Pity those foolish trusting souls

Forgive them for they knew not what they did.  They were desperate for change and those cast-iron pledges were so plausible and made with such conviction. How could someone not honour such clear and unambiguous promises?

He just seemed so… sincere. The narrowed eyes, the tightened lips, the determined set of his jaw. The recognition of the urgent need to act to put right so much of what was wrong. He knew what we wanted, what the country needed, and he told us he would deliver it. His promises of change gave us hope.

Not letting matters rest there on the Lisbon Treaty.

Replacing the Human Rights Act.

Repatriating powers from the EU.

Not raising VAT.

Keeping universal child benefit.

Despite his promises, his commitment and his determination, none of them have been honoured. And now we add to the list another broken promise to reduce the exorbitant duty on fuel when prices rise to a high level. Another issue, but the same outcome.

He has overseen more U-turns than a driving instructor. Pity those foolish trusting souls who closed their ears as the warnings were sounded long before the election.  How could so many have been taken in?

They now ask themselves how could one man be so dishonourable.  They wonder why more people did not grasp that he would say anything we wanted to hear in order to reach Downing Street. The fog is clearing and revealing he always had his own agenda that did not include keeping any of these key promises. Reality has dawned on them.  The deception is complete.

Conservative. Labour. Liberal Democrat. It matters not. The faces and the colour scheme may change, but none will depart from their common path. Their route is constant, their destination a place we do not wish to go. That reality is now bathed in brilliant light. The view could not be more clear.

Soon will be the time for courage. How many will dare to tread new ground and reject the self serving consensus? How many will stop, remember the litany of lies and broken promises, recognise the three heads as belonging to a common body and reject all three? Will there be enough of them to put an end to the conspiracy of the political class and take back power so the servants no longer act as our masters?

16 Responses to “Pity those foolish trusting souls”

  1. 1 right_writes 10/01/2011 at 11:14 am

    Well AM, I will continue to vote UKIP (the only plausible alternative) as I have done since 1997, until and unless something more plausible turns up, currently there is no sign of that.

    How about you and other respondents on this, and other blogs?

  2. 2 peejos 10/01/2011 at 11:17 am

    And from the front page of today’s Telegraph:
    ‘ The Coalition will try to focus on its plans for economic growth rather than public spending cuts’

    Yea gods and little fishes, there is a limit to their dissembling incompetence is n’t there?

  3. 3 Autonomous Mind 10/01/2011 at 11:27 am

    For my part Right_Writes… BNP? Never, because I don’t do identity racist politics or the big state socialism the espouse. English Democrats? A mixed bag of decent people and confused BNPers with a poor leadership, which will not make a breakthrough. UKIP? Neutered by Farage and riven by factionalism behind the scenes meaning I can’t bring myself to vote for them.

    I would prefer to wait for the genuine conservatives in the Tory party to break away from their New Model SDP and form a credible centre right alternative that right thinking people can join. Until that day I have no political home.

  4. 4 Cassandra King 10/01/2011 at 11:35 am

    Cameron is a liar, its what he always destined for. He lies and we want to believe because what is the alternative? Why would he betray his own people and his on country we ask ourselves, surely not! But the political class do what political classes always do when left to their on devices, they find that they have more in common with each other than with the electorate, it becomes a club where outsiders are not welcome. They rule and we obey, they decide and we accept.

    LibLabCon its all the same, the same ideals and the same objectives with a fabricated façade of petty difference meant deceive the outsider. Cameron is a pure political product, he represents what the political class most need, a face the marks can believe and boy do we so want to believe, the desire to run away from the truth is overwhelming when the reality is so chilling and heartbreaking. This reality requires us to fight back and the fight will be extremely hard and we may not even win it, no wonder then that we listen to worm tongue Dave and his stooges with such eager hope. Aaah he hears us we say, he is listening we sigh with relief. But its all lies and deceptions meant to play on our cowardice and our unwillingness to face hard truths as he edges and entices and pushes us to the precipice.

    Anyone know anything about the new intake of MPs? How many have made a name for themselves so far? Its how its meant to be of course, droids of the new order, wholly loyal mindless compliant nodding dogs who know which side their bread is buttered. There will be no rebellion, the Tory old guard know whats happening, the Tebbits in the senior ranks know full what the plans are. There will be no bigwig real Tory standing up against the Quislings, its another in a long line of hope over reason wishful thinking, our saviours will be us alone, the patriots who save us will be us,ordinary nobodies and little people, the butchers and the bakers and the candlestick makers and the sooner we realise it the better. Thus has it always been.

  5. 5 defender 10/01/2011 at 11:42 am

    We the people have somethings to fix before there can be a political solution.

  6. 6 right_writes 10/01/2011 at 12:23 pm

    AM, all parties are somewhat factionalised, even my own family is factionalised, my Dad, a very early UKIP activist, branch chairman, former candidate and good friend of Nigel’s, is a bit of a “hang ’em and flog ’em” conservative, I am a libertarian, my son is a UKIP activist, branch chairman and recent UKIP candidate and a libertarian and we argue endlessly.

    However, there is no denying that under Farage, the UKIP has prospered, its membership and votes continue to rise, and as I said, there is no prospect of any plausible alternative.

    My fear is that in the not too distant future, the only plausible a…, will be civil disobedience and all of the uncertainties and unexpected reactions that usually result, and the longer people wait, the more likely this scenario.

    From reading your blogs, I get the impression that you are libertarian, pro-direct democracy, highly sceptical of AGW and anti-EU, all of which are at the core of UKIP. Yes, there are a good number of UKIP people that fear that Farage is sometimes a bit divisive, but there are far more who believe that he is currently the only plausible leader, if only because of his ability to promote UKIP and play the other leaders at their own game. The recent leadership election proves this.

