Saturday, 9 April 2016

Secret ballot was opposed by big business in the 19th century

In Ecclesiastes it says the sun rises and the sun sets and there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes is attributed to Solomon circa 935 BC and contains proverbs and maxims politicians would do well to remember. such as, "Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity."

This winter I watched the Pallisers repeat from around 40 years ago and was struck by how we still face the same problems as Planty  Pal and his Liberal party faced circa 1870. It seems incredible to us how anyone could oppose the secret ballot for General Elections but the Tories and the big landowners did just that around 1870.

Irish tenant farmers rights was another hot topic circa 1870 when again the Tory landowners sought to kick farmers off the land and out of the houses they had worked so hard to improve. Nasty bunch the Tories and they have not changed. Dave Gideon and his chums support the same property right views 19th century Tories held.

Today it is big business who seek to control us through the CBI and their lobbyists in the EU. They present this as workers rights which the Labour party find helpful to go along with as it secures Labour's political elite, Mandelson and the Kinnocks a prime spot at the EU trough.

So when establishment try to scare you into voting Remain remember how hard Planty Pal fought to get you the right for a secret vote and use it to vote Leave.

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