Politics of the kindergarten

A measure of just how far party politics has sunk, and the extent to which the desperation of politicians to see their tribe ‘in power’ trumps everything, can be seen in Nick Boles’ suggestion that the National Liberal Party be revived by the Conservatives.

Such is the contempt in which voters are held by the political class, politicians like Boles believe that the Conservatives setting up a modern day National Liberal Party – which in its previous incarnation after splitting from the Liberal Party had the likes of Michael Heseltine and John Nott on its roll, before going on to merge completely with the Conservatives in 1968 – would attract liberal-minded voters at the next general election that the Conservative brand cannot.

The point here is that Boles is admitting the Conservatives are unpopular and need to win Liberal Democrat votes.  Knowing most of those Lib Dem supporters who could be tempted to jump ship from the SS Clegg would jump left rather than right, he is pinning his hopes on people falling for a false flag party that, he reasons, would appeal to the centre left yet obey the Conservatives’ bidding without question.  It failed in the 60s and it would fail again now.  But the fact the idea is even being kicked around shows the depths these people will plumb.

Of course, nowhere in all these shenanigans is there any consideration of what the people may want, or recognition that most of the promises the parties will make ahead of the 2015 General Election could never be honoured in any case because the power sits in Brussels, not Westminster.  While a relatively small story with little traction, this is by far one of the most cynical trains of thought and naked attempts to con voters into supporting something they don’t want that has so far emerged from the festering swamp that is home to the political bubble.

Voting for any of these lying crooks would be an obscenity.  They are nothing more than children playing games.  We are looking on at the politics of the kindergarten.  It’s well past time for a change to the system.

7 Responses to “Politics of the kindergarten”


  1. 1 1957chev 19/11/2013 at 8:25 pm

    It is the same in countless countries, all over the world. Just because they have an “:elected” politician, does not mean that the politician is actually representing the views of the majority of their constituents. As a matter of fact, more and more often, democracy ends on voting day. We must fight for, and insist upon, changes, that will allow politicians to be prevented from following their own agenda, once they are elected. There is far too long between voting days, to allow the present system to continue. It is an abject failure, to everyone but the politicians.

  2. 2 grahamwood32 20/11/2013 at 12:16 pm

    He is another of Cameron’s no hopers. Juvenile, inexperienced, full of himself, and delighted to anger grass roots Tories and anyone else with his vision of concreting Britain all over and contempt for planning laws.
    Yuk! Another career politician

  3. 3 Autonomous Mind 20/11/2013 at 2:51 pm

    Graham, he was parachuted into a winnable seat after getting passed over for selection as candidate for London Mayor. Ever since he has acted like he has a divine right to impose his worldview on the rest of us.

  4. 4 cosmic 20/11/2013 at 3:43 pm

    I believe the theory runs something like this:

    Elections are decided by floating voters in marginal seats and most seats will not change hands. The floating voters obviously occupy the middle ground between Labour and Conservative, often ending up with the Lib Dems, so to gain office, the Conservatives need to look more like Labour and the LibDems and Labour need to look more like the Conservatives and the LibDems to capture these floating voters.

    The problem the Conservatives have had, is in appealing to the LibDem tendency, they’ve pissed off much of their natural support, so it’s been a bad deal. So yes, this national Liberal Party thing looks like an attempt to suck in Lib Dem votes without them having to cross the hurdle of voting for a thing called the Tory Party.

    However, the parties have converged, in practice, if not in what their manifestos are saying, so the middle ground becomes an artificial construct which Westminster is comfortable with and which excludes all sorts of things of wide concern which it doesn’t want to discuss, such as immigration.

    Now UKIP are criticised for not having a coherent view and not having thought things through such as leaving the EU and their policy on immigration. These are reasonable criticisms and they are judged by harsher standards being outsiders who want to change things.

    But turning it around, what are the Conservative, Labour and LibDem parties about and where are their thought through policies? They’re doing things and managing the consequences, but this hardly classes as executing thought through policies, especially policies which fit with some underlying philosophy which they’ve enunciated.

  5. 5 angela ellis-jones 20/11/2013 at 4:46 pm

    He was only parachuted into a safe seat because he’s a homo.

    There may ,or may not,be a connection between that and his idiotic idea that there is no need for an anti-porn filter – a view which the PM,with admirable concern for children’s welfare, has fortunately completely demolished.

    What a jerk this man is – on the wrong side of every argument,with his silly,half-baked ideas!!

    Everything about him makes me think ‘how dim do you have to be,to be a liberal? He certainly isn’t any sort of conservative!

  6. 6 Edward Spalton 20/11/2013 at 6:58 pm

    I wonder how far the Conservative party’s unpopularity is due simply to being not conservative of anything but its cult of entitlement to office (One can’t really call it power in an EU province).

    Cameron decided that he would be “the heir to Blair” because Blair had been a winner and Cameron wanted to be one too. He and his chums made the calculation that the real conservatives ( the “Neanderthals” and “Turnip Taliban” etc) would have nowhere else to go and so could safely be ignored. In the meantime, a vote taken from the Lib-Dems or Labour was as good as two votes . The “A Listers” and all the rest of top down party management, of which this man is an exemplar, was deliberate taunting of those who would otherwise be a really conservative party’s most loyal supporters.

    The result – Cameron could not even win a majority against a disastrous open goal like Gordon Brown with the worst financial crisis ever on his watch.

    Norman Tebbit pointed out that it’s the people who stayed away in disgust who caused this. Now with UKIP as an alternative, the Cons are deeper than ever in the mire – and deservedly so.

    I hardly think a “national Liberal” label can be pasted over this septic mess.


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