Straight Talking with Ian Mean

Voters NOT the Parties are the Priorities in the General Election Farce

Posted in Uncategorized by ianmean on May 8, 2010

At the end of the shambles of our General Election on Friday, one thing is clear to me.It is that the voters who turned out in record numbers in most places that deserve the priority of our warring parties—not the parties themselves.

After all, the Conservatives did win the election. They got the most seats and they polled two million more votes than the Labour party. But due to our antiquated parliamentary system, they are not in power and as a result, this weekend saw the start of a negotiation of shabby political deals.

And they are shabby deals—the voters have no stake in them. The selfish political parties have that stake and I find the whole episode particularly unedifying.

On the day we were watching our three political leaders doing those deals standing alongside each other at the Cenotaph—trying not to blink to avoid the wrong picture in the Sunday papers—I was thinking of my Dad on the 65th Anniversary of VE Day in London. Then they were celebrating the end of World War 11 but many of our boys were still fighting in the Pacific, of course.

Our politicians need to think of that huge sacrifice as they haggle this weekend for their own selfish reasons. I sometimes worry whether politicians actually do think of the people who vote them in.

And reading the newspapers this morning, I was struck by the fact that in Wootton Bassett yesterday on the border of our county, three more of our young men were repatriated from the war in Afghanistan yesterday. Not much mention of that in the election campaign, was there?

Then I looked at the Sun and their great headline: Squatter Holed Up in No 10—Man,59,refuses to leave house in Downing Street. Very reminiscent, of course, of the other great Sun headline written by the infamous editor Kelvin Mackenzie(his dad was my first editor in South London) before the defeat of Neil Kinnock: Will the last person in Britain pleas turn the lights out(I think that was it).

Gordon Brown, of course, is constitutionally right to stay at No 10 until this mess of his succession is sorted out .But isn’t it really a farce to even contemplate him staying on to run the county with the Lib-Dems when you look at the new political map of Great Britain—a sea of blue.

To our politicians of all colours, my plea this weekend is just to think of the voters. They are the important people of this country—you are simply the custodians of their trust and you need to restore that quickly.

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  1. Quedgeley Guy said, on May 8, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    ‘ear,’ear. Mr.M.
    I would like to add that Ghandi summed up the best way for Politicos to act when he said,something along the lines of : ‘ There go the Public. I must follow them,for I am their Leader ‘.
    Now that is what they should spend the weekend pondering over,not their own personal narciccistitic ( blimey,what a word) ambitions but the Public’s right to fair and unbiased service from them.
    Otherwise there will be someone quoting Napoleon’s : ‘ Dung dressed in Slik Stockings ‘ jibe and thereby isuing an immaculately perceptive comment.
    Some News Editors (not you,of course 😉 ) would also benefit from doing the same.
    If I could have just one wish granted in perpetuity,it would be the total extinction of Spin. Let us peruse the Warts in Policies as well as the hyped and lop sided definitions that our Ministers would have us swallow.
    As Citizen Smith would shout:’ Power to the People ‘.

  2. Shaun Shute said, on May 9, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    David Cameron did not win the election. If your looking for an outright winner then it was the anti-Cameron vote. The majority of voters did not want Cameron. Not long ago we were told to expect Cameron to deliver a landslide victory but the voters were not fooled. If Cameron had won a landslide victory would Ian Mean be talking about “an antiquated parliamentary system”? Of course not.
    The voters are more concerned with the economy than whether David Cameron can have his photo taken outside number 10.

  3. Quedgeley Guy said, on May 11, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    It’s just been announced that Gordon Brown has been to see the Queen and has resigned.
    What has not been announced is what deal the Lib Dems have done with the Tories.
    Mainly,I want to find out if David Cameron is going to be PM but shackled like Scrooge’s Ghost by Nick Clegg or if all deals are off and DC is going to chance it.
    But most of all,I want to see if I’ve finally got into this tortuous site.

  4. trollhunterx said, on May 18, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    It looks like you did, QG. I was wondering where you’d got to, but I was expecting you to be posting on the Barry Dare thread…

  5. Quedgeley Guy said, on May 18, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    It’s taken so long I forgot how to log in.
    I’ve had enough of this cockeyed Blog.
    No more for me.

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