Wednesday, May 05, 2010

An appeal to reason

Any of you who have read some of my older posts will know that I'm a fan of thought provoking science-fiction. I find a lot of the narratives contain some very important and topical truths. So I'll communicate my message in this blog via means of two clips from an old favourite, Babylon 5.

Here is the choice you are actually being presented with tomorrow, between the "main" parties:

And what can be done about this? Vote with your heart. Vote for the party who really does, most reflect your values. Most of all - vote for anyone but the 'big three'. We have a chance to give the three heads of the single state party an absolute kicking tomorrow. Tomorrow might be the last chance we have before condemning this country to a permanent and very ungraceful fall:

And the violence spoken of in the video may well come to pass if Labour are pushed over the top tomorrow by their ward structure and a few thousand of their fraudulent postal votes.

If that happens, we are officially living under a tyranny.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Clegg just confirmed he is more of the same....

As I've argued before, having had many interactions with Clegg over the last few years, he is - quite simply - more of the same. Despite the many evangelical supporters of the Illiberal Undemocrats' idolised view of him, he's far from a straight talker and is in fact a very slippery customer indeed.

Clegg has just backtracked on one of the key promises of his campaign - the one promise I think which has won him so many undecided votes: That in the event of a coalition government, where the Illiberal Undemocrats would be the kingmakers, Clegg would demand a change to a proportional representation system.

He spoke to the Financial Times yesterday and said this:

“I’ve never talked about preconditions. What I’ve said is it’s unavoidable. Of course it’s a vital element to the renewal of politics that we need in broad terms. That’s all I’ve said.”

So there you have it in black and white folks. Pure, unadulterated and all too typical politician double-speak. I wonder how many of the new supporters coming to the fold over the PR issue will have the chance to hear about this before Thursday? Probably very few.

A key concept in information and communications theory is that the meaning of the message is what is received. Clegg knew full well what people thought he was standing for with regards to this issue, unless he and his team are all deaf, dumb and blind. There is simply no excuse for this deception.