Bristling Brock speaks out...

 

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Over the last week the British public have been witness to tv debates between so-called leadership contenders, to extraordinary financial pledges and to manifesto’s bulging with impossible aspirations dressed up as promises.

Perhaps Bristling Brock is not alone in wondering quite what all this theatrical bombast is really designed to achieve.  There may well be some who just accept it all at face value, there undoubtedly are some who are so welded to their historical political allegiance that no matter what is said they’ll still vote for that traditional party.  And then there’s the rest of us - those that cringe with incredulity that any politician in this pre-election contest would actually imagine their promises carry any sense of conviction and faith.  And to BB that poses a question.  How many voters out there are now in a position where they cannot in all conscience find a suitable political home to latch onto ?  And the rider to that is the notion that many of the electorate will have to vote tactically to strive to keep out of power those that are clearly manic and naive and vote for the lesser of all perceived evils.  None of our leadership contenders are appealing.   All are so transparently flawed that it borders on shameful that a country like Great Britain can not muster a team of aspirants from across the political spectrum to clearly and honestly declare a position, warts and all, that looks even moderately credible and likely by the electorate.  Bristling Brock craves for a political breed to emerge that ranks honesty, truth and straightforwardness as its principal modus operandi - but he sees absolutely no sign of such a breed anywhere.  Political homelessness is becoming endemic.

So, the ‘homeless’ are faced with not bothering to vote, spoiling a vote or being forced to endorse that party which represents the least worst option for the country.  Quite likely, many will be pushed to vote for the party that purports to offer something on a personal level - like a tax break or some other mildly attractive concession, for sheer want of any reason to vote at all.  This must surely rank as one of the least democratic political processes of our time.  One of these contenders is going to end up in charge of the country and will achieve that exalted position by default because large swathes of that individuals vote bloc will have been tactically driven rather than by belief, faith and hope in the electorate.  That cannot be in any way described as democracy at work.

And yet surrounding this theatre of politics is the reality that political reform, though much needed, will only happen in small, incremental steps - a crumb at a time.  The infrastructures within our political establishment are rigidly geared to doing that which they’ve always done before, blind to change, blind to public mood and blind to the very notion of beneficial reforms.  The simple evidence to prove that is all around us today with politicians doing their traditional thing by touring the constituencies, grinning excessively and promising far more than any rational person can believe in.

So we politically homeless types are destined to be a species that is forced to wander - and wonder not a little.

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The last few weeks since the exasperating declaration of a General Election next month has thrown up what Bristling Brock can only describe as a tidal flood of absolute political tosh and downright rubbish.   To exacerbate this nauseous process we have not only found this coming from the left but also the right, the middle and even those that aren't even on the political scale of absurdity.   It's been a very depressing few weeks.

The tragedy in this, of course, is that with such a universal display of 'lacking savvy' amongst all complexions of politicians we, the electorate, are faced with a looming election choice that ranges between the appalling, the utterly stupid and the wholly unacceptable.  We might argue that that is no choice whatever, rather it is the inevitable result of a decision made three and a half years ago never being legitimately acted upon and delivered, of weak governance, of disingenuous governance, of dire political commitment and equally dire understanding of what that public decision actually meant.   We blame Brexit for many things, and in truth there have been many aspects of that debate that have been worthy of criticism, but the underlying problem that lies at the root of this forthcoming election is that the electorate have no faith whatever in those of the political classes who would try to nudge our support in their direction.  We are faced with more of the same rather than a style of governance dedicated to reform and the rebuilding of that soured public trust.  Political words are cheap, but if we do not believe in our political class then they are words without meaning, they fail to resonate anywhere except in the heartlands of committed socialism, conservatism, liberalism and greenism.  That these creeds no longer represent us is very clear to the electorate but seemingly invisible or irrelevant to those who would have us listen to their stylised, predictable and - in the main - untruthful promises.

It is a despairing prospect in BB's eyes that we are so continuously badly led.   But perhaps - possibly a big perhaps - that may be because we, as a body of the British electorate, have let it happen over the last fifty or so years.   We have not striven for change, for reform of our governmental system, of parliament, and increasingly nowadays, our judicial system.   We have let this bland, dysfunctional style of governance wash over us with little reaction, tamely letting this political club carry on doing that which it had become ever used to - talking much and acting little.

On 12th December a choice has to be made.  The choices available are poor beyond words description.  So how would YOU express your real feelings about what the outcome may be - ignoring Brexit as the defining issue if possible - and make your voice heard in places that count ?   The simple answer would be a mass marking of ballot papers with the words 'None of the above !' a rejection of the political status quo and a clear message that a complete overhaul of our governance and executive and parliamentary accountability is long overdue.  It would be a rejection of the election process, a rejection of any mandate to steer our politics in any singular direction - the result of which could be a continuance of the exiting government under the explicit knowledge of an electorate prepared to call the shots. 

