ELECTION ANALYSIS: TIME TO PUT THE CONSTITUTION ABOVE PARTY INTEREST

constitutionalscales6515The desire to make the election exciting is shielding everyone from the real issues we face

Almost every UK “news” site I go to now seems to have one of those countdown clocks telling us how many hours, minutes, seconds and centuries there are to go until the General Election. Both sides are trying to whip the debate up into being something important. In truth, it is neither important nor engaging, because the real issues are being ignored – certainly, more than in any other election in my lifetime.

Both the Tory and Labour press have stuck to one message each: respectively, these are “Labour are all over the place” and “the Tories are cruel and heartless beasts”. As time has been whittled away – and the Dead Heat result increasingly more certain – the “one last heave” dimension has grown, and the name-calling reached risible hysteria: Labour will spend us into oblivion, the Tories are just trying to engineer a constitutional crisis…and so on, andonandonandon.

Well, the Slog has maintained since its inception that that we face a cultural and constitutional crisis, so perhaps it would be apt if the econo-political situation wound up producing one. Because it really is the Constitutional protection of the citizen that’s at the heart of this election. It’s at the very core of the thing chiefly because all Parties seem blissfully unaware of the threats to our rights….but especially the Old Guard.

The key dangers come from nine areas of contemporary life: corporacratic control of the political process, the rise and rise of Islam, overpopulation, the decline and fall of the European Union, the secessionary desires of the SNP, the appeasement of unrepresentative minorities, the perversion of our due process of Law, the failure of science to get beyond fossil fuel energy….and above all, the chaos in fiscal and banking affairs.

It is my contention this morning that all the Parties involved in the 2015 playground mud-fight are putting largely irrelevant (but urgent) Party needs before the central needs of importance to the British People.

In effect, they are putting politically motivated (but misguided) ‘policies’ before the Constitution. This is, in my book, the ultimate betrayal of the electorate….made possible by the fact that voters themselves are too baffled and dumbed-down to put what’s going on into some form of critique.

The SNP is using the election as a tactical means of getting leverage at Westminster – with a view to secession from the UK. Ukip is using the closeness of the result and disarray in the eurozone to further its case for secession from the EU. The LibDems are marshalling their very capable local machines to ensure that losses are kept to a minimum, and they retain the balance of power. The Labour Party is trying to be everyone’s Lady Bountiful with its ‘six pledges’….and by getting into Government via some form of SNP arrangement. And the Conservative Party wants to rule on its own, the better to serve its corporate multinational masters in commerce and the City.

Just reading those six – I think fair – assessments, the threats seem to me obvious. But I try to summarise all nin below anyway in a bid to put the attack on liberal democracy into the sharpest possible focus.

1. Corporate money and influence in politics (be it from industrialists, bankers, the TUC, vocal minorities or influential media owners) has been a problem in our system for decades, but the situation is now out of control. The biggest single visitor traffic footfall into the Palace of Westminster now is from monied lobbyists. The Daily Express backs (and helps bankroll) Ukip, the Guardian and Mirror back Labour, and in particular the Unite-driven TUC candidate of the Harman-Dromey faction, Ed Miliband. The Daily Mail backs the Tory Right, the Times backs Tories that don’t like Cameron, while the Daily Telegraph backs banks that pay them money – and their candidate, Boris Johnson.

All of these obvious links represent a threat to Parliamentary sovereignty, and openly influence what politicians say and do.

2. Islam is rapidly becoming a subject nobody dare discuss without being called an anti-multicultural racist. It is nevertheless probably the biggest single issue where MPs are hopelessly out of touch with voter concerns, and idiotically unwilling to accept the dangers that have come with previous, thoughtless policies. In turn, Thatcher, Blair and now Cameron have enthusiastically embraced the trigger-happy attempts of the US to tick off pretty much every Islamic schism abroad, and then appease the reflection of them at home. Miliband’s latest vow to “outlaw Islamaphobia” strikes most thinking people as a law to put Islam above the law…and a naïve response to Islamic “community leaders” constantly demanding more power for them – and less toleration of any other viewpoint.

