I’m worried about the new Independent Group (TIG), also known as Change UK. Having long ago come to the conclusion I can no longer support the Labour Party under its new hard left leadership and ownership, I was waiting for an alternative political party of choice to come along. My preference would always be for a mainstream soft left organisation, like the Labour Party used to be in its glory days under Tony Blair. To date, Change UK has failed to move me.
Don’t get me wrong, I very much respect the decision of the likes of Luciana Berger and Chuka Umunna to leave the Labour Party and the likes of Anna Soubry and Heidi Allen to quit the Tories. In both parties, the lunatics had taken over the asylum. Change UK offered an alternative to politics as usual. Where is it?
The names and faces of those at the launch of the EU election campaign sadly reflected any kind of change to me. Middle aged MPs, former TV presenters and Boris Johnson’s sister and no one who looked like me, sounded like me or had any alternative worldview apart from ‘We must have a second EU referendum’, something that still fails to enthuse me. But it’s not just a worldview: it’s a leadership thing.
Political parties need leaders. Obviously. In our country, our political leaders are as follows:
- Theresa May. Tin-eared, incompetent, out of her depth.
- Jeremy Corbyn. A career backbencher, not exactly one of life’s great thinkers, out of his depth.
- Vince Cable. Past it and still tainted by five years of propping up a hard right pro austerity Tory government in which he had a major job.
Hardly a stellar collection of talent, is it? But where is the charismatic leader in Change UK who is going to inspire us to make us believe that change is possible when Change UK doesn’t seem to have much of a clue what that change is going to be?
It’s situation hopeless in the UK at the moment, with the running being made chiefly by a hard right nicotine-stained Man Frog narcissist called Nigel Farage, who has literally no plan nor any policies beyond leaving the EU. Farage offers nothing but empty rhetoric, yet gains most financially in his guise of a career politician, profiting greatly from the institution he hates the most. But where Farage stands for leaving the EU, Change UK stands for remaining in the EU and then, what?
I’m worried that Change UK don’t represent change at all. Unless they develop rapidly, they will stand for European elections in a few weeks time, then disappear into the political ether. On present form, they deserve little else.
If you stand in the middle of the road for too long, you will end up being run over. I see little about Change UK that will appeal much beyond its current middle class base. They don’t have a lot of time to prove me wrong.