Who the F*!k voted for the Tories?!

I’m genuinely gutted. That exit poll shocked me – what happened to the hope? What happened to the desire for change?

People bottled it at the last-minute. Same as last time. I thought we were past that “fear is more powerful than hope” after the Scottish Referendum, but apparently not.

My take – ignorance is the problem; people are too apathetic to realise what’s going on (of course, it’s in the establishment’s interest to have apathetic people – no one to notice what the government’s getting away with), people only have a superficial understanding of what’s going on (compounded by media bias and politburo PR) and therefore don’t consider issues fully, or people have been conditioned by pre-existing ideology that inequality and privilege is part of the natural order (awfully convenient if you’re already privileged and powerful).

Despite enabling a Tory “majority” (36% of the vote a majority makes not) the one take-away I’m happy with is Scotland – they actively want change and hopefully they’ll now get it. Localised devolution makes much more sense – I just despair for the Left-Wing contingent down here subject to the supposed will of the people under Cameron’s English National Party.

Just to be clear – THIS is what we’re getting under a Tory government. Why people voted for that is beyond me. Here’s what NHS workers had to say about it this morning.

If you clicked that link about the election results, you’ll notice that 33.9% of the eligible voters didn’t turn out. I wonder how many of those people would have voted against the Tories? Whether the system works directly or not – until we have a self-reliant form of organisation we have to rely on the State to a certain degree, and by not voting we’re only letting the Fascists win: if you don’t say anything then your voice can’t be heard!

We definitely need a more proportionately representative system of government in this country, in the interest of accurately reflecting the public sentiment, rather than a sweeping generalisation. However, if that were the case then UKIP would have 83 seats in parliament, which is a terrifying prospect. So perhaps representation is only half the problem.

As a final thought, the Greens got 1,157,613 votes – 296,823 less than the SNP who got 56 seats – and only won 1 seat. There is an appetite for progress somewhere, but until we change the voting system we’ll be going round in circles. We can worry about stamping out ignorance later.

Greens never finished 2nd in GE result before, says leader“If we had a fair proportional system, we’d have 25 seats” Natalie Bennett tells Andrew Neil about Green Party election results.

Posted by BBC Daily Politics & Sunday Politics on Fry’day, Month o’ May 8, 2015

JOIN THE GREEN CALL FOR FAIR VOTES.

I get the feeling that my song will continue being relevant for the next 5 years…

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Brian May on Ukip, Russell Brand and how he went from Tory to left-of-centre activist – Mirror Online

Read the full article here

I apologise for reposting something from The Mirror, but this is an interesting turn of events!

Seems like Brian May is not only a fan of Russell Brand, but he’s starting a website dedicated to levelling the playing field when it comes to candidates in constituencies across the UK vying for our vote, a ‘colourblind’ cross-reference, and an open platform for people to discuss how they thing politics should actually work.

Good to see more people in the public eye trying to get people to engage.

Benefit sanctions: the 10 trivial breaches and administrative errors | Society | The Guardian

The coalition’s benefit sanctions regime, under which more than 1 million jobseekers had their unemployment benefits stopped last year, has spawned hundreds of documentary accounts of claimants being penalised for capricious, cruel and often absurd reasons.

via Benefit sanctions: the 10 trivial breaches and administrative errors | Society | The Guardian.

An Ideological programme that is manifested in the effects on the lives of real people.

Whether, philosophically speaking, you believe in welfare as a principle and the conditions in which it should be applied, the main problem here is the same across our current political spectrum – it is a system that is not fit for purpose. One could argue that the current situation is a direct result of Tory reform (whose ideology is fundamentally opposed to welfare in general) in blinkered service of the deus ex machina of ‘Economic Growth’, but in addition to this causality the main problems seem to be caused by the enemy of progress across parties – Bureaucracy (incidentally, another thing that the Tories pledged to reform, and New Labour is guilty of exacerbating).

The fact is, if you think people can lead a cushy life ‘sponging’ off the government, you’re sadly mistaken. Regardless of this, the Welfare State – including the NHS – is something that was conceived and incepted to represent a capacity towards the greater good, and it’s systematic dismantling that leaves some of the most desperate people in the country (particularly in this example seemingly people with mental health issues?) in hopeless situations, is quite frankly backwards.

But I suppose that’s what Conservatism is all about, at the heart of it.

See also:

The Beveridge report revisited: where now for the welfare state?

Revealed: how coalition has helped rich by hitting poor

 

 

The Cost of Paying Attention – NYTimes.com

An interesting thinkpiece from the NY Times. Reminds me of Minority Report, when Tom Cruise gets inundated with personalised adverts… Philip K. Dick once again may not be far off. Needs and Wants, people!

Attention is a resource; a person has only so much of it. And yet we’ve auctioned off more and more of our public space to private commercial interests, with their constant demands on us to look at the products on display or simply absorb some bit of corporate messaging.

via The Cost of Paying Attention – NYTimes.com.

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