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there is no progress in the arrogance & hubris of the remarkably low grade politicians of today relative to the arrogance & hubris the self styled political elite have displayed down the ages, as they presume to lead us in and out of wars, depressions, crisese, chaos and catastrophy for their own gain – largely founded on the belief that we their masters and employers are too stupid to make such decisions.
There is and has been Political Stagnation manifest in the manner of House of Commons speeches on the issue of #BreXit where our self selected, self styled political elite can at times be heard above the general ya-boo clammouring of their playground, seried luminaries layering their personal display of total lack of understanding on the layers of incompetent idiocy that went before.
As if this isn’t proof enough they are paraded by the media, each to feather their own nest knowing they will go unchallenged by the ‘Sleb’ cult of media so called personalities, who by and large seem to be even worse informed and geopolitically illiterate.
We are indeed stupid, we keep letting them do it at prodigeous cost & with palpable incompetence!
When you pay me on the scale of excess and profligate generosity paid to the MSM & Political front runners in this crippling charade by all means shout fascist at me and harrass me in the street, but until then let us stick to civilised, by all means strenuous but at all times polite and reasoned discussion!
From Peterloo to Brexit
Mike Leigh’s movie reminds us of Britain’s unanswered political questions.
Despite its important subject matter, Mike Leigh’s Peterloo has been greeted with trepidation.
Among Leigh fans, there is disappointment that he has opted for another period piece instead of pursuing one of his improvised comedy-dramas (especially given that his previous film, Turner, was so underwhelming). There is also concern that Leigh is turning into Ken Loach, offering up victimhood and sentimentality on past struggles for Corybnite luvvies.
And yet Peterloo is a triumph. For a film based on a dramatic historical event – the massacre of pro-democracy campaigners in St Peter’s Field in Manchester in 1819 – it is surprising how low-key and dour the initial scenes are. Set in the textile-mill districts of Manchester, these scenes remind us how grey, stultifying and pessimistic such an existence could be. ‘Now’t will change’, is the frequent cry of people who have become used to having their hopes for change raised only to see them quickly dashed.
As a result of these early grey scenes, Peterloo captures well the moment when something snaps; when the belief starts to spread that there is nothing to lose and a world to gain by demanding political rights and representation.
Some are complaining that the endless speeches in parlours and open fields become tiresome. These verbose speeches state the bleeding obvious on the oppression of textile workers, critics say. In truth, Leigh is too subtle a writer and director to let that happen. He captures history being lived through. Far from being padding, the booming speeches are central to the film. Through them we witness the evolution of the English working class into a potentially subjective and revolutionary force. People slowly evolve from making Biblical pleas for their God-given natural rights to arming themselves so that they might wrench those rights from the king.
One thing that is particularly striking is how the Manchester reformers make appeals to nationhood rather than class solidarity. A bitter sense of ‘us and them’ prevails, of course, but there are countless declarations towards ‘my fellow countrymen’. ‘Speaking as an Englishman’, characters accurately say. We see a growing demand that the nation state should reflect the wishes of its citizens and be accountable to them, too.
It was of course this appeal to political equality, to the right to vote, that so outraged the ‘moral betters’ of merchants, lords and government officials. The suggestion that a mill worker should have an equal political voice to a mill owner was enough to send in the cavalry with newly sharpened sabres.
One might argue that Leigh, like Loach, is more comfortable with the working classes when they are being defeated. Perhaps Peterloo is just another re-lived defeat designed to flatter the modern left’s low horizons. However, there is no escaping the fact that the reformers of that era were defeated, violently so. The pre-political shape of the reformers meant they were side-stepped by middle-class reformer Henry Hunt, who insisted the protesters should attend the fateful protest in St Peter’s Field unarmed, and undangerous.
After the dimly lit pub talk and speeches, the daylight protest and the ensuing carnage appear all the more vivid, dramatic and terrible. The violence and panic of the horseback dispersal feel real rather than stylised. The abrupt ending doesn’t make any attempt at neatly tying up loose ends: it leaves many characters’ situations unresolved, as of course would have been the case following the massacre itself.
Given the film’s magnitude, it is surprising how few big names are in it. Apart from Maxine Peake and Rory Kinnear, Peterloo is a cast of unknowns. It’s like a roll call of nearly every jobbing Brit actor who has appeared in, say, Clocking Off, New Tricks or Emmerdale. And they all give committed performances, a testament to Leigh’s often underrated talent for squeezing out big performances from fairly small-time actors.
The political parallels between the era depicted in this film and today’s demand for greater democracy cannot be ignored. The outraged complaints against the Manchester reformers of 1819 have alarming echoes of the way the Brexit unwashed are talked about today. And what about high-profile Remainer, Mike Leigh? He recently wondered, ‘What role did the truth play in people’s decision to vote Brexit?’. Maybe, Mike, like the working people of Manchester 200 years ago, Brexit voters just wanted more say over their lives.
