Another out-of-the-blue, straight-from-the-heart blockbuster from the Stargatemaster, Lord T. The nice thing about guestposts at this blog is that you never know when they’ll appear.
I don’t like writing about politics because it is a waste of time. It’s only to dig the knife in to show my ineffectual frustration that I make any comments at all. It’s not like we have anything like democracy in place and the farce that we have under that name has led us to where we are now. However, I am a follower of history, in a way, and believe that although we are currently heading towards disaster the wheel will turn and we will once again start making real progress as a society, socialism, once again, being shown that it is a failure.
In case you are wondering what this is about it was my thoughts after having a discussion with someone yesterday during Hallowe’en. This guy, he was young, so with the education he had I should be grateful he was able to talk so shouldn’t complain too much. He started to talk politics and I like to discuss that subject sometimes in a small group so I responded. It seems that they are all unhappy about what is going on and feel that no party is actually going to look after their wants. So I enquired about these wants and it appears that it is the usual cry of social justice. It seems their 28inch plasma TVs don’t quite compete with the 52inch plasma TVs of these rich people and something needs to be done.
I explained to them that they are already lucky. They live in the top 10% of people on this planet and that more people than live in the UK don’t have access to clean water or sufficient food for life. True social justice delivered by the mechanisms used by our socialist governments would mean that we all give up our TVs to attempt to provide a basic standard of living to the world. I then explained that the methods of aid we were providing was just a waste of money and the only true way to fix this problem was through trade and education. Well, that didn’t go down well. Suddenly they didn’t really care about the poor people when they discovered that they were not included and in fact would be inconvenienced and heavily taxed. Social justice is relative to where you are.
So then someone mentioned climate change. There I was all lined up with facts and what a waste of time that was. Everyone of us thought it was a scam to get as much money out of us as they could. They were in agreement that the climate was changing, there were a few dissenters about whether man was causing it but all agreed we should just adapt and change as necessary. Funnily enough, nobody cared about the polar bears. However, talking on this led on to how our government was watching everything we do and how we were to all intents and purposes a police state. I was surprised to find that few were concerned about the CCTV and the databases as it clamped down on terrorists. They would not have it that innocents were targeted and one used the phrase ‘If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear’. I tried but they were convinced that the state needed to do something. Didn’t know what but something anyway.
So it seems I have no chance of converting them to Libertarians. I then changed tack a bit and we discussed immigration and, the bogiemen, muslims. Boy, was that fertile ground. I was able to convince them easily enough, they had all read the news and local papers, that the big 3 parties, Lab, Cons and Libs, were useless and too PC and the only party that cared for them were parties like the BNP. After a quick initial racism gasp I said that as more people from the centre joined the BNP the less racist it became and their views were already represented by the party. Which they agreed. Most had seen or heard of question time and felt that the main parties came out poorly on that exercise and the BNP was a viable party and the only one which would help get them their social justice.
So I think I may have made a couple of new BNP voters.
You take your victories where you can.