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Introduction

Having your say

How The System Works

Tweaking the system

Duplicity

Outsource responsibility

Sleeping Watchdogs

The Parties

Election Choices 2015

Election Choices 2017

Post Election 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Introduction (1500)

General Elections provide citizens with an opportunity to take part, to engage in the democratic process once every five years. Supporters of this process describe it as having your say, choosing who you want to run the country. And the selection before you will consist of Dead Liberals on the line, Labour-Old-New-and-Not-Sure Party, Tories@Def-Con1 and Loonies queering the pitch. Which all adds up to a colossal waste of time, given the duplicity of the political class.

Having your say (6300)

Introduction

Professional opinion spouters tell us that our unrepresentative voting system empowers, entitles and stands as a bulwark against fascism. Use your vote, otherwise you will not have one and, if you do not vote you have nothing to say!

The Politics of happiness

For some time politicians have been working on the idea that we need to be done with the notion that growth is the be all and end all and perhaps we should be directing our energies towards policies that promote national happiness. This notion is not new, Joe Stalin thought of himself as the 'constructor of happiness'.

Alex Kelly: A case study in democracy

The story of Alex Kelly, who committed suicide in Cookham Wood, a young offender institution in Kent. His story describes how our democracy works when you are an outcast in need of help.

How The System Works (3640)


Our democracy has hardly moved on from the days when lords a leaping openly made all the decisions. The first past the post voting system was supposed to be an improvement but has only handed the decision making to a bunch of inept managers.

Tactical voting
Some opinion spouters expected that more cooperation among ‘unlikely’ parties, i.e., Lib-Dems, UKIP, and Greens would be a feature of the 2017 election, they were wrong. Tactical voting in England is a rare occurrence.

Party spending
Under the current system the party with the deepest pockets has an unfair advantage in general elections. Car boot sales, raffles and membership fees do not fund general elections, big business donations and trades union funds do.

Sloth on lobbying
Before the 2010 election David Cameron promised he would shine “the light of transparency” on those buying influence and power, he didn't.

Tweaking the system (2700)

Boundary changes

Politicians like to keep themselves busy in the House discussing things that will never happen, like boundary changes designed to make the election process fairer.

A different way of voting

The Alternative Vote was put to the nation in May 2011 via a referendum and lost out 68% to 42%. Who was it, we may wonder, who financed the No2AV campaign?

Transferable Vote (STV)

The AV referendum was a Coalition compromise. What the Lib-Dems wanted was the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system, used by countries across Europe.

Additional Member System (AMS) or AV+

AMS is used in the regional assemblies and a private members bill in 2015 tried to gain support for this system but the idea did not fly.

The Recall Act 2015

Recall is another of those items that politicians keep themselves busy with. You may suppose by the fact that an act exists that at some point some miscreant MP would be ousted by voters.

Lowering the voting age

The bottom line here is that the Tories do not want it, fearing that young voters will vote Labour.

MPs expenses

The expenses scandal revealed what a can of worms Parliament is and allowed the public a brief glimpse of the private world of politicians. They were quick to draw the blinds again, pretending to make all manner of positive changes to stop the fiddling.

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Duplicity, a board game for politicians (22,075)

The Pathology of the game

Meet the players, the "ineffably duplicitous” Boris Johnson, first among liars, and the morally repugnant tax dodging Sir Philip Green. Duplicity players fictionalise the world for us, they make up things to fit their reality, like Tony Blair and Alistair Campbell. David Cameron could 'recollect' nothing under questioning by Leveson and Liam Fox did not have a clue what Adam Werritty was doing following him all over the globe, business card in hand. When they are not denying all knowledge they are busy demonstrating their incompetence like Chris Grayling, who single handedly wrecked the probation service.

Make mistakes but find someone else to blame

The case of Jeremy Hunt demonstrating how to save £100,000 on property.

Be seen to be doing

Looking busy is a primary rule in the game of Duplicity. Looking busy is highly desirable since it may be confused by the electorate with purposeful action. However, when it comes to being a politician you do not have to actually do anything, you just have to say that you will do something, i.e., propose purposeful action, e.g., salvaging the wreckage of Universal Credit by ironing some wrinkles or testing the cladding on hundreds of tower blocks and then doing the sum total of nothing when you find out that thousands of citizens are living in tinder boxes.


Install Hostile Vehicle Mitigation Measures

Politicians tell us that terrorism will not change our way of life, when there is clear evidence that the threat of terror attacks have substantially changed our way of life. Aside from the obviousness of mitigation measures, how do they explain the need for all the snooping legislation that has been introduced to keep us all safe.

