Monday, May 25, 2009

The Smoke Of The Reichstag Fire

It is incorrect, an appalling misuse of language, to describe the British public's reaction to the Parliamentary expenses scandal as a 'revolution'.
Although it is a classic example of the circumstances which give rise to revolutions, so far the people have exhibited enormous restraint in the face of great provocation and insult.
However, an unfortunate aspect of the times we live in is that neoliberalism, the dominant economic ideology of the past three decades, is viciously reactionary in its approach to the rights of individuals. To the neoliberal, the rights of businesses, companies and those who run them trump those of private citizens every time.
Should the Parliamentary expenses scandal lead to an outcome which the neoliberal elite considers unsatisfactory, such as the BNP making even larger than expected gains at the forthcoming elections to the European Parliament, it would not be surprising if they attempted counter-revolution of a kind seen in Chile in 1973. It would not be beyond them. Nothing is beyond them.
Over the past 30 years, government has been centralised away from the people while business has been given a free hand to do what it wants. Over the past 12 years, the peoples' liberties have been taken away from them while business has been given a free hand to do what it wants. Within the last 12 months, Peter Mandelson, the most disreputable British politician of the modern era not to have been imprisoned, has been brought back to office for no apparent reason other than to ensure that public assets within the British peoples' collective ownership pass into private hands. The political and commercial elites will let nothing so inconsequential as the will of the people get in their way.
There is talk of reducing the number of MP's - this is nonsense. What is needed now is precisely the opposite; an increase in the number of MP's. A higher number of MP's increases the likelihood of not Independent but independently-minded Members of Parliament coming to office. A reduction in numbers would not make government more efficient or our parliamentarians less venal - but it would increase the power of the parties significantly.
As would proportional representation, always and ever nothing but gang warfare perpetrated by political parties upon an unsuspecting British people. If you think PR's the answer to our problems, you'll think that the committed 'globalist' Vince Cable would make an outstanding Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The smoke of the Reichstag fire hangs over us at the moment. While we must always live in hope we must always be alive to danger. These are dangerous times; and if I were Nick Griffin, I'd be watching my back even more closely than usual.


Blogger James Higham said...

I agree - they need to increase them.

25 May, 2009 15:28  

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