uA political simpleton of my acquaintance keeps insisting that because I loathe the current Government, I must 'therefore' be a supporter of Labour. Mind you, he then goes on to attack one 'Jeremy Corbyn'.
It is the most tiresome of all political tropes, and quite possibly the root cause of many present evils, to assume that politics is essentially a game of football, and this if you aren't a supporter of Tweedledum, you must be a supporter of Tweddledee, else why attend the match?
That was true fifty years ago but it hasn't been true of many people, perhaps the majority of this country, for a long time, and is less true every year. In fact I would say that the views of people who do have cast iron loyalty to one party or another are probably not worth paying attention to.
What I desperately want, and pay attention to, is decent, well-informed, well-intentioned, thoughtful, articulate, courageous and responsible people in power. I'm less interested in the colour of their scarves. At the last election I voted for the Lib Dem here but trod the streets of Beaconsfield in support of a decent Tory liberal, Dominic Grieve, who is a sad loss to politics.
Today I am incredibly cheered by this searing speech against Johnson by another liberal Tory. The Government I'd like to see doesnt have to have a tribal label on the front of it. A Coalition would please me most because then we'd have to accept problems are complex and views diverse, and that solutions involve intelligent discussion and compromise.
But recovery from, today, the lowest point in British politics for hundreds of years, must start with the dismissal of Johnson, that lying, cheating, lazy, corrupt, narcissistic, irresponsible, disloyal, smug, over-privileged, self deluding, sociopath. Who has not a single shred of Tory DNA in him, who is a disgrace to that once great party and who has done it, and the country, such terrible damage.
Every Tory MP who sustains him in power for another day or week or month is forever tainted by that decision.
Full speech here
I was formerly Finance Director of the Prison Service and then Director of the National Offender Management Service responsible for competition. I also worked in the NHS and an IT company. I later worked for two outsourcing companies.
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