Sunday, 17 April 2016

Swings like a pendulum do

They say there are two things you should refrain from talking about in polite company - religion and politics.
This works quite well for me, because for me religion is something that happens to other people, and politics is a complete mystery to me.
I'm 44, but even now my understanding of the workings of the UK government could be written on the back of a postage stamp (and be worth considerably less).
However, I broke the rule by doing a post about religion quite some time ago, so I might as well complete the set - especially with a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU on the horizon.

The one thing that has become clear over the years is that there is a definite pattern to which party gets into power.
In general people fear political change (better the devil you know and all that), but eventually the government will piss off the people enough that they will vote for the other party with the idea that "Surely they can't make a bigger mess of things, and they say they'll put right the mistakes of the last lot so let's give them a shot".
So we have a new government. Time goes on, promises are broken, the country gets increasingly fed up, and eventually there's another general election where people say "We'll have a change" but then bottle out at the last moment when their pencil is hovering over the ballot paper, putting a cross by the existing incumbent.
Eventually enough time passes that memory of the previous cock-ups of the other party fades into obscurity, and at the next general election the opposition party get back into power.
Unfortunately it never feels like anything really changes when a different party is elected. This is probably why the turn out of voters is so poor. Hardly surprising when it mostly comes down to a question of "Which bunch of self-serving, morally bankrupt lying bastards should I vote for this time?".

For me the upcoming EU referendum is far more interesting and important. I still have no idea which way to go because all the information we get is opinions, scaremongering and supposition.
The only way to make an informed decision is with facts, and those seem to be in very short supply.
Maybe the facts are too scary, like how much money it costs the UK to be part of the EU.
I'm no economist, and my grasp of politics is practically non-existent, but even I can see that this figure is unacceptable when the government pleads poverty when it comes to spending on things that matter to the British public like health, education, emergency services etc.
And quite frankly, when a government sees no problem spending nine million pounds of taxpayers money on pro-EU propaganda leaflets, I smell a rat.
They tell us that everything will get all fucked up if we vote to leave, but they don't tell us exactly why this is the case, and this makes me very suspicious.

Just the other day there was a case where a UFC fighter died after being knocked out during a fight.
Having watched the brutality of UFC I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often, but it does give me an idea for how to resolve the whole 'Brexit' question.
Nigel Farage has apparently called out David Cameron for a live televised debate on the matter. This might be interesting, but we all know that these things always descend into a shouting match which yields nothing of any use.
So instead, let's put them in the UFC cage and vote for the one who doesn't have to carry his teeth home in a bag.