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The Reform Party

The “manifesto”, in terms of transport, only mentions stopping HS2, but there’s plenty on the usual right wing obsessions: Brexit, immigration, veterans and climate change.   I had a look because I worry about the ongoing decline of the two main political parties. 

If the Cons stay wedded to Brexit, then we will go into the next GE with all the widespread impoverishment Brexit has ushered in - not helped by Covid, not helped by Putin.  People vote according to their pockets.  I don’t get Labour’s current position either, but let’s see how that evolves, and even the Cons may also evolve with their Swiss-style relationship with Europe, but time is already running out for them. 

Several roads now lead to the horrors of a further lurch to the right in this country. 

 A cycling angle?

Facebook Steve and Nextdoor Dave, attain real political influence. It’s not spelt out in the manifesto, but you can see where this is probably heading and what it is likely to mean for cycling.  As you all know, Dave’s going to “sort the traffic” and no doubt show them lazy planners a thing or two: Steve thinks the Council are corrupt, the police blinkered, etc. 

All this stuff works by allowing/enabling significant privileged groups to to think of themselves as the downtrodden underdog and here is a way to fight back.  The pro Brexit campaign played on people’s ignorance, fears and prejudices exactly as this does. 

It’s all about freedom, innit, less regulation, less tax burden, and damn the climate.  There’s more polar bears now, so it’s fine.  Let’s have open-cast coal mining, lithium mining and fracking.  In places, the mask really slips: “We must keep divisive woke ideologies such as Critical Race Theory (CRT) and gender ideology out of the classroom.” - to be honest, I don’t even know what those two are.

The standard enemies are put up - the civil service, the BBC.  Amid all the thrust and parry, there’s nothing here about making a better, more inclusive and cohesive world to live in; arts, sports and culture don’t feature in this barstool view of the world: a dullard’s grim vision.

Don’t be a member of the wrong sort of minority would be my advice, should any of this come to pass.

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NOtotheEU | 1 year ago
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"Several roads now lead to the horrors of a further lurch to the right in this country"

To stop this vote for the Socialist Party at the next election.

(Just wait until after you have voted to research their policy on Brexit).

David9694 replied to NOtotheEU | 1 year ago

Curious isn't it how in the EU the left see an industrialists' power bloc and the right see some kind of regulating behemoth. Both run scared of it.

At the end of the day, when all's said and done, I just want a political party that wants to make life better for people in the UK. 

chrisonatrike replied to NOtotheEU | 1 year ago
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I think some people are still struggling with the idea that Labour have "upped and left them" again.  (Happens all the time, in all parties as far as I can see.)

I'm a little surprised no-one's proposed all those in favour of a return to the EU simply move to Scotland ASAP and vote SNP (or Green) next time.

Of course that does beg the question "what happens after that e.g. if the pro-european union parties do get a massive majority" - which no-one has the answer to!

David9694 replied to chrisonatrike | 1 year ago
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We get admitted to the CU and the SM, I'd have thought. I wonder if we will see full EU membership again in my lifetime.  

You do wonder about some kind of UK partition - like if you're one of the three groups on the anti-cycling Venn, this bit is for you (enjoy!), everyone else, "welcome to (independent) Scotland." And "you can exchange your GBPs for EUR at the border - we'll make the calculations super simple." 

Tom_77 | 1 year ago
David9694 replied to Tom_77 | 1 year ago

It's very timely and right on the money - a long and worthwhile read.  A flavour here:

Brexit, like the Memory Lane UK posts, partly speaks to an existential sadness about the passage of time and the desire for revenge on what we imagine it has done to us. You can only take back control if you have become convinced you once had it, and have had it torn from your grasp. “The nativist promise,” Simon Kuper observed recently, “is that the betrayal can be reversed, that one day it will be bright, sunny 1955 again.” The twist, of course, is that for Binmenists, 1955 wasn’t even that bright and sunny: things were worse, and therefore better.

But even that strange twist – worse, therefore better – has an underlying logic to it. The political economist William Davies has described the way people who feel disenfranchised often find solace in nationalism. He writes: “The nationalist leader holds out the promise of restoring things to how they were, including all the forms of brutality – such as capital punishment, back-breaking physical work, patriarchal domination – that social progress had consigned to history. For reasons Freud would have understood, this isn’t as simple as wanting life to be more pleasurable, but a deep desire to restore a political order that made sense, in spite of its harshness. It is a rejection of progress in all its forms.”

Finally, the attached old familiar - "x (= ghastly thing in the past) never did me any harm"

jaymack | 1 year ago

There will always be those who yearn for the freedom to oppress others and there will always be voters willing to cast their ballot for bigots. I hope that this crackhead coalition will suffer the same fate as the then BNP leader did on Question Time in October 2009 and completely wither under scrutiny. Well one can hope...

chrisonatrike replied to jaymack | 1 year ago

Ah that QT - another excuse for this classic then!

I think it's just like how "more rock music is consumed in hard times" as there is scarcity (for some) the politics gets more extreme and fringes get more noticable. (In all senses - DIY, won't you think of the hairdressers?)  Looking around the place we seem to be in a populist phase and it looks like we're all splurging resources especially in Ukraine, so expect more "we need to look out for ourselves first"!

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