Monday, 7 December 2009

New Blood

Nice to hear that so many of our elected representatives are not going to stand at the next election.

Here's an idea.

If you must vote, vote for someone who has NEVER been an MP. Don't care what the party is, just don't vote for anyone who has already been an MP. They got us into this mess in the first place, they are hardly likely to get us out of it.

Use your vote to boot out the 646 liars and thieves.


Anonymous said...

Excellent suggestion OH. There should be some honourable exceptions I think, where MPs - of whatever Party - have shown themselves to be genuinely committed to the wellbeing of their constituents - and have not been tainted in any way by the expenses thievery. However, they could probably be counted on the fingers of one hand. For the rest - out, out OUT. Let them go try & scrape a living in the Real World.

George said...

My MP is Philip Hollobone, one of the exceptions, unfortunatly I am beginning to hate the Tories as much as Labour.

Shibby said...

Sure worked for the US in the last election!

Sure worked for Britain in recent elections too!

Sure worked for Germany in the 1930s!

For god's sake don't vote for someone who promises to kill all drinkers, or sell Britain to other countries or - God forbid - a Labour supporter, just because they haven't been an MP before.

Although they would have to buy it back from the EU first...

You best bet is probably Libertarians or Jury Team or something, although the chances of either having any success are slim.

subrosa said...

Col Bob Stewart has been chosen as PPC for Beckenham too. Good catch for the Tories.

Danish Pastry (Mrs) said...

Subrosa's blog is back up and running

Weston Bay said...

OH, much as I can understand the palpable sense of exasperation in your post, simply saying 'vote for someone who's not an MP' can only re-enforce the apathy and cynicism that exists in this country. I'm not a libertarian but I also find it depressing that there is no party or movement out there that even loosely shares my view of where the country should be going but I will still get out there and vote for something. Even if it's only on a narrow policy issue.

Better to challenge our future MPs to say what they are for as opposed to what they're against and ask them which direction they believe we should go.

Now if you meet a candidate who sticks to his opinion even at the cost of losing your vote then they may be worth something even if you don't agree with them.

On the other hand if you get a candidate who seems to nod and agree with everything you say, then in Tony Benn's words they are a 'weather cock' and should not be given the steam off your piss, let alone your vote.

Never cave in to apathy or cynicism. That only makes things worse.

Fausty said...

A peek at a candidate's voting record, expenses record and majority should tell you all you need to know. Plus Weston Bay's idea (3rd paragraph).

Love the photo, OH. Very apt.

Dave said...

Off Topic but-

How many limos do they need at Copenhagen?
Answer here

Delphius1 said...

I'm with you entirely OH. Party Politics has destroyed this country, with a small number at the top decreeing legislation to be rubber stamped by the rest of the MPs backed by the whipping system if necessary. Hardly democratic is it? Where is the debate, or the concensus?
I fear the Lords would go the same way if converted to elected representatives or representatives selected by the lower house.
My system would be to have Peers selected like jurors: entirely at random form the wider population. Totally representative of the wider population and pretty independant at a stroke.

T England said...

OH, As much as I agree with you I can't not vote for an MP in the the only party that will rid us of Labour, so I will be voting for a Tory MP at the election.

However, as I believe the Tories won't perform as I expect or want them to I fully expect to be supporting a smaller party in the not to distant future.

I think it's going to be fun soon after the next election having a new target to attack ;o)

Anonymous said...

where is screaming lord such when you need him....

Swindonian said...

I would agree that party politics has destroyed this country.

Perhaps a return to the classical liberal tradition, whereby one "cross the floor" - rarely seen these days if at all.

Captain Ranty said...

Great minds think alike, Holby:

Something must be done.


UncleMarvo said...

Another idea: anyone who wants to be an MP is probably not a good bet. Vote for someone else who doesn't even know he's an option.

I realise this may be difficult to implement.

Maturecheese said...

For your suggestion to work you will first have to kill around 20% (a guess)of the sheeple who vote for a party because they and their family always have.

microdave said...

"where is screaming lord such when you need him...."

Dead, unfortunately....

He died in 1999, aged 58.

Dick Puddlecote said...

For the first time ever, I fucking hope one of the two fighting it out in my constituency knock on my door this time round. I've got a fucking long list of things to say, and they better stay around to listen to the lot, or they'll have something fucking heavy thrown at them as they make their escape.

thelunaticarms said...

It isn't who votes that counts, its the one who counts the votes we should be aiming to be.

That way we can REALLY choose our Government. I choose me.

All your dreams will come true or your money back. Promise.

On a more serious note, good idea, just need to find out as much as possible about them before hand. Who knows, maybe we can get someone with a clean record. Or at the very least vet out any possible Mangledbum clones.

Kelly Brook said...

If you must vote, vote for someone who has NEVER been an MP. Don't care what the party is, just don't vote for anyone who has already been an MP. They got us into this mess in the first place, they are hardly likely to get us out of it.

After much deliberation and investigation I believe there is only one person and party worthy of my vote and thats Stan Stanleys of The Stan Party..his indepth understanding of the worlds political currents,his honesty and growing support leave me convinced of his and his partys future prominence in Britains political landscape.

Plus he is sooo good looking and gentle.

I am Stan said...

Well thank you Kelly for those kind words I`m flattered...please email me your address and mobile number so I can send you our party pack and subscription details.

Interesting post Holby I think Kelly has the answer.

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