heard.
But all politicians speak to the public, it’s part of their job to speak publicly on a wide range of current topics. Some do it well, some do badly. Barack Obama is considered to be a great speaker, but he once thanked himself for attending a function, so even the best make mistakes reading the autocue notes.
Tony Blair spoke effortlessly, without any autocue, and without any notes at all, many times. In fact he started a fashion, where those who followed him tried to speak without notes… some failed miserably; forgetting important issues which should have been mentioned.
But despite Blair’s ability, and Miliband’s inability to remember a speech, or Obama’s dramatic delivery… or Melania’s misfortune, they all have speech writers!
See… you may think all these people speak with conviction, Blair, Obama all deliver what we believe to be their own thoughts straight from the heart, when in fact, all these words they spew forth, the phrases, the sentences, were written by someone else!
Then let me ask. Who’s shit are we buying into ?
It’s pretty obvious, that if Barack Obama can read an autocue and thank himself for attending a function, then Barack Obama will read just about anything from an autocue and say it out loud…
This is likely why, when pressed for detail on what a politician said in a speech, a politician shy’s away from providing detailed rhetoric, because in reality, they haven’t got a clue what was said. It’s just words on a screen! They just read other peoples stuff!
Barack Obama came to power on a phrase. “Change”! “Yes we can”! And when you analyse that phrase, it actually doesn’t mean anything. It’s just a buzzword, or a buzzphrase. Now we have Clinton’s latest buzzshit… “I’m with her”… what does that mean? Nothing much, it’s just as meaningless as “Yes we can”!
The Americanism has reached our shores, the buzzwords and the meaningless phrases make up much of our politics too. And it’s sad don’t you think, that a politicians conviction belongs to a behind the scenes speech writer, and his or her services are for sale.