Posts Tagged ‘damned-lies’

The need for voting reform. The need for democracy.

June 2, 2015

I heard Margaret Becket – that wonderful Labour politician of old, ‘pronouncing’ on democracy, yesterday.
She was replying to some point about how we needed voting reform.
About how unfair it was that UKIP and the greens got a total of 5 million votes but only 2 MP’s between them.
She announced that we “didn’t need voting reform” – that the people had “Spoken!”
Oh no they haven’t, Ms Becket –
= She said that, in 2010, the people wanted a coalition and so they got one.
And that in 2015, they wanted the Tories and so they got them.
NO! They didn’t say that, Ms Becket – 37% of those who voted wanted the Tories – 63% of those who voted DIDN’T want the Tories.
So the people didn’t ask for what they got – the way the votes are counted gave them what the system decided!
The people DID NOT decide.
The voting system we have at the moment gives Politicians what they want – it gives them the final say.
There is no democracy in Britain – democracy only exists in Westminster.
We have a parliamentary democracy – a democracy that is, ultimately, in the control of the Politicians.

Advertisements

Bedroom Tax BS.

March 12, 2013

Cameron ‘justifies’ this benefit reduction by saying the total spend on housing benefit has to be reduced AND that this move will make the apportioning of housing fair (or fairer) because single people won’t be stranded with excess rooms and families will be given adequate accommodation.

The problem is, however, if, eventually, everyone gets a suitable home with the ‘correct’ number of rooms, no one will pay Bedroom Tax – so no money will be saved at all.

It shows-up the lie that lurks behind Cameron’s smiling words.

It reinforces the idea that the Tories do broadcast untruths.

It adds weight to the theory that all of these benefit changes/cuts/alterations are intended, primarily, to punish the less well-off.

That wonderfully bigoted zealot, Iain Duncan Smith tells us he wishes to free those on welfare from the strangle-hold of poverty- he tells us that universal benefits are part of this attempt. But,really, IDS is trying to make the poor suffer – he is making them destitute to liberate them from the benefit merry-go-round. He is making them poorer to allow them to find dignity.

He is telling porkies in his monotone drawl – but you  cannot question a zealot.