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New Blood [Apr. 10th, 2018|01:26 pm]
Tony Grist
A new political party is being mooted.

Jolly good. We need fresh blood in politics. What line will it be pushing?

A progressive centrist line.

Excellent. Are they asking for subscriptions?

Not yet.

So how will they get off the ground? You can't get anywhere in politics without money.

Don't worry. They have backers prepared to give them £50 million.

What the....! So who are these donors?

That's not entirely clear.

But rich people obviously. People with £50 million to spare.

Goes without saying.

So it'll be a rich person's party, pursuing policies that please the rich. Just like all the others.


Anyone well-known connected with it?

Tony Blair seems keen.

Nuff said. 

From: (Anonymous)
2018-04-10 12:53 pm (UTC)
This sounds great. I can’t stand Corbyn or what he stands for, nor can I stand May. A team with a middle line (like Blair) sounds exactly what we need. And I hope they are anti-Brexit. No one is speaking for the 48%.

On Blair, did you dislike everything about him and his policies, or just Iraq?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-04-10 02:22 pm (UTC)
Iraq was enough. It sort of blotted out whatever else there may have been.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2018-04-10 12:59 pm (UTC)
Yes not for the likes of us i am sad to say. We really do need a party for the people -not the fat cats.

Edited at 2018-04-10 12:59 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-04-10 02:22 pm (UTC)
Sadly we don't have the money.....
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2018-04-10 01:56 pm (UTC)
Errr... A name of that party?
Sorry, I'm asking because I haven't heard about it.

Overall comment on it (on the circumstance): Seems like business as usual everywhere in the world. New conservative moments/political parties.
Strange how that comes, like everybody waited for it, huh? (Which they did not.)

Blair better goes home and keeps his head out of politics.
Why? 'Cause he had had his chance, he WAS the captain of the ship for years and all he did was executing conservative politics and go on a crusade with Bush in Iraq. If he had really wanted to make anything better, then he had already had the biggest chance ever to do this fully legally.
But he did not use it.
So... return to sender.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-04-10 02:29 pm (UTC)
I don't believe they've named it yet.

Yes, this is another top down initiative- presenting itself as fresh and new but likely to pursue the same old policies and staffed by the same old faces....

Blair seems oddly unaware of how deeply he's disliked.

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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2018-04-10 04:50 pm (UTC)
Okay, then I know to look out for that topic.

Hm, I don't know if these people are aware of their personalities being disliked by the common people...
It more seems like a "job creation scheme", and those people try to play on that factor how much the current people in the government are more disliked.
Thinking "maybe they choose my evil over the one coming from them...".
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2018-04-11 02:04 pm (UTC)
I don't know who these people are or what their idea is, but I'm not very taken with this top down approach.

Anyway, there is already a brand new centre-left, pro-EU party called Renew. An LJ friend has abandoned Labour and is busy canvassing on behalf of their candidates in the local elections. They seem to be much more bottom-up in approach. More about them here...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-04-11 02:36 pm (UTC)
I don't hold out much hope for any new party, but who knows?
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2018-04-12 08:37 am (UTC)
I can't see a new party getting anywhere while we still have a First Past the Post voting system. Wales and Scotland are much more civilised and have PR for the elections to the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly. We desperately need a new system for the Westminster elections.
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[User Picture]From: howlin_wolf_66
2018-04-11 02:30 pm (UTC)
Same old same old... It's only because Blairite Labour were just Tories with red rosettes.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-04-11 02:40 pm (UTC)
New parties keep being formed- and keep fading away.
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2018-04-12 05:02 pm (UTC)
Think about it. Every political party is kept alive by large donations. Not every philanthropist is feathering his own next.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-04-12 06:57 pm (UTC)
And it's objectionable. Anti-democratic. The parties supported by the rich will always have more money to spend- and are hardly likely to promote policies that will inconvenience their donors.

Selfless and idealistic millionaires do exist but I don't suppose many political donors fall into this category.

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