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A Corbyn Government? How Bad Could It Be? – Part I –

A Corbyn Government? How Bad Could It Be?  – Part I –

Well, “a week is a long time in politics”, is the oft-repeated Harold Wilson quote. Right now, it’s difficult to set about writing anything on the current British political crisis following Theresa May’s spectacular Chequers Brexit betrayal which isn’t likely to be out of date by the time it’s published.

Sadly, this was not unexpected for us UKIPpers. The main surprise is that she still appears to retain the confidence of the bulk of the Parliamentary Conservative Party.  It’s shameful to see the likes of Michael Gove, Daniel Hannan and the other (Monmouthshire) David Davies MP busily trying to polish the turd. It doesn’t appear the chairman of the 1922 Committee has yet received the requisite 48 letters to trigger a leadership election which could topple May.

Yet grassroots Tories – who were never allowed a vote on Mrs May’s coronation – are up in arms, as are swathes of Leave voters up and down the country who have watched 2 years of ministerial dithering and establishment sabotage culminate in this coup against democracy. Even many in the normally politically apathetic general populace are taking their eyes off the World Cup and asking, “What’s going on?” “Why has Boris Johnson resigned?” “Didn’t we vote to leave?”

Those Tory MPs may just be biding their time. As the opinion polls start coming in showing Conservative support falling away and they start to think about their slender majorities, they may decide it’s time to get that letter in. Maybe they’re waiting to see the EU’s reaction. Will they reject even these desperate proposals and where will that leave May? Maybe they’re waiting for BoJo to throw his hat into the ring after the summer recess?

Of course, many of them are Remainers and will welcome the softest of Brexits. Others put career before principles. There has been speculation that May was forced down this route by globalist big businesses threatening to cancel their donations to the party. If there were a leadership election, Theresa May may yet win. Even if there were a Brexiteer revolt in her own ranks, she may work with the Remainer majorities in other parties to push her deal through. May’s proposals don’t even please the Remainers though.

Sad to say the pattern we’ve seen throughout these torturous 2 years, including – especially – on the part of the Tory Brexiteer frogs as the proverbial water has been slowly heated to boiling point, is that of country and democracy taking second place to maintaining party unity.

We shouldn’t expect the Tories to deliver radical change. The Tory party is the establishment party par excellence. There is a common misconception that the Conservative Party is right wing. Conservative now means conserving the socialist status quo.

Will it be DUP who ride to rescue and force a no-confidence vote?

The threat which May doesn’t hesitate to dangle in front of her MP who might be considering rebelling is that of a Corbyn-led Labour government.

Labour have indeed already overtaken the Conservatives in the polls and, if voters are going punish May’s betrayal and divided party, who are they going to turn to? We, of course, think they should turn to UKIP for many good reasons. While we are up to 6% in the polls, it would appear to be fantasy to expect the disaffected electorate to flock to us en masse between now and a possible snap autumn election. Though both major parties are divided on Brexit and despite Labour being dominated by Remainers and not having a coherent policy on Brexit, we can expect Corbyn’s party to be the main beneficiary of a Tory government collapse.

It may come as a surprise but I was once one of Jeremy Corbyn’s constituency activists. Back in the dying days of the last millennium, in the wake of Britpop, Cool Britannia and the Labour landslide I had moved to north London and was excited to be where the action was. For a young leftie, that was as true for politics as it was for restaurants and nightlife. After all, Islington was where Tony Blair had famously made his home and supposedly made a deal with Gordon Brown over dinner at the (now long gone) Granita restaurant on Upper Street.

Whereas in most places local parties of all colours struggle to find volunteers to stand in council elections, for any budding New Labour wannabe career politician Islington was the place to get your foot on the ladder. Mary Creagh was a councillor (trying harder to ingratiate herself with Jeremy Corbyn at the time), as was Jenny Rathbone (who was later parachuted into Cardiff). I also recall meeting Remain clown-in-chief Andy Parsons (“What do you do then?” “I’m a comedian.” “Oh really.”)

I think it was just the once I met Jeremy Corbyn, when he dropped in at a barbecue hosted by a local party activist. He seemed like a nice genuine guy – in an earnest leftie kind of way – much more like your average grassroots leftie than any slithery Blairite careerist. Being a leftie at the time, I didn’t find that objectionable. I would often see the dishevelled figure of my local MP passing my window on his pushbike and thought it rather quaint and down-to-earth.

It was a short time after this that Blair went to war in Iraq and I left the Labour Party in disgust. That was one of a series of Red Pill events which led me to where I am today. The way I see it is that I have grown up and moved on, while the aforementioned are still stuck in the same political place.

I was gunning for Corbyn during the leadership elections, not because I still see eye-to-eye with him, nor because I hoped he would damage the Labour Party, but because I saw him as more honest than his plasticky weasel-worded Blairite opponents, who I deeply despise.

Corbyn and his fellow-travellers can’t help being open about the deluded adolescent hard-left policies they want to pursue. They’re not as scheming and duplicitous as the Blairites. They’re not that clever.

Ed – Part II of this article by Comrade K will be published on Wednesday.

