It is that time of year once again when Leaders of political parties give us their messages – and some may say their horror stories – of what lies ahead for us. Clegg and MilibandE have published theirs, although no doubt we will have to wait a few days for that of Cameron.
There we see Clegg espousing his ideology of a fairer society and what being British means and MilibandE espousing his of One Nation, each of them informing us how, were they to gain power, they will allow our lives to develop within rules that they will impose. Last year Cameron was promoting his ideology of the Big Society and all working together, a message little different in content of those this year from Clegg and MilibandE.
It is indeed a tad rich for three men to pontificate about what being British means, about the need to become One Nation, about the need to be part of a Big Society when all three have done their best to emasculate the word British and all that it means; and emasculate the nation thus also emasculating any sense of nationhood.
There is, however, an underlying lesson to be learnt and MilibandE, no doubt unwittingly, hit the proverbial nail on the head when, two years ago in his New Year message, he said:
“Many people feel powerless in the face of [these] decisions that will affect their lives, families and communities. The political forces in Whitehall which have made these choices appear forbidding and unheeding.”
“Labour’s challenge and duty in 2011 is to be people’s voice in tough times and show that these are changes born of political choice by those in power not necessity.”
People do feel powerless because they can see no way whereby they can stop their lives being orchestrated to the nth degree by the political class who, far from appearing forbidding and unheeding, actually are forbidding and unheeding. People do not need a political party to be their voice, they each have their own voice and, given the right circumstances, are perfectly capable of having it heard. People do not have to accept changes born of political choice by those in power, changes with which they vehemently disagree – especially changes to aspects of their lives that are no business of the political class.
During the course of 2013 these will be expanded upon whereby it will be shown there is another type of democracy, one that will allow the people to shed their present status of being but vassals of the political class.
Update: Now Farage has joined in!
This is the first time, to my knowledge, that Nigel Farage has acknowledged the importance of Article 50 (at 1;55 in) although I take issue with his assertion that Article 50 is the only mechanism whereby somebody who wanted to stay in the EU could actually begin the process to claw back some powers. Maybe he should have thought about that which he said?