Tag Archives: SNP

McTernan’s views reek of the elitism he refutes. Plus McDonnell possibly just lost Scotland forever.

 

John McTernan
 
John McTernan, Political commentator, political advisor and Political  secretary to Tony Blair 2005-07 was a guest on the Daily Politcs TV show today. (Video Below)


During the show he said “most people do not live in a world of raging class consciousness and fuelled with anger at an elite”

It was rightly pointed out to him that there has been a large anti austerity movement aimed at the elite and those in power. That, Culminating in a 500k strong anti austerity march this Summer. Couple that with multiple other smaller rallies and protests along with the recent Scottish ‘Yes’ to independence campaign and the movement that saw Anti austerity SNP destroy labour in Scotland and the unprecedented campaign by Jeremy Corbyn, you have to ask what planet McTernan is living on. 

During the show he was highly dismissive and critical of Corbyn and the parties chances, let alone their policies and promises. 

His attitude reeks of the elitism that he refutes even exists. He clearly believes there is no elitism and any idea that there is a class war out there is to him, nonsense. 

There is class consciousness out there and it’s been exasperated by David Cameron and his university chums. It’s not just exclusive to these shores, it’s happening across the world including Greece where Syriza have just been re-elected, Pademos in Spain and Bernie Sanders in the USA. Yes, even the USA is fed up with the capitalist elite. 

A lot can happen between now and 2020 but all being well, with no surprises along the way, with the wind in our favour I highly predict the Tory machine will start to break down. The facade will break and by 2020 the majority of the 34% of the electorate that didn’t vote in 2015 will give a nod to Labour, at least in England. 

Most people do not live in a world of raging class consciousness and fuelled with anger at an elite

– John McTernan

So why has Ternan made such a dismissive claim of Corbyn and Labour? Because there is no precedent for this situation. The right wing press and Judas’ of the party don’t understand what is going on. The next generation of thinkers and political commentators are coming and they have grown up with Social media and the Internet unlike the ‘Educated’ elite and the brainwashed graduates who only know how to think with a text book telling them how to do that thinking. It’s this new generation that is shaping things. The power of independent media and the Internet is coming home to roost.

It will take a grave error in judgement from Labour to derail this freight train. Let’s just hope that Corbyn can privatise it before Cameron gets his claws into the electorate any further. 

 

John McDonnell
 
On a side note John McDonnell, shadow chancellor made his views on the SNP clear at today’s conference.

We think that far from wooing the vote up in Scotland with his speech he has vastly under- estimated the lay of the land. 

Labour have lost Scotland for a generation or more, at least. Labour would have done more for their cause if they had either shut up about the SNP or worked with them. All that has been achieved with this speech is to prolong any possible come back for Labour in Scotland, if it was ever even on the cards.
See his comments in the video below.
  

Advertisements

The lights are on, but nobody’s home. 

Stop hypothesising. It’s right in front of you. Can you see it yet? 

“you know what, this Austerity thing isn’t very popular is it? Let’s stop now and start giving something back to you”. 

  

Probably not. Whilst you are busy hypothesising how we can get the Tories and Labour out of power and procrastinating that we will never see the Green Party gain any real genuine momentum and how we will never see democracy, we have already started a 5 year plan. 

We started this the night before the elections. The 6th May. We knew the Greens would do well but wouldn’t make any huge inroads and when we saw what the SNP did in Scotland, as expected, we knew then that this plan could work. 

There is one caveat to that though. You. Without you there is no plan. This is not hyperbole. It’s a fact. Whilst you’re over there planning to demonstrate on one of the demo days coming up in the summer or thinking about joining the Green Party, both of which by the way are wonderful acts that should be done with passion and commitment, the government is continuing to plan for 5 more years of cuts. 

5 years of ‘we couldn’t give a rats arse about you‘ policies being enacted and everyone meanwhile is saying that Labour have not got a hope in hell in 2020 of taking back their crown to replace Tory austerity with, would you believe, Labour austerity. That’s right wing Labour for you. 

In 2020 if we haven’t got our act together we will see another 5 years of Tory rule. Although demos and lobbying send messages to government they are unlikely to listen. I will eat my hat if Cameron turns round in July and says 

“you know what, this Austerity thing isn’t very popular is it? Let’s stop now and start giving something back to you”. 

It’s just not happening. So if we can’t get them out in 2020 and Labour are leaning ever more to the right and protesting won’t change much, if anything, what can we do?

Unless you have a million man army at your disposal then the only viable option is to get them out at the ballot box. Impossible? No. One heck of a challenge? Yes. 