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Pamphleteering

Pamphleteering

The author of the article ‘Pamphleteering’ is Kim who is a member of the Trinity Group. This group was formed in response to a series of articles in UKIP Daily. The founding members had all commented on those articles and they were invited by the author to continue discussions.

Whatever the financial markets are doing there is money to be made.  If the markets are falling, checking bond ratings, using exchange traded funds, bear funds or short selling can still work.  Ingenuity and opportunism abounds in these complex markets.

Plants adapt to survive in harsh conditions making the best of available resources.  For example the Himalayan Christolea himalayensis lives at up to 6300 meters above sea level.  Or the Arabidopsis thaliana tolerates high levels of sodium. Plants survive in extremes of drought, heat and competition.

Entomophagy, or insect eating, takes advantage of a small but ubiquitous resource. Insects are full of protein and rich in essential micronutrients, and there are numerous added advantages.  It is their numbers that make entomophagy an unlikely solution to an age old problem.

Picture a busy pub. The place is so alive with energy it is palpable. The buzz of enthusiasm and delight, of people enjoying each other’s company, exchanging ideas, experiences, the noise, the humour, the therapy, the inclusion and the involvement.

This pulsing of energy and purpose often sits behind our conscious perception, or somewhere on the periphery of our awareness, sometimes intangible but nevertheless very real.  So much is possible with will and purpose.

The ability to use imagination to turn loss into profit, create advantage from adversity.  To survive and overcome by adaptation and careful and ‘intelligent’ use of resources. To exploit numbers and allow ‘the many’ to become an effective solution.  To use spirit, enthusiasm, energy with the spark of life, to create something that wasn’t there before. These are requisites for good Pamphleteering.

Why do rich people carry on making more money? Is it greed? The ability to win?   Could it be purpose?

Why have religious zealots’ risked limb and life?  Can purpose transcend all material considerations?

With all this marvel how can we ever consider failure?

To be successful in politics it is useful to try and understand the psychology of politics.  Motivation, involvement, social attitudes and behaviour are important.

If people have a belief they generally want to inform discuss and persuade others. After all, aren’t we social animals?

Leafletting and pamphleteering appears to be the lowly relation of canvassing.  Yet in reality this is the one method that blows everything else out of the water.  If you don’t think so then maybe it isn’t being used properly. Sure, there is no one solution, but this is the unsolicited dissemination of information. We are fighting a mind war.  The other side have a long start, no time to waste.

Imagination, pragmatic use of resources, a combined and focused effort and enthusiasm, these attributes are needed for pamphleteering.

We need to believe in something, to have a message to disseminate, to be involved and to have the opportunity to exercise that belief.

Look at the history of pamphleteering and consider the fervour and drive that was exhibited in the past to fight against corruption and for freedom.

The Marprelate Pamphlets were among the first to engage people, by asking questions and addressing the readers directly. The response from the Established Church of the 16th century was no match for the writer known as Martin Marprelate.

Martin Marprelate The Epistle 1588

Thomas Paine wrote pamphlets encouraging people to stand up for themselves and seek independence from the British. His pamphlets were passionate, informative and persuasive.  He made his points with a religious fervour and his pamphlet was called Common Sense.

His style and arguments struck a note in peoples’ hearts and that was highly effective.  Paine took the people out of their mind-set. Again this could not be countered by his adversaries.

These are just two examples of many. Why were they successful?  Because the writers were passionate. They believed in what they were doing, and belief taps into a vast reservoir of energy.  Why were the responses ineffective? Because it is so hard living with a lie and ‘bearing false witness’.

It has been said ‘an army marches on its stomach’; the food of a political movement is information and a message that people can relate to.

Yes you are thinking, ‘why the hardship, when one has the internet?’  Never be led by the nose with technology. It is another tool. But deliver to every household, unsolicited, inclusive, persuasive information, containing your message.

Some argue that you have to knock on doors.  This is not true!  Presenting such a task only dulls the enthusiasm of otherwise passionate supporters.  Let those advocates for knocking on doors do so, but allow the rest to get the message out without confrontation and argument.  No more prevarication, no more procrastination, but pragmatic use of resources.

What do the academics say? Delivering lots of leaflets works

We complain and complain, about the Mainstream Media. We cannot refuse them their freedom and demand freedom for ourselves.  Forget the MSM and go directly to the electorate. Read the second paragraph of 1.1 Page 7.

And they developed an independent sphere of ‘public opinion’ to which people could appeal.

The following examples are the front and back covers of four Pamphlets.

a, b, c, d

With no expensive printing and eight pages within the cover, these pamphlets are printed by the publisher.  It is the message that matters and the message is in the words not glossy paper or bright colours.

Don’t do the same old thing, be original.

Continuity and consistency, keep delivering, regardless of elections!

Build up a rapport with the electorate.

If your literature is catchy enough, or bold enough, they may read it.

If the subjects and ideas are interesting, they may start collecting them.

If they agree, they may become distributors themselves.

That is how it will work!

And work it will!  If properly done.

You know we need a revolution! You know it won’t happen sitting at your computer! You know we have to arm ourselves with ‘paper bullets’ and inform like we have never informed before!

The longer it is left the harder it will become!

Join a distribution network today!

Become a pamphleteer!

Your country needs you.

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