Andrew Mitchell of Plebgate infamy has finally resigned, freeing Prime Minister Cameron to rebuild his party’s credibility with the great Pleb masses before they go to the polls in 2015. Two and a half years is an eternity in politics, but the Tories are kidding themselves if they think time alone will wipe the stain of Plebgate from the public consciousness—at least if I have anything to say about it.
As I argued in an earlier post, the precise wording of Mitchell’s rant was never the real issue. His tantrum at the gates of Downing Street was significant because it exposed the mind-set of a ruling party that sees itself as vastly superior to the people it governs—a party which has jealously guarded the privileges of the wealthy and well-connected—a party which has done everything in its power to ensure that the income gap between rich and poor in this country continues to widen.
Labour has grasped the golden PR opportunity of Plebgate to hammer home the message that the Tories believe in ‘one rule for those at the top, another for the rest of us at the bottom.’ I agree. But the hard working people of this country need more than catchphrases from the opposition. We need political warriors who will fight for our interests and close an income gap which has risen faster in Britain than anywhere else in the industrialized world.
Income inequality is not only a problem for those at the bottom. The chasm between rich and poor hurts all of us by slowing economic growth and nursing a slew of social ills from substance abuse and obesity to prostitution and domestic violence. If attitudes are anything to go by, many members of the ruling class believe these problems will never affect them directly. All I can say is you’d better wake up before you find yourself on the receiving end of a popular blowback that has every chance of turning bloody.
I don’t want to see the country I served for 23 years as a soldier and would still die for today tear itself apart. That’s why I’m writing this post –to reach out to people who are as frustrated as I am by the failure of our major political parties to close the income gap in Britain. We need to work together for change. I’m not proposing a new political party, but a grassroots movement advocating economic policies that benefit the majority of Brits, not the privileged few; a movement that will send a clear message that we will no longer tolerate a Government that sells out to the City of London and other powerful interests; a movement that will fight for a Progressive Liberal Economy for Britain —a PLEB Movement.
There are many worthy economic changes to fight for. I’ll kick things off by advocating for a cut in VAT—a tax which hits the poor the hardest and impedes economic growth. I will write to my MP (who happens to be a Conservative), and tell her that if her party does not cut VAT immediately, I will lobby everyone in her constituency to vote her out of office. A letter may seem like nothing, but multiply it by tens of millions and our government will be quaking in their boots.
As I said, cutting VAT is only the beginning. I invite everyone who reads this post to help shape the PLEB agenda by leaving a comment below. If you want to write a letter to your MP, you can find their address here.
Remember, we are the majority, not the elites. There is strength in our numbers that we have not begun to tap. We’re only powerless when we fail to act. So PLEBs Unite, and let’s take back our country.
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Firstly Mitchell should have been sacked not allowed to resign, and secondly well said Bob. Something has to be done as this government is going to put our country down the tubes. I am behind this 100% lobby them into submission
Great idea Bob. The trouble these days is that people don’t believe they can change anything. My biggest concern is that day by day we hear of more leading public figures who have failed in their jobs. Police changing football supporters statements, people turning a blind eye to certain celebrity child abusers, an entire legal system in melt down and MP’s who fail time and time again to do as they promised, only to repeat the same old excuses of not knowing how bad it was before they came to power and how bad the last government left the place etc etc.
I think the time is upon us to start to believe we can change things. We are not going to balance the books overnight or cure child poverty, but we all have to start somewhere. My appointment with my MP about the PSC’s is in a few weeks!!!!!
Hi Bob, a lot of what you said is what we believe up here in Scotland. Enough is enough, it is time to get rid of this travesty and bring back real social values, a society that is inclusive not exclusive.
The Scots have no power to change what goes on in the UK, we do have the power to change how our own country is run though.
Maybe when you have some time Bob you should look into what is happening up here and seek out the truth and not Westminsters and the Brittish Broadcasters idea of the truth.