At the very least, if we can’t knock the Tories off their perch then becoming the true opposition to the Tories over Labour is a very real possibility. 

  
Oh you were all thinking of voting Labour in 2020 just to get the Tories out? I am sure many people suggested that this time around as well, but it got us nowhere. What about not voting at all? Well, it’s preferable to voting Tory or Labout but then what? 

In 2020 we will still have the Tories and Labour and no closer to the changes you want to see, because this is the crux, it doesn’t mater how anti government you may be, you will be stuck with on, likely throughout your lifetime. Wouldn’t it at least be better under a green government? Would you not have a better chance of creating the ideological society you yearn for under a Green government?

Forget voting for Labour. It’s time we had someone different in there. A real alternative. A game changer. Finally something to call our own political revolution. The Green Party, progressive ideas, short term plans for improvement for us all and long term plans for a huge, collossal shift in political thinking for the environment and the planet we inhabit. How glorious it would be to have another option in parliament. 

Hang on though.. You’re over there still talking about it aren’t you? Shall we wait? When do you think you might do something about it? Next year? 2018? Maybe even leave it till the last six months.. Why not? Because if we do that then nothing changes. Period. 

  
We are not delusional. We are not saying what we are doing will be the key aspect of a Green victory. We are not saying our work is better than anyone else’s. There are many factors to take into account why this will or won’t work. We know. We have looked at the angles available. Thing is, unless you jump on board with us then this will fail. This won’t go anywhere. Our goal is to change the landscape of thinking, to imprint on the minds of everyone you come into contact with in social media the existence and reality behind the Green Party. Perception is everything and by and large the Greens are still seen as a fringe party. The Green Party don’t have the funds to go viral. The Greens want to do things without mass handouts by sponsors and backers and rightly so. Let’s help them then. Become the unofficial Green Party PR machine. The advocates, the visionaries to a new political future. 

Or of course you could just ignore all this and go back to your one-off demo. This though will last 5 years and it could be everywhere, burrowing in to the psyche of a nation, add with that our plan for Street events across the nation and you potentially have the recipe for the Greens to do an SNP. 

Not exactly sure how we are going to do it? Well. We are not masters of this and we don’t have all the answers but we do know that we have a plan and it does indeed start with each and every one of you clicking a few buttons. For now, that’s all you have to do. 

  
The main campaign event is the ’99G Social Media and Street Event Campaign’ which is making the main effort to spread the message of the Green Party

Our 99G page can be found here which caters to all tastes and has a multitude of content. 

We also have two further side events running both of which are social media based

1 Million Greens & Go Green

1 Million Greens is an effort to get 1 million people (like that which voted in 2015) to join together by joining this event in support of the Green Party and Go Green is a challenge to people that join to between now and 2020 actively convert someone to Green. 

We also have a Street Team group for people who want to be active participants in the social media campaign and potentially help with arranging future street events. You can find it here at the link

Finally, you can find us on Google+, Twitter @202099G, YouTube, Spreaker, Flipboard and Instagram

  
You have nothing to lose but potentially Everything to gain. You can be the key to it being a success. We hope to see you there to make this possible. 

Believe it can happen, because no one else will believe it for you. 

Click, Join and share, click, join and share….

  

Britains Season of Despair

– Article Re-produced from Slate.com

Author: June Thomas

Judging from the media coverage of the U.K. election campaign, the Scottish National Party is the most powerful force in British politics. Yes, the nationalists lost last September’s independence referendum, but seven months later, half the stories in the English press are about SNP policies and personnel or its postelection plans—even though no one who lives outside Scotland can vote for it. Why is a party that contests only 59 of Britain’s 650 constituencies playing such an outsize role in the lead-up to the May 7 vote?

June ThomasJUNE THOMAS

June Thomas is a Slate culture critic and editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section. 

For months now, polls have shown the major parties deadlocked, and nothing anyone has said in the campaign’s debates or interviews, or in the leaders’ rare interactions with actual voters, has changed that. With only two weeks left before Election Day, Britons have a good sense of how the various parties will fare, but it’s far from clear who the next prime minister will be.

The Scottish nationalists are getting all that press because talking about them is the Conservatives’ best hope for breaking their stalemate with Labour. Those two parties have ruled Britain for more than 90 years, but current projections show the Conservatives winning 269 seats and Labour taking 271, well short of the 326 seats needed for a parliamentary majority. (It’s possible to govern Britain without a majority, but minority governments are always tentative, since they can be toppled if they lose key votes—albeit less easily now than before 2010.)