It used to be said that there are two sorts of Tory voter: the millionaires and the misguided. Now we must add a third to that – the Hard Brexiteer, though some of them are definitely in the misguided category too. It is sad that this bizarre combination is capable of winning elections but it is.
So after Labour’s encourging but still losing result in the 2017 election it is apparent that progressive campaigners are left with two tasks that require prompt attention, especially when another election within a year is certainly possible.
1.Get the voting and constitutional system changed to more accurately reflect the actual votes cast.
2.Teach MP’s, the media and the electorate where money comes from.
This is a very tall order so we have to prioritise. Whilst still a considerable challenge I’d say that money is the easier of the two.
So, we need to write to the mainstream media – I for one complain to the BBC whenever I can when they fail to challenge phrases such as ‘money is short’. I’ve already asked my MP to enquire of the Chancellor where money comes from. It took six months to get a reply and a Treasury minister replied saying I’d asked a question on monetary policy. Even my MP was unhappy at the response and said, if he was re-elected, he would ask again. (He has been, so I’m going to have another go!)