WHAT IN THE NAME OF PIG-GATE IS GOING ON?
The last few weeks have seen the Westminster machine up its political rhetoric in honour of Party Conference season. With a daily barrage of frenzied news reports ranging from political spin to downright lies, this recent round of fear-mongering, voiced by our political leaders, has been enough to make even the best of us want to avoid politics forever.
And it is this barnstorming of important issues that grabbed hold of my awareness all those years ago, gave it a shake, and challenged me to begin my political journey from Right to Left. I knew my conscience was in there, somewhere, but never before did I have the desire to whip it out and show it to the world until I began to be affected by it. Until then, I was merely winging it.
But now, the more I see and hear the childish tit-for-tat between so-called political leaders, the more I want to grab something heavy and hurl it at the TV screen. Of course, I am aware that this show of anger towards an inanimate object wouldn’t do any good, and so I decided to get involved.
So let’s have a look at some of the most bizarre things that have happened during the many conferences up and down the country in the name of democracy over the last few weeks. Firstly, we saw Nigel Farage being his usual charming self, albeit in a xenophobic kind of way. His speech wasn’t so much of a positive look at the future, rather a futile attempt to turn the British public into a nation of hypochondriacs. At times, listening to Farage was like listening to a preview of the new Game of Thrones season, with him fearful of an invasion by millions of flesh-eating Wildlings currently heading for our shores.
And while I enjoyed watching the UKIP leader plead to the nation, like a distraught customer in Matalan begging for a refund without a receipt, what struck me deeply was his party’s rather worrying rhetoric which seemed to scarily resemble the kind of talk Nick Griffin used to give to members of the BNP.
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Then we had David Cameron and his ‘warning’ of a “security-threatening, terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating” Jeremy Corbyn. It might be true that when Jezza walked onto the stage at the Labour Party Conference most people mistook him for the Brighton Centre Cleaning Supervisor, but it’s also true that, regardless of how he dresses, Corbyn is opposed to the austerity measures thrown into the ring by the Tories, and a man who fights for equality both in Parliament and on the streets, and stands shoulder to shoulder with the people. That doesn’t sound like a “Britain-hater” to me.
We also had a reporter, Owen Bennett, wondering why he was spat at by an angry member of the public who felt his voice was not reported in a true and honest way. Then, ironically, the same Huffington Post journalist reported the incident implying all activists were football hooligans from the ‘Loony Left’ who enjoy a good gob-fest. It’s difficult to defend the phlegm-throwing protester, but surely it’s equally hard to defend Owen Bennett for his outrageously over-dramatic account of the events which took place that day.
To top it off, we even had reports from US officials that Russia’s planned missile attack on Syrian targets ‘accidentally’ hit Iran, reports that both Russia and Iran firmly deny.
So, just what in the name of Pig-Gate is going on? Could it really be the case that our political parties would rather attack a nation than help to improve its living standards? Maybe, maybe not. But one thing is for sure: the time to start questioning the fear-mongering antics of certain Westminster know-it-alls, and many Fleet Street hacks, is now.
Continued next week…