3. Still largely uncontrolled immigration is often viewed as just another aspect of Islamic extremism in Britain. In fact, Jihadists are totally unrepresentative of most Muslim attitudes; the problem here is that ‘fellow-travelling’ by many especially young UK Islamics, and the (until recently) neglect of obvious radicalisation centres, allowed the problem to increase hugely between 2005 and 2012. But a much larger and, in the long term, more important issue to do with immigration involves three vital matters: local authority resources, housing pressures, and our ability to grow enough food in Britain.

Far too few UK commentators take enough notice of our obvious inability to be self-sufficient now. Endless excuses are used as a smokescreen put up to hide the failures of wishfully unthinking fluffies with regard to migration control: we need more trained workers, multiculturalism “is good”, the numbers are not that big, we make a net gain, we must do as the EU says and so forth. They’re all risible in ignoring ancillary knock-on effects: but ultimately, the problem is one of trade deficit.

Our import bill for food is horrendous…and the more houses we build, the worse the land-availability gets.

4. The European Union remains the huge elephant in the British room. It’s been covered endlessly elsewhere at The Slog, but suffice to say – again – it is an unaudited, gangster-fascist, anti-liberty and economically dead trading partner with perhaps the most incompetent fiscal control mechanisms in State history. Yet every Party except Ukip wants to embrace it – Labour by being “more at the centre” and the Tories by “reforming from the inside”. Both myths have been shown up as such during the course of the Election.

Take these 3rd and 4th points together, and the threat to our continued existence as an independent State – and the Rule of Law – is obvious. If we can’t pay our way and we can’t feed ourselves, then malign external influences will take advantage of that….as indeed they already are doing.

5. The secessionary ambitions of the SNP (a) don’t reflect either the last referendum result or (b) the feelings of the Scottish majority today. In turn, (c) they are not backed by any balanced view of Scotland’s economic future, and (d) they will produce destabilised currency and market roiling we need like a hole in the head – while (e) producing the possibility of a hostile State north of the border that’s in the EU when we aren’t.

Again, the threat is obvious and compelling. But above all, gaining what they want by interfering in English politics makes the Scottish case a potential pariah among the English and Welsh.

6. Appeasing unrepresentative minorities has been the spineless policy of the Westminster-Metropolitan bubble going back to the early 1970s, but it seems to me increasingly obvious that more pressing socio-economic issues – and the encouragement of the vocal – is heading rapidly towards a backlash. Both major Parties have been guilty of this in former times, but Labour is, sadly, by far the worst offender on the contemporary scene. I say ‘sadly’, because the UK Liberal-Left axis has suffered a serious plot-loss in recent years – almost to the point where they need to get back to it, and/or change their name completely. Those forgotten folks currently labouring under the most right-wing Conservative corporatism since Thatcher (both here and in the EU) really do not care a fig for the concerns of transgender citizens, extreme feminism or Islamaphobia: like me, they want to know when majority rights being hammered into the ground by the EU and the Tory Party are going to be tackled head-on…and the welfare system offer them some hope rather than a hard time week in week out.

Of course the Labour leadership wants better benefits, more job security for the poor, and a better future for ordinary Brits. But they (especially Miliband) show no real guts in taking on the economic/bourse/banking model – and the EU diktat-machine – that have landed us in a terrifyingly weak position. The words are there, but the fire isn’t. I’m aware of the cruel and mendacious attacks on Ed Miliband from Dacre, Murdoch and the Barclays; but I’m afraid that, in reality, he does not engage easily with mass-market voters, while Ed Balls (like his original mentor Gordon Brown) makes even the simplest ideas too dense to follow.

7. For me, easily the most dangerous immediate threat to our freedoms is the rape of our legal rights since the 1990s. While this is often referred to as “creeping”, the reality is that these attacks are now gushing like a major oil find – and almost all of it from the Commons, or the appallingly named Ministry of Justice.

Some of the stats involved are horrifying: for example, legal instruments that can ignore any and all debates in some cases have doubled under the latest Administration – as they trebled under New Labour. But real, properly considered legislation in a statute has halved under the Coalition. We are in effect now suffering some 14,000 instruments that together represent illiberal and anti-democratic ‘sub-laws’ of much greater force than the Emergency Powers Act passed by Hitler and Goering in 1934 Weimar Germany.

