Evil Dictators – where to start? They say the moment you bring Hitler into an argument you’ve lost – so i’m bringing him in at the start so those of you who think I’ve lost the argument can give up now and have a cup of tea or a mug of Vodka or something else to your liking. Some say World War II was the last time there was a clear distinction between good and evil – but I disagree on many counts. Firstly, Hitler scratched where many people were itching; like Thatcher i think he came up with all the wrong answers but at least he heard the anger and frustration. It was similar angers and frustration of people who felt ignored, economically and politically hopeless and angry at people they believed were getting a better bite of the cherry than they were. Hitler preyed on the worst of human nature and created the ‘Scape Goat’ – a people group to hate, and they still do it today – the Jew, the Muslim, the Pole …. the other [anyone will do] and let’s vote Brexit to give the establishment a kicking. The irony being that it was the Government not building enough houses, schools and Doctor’s surgeries that created the pressure not the immigrants who came looking for a better life – and when they voted to kick the establishment they supported Trump, Putin, Gove, Farrage, Leadsom & Boris Johnson.
In World War II we went to war with the Dictator. In Iraq we intervened and invaded, in Libya we intervened but didn’t invade, in Syria we neither intervened or invaded – it seems we got it wrong every time. Damned if you do/ damned if you don’t. In Turkey the army attempted a coup which would have put a military dictator in power but the coup failed and they are left with a cunning leader who will now clamp down on any opposition: Which is better a benign dictator or a corrupt democracy???
In the UK we now have an unelected Civil Service of bureaucrats, an unelected Head of State, an unelected Second Chamber [House of Lords] an unelected Prime Minister and an unelected New Government – yet people chose to leave the European Union because it was considered apparently undemocratic! Dictatorship with a democracy????
In the USA they will soon have a Presidential election to choose the most powerful person on the planet and half the nation won’t even bother to vote. Perhaps apathy is the greatest Dictator of them all????
The UK has just gone through one of the greatest acts of democracy ever experienced in the country with the referendum on membership of the European Union. However, the level of debate and lies on both sides leaves democracy morally bankrupt. The vote was only given by an arrogant Tory PM who only wanted to heal divisions within his own Party and thought he had the vote in the bag – but be careful what you wish for. His own nemesis Boris Johnson saw an opportunity to pander to the Tory Right and so led the campaign to Leave without ever expecting or wanting to win – Whoops Apocalypse! Now a vile racism, not seen in decades, has been released onto the streets of Britain. Added to all the angry people who never wanted a referendum and voted to Remain will be a growing number of people who will day by day discover they were sold a lie; there will not be subsidies for farmers and fishermen equal to what came from the EU; there will not be regional money and grants for Wales, Scotland and Ireland; there will not be lower immigration because our ageing population and low skill low pay economy demands immigrants; there will not be £350M extra per week for NHS.
I hope when all that anger gives way to voice and action that someone with integrity is listening and responds with hope, vision and policies for a better future – because if the wrong people are listening and come up with simple solutions to complex issues …… well I don’t want to end with Hitler, but if the cap fits!