- Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:26 pm
Speaking as a person who, well, lives in Scotland, it's news to me that the SNP aren't bog-standard neoliberals. I know their council tax freeze is qualitatively different from Pickles's in some mysterious way that no one has ever bothered to explain and which certainly doesn't show, but I'm buggered if I can see how you can effect a race to the bottom on corporation tax in a Socialist way.
Monbiot's point about the Tories and Labour being two cheeks of the same arse would be ridiculous even if it were accurate. Ok, so the difference between the two parties isn't big enough for him. Fair enough. I'd like it larger too (as the man said). But there you are. The answer to his question, 'at what point should we vote for what we want rather than keep choosing between two versions of market fundamentalism?' is 'when "what you want" has a decent chance of winning," and right now it doesn't.
At the next election you have a choice: a Tory government or a non-Tory government. That's it. If you don't want a Tory government you vote for the candidate in your constituency most likely to beat the Tory, which is generally not going to be the Green. Or you can throw your vote away on a perfect candidate who'll never, ever, win, and then when the Tory wins you can sigh sadly and preen and say that you voted your conscience, and it'll Send A Message (we've sent the Tories quite a few messages over the past five years - such a pity that they always throw the envelopes away unopened), and your conscience will be clear, and people will suffer, and people will die.
... Sorry for the rant, but I've just spent several days drafting and re-drafting a mandatory reconsideration letter to try and persuade the DWP to give me the £40 per week which has kept me in the style to which I am accustomed (i.e. with electricity as well as food in the house), and though ideally I'd like to stoke radical flames like Mr Monbiot, I'm quite willing to settle for a government which treats me like a human being rather than an unnecessary drain on national resources which would be better spent on tax cuts for the very rich. Like the last government. You know. The Labour one.
"Don't tell me I don't want to know. Of course I want to know. I'll want to know even more if you tell me I don't want to know."