This too is never discussed. But then – given that over-representation of lawyers at Westminster was, last time around, a staggering 8,300% – it wouldn’t be. Also, as a neutral it remains my view that the controlling nature of both the Big Two Parties is driving this trend. One day soon we are going to wake up and find ourselves living in a de facto dictatorship.

8. As a nation – indeed, as a western world – neoliberalism, oil interests and commodity market manipulation have meant a poor level of concerted research into future sources of viable energy. But few people have screwed up the potential more than Britain.

In the 1970s and 1980s, both Labour and Conservative governments ripped through our North Sea oil reserves without giving a moment’s thought to renewable energy. But after 1997, New Labour in general and Ed Miliband in particular went to the opposite extreme and adopted wind power despite the obvious evidence available (and offered to them free) from the Dutch government pointing out its two key disadvantages: unreliability and huge maintenance costs. The Nimby Camerlot regime then compounded the maintenance issue by shifting new wind power offshore (that trebles the after-sales cost) and beginning a ludicrous and woefully ill-informed campaign to frack for oil underneath the British ground…a water-greedy extraction method used on a tiny over-populated island where the water supply is already straining to meet demand, and more and more evidence shows fracking to be a dead-end technology of only short-term usefulness.

If Labour returns to power, no doubt the commitment to wind-power will increase yet again…storing up for future generations Trident-style problems of maintenance….and an approach incapable of coping with Britain’s power demands. On the other hand, if the Conservatives retain power in some form, they will press ahead with Chinese involvement in nuclear power generation – quite the maddest idea any 21st century UK Government has had to date.

The chop-and-change shambolic nature of our energy policy reflects (like our traffic load, fiscal, health and educational planning) the triumph of thinly backed-up ideology and commercial interests over good governance. These areas of government inform my view that many central government functions should be mutualised – and then become matters for more consensus as well as more local power to experiment. To me they represent socio-constitutional national interests that should be above politics and as far away from bourse economics as possible.

9. One of the bigger mammoths in the Election room (in that I cannot now recall hearing it mentioned at any point in the debates and soundbites) is obviously the fiscal-cum-banking liabilities Britain faces. I posted last week about the clarity of just how big the UK’s exposure to eurozone collapse contagion still is, but to widespread indifference. The state of RBS when it comes out, however, is going to evoke anything but apathy. Panic might be closer to the mark.

The obvious threat to our safety as the citizenry here is the deposits we have in banks like Lloyds and RBS….as both Cyprus and the largely hidden Coop Bank scandal have shown. As to the £85,000 protection scheme, I do not think it would be wise to assume any level of financial certainty from that one – whether we have a change of government or not.

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Nine things that rarely speak their name, and even less often get debated publicly. It is all part of this new century’s desire to take flight from the real and the unnatural, to seek out new virtual worlds, to believe the palpably discredited – but never to step outside the intellectual and physical position of The Belief Tribe. It explains why we still have Tory v Labour with no truly viable alternative around, why there are so few new ideas around….and most of all, why our Constitutional rights are taking last place behind the big Party machines and their own pernicious donors.

We must, soon, put the British Constitution (and its legally fraternal application) back where it belongs: above any other consideration.

40 thoughts on “ELECTION ANALYSIS: TIME TO PUT THE CONSTITUTION ABOVE PARTY INTEREST

  1. John, I agree with you almost entirely. There have been bigger steps in addressing the issues than perhaps you report. This election is now very much a fight between the legacy parties who have sold us down the river in so many areas, and ‘incomer’ parties for the ‘sick of the reds and blues’ hence SNP and UKIP. UKIP are the only party who seek to get us out of the EU, to control immigration as at least a start on population control, incentivise home building on brownfield sites, maintain a strong national defence, stop corporate tax avoidance. I know you don’t like Farage (can’t quite understand why), but he is the only one offering what many people realise is our last gasp here. Another five years of Cameron / Johnson or Milliband will see us so far gone that it may be too late. If that’s the case and I am forced to be a full European, I think I will move to at least a better climate away from the madding crowd and drink wine in the sun. And forget it all.

