Mandates and hypocrisy

Anyone who has listened to Ed Miliband (why, oh why…) in recent weeks, as he witters on about tomorrow’s voting system referendum, will have noticed the line to take that has been adopted by his PRs and spin doctors – that of electoral mandate.

Repeatedly, including this morning on Radio 4’s Today programme, Miliband has stated that the ‘Conservative led coalition’ is undertaking cuts and other actions for which they ‘do not have a mandate’.

It seems strange of Miliband to complain about this.  After all, was it not Labour who allowed millions of migrants into the country without a mandate to do so? Was it not Labour who signed the Lisbon Treaty without a mandate to do so? And where was Miliband’s righteous indignation about Labour’s lack of mandate when doing what it wanted, irrespective of the wishes of the public?

To emphasise the hypocrisy of it all, where was Miliband when a lawyer representing the Labour government argued in court that people had no reasonable entitlement to expect that a political party will carry out its manifesto pledges? Did he resign in noble anguish? Did he hell.

This brings us back to the reality of our situation today. We are merely pawns in the self serving power games of the rival factions of the political class. They spend all their time fighting like rats in a sack about trivialities because when it comes to matters of substance they are in agreement.

The voting reform referendum is just another triviality. Another contrived battle of ‘principle’ helpfully played out as a major issue by the dumbed down mainstream media. As this blog has asked before and does again now, what is the point deciding how we vote when our votes do nothing to determine which people wield power?

All AV would do is further cement consensus politics in this country.  It will permanently shore up the elective position of the political class and further distance people from decison making power. First past the post is a lesser evil, but elections are now irrelevant anyway as laws are handed down from the EU for our toy politicians to burnish, embellish and implement without hesitation.

The vote we should have, about whether this country should fully govern its own affairs through its own democratic structures, or accept rule from overseas by bureaucrats in Brussels and accept the EU’s alien anti democratic structures, is not on offer to us. We are denied that choice.

None from the Conservatives, Labour or Liberal Democrats want the people of this country to decide for themselves and make that fundamental decision about how this country is governed. So why should we play their game and take time to vote about which system best suits the narrow political interests of those insipid groups of power seeking climbers, liars and charlatans?

A plague on all their houses.

5 Responses to “Mandates and hypocrisy”


  1. 1 kenomeat 04/05/2011 at 1:28 pm

    Thanks AM; you have helped me to make up my mind on the referendum. I shall simply abstain, even though Farage is supporting a Yes vote. And if there isn’t a UKIP candidate for my council on the ballot it will be a very brief visit to the polling station.

  2. 2 Liz Elliot-Pyle 04/05/2011 at 2:01 pm

    Someone said to me just today ‘ah but what if Labour got back in at the next election???’ and I realised that it doesnt make a jot of difference WHO gets in. They are all as bad as each other, and until we get out of the EU nothing will change. It is the EU that rules us now, and Parliament is just a waste of time and (our) money.

  3. 3 Bill Sikes' Dog 04/05/2011 at 2:42 pm

    ” A plague on all their houses. ”

    Should that not read ” A plaque on all their houses. ” so that the angry mob might find them that much easier ? .

  4. 4 Autonomous Mind 04/05/2011 at 2:50 pm

    I suppose it could give a whole new meaning to pleading with God to give us a sign…

  5. 5 OF 04/05/2011 at 11:42 pm

    Elegantly put. There’s a much more longwinded post than yours about the irrelevance of tomorrow’s referendum – and the undesirability of an “in-out” EU one – here:

    http://umbrellog.com/forum3/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=1009111

    There’s this, via Mr Roadhog on EU Ref:

    “Ed Miliband’s day did not get off to the greatest of starts, what with being called “David” by John Humphrys after turning in a wretched performance on the Today programme. The interview opened with a scorcher of an own goal. The Labour leader proudly admitted he’d written the pledge into Labour’s 1997 election manifesto to hold a referendum on voting reform. Asked by Humphrys why the pledge was broken, Miliband replied without missing a beat: “Because we got a majority of 170”. Marvellous. If you want an object lesson in casual political cynicism, this was it.”

    Peter Hitchens noticed recently that Dave was only going through the motions in opposing AV and that he really wouldn’t mind it. If my mind hadn’t already been made up, that would have sealed it.


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