Friday, 10 April 2015

Trident the real views of candidates versus the Party political dictatorship

The news is awash of claim and counter claim between Tory and Labour about defence and Trident. In summary the Conservatives are attacking Miliband because they think he'd do a deal with the SNP to form a coalition government, which would include not replacing Britain's nuclear arsenal. Labour deny this strenuously and accuse the Tories of attacks and negativity.

Labour are sending the clear message that (like so much) they would match the Tories on Trident replacement. But this does not reflect the views of their PPCs. Many of them have taken part in the CND survey on scrapping Trident, as I have, like me an overwhelming majority support scrapping Trident. Of the 500 candidates from all parties that responded 81% support scrapping Trident. According to the New Statesman 75% of Labour respondents support scrapping Trident.

Yet we have a ridiculous political system where parties rule and what parties decide, MPs follow. Thus Ed Miliband in his attempt to out muscle Cameron on toughness, is enthusiastically in support of Trident. How is this democratic? Or even tough!?!

We need a democratic system where MPs are elected on their own beliefs and principles that support the wishes and whims of their constituents. That think for themselves not merely upholding the dictatorship of the party.