Will any of that happen ?  Bristling Brock doubts it.  We must remember that we have collectively become supine and manipulable as an electoral corpus - after all, it'll be Christmas soon, and beyond that all will be forgotten....again.  If we want real change - not revolution, but organised and meaningful change - then we all have to want it.  If we remain wedded to the existing tribal camps before us, then we WILL get more of the same.  The power is in the hands of the electorate.

  

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The government are going to push for a general election on 12th December it would seem.  There are many pro’s and con’s as to the political advisability of this but Mr Johnson has effectively seized the initiative by declaring to the Commons that the lack of a Conservative majority is impeding the whole spectrum of government legislation - and, therefore, the only way to get anything through Parliament is to put it up for re-election by the public.  Bravo, Mr Johnson, it was the right thing, possibly the only thing to do under the present state of embargo that Parliament is hamstringing the government with.

An election is always a risk for a political cause - as Mrs May discovered back in 2017 - but the country is most definitely now at its crossroads - even its Rubicon - over the issue of Brexit and the way forward.  Part of this seemingly intractable debate is the essential truth that nobody knows what either Leaving or Remaining will entail.  There are no facts for either, only guesstimates, speculations and politically driven responses.  That we have a media constantly slavering for every tid-bid of gossip draws us all further into a state of confusion and frustration.  Whom should we believe ?  Journalists, economists, bankers, industrialists, politicians, etc, etc. Again, the underlying truth that is never commented upon is that none of the people representing these categories of vested interest actually KNOW what either outcome will deliver, good or bad or, just maybe a mix of the two.  But it makes for good theatre in the papers and on the tv.

Brexit has become the drag-anchor for just about every public decision, possibly a whole load of private decisions too.  Left to perpetual delay and prevarication it will destroy the very fabric of the country in ways that may be irredeemable.  It is, therefore, essential that it is concluded at the earliest possible opportunity.  Some will undoubtedly question that the WAB is imperfect, has loopholes and commitments which are not entirely to Britain’s liking - and in many respects they would be right.  Against that argument, we as a nation must weigh up the negatives of the WAB and balance these against the imperative to remove that drag-anchor and collectively move forward.  Psychologically and literally, the country as a whole - including all those bankers, industrialists and others - needs to deliver Brexit as it was legally mandated in 2016.  There will be many who don’t like it, many who do, but continuously sitting on the fence will not make the challenge go away.  Factor in a EU that is thoroughly cheesed off with the whole circus performance to-date and we see an institution that has reached a collective point of incredulity about British democracy.  In short, they have given as much as they are prepared to give and it is naive for characters like Corbyn to even imagine they could exact a better deal - he’s way out of his depth.

Britain needs to move on.  All the tenets of the Leave mandate need to be upheld - for that is what the country voted for - and the only realistic way for the government to facilitate that is to challenge those who would frustrate and block any progress with a new election.  It will not be the perfect solution - few solutions to any issue are that favourable, but it will create a climate of possibility opening up and unquestionably, Britain will adapt.  If the election fails to provide such a majority and the doomsayers win the day then we are in for years more of their endless negativity, and then we can bury democracy in Britain for generations to come.  Not everything is about money, wealth and the curse of economics; sometimes, the reasons for following a course of action are intangible, cultural and social - but every now and again, such a cause decided on these grounds pays dividends.  Brexit is one of them.

As for Trumpy and his self-declared brilliance at brokering a Turkish cease fire in Syria is astounding beyond words.  Why has the world not recognised the genius of this man before ?  He ought to be World President, surely, for his skill and political deftness are clearly unrivalled by anyone else.  Even Putin and Assad must be smiling about his clear and modest praise for himself.  God Bless America !  Where would we be without this brilliance....a much better place than we are globally in now, we might fancy.

Has anyone actually noticed that our roads and towns are continuously clogged with traffic ?  Bristling Brock is a regular M6 user and it’s a nightmare to drive on it.  Driving standards are almost nowhere to be seen in some instances and the increase in the manic, ‘let me through’ brigade is a threat to all of us who would like to live a little longer.  Towns are constantly full, even minor roads that have become rat-runs for those pushed to the extremities of towns to live where there is no employment and therefore commute dozens of miles fill our small, low capacity roads with endless queue’s and fume belching muck.  There is a sense of immense population density in the urban zones of Britain (not necessarily reflected in rural areas - yet), of hordes of people trying to move in opposing directions simultaneously.  Has town and road planning gone entirely bonkers ?

 

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