The penny drops?

The Westminster bubble wakes up to the death of 'old' politics

Britannia resurgent? It's too early to say!Britannia resurgent? It's too early to say!

For a while the signs all pointed to Yorkshire. And the reason for this was down to two men, David Davis and George Galloway. The former is the MP for Haltemprice and Howden and the latter for Bradford West. It takes more than his Alma mater to get to understand Davis and why he frightens his old party. For this you must be able to decipher the insane tribal loyalty that sadly, just like the Labour party equivalent, seems to be essential to mainstream UK politics. An example of this is in the Spectator, classed as a newspaper it was always seen as a rock-solid Tory supporting paper. However, in the last few months things have changed. David Cameron is beginning to disappoint more than a few normally supportive folk who express themselves on the forums of the online edition.

This has unsettled some people,James Forsyth has become H2H, heir to Steve Hilton. Since the cycling Hilton went back to the USA the role of defender and promoter of David Cameron, H2B, heir to Blair, has been up for grabs. And Forsyth is desperate, you can see this by what he wrote about Davis.

Cameron, also, has problems with his own side. On the World at One today David Davis, deliberately, hit Cameron where it hurts. He accused the Cabinet of looking like “they’re in a completely different world".

Had you read around this subject, in the Telegraph or listened to the BBC Today programme for example then you would know that all Davis did was spell out a few facts. As journalists are supposed to be interested in and report facts the response in the Spectator is ridiculous. But it did, yet again, flush out the anti-Davis forces so we get this comment posted by a reader -

Fortunately everyone sees Davis as a petulant ex-council house has been. The Cabinet are certainly in a different world to the "Davis-fantasy-world"---The real world. Who on earth remembers just what ridiculous civil liberties point led Davis to resign? The civil liberty we want most is freedom from stupid Davis pronouncements

Pity Cameron with supporters like this! The fantasy is to pretend that Davis is wrong, for he's not. Many people remember that is was not a 'point', a single issue, that brought about the resignation of Davis but a wide range of important issues. Furthermore, despite having been in power for a long time now some of these issues remain unsolved under the coalition. The sheer stupidity of the inclusion of the 'ex-council house' shows what a problem for the Tory party some of its supporters are. These people are the fools who think that civil liberties is a lefty-liberal subject real Conservatives should avoid. However, Davis also drew favourable comments for his honesty. His timing was spot-on too.

For the following day George Galloway upset the apple cart. Once the shock of his victory had been absorbed the truth dawned. Galloway is a bit like Ken Livingstone, a truly awful man who cannot stoop too low to gain an advantage but the difference between them is considerable. Despite working on the Labour ticket Livingstone has always been, in effect, his own party and his selfishness confirms this. He is not really 'Labour' at all.

So fool them for having him along but also fool him, for the traditional party system is dead. Livingstone cannot see this and is trying to become Mayor of London again hitched to the 'old' system at the wrong moment in time. It, the party system, worked for him twenty years ago, but now? Today the political party stands between the voter and democracy, now it no longer helps bring them together. So its primary purpose gone how long will it be before the whole system must change? This may be an odd thing to suggest but Livingstone is a bit like Cameron because he is stuck with the old system too.

What we saw with the Galloway win would, I suggest, have been impossible if he had tried to get Bradford West with a traditional party endorsement, in his case Labour. Galloway was, 'none of the above'. Also he was seen as radical in that his presence challenged many of the social patterns of the Asian minority, the baraderi for example.If you think conventional UK politics is tribal then the baraderi is even more exclusive , restrictive and dated. Seen by many as the root of corruption in UK Asian society. However, long-term Galloway watchers feel that in time he will disappoint Bradford West.

This post was in the final stages when it seemed as if James Forsyth had been looking over my shoulder. For then he wrote -

Where will the disenchantment with mainstream politics lead? - The big question in British politics right now is what happens when the voters are dissatisfied with all the three main parties and their leaders.

It's significant, a sort of litmus test, that the Spectator should have reached this conclusion. Also interesting that the idea of state funding for political parties should, only recently, have made yet another foray into the limelight. However, neither is it surprising, given the public attitude to conventional politics, that the thought of paying for something they loathe did get get any support. Forsyth also wrote -

But it is hard to imagine that the electorate’s dissatisfaction with all three parties can go on much longer without something giving.

More on Galloway from Melanie Phillips HERE.