We’ve been DUPED!

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Con
verb
verb: con; 3rd person present: cons; past tense: conned; past participle: conned; gerund or present participle: conning

  1. 1.
    persuade (someone) to do or believe something by lying to them.
    “I conned him into giving me your home number”

Dupe
verb
past tense: duped; past participle: duped

  1. deceive; trick.
    “the newspaper was duped into publishing an untrue story”

As the dust of the election begins to settle one thing is obvious, we’ve been duped! With the Tories being propped up by the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party), their election attacks on Labour over a coalition of chaos, or a Sturgeon puppet master reveal that no lie is too great or too small if it will hand them the keys to the kingdom.

Cast your mind back if you will to the days before election night to the Tory campaign and its mastermind strategy (so mastermind they tried copying 2015 *cough* coalition of chaos). We were warned that voting for Labour would mean a coalition of chaos, a weak Labour government propped up by the likes of the SNP. We were told that Sturgeon would be the puppet master pulling all Corbyn’s strings. So afraid they thought this would make us that we would turn out in our droves to vote for them, this repackaged project fear not only failed but it looks like the shoe is now on the other foot.

Theresa May couldn’t have made the choice any clearer:
“The alternative which is Jeremy Corbyn propped up by the Liberal Democrats, the Scottish Nationalists presiding over this coalition of chaos”
Well it looks like there was one alternative she didn’t tell the electorate about, and that is her regressive alliance with the DUP, her very own coalition of the duped. If ever a sound bite came back round and bit you on the backside, this is it.

The DUP the political wing of the unionist paramilitaries, a party that actively tried to sabotage the peace process, are the Tories now terrorist sympathisers? Is May a terrorist enabler? The same DUP that is full of creationists, that is against women and LGBTQ+ rights?  Are we suppose to believe that is a better alternative to a Lab-Lib-SNP progressive alliance.

Could it get any worse than a ConDUPe regressive alliance, and their coalition of the damned?

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The D-Factor? Leaders Debate..

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Considering all the debating that went on about the debates, it seems like we spent far more time discussing how these debates should go on, than actually, well watching the debates. It was painfully clear however why Cameron kicked up such a fuss and had to get dragged kicking and screaming into these debates because he just wasn’t very good.
The saving grace of the debates themselves had to have been the three anti-austerity amigos, Leanne Wood, Nicola Sturgeon and Natalie Bennet, all of whom saying things which we don’t hear often enough in politics. If ever there was an advert for having more women in frontline politics last night had to be it, the men came across as weak, uninspiring, lifeless and limp – kind of like a head in shoulders advert. The three anti-austerity amigos however spoke from the heart, and put some much needed sense and humanity into a political system which with each passing day is becoming more abstract and alien to most of us.

Farage didn’t even need to be there, they could of replaced him with a sock puppet that just regularly blamed foreigners for their problems, Cameron and Clegg still seem to think that Labour somehow caused a global financial crash by “borrowing” too much, even though borrowing levels only went up after bailing out the banks and they’ve borrowed more than every Labour government combined, in the space of five years. Miliband apart from not saying anything really meaningful seemed to think he hosting one of those late night gambling programs, and on top of that watching Clegg and Cameron have their lovers tiff was like watching a married couple in the throes of divorce arguing over who got to keep that favorite (broken) record.

So how lucky we were that the powers that be over at ITV, our lord and masters that broadcast us our democracy in a nice two hour program decided in their infinite wisdom to have the SNP, Greens and Plaid Cymru on. Yet the format was missing something, maybe they should have given the audience rotten veggies and some eggs to hurl at the candidates when they started talking bullshit, or turned it into some kind of x-factor phone in competition, called it the D-Factor. It just wasn’t long enough and at times it felt like no one had enough time to say what they wanted, one debate was and is not enough let us hope that the anti-austerity message got through in time, even if it hasn’t – I think some serious questions need to be raised about the state of our democracy.