Saturday, 10 May 2014
Saturday 10th May 2014
I was in the middle of having a debate on a Facebook group called “I bet I can find a million people who DON’T want David Cameron as our PM” in a comment stream on a link to my new blog which has a re-blogging of my open letter to the three main political party leaders from this very blog. The person, Sue ‘Kitty’ Jones (a blogger in her own right and probably with a bigger audience than I have), criticised my piece saying that it would be impossible to get the major parties to work together. I pointed out that, in post-WW2 Britain, we had a consensus amongst the parties so it proves that it is possible. The trouble is, even though I tried to point out that all the political ideologies have some good features, she ignored my caveat that I meant the pure ideologies not the partisan versions being used by the political parties of today.
Ms Jones countered my argument that stripping tribalism out of politics because it achieves nothing (as any good one administration does is immediately undone by the other administration when the opposing party takes power).with a barrage of pointless attacks saying ‘human rights abuses’ and such are parts of Tory ideological makeup and how can there be anything good about them. I pointed out that she was using partisan ideology examples to counter an anti-partisan approach that I was trying to put forward.
I would have continued the conversation but I found myself unable to return to the group page. I assume that this was orchestrated by Ms Jones herself because she couldn’t grasp the simple difference between what she was talking about and what I was talking about. You would think, as I had also posted links to two other re-blogged postings from this blog outlining the need for political change and an idea how that might work, that she would have been able to distinguish the difference but she obviously doesn’t like to read any other viewpoint than her own, is a staunch Labour supporter and believes that a vote for Labour is the only way forward (she said as much in our conversation).
How do I know that Ms Jones either blocked me herself or had me blocked from the group? Let’s just say that I have more than one Facebook account and I got in with that one just fine. So much for it being an ‘open’ group.
It seems that, with people as blinkered as Ms Jones, my efforts to nurture political change in the UK will be forever stymied because, with her attitude, the status quo is all we’ll ever have here and the UK will be forever doomed to remain in a cycle of swinging between the Left and Right sides of the political spectrum being in power, leading to political stagnation and a reinforcement of the status quo.
I don’t know why I bother.
I suppose the only good thing that came out of it is that, for once, I’m being branded (albeit silently) a Right-winger which should please the critics of my work on Your Thurrock who always branded me a Left-winger.