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A repost from a fellow blogger

‘Nicked from A K Haart, comes the following:

“Older people live in the past in that we have long memories and in many cases our best years are behind us.Yet we have one important social advantage – we know where the bodies are buried.

I mean in a social and political sense of course.We remember the political blunders of the past, the silly government promises which failed to deliver. The mistakes we are doomed to repeat because those in charge weren’t around to see why their brilliant new wheeze isn’t brilliant or new, is wheezing from the off and didn’t work the last time it was tried.We know why we are where we are.

I think that’s why many of us look on with contempt at senior politicians in their early forties or younger (Chloe Smith? – Ed.) who haven’t seen enough of life to be moulded by it. So often they haven’t troubled themselves about experience, but took hold of the greasy pole as callow youths and never let go.
Now they have squirmed their way to the top and life is a breeze as long as they don’t look down and always have an answer drawn from the spin-doctor’s doctrines rather than something more durable. Such as personal experience. There isn’t much of that to be had on the pole.
Yet as older people see the cycles and realise that these things must wend their weary way through their inevitable phases, I think we also grow less concerned about the chimera of collective self-determination.
Because in the long run there is no collective self-determination, only self-determination which has to pick up the pieces each time the collective illusions fall apart as we slide down to the inevitable trough, wondering how bad it will be this time around.”
It is of interest that opinion poll after opinion poll shows that the greater support for Ukip lies in the 60+ group and the lowest level of support lies with the 18-24 group (per Mike Smithson, anyway). To quote AKH: “…we know where the bodies are buried. I mean in a social and political sense of course. We remember the political blunders of the past, the silly government promises which failed to deliver. The mistakes we are doomed to repeat because those in charge weren’t around to see why their brilliant new wheeze isn’t brilliant or new, is wheezing from the off and didn’t work the last time it was tried.” If those of us 60+ plus know this – and it is a ‘given’ – then why have not Ukip attempted to educate those in the younger voting groups of such knowledge? Ukip have without doubt tried – some would say; and some would say not – but I would suggest their ‘message’ is unheard because they have not found the right combination of words.

With ‘matters EU’ becoming even more ‘mainstream’ by the day, should not Ukip be polling in the 20s/30s – rather than struggling to reach double figures? Why is Ukip not turning Cameron’s “Big Society” argument back on him? All things considered, with the public becoming more and more aware of the defects of EU membership, are not those agin said membership a “Big Society”? There is another aspect to the question of Ukip’s lack of ‘general support’ and it relates to the younger generation. Those that follow Ukip – read the website, the tweets, the announcements by ‘Young Independence’ (the under 35 section of Ukip) – they are informed that the ‘younger generation’ is a vibrant and growing division – so why is this not reflected in the opinion polls?

A final thought: with the Lib/Lab/Con consensus for maintaining EU membership incorporating the continuation of subservience of our country, the continuation of loss of sovereignty; and the only party that is offering an alternative cannot get it’s strategy or message ‘right’, then UK plc is doomed. Having said that, if ‘Harrogate’ can agree a strategy for the future then Ukip may well find itself relegated to fourth or fifth in the rankings, instead of the ‘faux’ third place they claim…….

Just a thought………. (again)

 


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