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  2. There is no going back as none of the see anything wrong with their ideologies.
    The public in general, particularly the younger ones are so obsessed with celebrity that there is no interest in politics whatsoever. This week alone we have had Posh and Becks birthday bash at a cost of over £250K,and that’s not counting the costs of all the private jets to and from Los Angeles, London and Morocco. Las Vegas airport unable to accept commercial incoming flights owing to so many private jets of the rich and famous clogging up the airport all to witness a $180M pay day for a boxer. How quickly the plight of Nepal was forgotten. The rich kids of Instagram fill the tabloids with their obscene displays of wealth and the public lap it up. What do a bunch on corrupt politicians actually have to worry about? It isn’t an angry electorate is it? Lord Janner isn’t living in fear of prosecution is he? No, nothing is going to change all the time they can provide the necessary distractions for the proles.
    I, also believe that Farage is only in it to sit at the top table, those who are lucky enough to have a seat there are above the law and can behave with impunity.
    Alas, things can only get worse before they get better.

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  3. Why we must pay a fair price for foreign goods http://www.voxeu.org/article/income-inequality-and-citizenship ,this will ease unrest worldwide & raise living standards meaning we can export & being better off & prosperous less trouble & less need for migration to bee’s honey pot
    Housing this will not happen but if every house had a wind turbine fitted,solar panels & water butts to collect water & a simple pumping system to pump it to bath’s,washing machine’s & dish washers & garden hosepipe every house would be 95% self sufficient (drinking water) because utility companies would collapse from not making a profit from commercial (if extended to commercial should cut prices) & the shortfall in some areas,the national grid exists for the benefit of all,but i doubt it could ever be built nowadays,(HS2 proves that.) the £1-2k per year per household going back into the economy would create great stimulus minus the up keep of these items,but repairing millions of homes would create far more economic activity than a few power-stations, obviously water treatment & waste sewerage prices would increase.but non of this is possible & profitable

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  4. No he is not Miss Apprehension he is offering the same economic model but with movement restrictions ,in other words a closed shop ,but that economic modal relies on cheap imports which can only lead to discontent & disturbances,in those countries & end our ability to manufacture to anyone but the leading nations of the world & in leaving Europe would just about leave us with the USA & off course a small % to other nations & cut us from money markets other than the USA because London city will diminish & fade away in importance has our reliance on the states grows

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  5. Selling the dream is easy ask the Russians of 1910,living the nightmare is totally different KFC ask the Russians of the 1930’s( you could insert USA 1950’s & USA of today)

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  6. This piece can be summed up as (..the whole social, political and economic edifice is crumbling..). This then begs the next question. Can it be fixed?
    It would seem the difference between a *problem* and a *dilemma*, is that a problem might have one or more solutions, whereas a dilemma can only be adapted to, accommodated, or accepted as it has no solution.
    I believe that this ‘crumbling edifice’, is a dilemma, and is in a slow motion, multi-year , unavoidable collapse. I believe that we can only adapt as best we can, and avoid the falling masonry of that collapse. We, or more likely our children, can only hope to build something different, more coherent and satisfying, from the ruins.?
    A depressing view perhaps, but who said reality had an obligation to be cheery?

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  7. We are indeed descending into chaos albeit slowly, I have said this before on many occasions. The upcoming GE and the chaos that will ensue will most likely only exacerbate the situation.

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  8. JW, your energy truly is remarkable…However….

    the failure of science to get beyond fossil fuel energy….The Zionists will not permit it. Tesla had free energy over a century ago. Laboratory and all documentation burnt to the ground.

    and above all, the chaos in fiscal and banking. The Rothschild/Zionists own most central banks. A Canadian lackey runs the BOE. Countries have the right to print their own money but choose to borrow from private banks. And incur massive debt. Madness. Guess who’s pointing a gun directly at the head of every elected scumbag since 1913, when the Fed was privatized. JFK vowed to abolish the Fed. Assassinated.

    The secessionary ambitions of the SNP (a) don’t reflect either the last referendum result or (b) the feelings of the Scottish majority today. Wow! Obviously never been to Scotland. I have, half a dozen times, for the golf at St. Andrews (Dunhill Cup). Never met one who had a charitable word to say about the English. The vote was rigged. 500.000 votes went missing.
    Do you really think they voted for the crooks in Westminster? Willie Wallace is spitting in his grave.

