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What now for our political parties?

The left-wing media continue the narrative of a Conservative Party in crisis. Nothing could be further from the truth. Brexit removes the Conservative Party's only serious division. Once the dust settles and practical politics resumes, the party's EU-philic elements will have no choice but to unite with the new mainstream. The Conservative Party is more a machine for winning elections than anything else and the EU issue has been the main impediment to that for a long time as it separated the party from its core voters.

Labour's problem is more complicated. Its core voters hate it because they see it as a remote metropolitan elite that cares only for identity politics. The one group that the party most sees (after the eevil Tories) as the enemy of all the victim groups it sponsors is the native working class that founded it. It is now the party of sociology lecturers at universities that used to be polytechnics and colleges of Ed. Exactly like my own Labour MP in fact. People who have lived their whole lives as costs to society rather than producers. It is the political wing of the public sector trade unions that fund it. The unions that also represent the spenders not the earners. If the Party were to go in for truth in advertising it would be called Unproductive Labour. The provincial working classes who founded the party think it now despises them. They are right. Hilary Benn's attempt to stage a coup is all very well but even if he succeeds in forcing a new leadership election, Ed Miliband's crazed reform of the electorate is a poison pill. Even if Corbyn steps aside, someone just as remote, crazy and extreme will win.

Without hope of office since the Labour Party displaced the old Liberals (and with a sour experience when in office as part of a coalition) the Liberal Democrats have had no pressure to form a consistent party line. In consequence they are a very broad church, ranging from Gladstonian Liberals so respectable that I could imagine being in a party with them to leftists who are just too snobbish to be in the same party as John Prescott. Their main distinguishing feature was that they were NOT divided over the EU. They have now announced they will campaign for the UK to rejoin in future. Given that the application would not be accepted,  they are now officially pointless. 

As is UKIP. It did the nation a great service in forcing the hand of a party that was no more inclined to give the demos a say than any of its Continental counterparts. It won us the referendum we so desperately needed and is owed our thanks. A statue to Nigel Farage should be placed on the spare plinth in Trafalgar Square. He has endured decades of vilification by the leftist Establishment in his nation's cause. Arguably he should be up there with Nelson himself, rather then at the base of his column. But he is now redundant.

An orderly dissolution of UKIP would allow its members and voters to move back to the Labour and Conservative parties from whence they came. Ex-UKIP Labourites could explain to the Islington Mafia how to talk to the honest working folk that make up most of their potential voters. Ex-UKIP Conservatives could replace the MPs who lied to their Constituency Associations that they were EU-sceptics and then campaigned for Remain. A dissolution of the LibDems would allow the Gladstonian Liberals to hold their noses and join the Conservative party, the sandalled loonies to join the Greens and the snooty socialists to join Labour. All three parties would benefit from their moderating influence.

You will note that I don't mention the SNP. That's because I can't see how Scotland can now remain part of the UK. It's a Civil Code jurisdiction and has always had more loyalty to the Auld Alliance with France than to the Union. I would love it to stay but unless there is a massive resurgence of Scottish Conservatism to defeat the SNP its course now seems sadly fixed. When I was young it was a firmly Conservative place and my Scottish friends are quiet Conservatives still but its national character has been debased by dependency. It needs to get its dignity back. Only Independence can do that. Ideally proper independence not the leech-on-Germany kind. But that's for them to decide.

Britain's first past the post constituency-based electoral system works best with two parties. The electorate can steer the nation like a tank, advancing either the Left or the Right track at five year intervals to keep us moving forward in roughly the right direction. If the state can be reined back to its key tasks in the wake of Brexit, we can eliminate the influence of pressure groups, fake charities and other single issue fanatics and persuade those two parties to rebuild mass memberships. Labour needs to do that to reconnect with its historic voters. Focus groups are not enough. The Conservatives need to do it to ensure that no renegade hooligan like Heath ever induces it to spit on its historic constituency again. It's time to get Britain back on a course that suits the national temperament and accords broadly with the peoples will. If the Conservative Party moves in that direction, I will join it.

As for Farage, the statue is not enough. He should be elevated to the House of Lords, appointed to the Cabinet as Minister without portfolio and despatched to Brussels with Boris (our new Foreign Secretary) to negotiate Brexit.


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I would not have expressed it thus but essentially I agree. I don't suggest its dissolved until the day we leave the EU.

Dr Evil

UKIP needs to continue to ensure we are not sold out by the scum suckers in parliament and downing street.


She's playing her poor cards well. But the EU has made clear it will not accept an application from Scotland as part of the U.K. It must first be independent. Then it must apply. And Spain might veto that application for fear of giving Catalonia ideas. She will find it hard to get a majority for independence if (a) she can't guarantee EU accession and (b) there is a national discussion of the austerity required to meet accession conditions. It would make UK "austerity" look like milk and honey. I am all for Scottish independence if that's what most Scots want, but I fear we are doomed to have them angry and whinging on our fringes for the foreseeable future. I wish there was a way to get them properly on board. I love the place and they're mostly good people at heart. And some of them are my good friends.

barnacle bill

I would argue that we still need UKIP until the ink is drying on the final out document. If only to hold whoever is doing the negotiations to account.

Interesting your observations on Scotland and the SNP as the only person at the moment who has impressed me with her leadership is Nicola Sturgeon. Whilst I may not like her persoanlly, nor do I support her party/political views. She appears to be the only leader who has fully grasped the seriousness of the situation and more importantly is actually laying down plans for the future.
For all her faults she is acting like a proper Captain of the good ship Scotland. Not like ex Commander Cameroon who seems to be invoking the new maritime tradition of cruise ship Masters of being the first one ashore when the ship runs aground.
I think if we do not pull our fingers out, start to show the EU we are serious about this being a total divorce and not just sloping off to separate bedrooms under the same roof.
Then I can see Ms Sturgeon and Scotland doing very well out of Brexit. With us ending up as the poorer relations in the future.

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