I like the Tea Party – anything that gets more people engaged with the political process is worth a look, but it really appeals to my natural conservative instincts. As a conservative (note the small c) I support small and smaller government, low taxation and freedom of individuals to choose for themselves rather than the State choosing for them. I also like the libertarian streak that the Tea Party is bringing back to the Republican Party.
But can I ever see the Tea party or it’s equivilent here in Britain?
Dan Hannan tried to launch a Tea party earlier this year, and despite being well attended there was hardly the mass movement feel that the Americans have seen in their loosely collective movement.
I wonder if the key reason the British are not flocking to a TEA (taxed enough already) banner, is that key to the formation of the American Tea party was the feeling that Washington was not listening to the public with those who have been inside the beltway for years staying the same, whereas in Britain the recent General Election saw many of the long standing London insiders leaving Westminster and a whole swathe of new MPs in Parliament. Also the fact that a Coalition Government is in power in Britain representing the views of the Majority of the voters overall means that Westminster is now listening to more of the population than the previous Government did.
So I don’t think that a British Tea party will happen. However England is another issue….
For too long the English, despite being a majority in these islands have been at the mercy of the other countries. Highlighted more particularly recently when Scotland has kept free prescriptions and university education whilst those of us in England see more charges imposed. That kind of inequality will make people upset, and has certainly done so where I work. Will those people coalesce into a movement? Or like the spring of 1848 will the bad weather just make us all stay at home an watch the royal wedding on TV?
Sadly I think the latter, but if our politicians are not wary of the mood of the country and the English dissapointment at their unequal treatment sparks protests we could have trouble. Anyone for an English Parliament?