Politics schmolitics

‘Romeo is banished’
– Prince Escalus, Romeo and Juliet

This General Election, on the 4th of July, 2024, will be my tenth.

10th Election Special: pros and cons of each party.

Conservative

For: Free market belief. Individual freedom. Free speech. Low taxes. Low government intervention. Personal responsibility and accountability. Not blaming others. Spending own money, not other people’s. Community foundations. Pride in country. Support for military. Fiscal prudence, not spending beyond our means. Most inclusive party without any overt bias. Three women PMs. A black chancellor. An Indian PM. Labour are nowhere near this. Black chancellor was terrible but it’s about meritocracy, so when he was found out, he was fired. More inclined to support Israel. More supportive of UK oil and gas production. It’s still needed. Believe more in trade and innovation rather than regulation.

Against: This is the first Parliament in modern history during which living standards have fallen. Debt at its highest rate in 60 years, with debt interest payments being the fastest growing area of government spending. NHS waiting lists at 7.5 million. Schools and hospitals are crumbling. Huge rise in use of food-banks. Not executed on ‘levelling up’. Many communities left behind. London centric. Rest of country not seen as relevant. Self-centred. Selfishness. Have not delivered on immigration controls. Corruption and lack of standards in public life. Allowed Johnson free rein, who is a judicially proven liar. Insufficient belief in European trade. Have run core institutions into the ground – NHS, BBC, Civil Service, Foreign Office, the courts, the countryside. We are low on civic pride. They don’t believe in arts funding. Regulatory capture. Too cosy with the City and big business. Dangerous influence of venture capitalists and Singapore-on-Thames freeports ideas. Posh boys who thought it would be fun to run the country for a while.
They need a long banishment.

Conclusion: 0% chance of voting Conservative.

Labour

For: Sounding serious on economics and business. Some impressive individuals. Yvette Cooper. Lisa Nandy, brilliant. Sensible thinking on levelling up and regional economic support. More pro-Europe as a trading bloc. Fairness. Fewer vested interests – fewer dodgy business connections. Maurice Glasman influence and Blue Labour movement – connecting to communities and localism. Investment in trades, apprenticeships, skills and services. More inclined to support the arts.

Against: More in favour of government intervention and interference in markets. I hate the idea of nationalised industry, energy or rail or anything. They won’t have the best talent and they distort the market. Captured by trade unions, and held hostage by them. Some unimpressive MPs. Vestiges of pre-historic Corbynista relics. Apologising for heritage and inheritance. They wobble when asked what a woman is. Too lenient on Hamas. Not sufficiently steely on immigration. Not financially competent – see Birmingham council bankruptcy. Anti UK oil and gas production. Think more about regulation than trade. Insufficient clout on innovation. New Marxists are too influential – Aaron Bastani and Novara Media (they’re suspicious con-artists). Keir Starmer once knocked on my door. When I asked him about Cyprus and pressure on Turkey, he froze.

Conclusion: 99.9% chance of voting Labour.

Liberal Democrats: Nothing to say.

Green Party: I don’t believe in agricultural feudalism. They don’t believe in technology, trade, growth, and individual freedom. I agree with them on civic pride, localism, restraint, stewardship, and ecological custodianship.

My voting history: 1987: Gremloids Party (Lord Buckethead). 1992: Conservative (John Major). 1997: Liberal Democrat (Paddy Ashdown). 2001: Labour (Tony Blair). 2005: Labour (Tony Blair). 2010: Labour (Gordon Brown). 2015: Labour (Ed Miliband). 2017: Conservative (Theresa May). 2019: Liberal Democrat (Jo Swinson). 2024: Labour (Sir Keir Starmer).

Vote early. Vote often.

James Neophytou

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