Say anything, it does not have to mean anything

Gibbering politicians are not new but those best able to gibber with arrogant confidence will be the most successful. Citizens have a weakness for oddballs like Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg who specialise in post-truth gibberish.

Never call a policeman a pleb

The Andrew Mitchell saga provides substantive evidence that you do not have to be bright to sit at the Cabinet table. Mr Mitchell also provides us with a fine example of unintelligent behaviour.

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A Garden Bridge Too Far

It took four months for the penny to drop at the Garden Bridge Trust and they finally announced that the project was at an end in August 2017. We can wonder what these people were doing over that time since they were told by London mayor Sadiq Khan that the game was up for the Garden Bridge in April. Perhaps the Garden Bridge Trust can tell us what happened to the £37 million that was spent for no tangible results.


Declare nothing except your P45

Peter Mandelson stars in this section. Some may say he is just one bad apple but he's a bad apple that someone made a Lord. What the story of Mandelson does is provide us with a blueprint in duplicity.


Learn from the premier league of liars

We live in a society where people of title or high office are held in regard by the populace without a second thought. They live the life of Reilly and yet they make a mess of things. They lie and then lie some more like children and when they get found out they take extreme measures. Jeffrey Archer, John Stonehouse, and Jonathan Aitken all feature in the premier league.

Ridiculous ineptitude

A new crop of Duplicity players has emerged since 2010, namely, Iain Duncan Smith, Chris Grayling and Michael Gove. The damage that these characters have done to the fabric of British life is beyond estimation.


Sell yourself but don’t get caught

Labour MP, Stephen Byers was filmed describing himself as "sort of like a cab for hire." Byers was not the only cab on the Westminster rank and among a number caught out by media stings.


Don’t get duped into honesty

Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind were caught out in a media sting, set by reporters from the Daily Telegraph and Channel 4's Dispatches posing as a Chinese firm wanting to employ politicians with influence to facilitate the company's business projects.


Lies, Damn Lies and Lib-Dems

A Liberal would never get duped into honesty. “In 27 years of working for the Liberal Democrats I received no complaint or allegation about my behaviour.” That was Lord Rennard in 2013. No one among the Lib-Dem top brass knew anything about Rennard's inappropriate behaviour, just like they knew nothing about the disgusting behaviour of Cyril Smith.


No points, if you admit you’re a liar

Another Lib-Dem, Chris Huhne, had a problem with honesty concerning some points on his driving licence for speeding. He claimed his wife was driving, he lied and ended up in a prison hotel for a brief stay. Incredibly, Huhne managed to maintain the lie for eight years.


Gain extra points for silliness

Our political class take silliness seriously, like loony lords telling citizens they have never had it so good at the height of a recession, e.g., Lord Young. Or Lord Bichard, suggesting that people over retirement age should be required to do community work or lose some of their State pension.


Join a parliamentary group or two

It seems that the prime purpose of these groups is for politicians to make friends and enjoy themselves. However, sometimes these groups have an ulterior motive. Patrich Mercer's Friends of Fiji group was particularly nefarious.


Start a metaphorical war

We are not talking here about sinking the Belgrano with Mrs Thatcher or joining Storming Norman Schwarzkopf on his Desert Storm campaign. No, the ‘seen to be doing something’ agenda is taken up a notch by Duplicity players when they tell us that we at war.

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Say that you intend to learn from mistakes

Every time we have a major calamity politicians will tell us they intend to learn from the experience, in order make sure it never happens again. We never see much learning taking place, mainly what we have are reviews, reports, committees and scapegoating.


Beat up the ‘straw man’ of past mistakes

When you need a reason for making major changes you tell citizens it is all necessary in order to repair and improve a system broken by left-wing vandals. The English education system provides the example here.


Don’t ask, this allows you to lie honestly

Not asking questions is a marvellous tactic, the less you know the more bemused those nosey parliamentary select committees will be when you are called to give an account of some mystery. Ex Chief of the Met, Bernard Hogan Howe is the master here, few knew less than this man. However, David Miliband came a close second during his time as Foreign Secretary, his knowledge of extraordinary rendition was zero.


Deny everything until every one involved is dead, then apologise.

Politicians are not good at saying sorry, especially when it will cost money or reveal how inept they were in times past. Britain's nuclear testing programme, using service men as guinea pigs was not a clever idea but successive government have denied the damaged it caused to service men and their future families.


A change of name facilitates forgetting

In circumstances leading to a calamity it will be necessary for a name change. The financial crisis of 2008 left not a few wondering what the Financial Services Agency did for a living - the brand was tarnished and had to be replaced by a new agency, staffed by the same somnambulists?