    Islam is rapidly becoming a subject nobody dare discuss without being called an anti-multicultural racist. You got that one right. Much like anti-semitism. The Zionists passed laws that jail people for denying the Holocaust! Imagine. 6.000.000 Jews being gassed is a whopper beyond compare. There are only 7,000,000 residing in Israel today. Only rats can breed that fast. Such is the power these evil despots wield.

    The only whopper beyond compare is 9/11! 19 Arabs with box-cutters circumvented the most sophisticated security systems on the planet. That’s no lie: they found a passport belonging to a terrorist!

    Have a nice day.

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  9. The Scots voted no in the referendum! They are not stupid. They have moved away from the Labour Party because they perceive it to be no different from the Conservatives. Ironically or perhaps deliberately they are going to get a bigger voice now through the SNP. Like I say they’re not stupid.The majority don’t hate the English. They just feel they have had a bum deal ,lorded over by a nation who can’t understand why no one likes them. As a Scotsman who has lived longer in England than I did up there and a unionist,I can’t help but smile at the blinder the SNP have played.

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  10. Gordie, I did not say they hated the English. However, the majority of Scottish football fans do! They had to cancel the Home Internationals because of all the damage inflicted by visiting drunken hordes. They vote. I met the same, well-educated, and well-heeled people, at St.Andrews, year after year. I’m a Canadian, now living in Wales (not that well-heeled!) so they spoke freely in front of me. And my host and best friend, Scottish, who died.from cancer four years’ ago. Extremely well-heeled. RIP. They despised the crooks in Westminster who stole their oil. And steal it they did. They vote.

    The vote was rigged. Even if the SNP turn out to be a pain in the arse for the Establishment, it is truly small beer compared to being a sovereign country.

    Have a nice day.. . . . . .

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  11. I reckon that the way things are shaping up, we are going to have a few short, sharp wars to clean things up and come out on top. It might not have worked for Hitler but things will be different this time around!!!

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  12. Bob’s yer Uncle
    Why not ask the senior Whitehall mandarins of illegal pension infamy…and the banks who loaded is with liabilities we can never repay???

    So much is unperceived by the electorate.

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  13. Not much of a secret given that the ever increasing figure is plastered across the financial web page of the Daily Telegraph for all to see, almost as secret as the tonic water William Franklyn used to drink!

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  14. This loan has paid for….
    Adventures in Afghanistan
    Foreign Aid
    EU debts and subscriptions
    Salaries and Pensions in the Public Sector ( much cheaper on jobseekers) but dared not do it
    Shortfalls in Infrastructure, NHS, Education and much more – just to create the illusion of normality
    Shortfalls in tax revenues / giveaways for political gain
    and much, much more, including interest on the debt.

    It can only continue to rise whatever happens because WE ARE BUST , but the illusion of normality persuades us not to panic.

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  15. Beautifully written article.

    Just remember, if Little Od gets in, dreamin’ of this better world he’s going to build for us, he won’t be given any power to do anything. The alley-cats will see to that.
    Is the merest scyntilla of doubt that by 8:00am Friday morning, McLuskey, Harman, Balls, the City, the public sector, or of course Nicola Sweetie, will have done ím up like a kippah, and he’ll be dumped in a lay-by somewhere.
    The Ed’s of this world are to provide touchy-feely cover for the real dirty dealers; do you think any of that lot of schemers mind the ‘Milistone’, the freezing energy prices, the 20 minutes to save the NHS tosh? Not a bit of it, they are just waiting for their moment to pounce.

    If Clegg had had the tiniest dribble of competence, he would have been working tirelessly over the past 5 years pulling the centre-left Labour MPs, and the centre-left Tory MPs into his 2015 coalition. But he wasn’t. Why exactly is he is politics?
    Not that I particularly liked Charles Kennedy, but he could at least read the map.

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  16. I don’t think the Scots hated the English, they just hated the pompous southeastern lot who thought the Empire was built for them. That type of English is reviled around the world.
    I don’t even think the Scots are particularly socialist, and are definitely not aligned with the SNP manifesto. They have just finally woken up to the corruption that was urban Labour in Scotland, and Nicola’s bus seems party-on for the present.

