Bristling Brock speaks out...

 

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Our politicians don't seem capable of learning from their disasters of yesterday.  Both Johnson and Hunt - both of whom might be regarded as middle-of-the-road thinkers - are fumbling their way through their media strewn campaigns like novices.  Much is being blustered, promised, recanted and qualified in the fashion that we've all come to expect of politicians - just hot air to achieve what they want.   This isn't good enough in the 21st century especially after the bruising realities of political positions and behaviours have been made patently clear to that breed by overwhelming public opinion.   These fellers need to do infinitely better to convince this country that either of them are fit for the job of prime minister.  Right now it's a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea, and that is not a basis for selecting the right person to carry this country forward during some of its most momentous constitutional and commercial challenges.  Bristling Brock would bluntly advise them to wise-up - the selection of PM by their dynamics will not sustain them and the necessity of a general election will follow in short order - the result of which will favour neither them nor the country as a whole.  So stop promising the world - it cannot be assured - stop bumbling your way through interviews with bluster and oblique responses that are full of political cliches, stop bitching at each other and last, but not least, remember that whilst it may be the Tory membership that annoint you, it'll be the electorate who punish you if you fail to recognise the full force of public opinion. 

 

Whilst no rational person wishes to see Jeremy Corbyn in No.10, his personal chances of achieving that ambition are being constantly challenged from all sides, including from within the Labour Party.  Continuing allegations of systemic anti-semitism, of blunt and economically ill-advised nationalisation plans mooted by acolytes that seem to have no qualification for what they are saying, friction with union sponsors, an absence of strategic policies, associations with the wrong 'bedfellows' all add up into a catalogue of characteristics that make him fundamentally unsuitable to be a contender for PM.  Add to this the allegations over his physical fitness to carry that role (never mind his mental fitness !) and we see a picture of an ambiguous man - much lauded by his hardened supporters and dogged faithful yet at the same time increasingly reviled from within his own Party and most definitely reviled by the portions of the electorate that would prefer hari-kiri to seeing his brand of Labour socialism in this country. 

This tells us something fundamental.  And that is that neither the Conservative nor the Labour aspirants for political control of this country have changed their spots. They still represent what they separately see as their core voters, the core issues and the core challenges to this country - their own establishments and their own status quo positions.   It also tells us that both these political party's remain internally divided, with schisms that polarise camps of opinion and prevent a cohesive approach to resolving real issues rather than the ones they perceive to be the issues.  Neither have grasped that the British want political change and not just by changing the name on the door of No.10.  Change is a big thing and we need big people to lead it successfully.  We need leaders of integrity, shrewdness, perception and a manner that can prevail over the many political and social obstacles ahead; we need leadership that understands the need for change and the most productive ways of delivering it; we need leadership change that recognises the deficiencies of our current electoral system and identifies what can be quickly installed to assuage the negative view of governance that is so widespread across the nation; we need leadership change that understands that the current Party system in Westminster is not fit-for-purpose and that change in itself needs to embrace a completely new level of collaborative politics that allows the best people of whichever partisan group they may belong to become influencers of strategy, policy and implementation.  And that entire dynamic for change shall equally apply to the civil service in Whitehall as much as it should do to the inhabitants of Westminster - for the civil service have failed the partiality test in spades over recent years.

And will there be some revelation, some beam of divine light striking those that need to see this ?  Perhaps not a divine kick-up-the backside, but quite likely one from the electorate.