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With an avg. 1.2M voters per MEP & Britain with 16% of EU GDP and 13% of the EU’s population yet having only 8% (if united) say, whilst holding less than 3% of the various offices within the EU Do note The EUropean Parliament has no ability to make policy and has a Commission of unelected bureaucrats, thus clearly the EU is not even a pretence of being a democracy despite its protestations!Do note that many senior apparatchicks and even elected politicians speak openly of the ‘Post Democratic era’ with no sense of shame or irony and in complete contempt of the so called electorate – yet The EU & many of its vassal States/Regions are all too willing to slaughter people in Sovereign States, to impose The EU’s chosen brand of democracy on them!
Now as President Junker announced in his ‘State of the union’ speech 2017 the aim is to create an EU military force and centralise ever more of the decision making and control!
The imposition of a Government and policies upon its vassal regions such as the peoples of Greece shows just how far from being a democracy the EU is.
Just follow the recent EU display of so called ‘Democracy’:
France and the Netherlands voted against the proposed EU constitution in 2005, only to have those votes ignored.
Ireland voted against ratifying the Lisbon treaty in 2008, but then later under pressure & threats had to change its mind.
Greece for me was the final straw. It became clear in 2015 that it didn’t matter which way the Greek people voted. The birthplace of democracy had become its tomb. That was enough. I was going to vote to leave the EU when the chance came.
No political party of any significance in Britain took active steps to achieve a Referendum – the task was eventually taken by an Indipendent West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire who personally launched and funded the gathering of a petition of 225,000 signatures delivered to Parliament via Downing Street, thus forcing a debate in the House of Commons on an IN/OUT Referendum, which led to David Cameron’s first consequential rebellion.
It was due to winning that debate, officially opposed by every party including Ukip that David Cameron was forced to include a promise of an IN/OUT Referendum in the Tory Manifesto at the next General Election. The rest is history & despite no Parliamentary Party backing the OUT vote & Government spending Millions of Pounds of public money leafletting & promoting ‘Project Fear’ to try to persuade the British people to Remain just as they had at the first Referendum in 1975 – This time their lies and threats were not heeded and in the largest vote in British history Britain voted by a clear majority to Leave.
Nikki Sinclaire’s OUT result left Cameron & his co conspirator Osborne with no option but to resign, sadly some of the other traitors have remained to try to hinder progress to BreXit, aided by their corrupt allies in the EU and \eu funding and bribes!
There will be little or no change in Britain’s economic position, if we leave the EU, using a better negotiated, customised & updated version of the ‘Norway Model’ as a stepping stone to becoming a full member of the Eropean Economic Area, where all will benefit, as we secure trade relations with the EU’s vassal regions, with an EFTA style status and can trade and negotiate independently on the global stage, as members of The Commonwealth and the Anglosphere.
This is of course dependent on a modicum of intelligence on the part of Britain’s politicians and negotiators but it also requires the integrity of Parliament to uphod democracy and the integrity of EU politicuians & apparchicks to act ethically and without their normal vindictive mallice.
I believe Leaving the EU will be turned into something of a rough ride by the ignorant and the corrupt but I have no doubt that in the long run Leaving the EU will prove conclusively to be in the best interests of Britain and our true allies. I also believe that Britain leaving the EU will prove to be the catalyst to great changes within the EU and hopefully its democratisation as without great changes it is indubitably doomed.
Do not overlook the fact that politicians have plotted and schemmed since the 1950s and we have actually been vassals of the EU, when it was still using the aesopian linguistics and calling itself The Common Market in the early 1970s, a name the bureaucrats arbitrarily changed to EUropean Union in the early 1990s as they worked towards their long term goals of an ever closer centrally controlled Political and economic Union with its own anthem, currency, flag and rigid central control by its self appointed bureacrats towards a new Empirate –
It will take many years to rectify the mess our political class got us into and we have no other peacefull means by which to extricate ourselves than to depend on that self same self styled elite, who all too often forget they work for us!
One huge benefit of BreXit will be that we can negotiate with bodies like the WTO, UN, WHO, IMF, CODEX and the like, directly, in our own interest and that of our partners around the world, in both the Commonwealth and the Anglosphere at large; rather than having negotiations and terms imposed by unelected EU bureacrats and their interpretation of the rules handed down, as if they were some great achievement of the EU’s!The greatest change and benefit will be political, as we improve our democracy and self determination, with the ability to deselect and elect our own Government, with an improved Westminster structure, see >Harrogate Agenda<.
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