Now that the dust is beginning to settle in and around Downing St, an army of bloggers and journalists begin the work of picking through the details of the Coalition Agreement, and I have to say that by the hour I am beginning to find it not as settling as my first scan of the document gave me hope to believe. There is something not quite right with this LibCon love in.
The raft of proposals to right some of the wrongs in the Civil Liberties arena are to be applauded, however as we all know the devil is in the detail, and I am unsure that these measures will go far enough to redress the huge imbalance created by 13 years of Labour abuse. On that I reserve judgement until I see more detailed proposals laid out in the expected bonfire, the Great Repeal Bill. Lets see just how far they are willing to go, but no matter how far that is, it will be the sum total of the gifts.
The same applies to the introduction of the National Security Council. The speed at which this was inaugurated and convened suggests an urgency, of what is still to become clear, but if it is simply a smoke screen to implement the European Security Research Programme (ESRP) on an unwilling public, then the backlash from that same public will be enormous. (Watch out for the French being invited to participate in the promised UK Defence Review, this is what the LibDems meant by not renewing Trident, but look for cheaper alternatives)
But underneath all that dust, as it is being swept away I get the distinct feeling that there is a lot of fresh rat turd hidden underneath it, freshly deposited by the new incumbents.
The first and most public scrutiny is being given to the 55% rule to be invoked in order for a vote of no confidence to be valid. Don’t think for one minute that concerns over this are only from the Labour opposition, as LibDem, Tories, Plaid, the SNP as well as the International journalistic community are also voicing their consternation at what is effectively a coup d’etat of the parliamentary system with the first public cross party protest group having already emerged http://noto55.com/.
There is no point in doing away with Blair’s presidential style of government which side-lined parliament only to have it replaced by a system that usurps it.
So alarm bells are already beginning to ring. But when we delve deeper, looking at the other policy items outlined in the coalition document, the dread begins to mount, the feeling that we are being Nudged unwillingly into the realms of Philip Blondes Red Toryism, that there is in fact a full blown pro-EU agenda as predicted which is being planned to be implemented as far under the radar as possible whilst public attention and media focus is drawn to the rights and freedoms which Blair and Brown had stolen are being given back.
The art of Westminster sleight of hand is going to take on a new and final dimension. The Labour politics of fear is to be replaced by the communitarian carrot and stick. It is ultimately more insidious as its going to be applied with a hidden authoritarianism, divide us with regionalisation, invoke community pressure through appointed community leaders to force us to comply, and they are hoping you will not see that stick until it hits you, and ultimately it will all be done in the name of the EU project.
I have been quiet for the last few days, taking in as much as possible hoping for progress and an honest kind of new politics. So far, there is very little in this coalition to make my heart jump with joy, so my campaigning with the Albion Alliance will continue (and to be honest I was hoping that by now we could wrap it up), but the updated campaign plans will now be put into play, because this coalition is going to try pulling a blinder, its going to try to pull the wool over the eyes of the sheeple completely this time.
This new government may even make history, as being the only government ever to be opposed by the activists and supporters of all the political parties, which goes a long way to explain why one of their first acts will be to impose this 55% rule.
The people and democracy are being set up to lose again….