Muddy the waters

There will be circumstances where looking active is not enough, it may be necessary to call on some supplemental rules. Hence when they can no longer deny a situation, they generally opt to confuse the situation, muddy the waters and introduce a few red herrings. For instance, you can introduce a lengthy review of a previous review, where a mountain of paperwork has mysteriously disappeared.


Invoke the public interest

If politicians want to conceal some dodgy dealing or underhand handiwork they will say that it is not in the public interest for citizens to know what they have done. Making the inhabitants of the Chagos Islands disappear in the 1960s was a masterstroke of public deception, still being denied to this day. The truth of the Profumo Affair and the death of Dr David Kelly are hidden away stamped top secret. The public does not need to know. In fact, there is no such thing as a public with a shared interest, what we have are politicians desperate to hide inconvenient truth. One of he silliest sayings in support of citizen surveillance is 'If you’ve got nothing to hide then you have nothing to fear.' Then why is it that our politicians are ever ready to conceal things from us?

Talk often about vision

Politicians with visions is just an extension of the 'seen to be doing' move, just think of a vision as a long-term proposed action. The thing is, voters have an appetite for big ideas, it justifies their belief in their chosen political party. Some areas of government lend themselves to visions, all transport secretaries feel impelled to dream up some fantastic scheme.

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Outsourcing responsibility (3130)

Introduction

If you have ever wondered what you have been voting for since 1979, this section will bring you up to date. The incoming Tory government was keen to promote its key message: State control had had its day, it was time to roll back the State and give the private sector a chance to show what it could do. Obviously, the private sector would be more efficient, and better value for money.

Private Finance Initiative

The Baldricks who dreamed up the PFI really deserved their knighthoods, for never in the history of dishonesty, including the notorious efforts of Charles Ponzi, has anyone come close to this scheme designed to fleece the taxpayer, whilst pretending there's nothing to see here.

Payment by results: the story of A4e

Payment by results is not a new idea, in 1862 it was used in English schools but it was very unpopular, and abandoned in 1890. However, this system of payment fitted neatly into a neoliberal state of mind and was much used by New Labour and later the Tories across the public sector.

G4S and the wonders of the private sector

Outsourcing public contracts to international companies like G4S and Co. is marketed on grounds of efficiency and quality of delivery but in truth it's more to do with handing over responsibility and off-loading problems.

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Regulators and sleeping watchdogs (7,670)

The failure of child protection demonstrates clearly that setting up an agency with a watching brief is a hopeless endeavour, especially if the watchers are always looking over their shoulders, in case another agency’s watchers are watching them. Several issues are discussed on this page, including:

Stafford Abattoir, Southern Health Deaths, The ‘shortening’ at Gosport Hospital, Findus horse lasagne, an inedible plot, Major Projects Authority, Gentrification Ablaze, Press Complaints Commission, The Leveson Inquiry, Section 40, Press Distortion

 

The Parties (14,200)

Toryism: A Bluffer's Guide

The war of all against all that characterised the Nineteenth Century re-emerged in 1979 with the election of a Tory party that believed in nothing but profit. The failed philistine laissez faire outlook ill-served the nation for one hundred years but the lesson went unlearned. Thatcher and Co. disinterred all the anti-social ingredients that left Britain a national wreckage at the turn of the Twentieth Century and her legacy managed to wreck national economies across the globe in 2008.


Labour Who?

What sort of main opposition party is it that hides from past deeds and refuses to talk about the future until it gets here, and in the present moment is struck dumb by the constant denial demanded by the transformation from donkey jackets to mohair suits.


Dead Liberals on the line

The Lib-Dems really are the most aimless of political parties, they had a brief glory period in the run up to WWI but now spend their days like the undead seeking a blood transfusion.

 

Election Choices 2015 (2200)

There were basically five parties to choose from in 2015; Dave’s Poundland of Opportunity, Nick’s Land of the Living Dead, Ed’s One Nation of Sunlight Soap, The Greening Party, and the Nigel Farage Show.

 

Election Choices 2017 (1800)

Brenda from Bristol, summing up the public’s mood, reacted to the idea of another election with ‘Oh, no, not another one’! Mrs May thought the election was a good way to increase her majority in the Commons, Ed Miliband decided to cast his party's manifesto in stone and the Lib-Dem's Tim Farron thought he might gain the key to No.10. All the little parties did not have the funds for another election and it showed in the results - the DUP did alright though.

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Post Election 2017 (2700)

It was a time of magnetic failure, a time of sackings and sleaze and of course, duplicity; Windrush and lies, and an incomprehensible approach to customs unions, who knows how this will all end. That was a rhetorical question, George Soros is writing the end.