  7. 7 Autonomous Mind 10/01/2011 at 12:41 pm

    The problem RW is that under Farage only one view in UKIP matters. It is not as democratic as made out and Farage often gets it wrong. The fact Farage is the only plausible leader underlines the weakness of UKIP and shows it cannot be taken as anything other than a protest vote party at Euro election time.

    You’re not far off in your assessment of my political views. I am a classical liberal rather than libertarian. I believe in devolving decision making to the local level and having a strong and sovereign national government. I believe in smaller government, lower taxation and genuine free trade. I am not a climate change denier as the climate is always in a state of change, but I am highly sceptical of AGW because there are too many holes in the argument and plenty of scientific observation that counters the narrative. I am not anti EU, just anti our membership of it because it is fundamentally anti democratic – however unlike UKIP I believe the decision should be made by the British people in a binding referendum, rather than any political party simply enacting withdrawal.

    I simply cannot support UKIP. I could support a fresh new centre right party that represents my views. But until then no one gets my vote.

  8. 8 right_writes 10/01/2011 at 1:17 pm

    AM, whilst I accept and respect your position, I reckon that most of your criticism above was of the splitting hairs type of semantics (micro semantics?).

    However, note that although the UKIP stands on a ticket of withdrawal from the EU, they also have a policy of direct democracy, meaning that a citizen could raise a petition which called for re-entry into the EU. In the unlikely event of such a vote resulting in a majority, the UKIP policy of binding DD, would leave the EU with a fait accompli; would it accept a re-application? NB: They actively campaigned for a referendum on the Lisbon Putsch.

    I do not know what your anti-Farage sentiment is based on, or how he has neutered the party, but it is not true, have you met him? Were you with him last Friday night for a pint and an affable conversation, as I was? For most of UKIP’s history, Nigel did not want to be its leader, and once installed as leader, he took the first opportunity to resign, only to be pushed by the party into standing again for election following Malcolm Pearson’s resignation.

    Have you read the UKIP policy documents, with authors ranging from all corners of the party, from Gerard Batten through to Tim Congdon, and accepted by the whole party? In fact, there is no policy written by Nigel, he is the talking head, with a massive majority support.

  9. 9 Autonomous Mind 10/01/2011 at 1:37 pm

    You’re entitled to your opinion and I respect your view even though I don’t share it.

    I have a habit of speaking with people I know and trust to learn about their experiences of working with certain people. One of the people I have heard a lot about is Nigel Farage, from people who did more than share a pint and affable chat with him. They had no axe to grind and simply answered my questions about him and the way he operates. On that basis I don’t wish to support him or his party. I have met Farage, but then I have also met many former and current ministers, both Conservative and Labour. I could not profess to know many of them well, but I do tend to read people very well and my instincts are generally correct.

    You should not take my distrust of Farage personally. There is a lot more to running a political party than its policy documents, and yes I have read them. The mindset and approach of a person matters a great deal and based on what I know and have been told he is just not someone I want to support.

  10. 10 Johnny Rottenborough 10/01/2011 at 2:37 pm

    @ Autonomous Mind (11:27 am)—I don’t do identity racist politics

    As this century progresses, identity race (and religion) politics will be done more and more. By 2050, Muslims will be 20 per cent of Europe’s population and by around 2066, the indigenous British will have become a minority in Britain.

    Your moral stance on ‘identity racist politics’ does you great credit but, taken to its logical conclusion, it would result in Britain becoming a Muslim nation. When does estimable moral stance give way to reality and self-preservation?

  11. 11 Autonomous Mind 10/01/2011 at 2:51 pm

    Johnny, I believe a sound immigration policy negates the need for identity politics. The only reason the BNP has flourised in some areas is that a flawed immigration policy has allowed far too many people to settle here who do not integrate and frankly contribute little to the country. We should only be allowing in those people who have skills businesses want and who are motivated to be successful, law abiding members of our society.

  12. 12 Johnny Rottenborough 10/01/2011 at 3:08 pm

    @ Autonomous Mind (2:51 pm)—Amen to your last sentence, which should have been our immigration policy for the last 60 years. As things are, a British Pakistani birth rate of 4·7 versus an indigenous British birth rate of 1·7 will inescapably result in a Muslim Britain, even if immigration came to a full stop tomorrow. My original question—where do reality and self-preservation kick in?—still stands.

  13. 13 jameshigham 10/01/2011 at 3:16 pm

    You knew it, I knew it, quite a few of us did. Made no difference.

  14. 14 Liz Elliot-Pyle 10/01/2011 at 4:57 pm

    So what is the answer? Just not vote? Or vote UKIP as a protest and the only way we have to make our voice heard?
    I would be interested in your answer, because the system is just not working. We are not being listened to. And as you say, once they are in power they lie and renege on their promises.
    So what do you suggest?

  15. 15 Calvin Ball 10/01/2011 at 5:23 pm

    The problem Cameron has (well actually there are several as is now becoming apparent) is that he quite clearly likes to take the line of least resistance. Unfortunately this means reneging on his promises to his electorate. Whilst this might be pleasing to the LibDems, they unfortunately don’t vote for him and never will.

  16. 16 Dave H 10/01/2011 at 6:54 pm

    I give them credit for a couple of things – abolishing ID cards and ditching ContactPoint, both nasty bits of work that should never have gotten past the initial concept phase.

    Just a shame they seem to have run out of steam before getting round to the EU. I wonder, if we didn’t have to cope with the expense of the EU and its petty rules, would we have been able to keep the child benefit and a 17.5% VAT rate?

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