In every political movement there are those who want power at all costs, those who want it to change society in their preferred direction and those who do not want it at all. The first and the last constituencies are the troublemakers for political parties. The first are nowadays best exemplified by Tony Blair and his crew, for whom power was a must-have item for the CVs; that’s the reason why they even engaged in illegal wars. British power is one thing but a pocket of American influence was much more precious to them. In the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg is very clearly in the Blairite mold. Rather than hold the thieving Tory bastard to account in a minority administration he chose to get into bed with them in Downing Street. The thieving Tory bastards have got the easiest ride in this analysis because they have always been clear that they want to be in charge. John Major might be perceived as being the nicest Prime Minister they ever had but even his autobiography makes it clear that right from the start, he wanted to be Chancellor of Exchequer. They have no moral or cultural difficulty with declaring their personal ambitions.
The people who genuinely want power to change society in their preferred direction are far more in number than one might imagine. The Labour Party and the Green Party is ram packed with them. They populate the Opposition benches. When in power, the Labour whips worked harder than their counterparts in the thieving Tory bastards ever had to. Keeping those old socialists in line was no easy matter, although loyalty to the tribe is most keenly felt inside the Labour Party. Witness Robin Cook’s demise; his resignation broke his heart (Ben Stack, where he died, is a much overlooked hill walkers’ wonder – I have climbed it twice and both times I thought I might have a heart attack too.)
The people join political movements only to undermine them are the worst of all. In times past their needs were looked after by churches or social clubs. These days, with our fragmented societal structure, they are out on their own limbs. They look around for something to become involved in and consume the time of the people who have created the organisation they have joined. For the thieving Tory bastards, these people are called Euro-Sceptics. Despite being the party of big business, the Euro-Sceptics oppose the concept of a single market even though it is a capitalists’ wet dream. They hark back to a time that no longer exists, when Britannia had an empire it could trade with and exploit. They continually drag their party into the mire and have cost it election victories. The Labour Party has self-saboteurs too, though they have been on the wane in recent years. The Green Party has people who want “Green Policies” but live the most unGreen lifestyle possible and thereby essentially just want someone else to sort out their personal problems.
Occupy London should not be blamed for having their fair share of these people. I’ve previously blogged about the freeman on the land movement. These people are complete time-wasters. They pick up on the smallest detail, usually small to the vanishing point, and twist it out of recognition having blinded themselves to all the other detail in the same context. Last night they had the audacity to question whether John Cooper QC had a conflict of interest because he is a freeman of the City of London! His having advised us from day one for free, his persistent good results on that front, his extensive work for human rights and in criminal defence means nothing to them. Lots of people have joined livery companies without being enslaved to them.
Yet again, these followers of the freeman on the land movement have wasted the time and spoilt the goodwill of those who would help them. They actively seek conflict. They sit around in the evening smoking drugs and spoiling the positive contributions of those who have actually created the Occupation. They know that general assembly after general assembly has banned alcohol and drugs on site but they don’t care about the general assembly. They don’t care about anyone but themselves.
There will be a time when the Occupation decides to leave the camp at St Paul’s Cathedral. Whilst its work may not be complete, those of us who have worked hard to make it the success that it has been will prove to the nay-sayers and the undecided public that this wasn’t a Boy Scout’s camping trip but a serious way of kick starting a serious debate. Certainly the Tobin tax was not properly discussed in these recessionary years until we came along. We will leave with dignity, packing up our tents and tidying up after ourselves. The people of the freeman on the land movement will scream treason but in fact they have contributed nothing to the debate, nothing to the hard work of maintaining the occupation and are in fact deluded freeloaders whose only skill is in damaging the progressive movement that they have pretended to join.