Brits are stuck with elite rule
Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, once told me that when canvassing as a councillor in Bradford he knocked on a door and asked if the chap would vote for him.
The answer was: ‘No. I’m not voting as it won’t make a difference — the council always gets in.’
The man was making a simple point: it doesn’t really matter what I think on the major issues, nobody takes any notice of me anyway.
Of course, he’s right. And if you ever wanted proof, just look at the farce over the EU referendum.
Forced by ordinary people to have a debate on holding a referendum (as a result of thousands signing up to the Government’s official e-petition site), David Cameron orders Tory MPs into the ‘No’ lobby. Miliband does the same, as does Clegg.
They know the majority want a referendum — which I suspect would result in a vote for Britain to quit the EU. They know we’ve always wanted a referendum and they are determined not to give it to us.
It’s the same with the death penalty. A referendum would find 70 per cent in favour. No problem. They know we want it, they know we’ve always wanted it and they are determined not to give it to us.
It’s the same with stopping immigration. Although I would vote against such a move, I know the vast majority — including many ethnic minority Britons — would like to see it.
But once again the ruling elite know we want it, they know we’ve always wanted it and they are determined not to give it to us.
Is it any surprise we feel disenfranchised? We read, listen and watch the news as politicians spout on endlessly and we wonder what planet they are on.
I know the planet. It’s the one beginning with the letter ‘U’.