When was the last time that your politicians concentrated seriously on British domestic issues? Unable to recall? I’m not surprised because increasingly British politicians spend their time involved with matters foreign. This is partly because the ever more comprehensive media coverage of world events drives politicians to at least express opinions on every catastrophe, natural or man-made, in the world, but it also occurs because it is politically convenient. One week it is a war; the next a flood or earthquake; the following week a mining disaster; the next a famine. There is always somewhere in the world which can be relied on to provide the diversion.
The political convenience has several aspects: it provides an opportunity for politicians to posture on what they fondly imagine is a world stage; it acts as propaganda for the liberal internationalist politics to which all leading British mainstream politicians subscribe and most importantly it provides a distraction from problems at home and the domestic policies of governments and parties, policies which are generally at odds with what the mass of the population believes and wants.
The mainstream media generally supports the liberal internationalist creed of the politicians and they are happy to pump out as much international coverage of turmoil and disaster as they can get because it both makes compelling viewing and they can always present this as evidence that “we are all part of one world” with the politically correct add-on, implied or overt, that “we” should do something to alleviate matters. As a tasty coda the media will, whenever possible, try to imply that “we”, that is, the developed world in general and Britain in particular, are to blame for what misfortune is being covered. The real “we” is of course not the British people but the British elite.
Tied into the national political class are all those who are involved at the international level. This includes the British public servants involved with international matters; politicians engaged at the supra-national level such as MEPs; British bureaucrats attached to the likes of the EU, NATO and the UN and all its agencies; NGOs including charities and multinational companies. All of these have a vested interest in at least seeing that the status quo is maintained and, in the case of the politically motivated who subscribe to “one worldism” and large multinationals, it is in their interest to see that Britain have its sovereignty diluted as far as possible.
That leaves the general public who are constantly being asked by politicians and mediafolk to concentrate on matters over which they have no control and frequently no interest in. This results either in a disengagement from politics generally or a bemused and increasingly stunned concentration on foreign happenings to the exclusion of what is happening or not happening under their noses. It is at best a modern version of bread and circuses.
The upshot is that British politicians are increasingly able to ignore what Britain needs and what its people want. Mass immigration goes unchecked; the EU moves with increasing speed to rob Britain of her remaining sovereign powers; Britain is still involved in illegal wars and our politicians show a worrying appetite for more of the same; the coalition Government purely for reasons of crude party politics causally calls a referendum (without any minimum turnout) to change Britain’s voting system from one which generally gives a clear electoral decision to one guaranteed to saddle her with more or less perpetual coalition government ; ever more repressive laws are passed both giving the state and police more powers ; political correctness is enshrined ever more deeply in official British life; our armed forces are driven into an ever smaller and more misshapen remnant of what is needed to defend Britain; there is a continuing failure to ensure Britain’s future energy supplies; Britain’s ability to feed itself is rapidly diminishing; England remains without a Parliament unlike the other home countries; English taxpayers money continues to massively subsidise the Celtic Fringe; British taxpayers money is cavalierly given to foreigners, most substantially through Aid; UN funding and to the EU while British public services are culled; the mania for privatisation goes on, most tragically in the NHS; a housing shortage on a par with that after 1945 is developing; Britons on even average incomes are finding it impossible to raise children in decent comfort; the genuinely poor are increasing raidly; British politicians continue to behave corruptly and venally despite the Parliamentary expenses scandal and the bankers who brought Britain to her present dire financial state remain not only unpunished, not one having even had their limited liability removed let alone criminal charges preferred, but scandalously continuing to draw grotesquely high pay and promoting the same time of insanely risky investment behaviour which caused the present financial turmoil.
Those are the most important issues Britain faces . They are being ignored by Britain’s politicians who increasingly are powerless actors on a stage delivering the words and actions of others. The British public are left as a helpless audience knowing that no matter how loud they boo the show will go on.