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  17. Having already rejected AV in a referendum it would hardly be right to foist it upon us now. If the Lab/Tory go for a second election it will only be to preserve a two party system. The fact that smaller parties are playing a big part is less to do with their success than the failure of the main parties to address the issues of their own core vote. This has been accelerated by scandals involving second jobs, expenses and paedophilia.

    To change from FPTP now may seem as though parties want to abandon it as soon as it produces a result they don’t want.

    The only issue to still rancour without resolution is EVEL. Surely this should be addressed by the same method as for every other UK country? An English parliament for specifically English-only matters. To have Westminster MPs, even English MPs, creates a lack of accountability and parity. We have separate MSPs in Holyrood and MEPs in Brussels so why is Westminster clinging to matters that don’t involve Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland?

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  18. Agree with most points, if you take a step back and look at what humans get up to globally as species, it’s bizarre to say the least. As far as Farage wanting a seat at the top table he stated friday I think, that he doesn’t want to be a minister or a ministerial car etc.

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  19. In my opinion for what it’s worth…. The Scots in the main do not support SNP policies but have come to reject the awfulness of firstly the Tories and now labour. The SNP is their anything but the horror of the old parties…..

    The English are headed in the same direction and are possibly just 1 GE behind them. The rise of UKIP as the only fresh voice on the scene (whatever the motives) is giving the people a real alternative which is new enough to be shaped by the ordinary members into something good ! I have heard the idea of mutuality discussed more than once…..

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  20. SNP gets enough votes to impact the desire of voters in England and Wales, typically vote labor, and the Tories want them to stay. Oil as glue.

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  21. UKIP are the only hammer we have to beat the crap out of the status quo and their media claque . They have my vote . if enough people vote for them we have the potential for change . Otherwise bye bye Britain . The enemy within has won ,to what benefit ?

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  22. JW,, 1.5 trillion in debt, IN THIS COUNTRY ALONE, and you still think it’s incompetent mandarins! EFFIng amazing. And the plethora of clods commenting…agree with you. The so-called intelligent ones. What about the ones that have never heard of Zerohedge? 99% of this planet. I actually do not give a f*ck, anymore. Let the Zionists have their NWO. The GF sure don’t give a f*ck. Why should i? . . .

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  23. http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/05/06/naming-and-shaming-the-list-of-israels-agents-within-british-politics-2/

    Zionist corruption has planted its roots in pretty much every British parliamentary party

    Ahead of Election Day tomorrow, the ultra Zionist http://www.webelieveinisrael.org.uk published its list of Sabbos Goyim operating within British politics.

    “With Polling Day in the General Election this Thursday, here is a list of all the parliamentary candidates who have sent positive replies to the Fairness for Israel Charter,” the Zionist outlet informed its followers.

    Our British candidates agree, for example that, “boycotts against Israel in any sphere must be opposed.” The shameless British parliamentary candidates listed below are willing to sacrifice freedom of expression to please their paymasters; agreeing that the “democratic State of Israel is not an ‘apartheid state’ and must not be described as one.”

    The Zionist outlet explains; “It is noted that every (Israeli) citizen has the right to vote and discrimination based on race, religion or sexuality is illegal.” But We Believe In Israel fails to mention a basic crucial fact. Millions of indigenous Palestinians living within areas controlled by Israel and subject to Israeli oppression are not entitled to be citizens let alone vote. And why? Because they are not ‘racially’ qualified.

    This extensive list reveals that British politics is in urgent need of a major overhaul. It must cleanse itself of the corrosive influence of a very dangerous foreign Lobby. The list reveals that Zionist corruption has planted its roots in pretty much every British parliamentary party. This fact alone may help to explain why Brits have lost interest in their politics and do not believe their political parties. No matter who you vote for, at the end of the day, it is the Jewish Lobby that calls the shots.

