During the most recent local elections, I put a number of Green Party posters in my window early on. That should have marked me out as a Green Party activist. Yet both the supporters of the thieving Tory bastards and the local Labour Party supporters continued to push their literature through my letterbox. The Labour Party took this absurd behaviour one stage further by inviting me to contribute to their consultation process. I duly contributed, stating that I thought the job of political parties was to lead the agenda and that if Ed Miliband was short of ideas for how best to run the country, he should not have put himself up to be leader of the Labour Party in the first place! Seems logical, doesn’t it? Democracy works best when various political parties compete for the voter’s attention and support by offering differing plans of action. It doesn’t work so well if all the parties chase down the same voters in the same old marginal seats because the rest of us are offered essentially the same policies from all the parties. These days there is very little attempt to lead the agenda from either the Labour Party, the scumbag Liberal Democrats or the thieving Tory bastards. Consequently, the disillusioned electorate is justified in repeating the old mantra, “They’re all the same.”
I’ve just received an email from the Labour Party as a result of my contribution to their policy discussions. I clicked a link in the email and was sent to this page, where there’s a picture of a suited man standing on a podium with his back to some people. Call me old fashioned but surely it is better for a speaker to be at one end of a room facing the entire audience? The page says “New politics. Fresh ideas.” and “Keeping in touch with you.” If these slimy policy wonks were actually ordinary people, they wouldn’t have to keep in touch with us, they would be us. A further click took me to a PDF download. Why the intermediate step? It may seem petty but why couldn’t they cut out the webpage between the email and the PDF? The first thing you notice is that the cretinous Ed Miliband thinks it is cool to be advised to stand up against a dark background wearing a dark suit. His hair blends into the background and he clasps his hands together a bit like the vicar at St Augustine’s Church in Florence Road, Brighton used to do when the congregration had fallen below 10 again. (N.B. I was in the Scouts and we were obliged to be there.)
The rest of the leaflet is real back of the envelope stuff. What a frightful waste of money this consultation process has been. If their party organisation had any democratic integrity left this entire process would be pointless.
I suppose it is easy to snipe from under the wing of the Green Party. Our manifesto is something worth believing in. We offer a meaningful change. Our policies are different from the three main parties, which merely compete managerially with each other.