Ladies and Gentlemen, good morning, good afternoon, good evening! For those who do not know me: my name is Phil Bottomley. Let me ask you all this question. How many fools are there reading this?
Come on, put your hands up.
No one? Are you sure?
Not one of you ever voted Labour or Conservative or Liberal Democrat?
I ask, not to insult you but to bring home to you that that is exactly how the other three Parties perceive you. They treat and think of you as fools!
I’m talking about me, I’m talking about the person sitting next to you, your next door neighbour, your children, your siblings, your Mum your dad, your Uncles, your Aunts, everyone that you know who votes in an election.
They do it time and time again and we, like the fools they perceive us to be, let them get away with it.
The referendum on whether we stay or leave the European Union is a classic example. For some inexplicable reason 17.4 million fools’ caps fell to the floor giving those hatless souls instant access to common sense. Lo-and-behold the government was defeated, make no mistake: this vote was heavily rigged in their favour and heads had to roll. As we saw, the first head to roll was that of the architect of the Referendum, David Cameron.
Conservative Head Office went into frenzied overdrive, this wasn’t right. Order, according to European Union diktat, had to be restored. Voila, I give you Dithering Doris, the Queen of Remain, the fudge-makers’ floozy.
What did we do, the 17.4 million who thought that they had won? I’ll tell you, we all stood idly by and allowed the System to take us all for fools once again.
When was the last time your local MP knocked on your door to ask if you were OK? When was the last time that he or she organised a meeting specifically to thank you, the ordinary voter, for putting them in Office? When was the last time your local Councillor knocked on your door – the one that you voted for because they said that they were the person to tackle the potholes that still festoon your roads and seem to grow when given a good watering? When was the last time your local Councillor knocked on your door to thank you for allowing them to speak on your behalf in Council?
Do you feel ever so slightly foolish because you voted for these people?
My advice: stop feeling foolish, stop allowing these people to treat you as fools, instead get angry. Get angry enough to become active in your community, find out exactly what these people do on your behalf so that you can present a reasoned argument when you confront them. Not one of them, no matter from which Party, Labour, Conservative or Liberal Democrat, likes to be confronted with the truth. That old saying that “The truth hurts” really shows its true meaning when these people are confronted by it.
Most people are parochial voters which is what the three main parties rely on. They rely on people who are myopic in their political views, intolerant of change, provincial and illiberal. These are their core voters, you can hear them:
‘This town has always voted for them’,
‘Mum and Dad always voted for them and if it’s good enough for them it’s good enough for me!’
‘It doesn’t matter who you vote for, once they get their feet under the table they’re all the same!’
Do you recognise the pattern? Fools. We are all being taken for fools.
No one likes to be thought of as a fool, I don’t and I suspect that neither do you. So how do we put a stop to it? The simple and easy answer is to stop voting for them, in fact, stop listening to them because, let’s face it, we have heard it all before and nothing ever changes.
There is a growing consensus that our present system of government, basically a two-party system, has failed and that now is the time for a new, vibrant, Right Wing Party. A Party which will rejuvenate politics and the country. I happen to believe that this Party is UKIP. Probably the only Party in this country that can guarantee that it will honour the result of the Referendum. No transition period, no more money to Brussels, a Party which will put Great Britain and the British people first!
I know from experience that UKIP will never, ever take people for granted nor will they take those who vote for them as fools!
Corbyn and May hold you all in contempt, evidenced by their atrocious handling of Brexit and their indifference to the result of the Referendum, when the truth of the matter is, it is they who should be held in contempt by each and every one of us.
Bear this in mind when you are next at the ballot box.
“Oh, if only people would vote differently, if only, if only, if only…”
Phil – sorry mate, but it is foolish to think that all the masses that vote LabCon will magically stop doing that, all they are focused on is keeping each other out of power. That way, under FPTP, all other parties are wasting their time, even if they offer the contents of Aladdin’s Cave with documentary proof they can deliver it.
The percentage of LabCons you can persuade to switch to UKIP is perhaps 15-20, tops. The rest live in fear of The Other Lot, and that fear trumps Brexit, immigration, freedom of speech, everything else.
Best forget all that foolishness dreaming about If Only and start banging on and on and on about Proportional Representation. Anyone who thinks UKIP or any other smaller party can win under First Past the Post is a fool.
Castigation can get out of control.
We must promote a policy which would break the political ties with the E.U., which is not a true bedrock.
We need to trade freely with the European countries for the betterment of both our and their commerce on level playing fields.
Whilst this is hardly ground breaking or intellectual. It is complete and to the point and could with the siightest of changes be left on the tables on the Inter City Trains with the Metro. It has punch. It can be considered. The message is simple but resonates. There is nothing to dislike but plenty to consider. I feel it needs something, just a little spicy/thought provoking to make them think a little longer about UKIP. I’ll make you leaflet design spokes person Assistant First Class. Silver Medalist and Hero.
“How many fools are there reading this?”
“Come on, put your hands up.”
“No one? Are you sure?”
Sorry, not I, though I’ve been called a fruitcake and a swivel eyed loon.
I’ve been called a bigot and now a xenophobe by Fondlebum.
I’ve also been referred to as an ‘islambafobe’ and intolerant.
I’m considered racist and even homofobic for supporting traditional marriage.
I’m a misogynist for offering a lady a seat on the bus.
I’m a ‘far-right’ knuckle dragger for agreeing with Tommy.
I could go on. Gosh it’s a hard life being normal.
So – sorry, no-one has ever called me a fool.
It’s just as well that my father taught me about ‘sticks & stones’.
And the next time you meet one of these fools, ask them what policies they like in the party they voted for. Odds are they won’t be able to name one.
Or ask the name of their M.P, MEP, or even how many ‘states’ there are in the e.u. Or in fact about anything ,and mostly get some answer parroted from the BBC/SKY/MSM. or more likely get a blank look. I see today from SKY that UKIP has joined forces with the alt-right, I do hope someone will but them right about that.
My sister’s a classic example of that Debbie.
If the name ‘Conservative’ was replaced in all that party’s literature, posters etc, with ‘We gotta keep Labour Out’, then she would still recognise who she should vote for.
And of course, vice versa for The Other Lot.
It’s unfortunate for UKIP that so many people vote to ‘keep the other lot out’. At the last GE the Project Fear meme was ‘Vote UKIP, get Labour and the Scot Nats’ so even though TMay didn’t do any canvassing, she got the premiership because the alternative was Corbyn and Wee Burney.
The threat worked, so it’ll happen again at the next GE. We have to consider an alternative meme. Anyone any ideas?
That’s the mindset we will need to try and break – far too many people believe its simply a choice between Tory or Labour, so despite a plethora of parties with alternative views to choose from, people simply vote ‘tactically’ to keep one or the other party ‘out’.
The cycle of government ‘power’ being switched between Labour and Conservatives, is becoming more obvious to more and more people, there’s nothing between the two now and nothing really changes no matter which of them is in office.
The problem is that instead of voting differently, most of those people just don’t bother voting any more, “there’s no point, its just not worth it” etc etc. Which suits the Establishment, as it means they need to influence fewer and fewer people.
If there was a way we could reach the ‘did-not-vote’rs and give them something truly different to encourage them to get out and vote, the outcome of the next election could be far different from what the ‘opinion polls suggest’.
“Anyone any ideas?”
Yeah I got one –
how about: “Put up a candidate under First Past The Post – throw away five hundred quid!”.
Or better still: BANG ON AND ON AND ON AND ON AND ON AND ON AND ON AND ON…
…let you finish that one Debbie.