Riedquat, on 01 May 2012 - 01:59 PM, said:
It's a good chunk of the reason that I can't stand any of them and can't take the minor parties seriously.
Which is the quandary I find myself in.
The difference between Labour and the Conservatives now seems negligible. 30 years ago, there were clear ideological differences (Mrs. Thatcher versus Micheal Foot). But now?
One example, the business about the surveilence state. Both David Cameron and Nick Clegg opposed it while in opposition, yet now they're bringing in the same kind of laws that (to quote David Cameron, speaking before the last election):
Faced with any problem, any crisis – given any excuse – Labour grasp for more information, pulling more and more people into the clutches of state data capture… And the Government doesn’t want to stop with the basic information. They want the most complex, important, personal information there is… Scare tactics to herd more disempowered citizens into the clutches of officialdom, as people surrender more and more information about their lives, giving the state more and more power over their lives. If we want to stop the state controlling us, we must confront this surveillance state.
Oceania is at war with Eastasia. Oceania has always
been at war with Eastasia.
So I'm sorry, but I can never envisage voting for any of the big three again. What's the point in making a distinction? The same general policies seem to get through in slightly amended forms.
The people with real clout are those who pay £250,000 for the Prime Minister's ear
(that's the only kind of voting paper that matters).
And it's hardly something unique to the Tories.
Cash for honours: 'Labour deliberately tried to conceal secret loans'
Four Labour MPs implicated in 'cash for influence' scandal
Stephen Byers: just how far a £5,000 cab fare gets you
See what I mean?
And of course, we can't forget the granddaddy of all payoffs.
Tony Of Arabia Earns $43M As Advisor To Kuwait, While Getting Paid By Morgan Stanley And The UN
I'd love to know what sort of "advice" is worth $43 million.
If you really want to influence our politicians, don't vote, start saving your pennies.