Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What next?

Last night's political panto around an EU referendum should, at the very least, skewer some common myths and misconceptions. These myths include:
  • Cameron and Hague are Eurosceptics
  • The Tory party is Eurosceptic
  • There's any substantive difference between the main political parties
  • The political classes are in touch with popular sentiment
  • The political class cares what we think
  • The mass media are not part of the problem
  • That petitions (electronic or otherwise) can lead to change
  • The what we see in politics is real, not theatre
  • That UKIP and the rump of 'Tory rebels' hold any sway in the country at large
  • The EU is the topic around which a mass movement against the establishment can coalesce
The real question we need to focus on is this: what do we do about it?

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