Election Campaign: The politics of fear

As the General Election of 2010 nears its final week, the campaigns being put forward to the public have moved from the original scope of party policy, through evangelical hero worship of leadership figures, questions of deals and coalitions and now into its final phase of fear campaigning.

Everywhere you see it, on posters, on blogs, on twitter, in press releases, on TV and in the print media. It is the politics of fear.

If you dont vote for me something bad will happen.

If you dont vote for me you will lose this or that service.

If you dont vote for me you will have to pay more for this or that.

If you dont vote for me Fred will get in instead.

After 13 years of a Labour government who have used the politics of fear to the greatest level this country has ever seen to induce the public to grudgingly accept a loss of civil liberties, ID Cards, databases for everything, being watched, monitored, listened to and recorded, being told what to eat, what to drink, forced into not doing so many things that most of us consider normal such as smoking, taking photographs, playing with our children, volunteering for youth organisations or even expecting a level of service from our civil servants, do political parties really expect to endear themselves to anyone by using the politics of fear?

If these parties dont up their game and start listening to the public concerns, the smaller parties will get the votes these major parties consider theirs by right.

If they dont start to address the hard questions that are put to them by the public instead of merely batting it off and blaming others lack of policy then quite frankly they all deserve to lose.

After 13 years of living under a regime of political fear campaigning the public are sick of it. They want to know what you can do, not what the other parties cannot do.

But then the public are not stupid either. They know that you can do very little, because your policies are all made in Brussels, and that for the all the arguments, the expended air time and the tittle tattle, this election is all about how you are going to implement the decisions already made.

That is why the smaller parties are picking up votes and supporters, and that is why you have entered this realm of fearmongering. The public are not stupid, they know and understand what you are doing and why, and treating them with this kind of contempt will only serve to give them the resolve of not voting as you expect them to.

May 7th will be an interesting day.


About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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2 Responses to Election Campaign: The politics of fear

  1. Wormit Steve says:

    I wonder if this fear element will be much akin to the continued conditioning and therefore eventual dullness of the senses we can find in other areas? For instance, if we see a steady stream of violent acts then, given time, we are not as phased. Would this therefore mean that this approach would require increases to substantiate the desired effects? In other words, how far are these people willing to go to invoke a fear culture to herd individuals back into the perceived comfort?

    Liberty and freedom is best provided with the people in mind to act as a beacon beckoning them or showing them the way and not the sword held at their throats forcing a decision from them. As soon as people learn the difference these approaches will matter not one jot!

    As always, another interesting read.

  2. jameshigham says:

    Yes, you’re right, Ian – it stinks.

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