Opinion – How American Politics Became So Ineffective – The Atlantic – John Gelmini

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hillary Rodham Clinton, January 2007

Hillary Rodham Clinton, January 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The answer to Dr Alf’s open question is that politicians have dissembled too much, lied too much and have tried to avoid answering or thinking about the difficult issues we face.

Delivery under Obama has been so scant that you would need an electron microscope to see exactly what HAS been delivered and in America, as elsewhere in the world, people see themselves as consumers with certain rights.

Issues like automation, robotics, cybernetics, 3D printing and the need for up-skilling, more exports and a more outward looking focus have not been addressed, so when Obama, or his equivalents around the world, says that policies are working, people compare their situations to what has been promised and find that they are being delivered what Trading Standards calls “short measure”.

This means buying a pint or liter of beer but getting less than half of it, whilst being charged for the whole amount.
In the past people would grumble, be fed lies and in most cases put up with what they were given but no longer. They want what they were promised, when it was promised to arrive, and preferably faster than that.

Politics is still in the age of horses and carts, rather than the internet age where every promise and utterance can and is being compared with earlier utterances and politicians by not managing expectations and by not delivering or explaining why they can’t (changed circumstances), risk approbation and ridicule.

Trump may be a buffoon and will not win the Presidency but Hillary Clinton will not be able to disregard some of the important points he has made however much she might disagree with the inflammatory way in which he makes his case.
The genie is out of the bottle, people want delivery and they want to see fairer distribution of wealth and the old norms are simply not going to be accepted any longer.

John Gelmini

Opinion – The Conservative Party should be worried about its long-term prospects – Norman Tebbit – Telegraph – John Gelmini

Conservative Party (UK)

Conservative Party (UK) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I agree with Dr Alf, the fight for the Tory succession needs to be brought forward but Lord Tebbit is wrong to suggest that it is getting harder to work out who a Conservative is.

Conservatives have always been people who believed in hard work, low taxes, strong law and order, Judeo-Christian values, traditional marriage, schools that inculcated pride, self-discipline and self-organisation, personal responsibility and a sense of patriotism, commonsense and civic pride.

The recent attempts to pander to gay people and vociferous minorities, appease Muslims who do not share these values to the extent that a minority are prepared to wage war against us are misguided and stupid. The failure to confront perversions like Sharia Law, the pressure for “gay marriage” and now American style cohabitation agreements and the failure to invest in dredging and proper infrastructure here as opposed to the largesse of unaffordable foreign aid are further examples of stupidity. These, when combined with wasted money on wind farms, the appeasement of mediaeval rulers in the Gulf who fund terrorism and dangerous Wahabi movements across the globe, the running down of our armed forces to a cypher with no more power than the Papal Guard is gross stupidity.

Stupidity is, however, not to be equated with Conservatism but with the antics of particular Conservatives who have forgotten what the word means and those in the shadows who tell them what to do and ought to know better.

Donald Trump in America is right to highlight competence as the issue there and someone here, who is not stupid should do the same here in the Conservative Party.

This country is in a state of drift and torpor and a state of entitlement which it does not deserve and has failed to earn.

It needs to be shocked out of this state and put into one of implacable resolve to put matters to rights quickly. Out of 70 million people a Conservative as opposed to the sandal wearing Liberal Democrats, the backstabbing Hilary Benn and the Dave Spart throwbacks under Corbyn, should step forward to deliver this message.

John Gelmini