    The List:
    Constituency Candidate Party

    Aberconwy Guto Bebb Conservative

    Aberconwy Mary Wimbury Labour

    Aldridge Brownhills Ian Garrett Lib Dem

    Banbury John Howson Lib Dem

    Barrow & Furness Simon Fell Conservative

    Battersea Jane Ellison Conservative

    Beaconsfield Dominic Grieve Conservative

    Belfast South Rodney McCune UUP

    Bexhill & Battle Geoffrey Bastin UKIP

    Birkenhead Clark Vasey Conservative

    Blackpool South Peter Wood Conservative

    Bognor Regis & Littlehampton Francis Oppler Lib Dem

    Bolsover Peter Bedford Conservative

    Bolton West Chris Green Conservative

    Bournemouth East Tobias Ellwood Conservative

    Bournemouth East David Hughes UKIP

    Bournemouth East Peter Stokes Labour

    Bournemouth West Conor Burns Conservative

    Bradford West Celia Hickson Green

    Braintree Matthew Klesel Lib Dem

    Brent Central Stephen Priestly UKIP

    Brigg & Goole Andrew Percy Conservative

    Brighton Kemptown Paul Chandler Lib Dem

    Brighton Pavilion Nick Yeomans Independent

    Burnley Sarah Cockburn-Price Conservative

    Bury North Richard Baum Lib Dem

    Bury North David Nuttall Conservative

    Bury South Daniel Critchlow Conservative

    Bury South Ivan Lewis Labour

    Carlisle Lorraine Birchall Lib Dem

    Carmarthen W & S Pembs Selwyn Runnett Lib Dem

    Carshalton & Wallington Ashley Dickenson Christian People’s Alliance

    Chatham & Aylesford Tristan Osborne Labour

    Cheadle Shaun Hopkins UKIP

    Chelmsford Simon Burns Conservative

    Chingford & Woodford Green Iain Duncan-Smith Conservative

    Chippenham Michelle Donelan Conservative

    Chipping Barnet Victor Kaye UKIP

    Chipping Barnet Theresa Villiers Conservative

    Christchurch Christopher Chope Conservative

    Cleethorpes Martin Vickers Conservative

    Corby Jonathan Hornett Green

    Corby Tom Pursglove Conservative

    Crawley Henry Smith Conservative

    Dudley South Mike Wood Conservative

    Ealing Central & Acton Rupa Huq Labour

    East Antrim Sammy Wilson DUP

    East Belfast Gavin Robinson DUP

    East Devon Stuart Mole Lib Dem

    East Ham David Thorpe Lib Dem

    East Kilbride, Strathaven & L Lisa Cameron SNP

    Eastbourne Paul Howard Independent

    Edinburgh North & Leith Alan Melville UKIP

    Enfield North Cara Jenkinson Lib Dem

    Epping Forest Eleanor Laing Conservative

    Epping Forest Mark Wadsworth Young People’s Party

    Erith & Thamesmead Sidney Cordle Christian People’s Alliance

    Exeter Dom Morris Conservative

    Finchley & Golders Green Jonathan Davies Lib Dem

    Finchley & Golders Green Mike Freer Conservative

    Finchley & Golders Green Richard King UKIP

    Finchley & Golders Green Sarah Sackman Labour

    Folkestone & Hythe Claire Jeffrey Labour

    Grantham & Stamford Barrie Fairbairn Labour

    Hammersmith Millicent Scott Lib Dem

    Hammersmith Richard Wood UKIP

    Hampstead & Kilburn Maajid Nawaz Lib Dem

    Hampstead & Kilburn Magnus Neilson UKIP

    Hampstead & Kilburn Tulip Siddiq Labour

    Hampstead & Kilburn Simon Marcus Conservative

    Harborough, Oadby & Wigston Edward Garnier Conservative

    Harrow East Bob Blackman Conservative

    Harwich & North Essex Mark Hughes UKIP

    Hemel Hempstead Howard Koch UKIP

    Hemsworth Martin Roberts Yorkshire First

    Hendon Andrew Dismore Labour

    Hendon Raymond Shamash UKIP

    Hertford & Stortford Michael Green Lib Dem

    Hertsmere Oliver Dowden Conservative

    Horsham Martyn Davis Labour

    Horsham Jeremy Quin Conservative

    Hove Graham Cox Conservative

    Ilford North Lee Scott Conservative

    Ilford North Wes Streeting Labour

    Ipswich Chika Akinwale Lib Dem

    Islington South & Finsbury Pete Muswell UKIP

    Kingston & Surbiton James Berry Conservative

    Lagan Valley Alan Love UKIP

    Lagan Valley Trevor Lunn Alliance

    Leeds North East Fabian Hamilton Labour

    Leeds North East Warren Hendon UKIP

    Leeds North East Simon Wilson Conservative

    Leeds North West Greg Mulholland Lib Dem

    Leicester East Susanna Steptoe UKIP

    Lewisham East Heidi Alexander Labour

    Liverpool Wavertree Luciana Berger Labour

    Livingston Charles Dundas Lib Dem

    Loughborough Steve Coltman Lib Dem

    Louth & Horncastle Victoria Atkins Conservative

    Manchester Withington Mark Davies UKIP

    Meon Valley Dave Alexander UKIP

