2 Weeks Ago
Your views are so obviously tabloid SS.
The Human Rights Act embodies much of English Law, and vice versa.
The tabloid press have given a massive amount of attention to a few difficult cases over deporting people, mainly due to the fact that the HRA protects people from torture. It doesn't allow exceptions to be made, so it has caused problems for the likes of Theresa May. I think the real issue to look at is why the Home Office keep getting it wrong and fail in their expensive attempts to override the law. The waste of money being that they have brought cases they can't win. I think the public have a right to expect that the HO show some awareness of what constitutes a winnable case. The tabloids give very little attention to the positive aspects of the HRA. For example, 'The Right to Family Life' has helped fathers who have struggled with keeping contact with their children. You may not consider that to be of value as I'm aware that you don't have children, but it's a positive use of legislation that has helped with a huge injustice as experienced by separated fathers over many years in this country.
You accuse me of rambling on, but what I can say is that I provide support for my opinions based on first hand experience - not from the Sun, Daily Star, or the Express.
I don't know how old you are, but I ran two businesses through the Thatcher years - the three day week was no big deal, and it was generally reported that production remained more or less the same. What I found quite disgusting was the way people in authority treated their fellow countrymen, i.e. the miners, car workers, etc. But then Thatcher gave the police one of best deals on pay and conditions they've ever had. My source on that is from an ex police Federation Secretary I used to work with. If he'd had the opportunity, I think he would have married Thatcher, such was his admiration for her.
There is actually very little of the Left about me - other than "left' behind, because I have not shifted by political views over the past 30 years, i.e. I haven't swallowed the BS.
Farage is a Thatcherite who left the Tory Party in the nineties to become an attention seeking maverick! They say: "every dog has its day", and Farage's time has come.
He's doing far more damage to the Tory Party vote than Ed Miliband could ever do!
The National Front pulled some dissatisfied floating voters based on playing up the tabloid agenda, and Ukip are just repeating the act.
We live in times of consumer politics (another aspect of Thatcherisms and her love of over-the-pond ways) and all the main parties have dabbled with this anti-immigrant issue in response to tabloid taunting. It will be interesting now to see how they respond now, on the one hand, it is an incitement to racism, on the other, the tabloid press have been winding their readers up on it for the past five years or so, and all the parties are wary of declaring it to be the unpleasant scapegoating that it is.
Farage often says that Mercedes will not stop selling their cars in Britain if we disconnect from Europe, which is quite true, but what about the foreign car manufacturers that have bases in Britain, and now represent the only type of that industry here?
You say manufacturing in Britain is finished, being the classic Thatcherite approach that foreign manufacturers have ignored, so presumably you are prepared to see the manufacturing industry that we do have here disappear overseas?
We have so many unemployed people because capitalist investment has been moved to production bases in places like Bangladesh in pursuit of massive profit margins. Most people will tell you that such clothes don't last anywhere near as long as British made goods did. So why not expect major companies like M&S to have clothes made here? At one time they used to boast that 80% of their clothes were British made, and it showed in how long they lasted. Just impose high level import taxes as other countries do.
The big question is: WHO should the economy work for?
The majority, or a small group of very wealthy people who control things to suite their own greedy aspirations?
The Thatcher approach has failed, i.e. the economy has just flat-lined under a Tory administration using her economic model.
So is the answer to that to turn to an ex Tory maverick?
We need to start producing things to expand GDP and grow our way out of the financial mess we are in.
Which has nothing to do with communism.
If I was a communist I wouldn't mind saying so, however, I'm a pluralist who believes in an eclectic approach to solving economic problems, which is why I support the suggestions made by Hesseltine and Vince Cable for kick starting the economy.
What bugs me is that so much tax payer's money has been used to bail out the banking system, and yet the Thatcherites running the economy insist on sticking to their ideological teachings and refuse to intervene. Small business have been starved of much needed funding due to the Banks that have been bailed out refusing to lend and leaving them to the vicissitudes of an economy that has been knackered by their actions.
RBS is now making reasonable profits, so how about RBS returning some of the money back into the pot that was used to save it???
Ukip is not a solution, it's just a diversion from the real issue we should be dealing with.