Sunday, April 20, 2008

Proposal for a new public holiday

I am a little late with this, but Prodicus has highlighted a most worthy event in Italy: the national Fuck Off You Politico Bastards Day.
I have yet to establish whether this gloriously rude gesture is from the right, the left or the insane but, whatever, it can't be all bad. Here's what Reuters said about the first one, last September:
An Italian comedian's campaign using a rude word to tell off politicians has won the support of more than 300,000 Italians who signed petitions to sweep away a generation of lawmakers they say are corrupt and ineffective.

Popular comic Beppe Grillo has sent shock waves through the political system with the level of support for his campaign which, if successful, would bar convicted felons from parliament [not much to ask, surely?] and would limit politicians' careers to two terms in office.

An estimated 40,000 people attended Grillo's rally in Bologna on Saturday and many more went to hundreds of similar "Vaffanculo-day" protests around the country. The word is the Italian equivalent of the "f"-word in English.

Gaining grassroots support via his website, one of Italy's most popular blogs, the 57-year-old comic said Italy needed a radical break from what he said was the political mismanagement of Italy since the end of fascism and World War Two.

[...]

The manifesto contains three points: no one with criminal records should be allowed in parliament; a maximum of two terms for any parliamentarian; and lawmakers should be elected directly***, not by the current party list system.


*** LibDems and Gordon Brown take note: Fuck Off Day is campaigning against proportional representation or, as we democrats call it, the Unfair Votes (Corrupt Politicians) System. Italy is all the proof one could possibly need that PR means corruption. And before you stupid PR-nuts start bleating about 'different forms of PR', such as Broon would introduce to keep himself in power if he could—and remember that You Are Being Watched—oh, just piss off.

Now, I know that there are many who support PR, but I would like to submit empirical evidence that shows it to be a completely stupid idea: Neil Harding supports it. 'Nuff said.

Now, shall we start a National Fuck Off You Politico Cunts Day here...?

21 comments:

redandwhite said...

"Now, shall we start a National Fuck Off You Politico Cunts Day here...?"

Damn right we should. I totally disagree about PR though.
http://farleftwatch.wordpress.com/

Guthrum said...

Right On

monkey said...

I think this is a great idea, but i also think its not likely to happen, i think we should start to campaign for a national holiday for St Georges Day seeing as its often put to the side because of political correctness . then tell the politicians to fuck off.

Longrider said...

Oh, absolutely. Bring it on.

vervet said...

I'm with monkey ... let's campaign for a national holiday for St. George's Day. Once secured, the day should be dedicated to demonstrations against politics and all politicians.

Tim Almond said...

I agree with Neil Harding about PR, but I'm sure we have different reasons why.

Mac the Knife said...

Count me in, I don't get to tell anywhere near enough people to fuck off nowadays...

Kay Tie said...

I think PR can only come as part of wholesale constitutional reform. Which in turn must include preventing the Marxist Republic of Caledonia from sending their soviet representatives to Westminster.

xoggoth said...

PR would be a good idea if one could ensure that MPs properly took account of their constituents' views and exercised independent judgement instead of trooping through the lobbies like trained rats.

Maybe if all votes were by secret ballot and it was made an offence to influence an MP's vote it could work. Can't see those happening somehow.

fewqwer said...

One of the first things NuLab did after they got in was vote themselves a 40% pay-rise, wasn't it?

I seem to remember the BBC repeating ad nauseam their feeble argument that it brought politicians' pay in line with the EU.

John Trenchard said...

"Maybe if all votes were by secret ballot and it was made an offence to influence an MP's vote it could work. Can't see those happening somehow."

which would make the MPs votes unaccountable to his electorate.

there are big downsides with PR - in that , a very small party can gain inordinate influence on policy if it is propping up a coalition with a major party.

a good example is the Progressive Democrats in Ireland , who with only 5 per cent or less of the vote ended up with very prominent cabinet positions.

on the other hand , first past the post effectively disenfranchises huge swathes of the electorate in "safe" seats. they might as well not vote - and that cannot be a good thing surely?

John Trenchard said...

agree with the sentiments above about St George's Day. that could effectively become our national "fuck you political class" day.

anyone else see how the Politics Show on Al-Beeb today tried to turn St George's Day into some kind of multi-cult festival devoid of any meaning whatsoever.

it really was something to watch....

Auntie Flo' said...

excellent idea!

Semaj Mahgih said...

Same day as ANZAC Day.

BrianSJ said...

Why don't we have Fuck Off Day on St. George's Day? Celebrate Shakespeare's Bithday while we are at it.
Ought to be a tie up between Grillo and the Official Monster Raving Loony Party here; that Grillo blog looks very good. His agenda comes before changing the voting system.

lettersfromatory said...

Would this new day mean a day off work?

xoggoth said...

The real solution is one I read in a short story once. All politicians had an explosive collar round their necks. If more than a certain percentage of their electorate registered dissatisfaction in a given period by pushing the red button in a booth it blew their head off.

This would be even easier now we have the internet. Together with published voting records it would ensure democracy.

Hugo said...

Yeah, PR is bad, but it's not the same as STV. We should keep everything the same except, in each constituency, swap the FPTP ballot papers for STV ones.

Anonymous said...

Why should we have compulsory holidays? You want to take St George's Day off? Fine - arrange that with your employer.

Why do you need to drag me into this?
(Rory Meakin)

Anonymous said...

Nah, forget PR & STV (sounds like the clap). We want the Null MP system - let the abstainers win.

http://econpapers.repec.org/article/blaecaffa/v_3A25_3Ay_3A2005_3Ai_3A3_3Ap_3A63-65.htm

cornishgiant said...

A joke I saw today...

One day a florist goes to a barber for a haircut. After the cut he asked
About his bill and the barber replies, "I cannot accept money from you.
I'm doing community service this week." The florist was pleased and left
The shop.
When the barber goes to open his shop the next morning there is a 'Thank You card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.
Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill,
The barber again replies, "I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing
Community service this week." The cop is happy and leaves the shop.
The next morning when the barber goes to open up there is a 'thank you'
Card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.
Later that day, a college professor comes in for a haircut, and when he
Tries to pay his bill, the barber again replies, "I cannot accept money
From you I'm doing community service this week." The professor is very
Happy and leaves the shop.
The next morning when the barber opens his shop, there is a 'thank you'
Card and a dozen different books, such as 'How to Improve Your Business' And 'Becoming More Successful.'
Then, an MP comes in for a haircut, and when he goes to pay his bill the
Barber again replies, "I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing
Community service this week." The MP is very happy and leaves the shop.
The next morning when the barber goes to open up, there are a dozen MPs Lined up waiting for a free haircut.

And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the
Citizens of our country and the members of our Government