    Mid Norfolk Anna Coke UKIP

    Mid Sussex Toby Brothers UKIP

    Mitcham & Morden Richard Hilton UKIP

    Newbury Catherine Anderson UKIP

    Newcastle-upon-Tyne East Nick Brown Labour

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    Plymouth Sutton & Devonport Oliver Colville Conservative

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    Richmond Park Zac Goldsmith Conservative

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    Rochester & Strood Kelly Tolhurst Conservative

    Romsey & Southampton North Ben Nicholls Lib Dem

    Ross, Skye & Lochaber Philip Anderson UKIP

    Ruislip, Northwood & Pinner Gerrard Barry UKIP

    Ruislip, Northwood & Pinner Michael Borio Labour

    Ruislip, Northwood & Pinner Nick Hurd Conservative

    Sheffield Hallam Ian Walker Conservative

    Sheffield Heeley Howard Denby UKIP

    Somerton & Frome Alan Dimmick UKIP

    South Belfast Paula Bradshaw Alliance

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    South West Surrey Jeremy Hunt Conservative

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    Gilad Atzmon
    Gilad Atzmon is an Israeli-born British jazz saxophonist, novelist, political activist and writer.

    Atzmon’s album Exile was BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. Playing over 100 dates a year,[4] he has been called “surely the hardest-gigging man in British jazz.” His albums, of which he has recorded nine to date, often explore the music of the Middle East and political themes. He has described himself as a “devoted political artist.” He supports the Palestinian right of return and the one-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    His criticisms of Zionism, Jewish identity, and Judaism, as well as his controversial views on The Holocaust and Jewish history have led to allegations of antisemitism from both Zionists and anti-Zionists. A profile in The Guardian in 2009 which described Atzmon as “one of London’s finest saxophonists” stated: “It is Atzmon’s blunt anti-Zionism rather than his music that has given him an international profile, particularly in the Arab world, where his essays are widely read.”

    His new book The Wandering Who? is now availble at Amazon.com

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  24. I have read John Ward’s very valid criticisms of Nigel Farage but he’s going to get my vote anyway. Where else can I put it to signal that Britain is an independent and sovereign country? Our sovereignty cannot possibly be ceded abroad – the whole of our history has been about that point. All our recent leadership, excepting Farage, have been profoundly confused, mistaken – and corrupted.
    So UKIP it is.
    Next question – Should I put a cross on the ballot paper – or a crescent?

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  25. sorry mate but that simply isn’t true. That home international where the scots beat the English and broke the goal posts was celebratory not aggression. I remember being in the pub that night when a bloke walked in and held up a clod of turf. The cheer was deafening :-) Our fans were never banned from internationals for violence

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  26. the Scots ,up until Thatcher had a huge conservative contingent. My part, East Renfrewshire returned Betty Harvie Anderson every time.

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  27. ukip got my vote nationally . First time I haven’t voted Tory. It won’t make any difference in my constituency as a trained chimp in a blue rosette would get voted in ,but I actually read their manifesto and could find nothing I disagreed with

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  28. Scottish Tories should have changed their name to Unionist the minute the PR machine named it Maggie Thatcher’s Poll tax. (they tried it on Scotland a year before the rest of the country and left wing had an easy propaganda field day).
    I bet you less than 5% if Scottish voters know whether the real poll-tax was a better or worse system.

    Oh for a politician with any imagination at all to see the repercussions of simple things.

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  29. Community charge was a perfectly sound idea. Hijacked by the lefties. It would have probably worked in today’s climate but not back then.

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