People shouldn’t have what they want

That is because what large party politics is now very largely about is the re-amplification of the messages received from those groups, many of which are deeply selfish and insensitive to community need precisely because of the way in which they focus upon the individuals wants and desires.
This is not the moment to go back to the dogmatic politics of the pre-Thatcher era, but it is the moment to rediscover principles and the merits of political leadership that takes people to a better place that they had not previously imagined.

Or, as the P³ really means, you can’t have what you want you’re going to get what I allow.

12 thoughts on “People shouldn’t have what they want”

  1. I would have thought the aim of modern-day politics is to make sure we don’t get what we want and to take away any means of even expressing any want outside the narrative.

  2. It’s the whole reification thing, isn’t it? The people who vote for a party are never going to be 100% in favour of the whole manifesto, eg the Conservatives got through the 60s with Heath and Powell alongside, and through the 70s and 80s with Thatcher, Heseltine, Tebbitt and Walker duking it out. It’s a question of what compromises you make. But what Spud is saying is that everyone is selfish apart from him, which is pathetic even by his low standards of analysis

  3. The other day I was bemoaning the fact that his spudness was no longer banging on about expensive handbags and people owning better cars than himself because although risible were at least funny. Lo and behold he’s rediscovered his jealousy. I await with interest what things he wants us banned from having – I’m sure it will run to several pages.

  4. I’ll leave it to Rocco to comment on Spud’s capacity to take people “to a better place that they had not previously imagined.”

  5. This is not the moment to go back to the dogmatic politics of the pre-Thatcher era, but it is the moment to rediscover principles and the merits of political leadership that takes people to a better place that they had not previously imagined.

    I agree with this. Let’s rediscover the principles and merits of Thatcher’s political leadership.

  6. What’s the history of “political leadership that takes people to a better place that they had not previously imagined” like?

  7. For some reason this pops into my head whenever spudman talks about the future -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDuHXTG3uyY

  8. ‘What’s the history of “political leadership that takes people to a better place that they had not previously imagined” like?’

    I understand they call it hell.

  9. @boganboy – to quote Churchill “There only two places where socialism will work: in heaven where it is not needed and hell where they already have it”

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