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Friday the 13th: The Nightmare before Christmas

This afternoon the House of Lords began to debate the general election Bill that was passed in the House of Commons (HoC) yesterday. As I write these words, the debate continues. There does not however, appear to be a move or indeed any desire to stop or amend the bill so it will pass and should do so today.

On the basis that it does, the UK will have a general election on Thursday December 12, and once the final results are known the next day, means that Friday the 13th will see who the next Prime Minister is.

The date itself may not be the most welcome by some but with a little luck and a strong voter turnout (whether it is dark or not, whether it is cold or not) the result will not be another hung parliament - if it were to be then an election will have been rather pointless. The country needs – its people need – a government that has a majority in the HoC to actually govern and get its policies through the parliamentary process. But it will take a decisive number of ordinary people to go and cast their vote - whichever party they choose to give that vote to. That has to be the overriding message between now and December 12. Get out and vote.

For if you do not, you can have no complaints about what the government, or MPs generally, does and do thereafter. As I point out in my book Comments of a Common Man, bad politicians get elected by those who do not vote.

The sentiment of not voting has been expressed regarding the numbers who have stated that they will never vote Conservative again. There are also large numbers who have always voted Labour but, again, have stated that they will not do so now and much for the same reasons; they feel abandoned by both parties. Why should this be so?

Let’s look at Labour first; the party (originally founded to represent ordinary working people by the Trade Union movement) has for most of its existence been a sound and vital part of UK democracy. Many of its leading lights throughout the 1950s, 1960s and on to the late 1970s had served their country in a number of ways. Many had fought for their country in the Navy, Army or Royal Air Force. Their patriotism could not be doubted. This did not change their essential beliefs that the UK needed to change and move towards a more socialist viewpoint but this has also always held Labour back. The UK has not naturally been a socialist country. As a consequence, until 1997, Labour had never served more than one term of office and it has always been prone to infiltration by those on the far left, to the point where Communism and Marxism had been profoundly influential (for more on this, read my book – details at the end of this article). From 1997 however, Labour ran the UK for an unprecedented thirteen years and for the first time, those further left had time to get to work. What was done during those thirteen years is not for this article now but again is covered in my book.

Suffice to say that a large num