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Monday, 31 March 2014

Let the vapers speak.

I enjoyed this article The people feel ignored – and they are angry

"There will really be only two contestants in the next general election: the political class and the people. And by the “political class”, I mean the entire operation that runs, manipulates and communicates the activities of government. That conglomeration of politicians and their special interest lobbies, media followers and professional handlers is now more self-referring, inbred and profoundly detached from the reality of most people’s lives than at any time in a generation.

This fact was brought home very sharply by the grotesquely embarrassing fault line that appeared in the brief lapse of time between the ending of the Farage-Clegg debate during which a vast army of esteemed press commentators declared Nick Clegg the winner – and the release of the YouGov poll, showing that a large majority of the ordinary public believed Nigel Farage had won. Most alarmingly, there was a remarkable media consensus: it was not just wishful-thinking Europhiles who thought Clegg had walked it.

In the mortifying aftermath, which saw pundits scrambling to amend – or explain away – the bizarre discrepancy between their initial judgment and that of the wider world, an awful truth began to emerge. It was, indeed, as if the Westminster media and actual voters in the country had been listening to an entirely different event – as, for all intents and purposes, they were. And strangely enough, the preconceptions of the two camps were almost exactly the opposite of what might be expected"


The actual vote was Farage 57% and Clegg 36% or something similar.

"The entire operation that runs, manipulates and communicates the activities of government.That conglomeration of politicians and their special interest lobbies, media followers and professional handlers is now more self-referring, inbred and profoundly detached from the reality of most people’s lives than at any time in a generation" struck me as the whole of the way things work in the UK here. It is the part which really troubles me. It is the part that is corrupt. It is the part that disables democracy. It is the part that will undo vaping and vapers. It is the part that undid smokers and smoking. It is the part that keeps antis entrenched. It is the part that keep myths and legends alive. It is the part that brings into law, laws that are without common sense or indeed any sense.


"Self-referring, inbred and profoundly detached from the reality" makes an arrogant, self righteous ruling elite in cahoots with "their special interest lobbies, media followers and professional handlers."

And so it will continue until the people speak.