In response to a previous post came the following anonymous comment:
He [i.e., I] should tell this nasty East German Block Party operation [the Electoral Commission] where to go. In fact as many people as possible should set up mass parties like this through the media and the blogosphere and refuse to have anything to do with this "Commission". Like the Liberal who got rid of ID cards after the War. A "Commission" to decide which political parties are and aren't allowed to exist? Has Britain really come to this?
In reply to which, one Bob wrote:
Not registering things like this is what the Electoral Commission was set up for. It can cope with joke parties and politically fringe parties. But a serious, mainstream alternative to the Establishment cartel parties is exactly what it was invented to prevent. Look at its persecution of UKIP, for a start. And that's just a glorified golf club. It would have a field day with the BPA.
Anonymous 2:35 PM is right, people who want proper parties should just set them up anyway, with enough publicity that the Electoral Commission would be visibly interfering in the electoral process by insisting on "registration" (State/Political Class approval).
Of course that is the whole point of it. But it can't really be seen to be, can it?
Quite. But we were actually going to register this with the Electoral Commission, or at least try to. And we might yet.
However, I really am beginning to wonder. If enough people who insisted on proper parties set them up and secured enough support to make themselves well-known at least locally, then the Electoral Commission would stand exposed for what it really is if it tried to keep their names of the ballot paper because the necessary "State/Political Class approval" had not been received, not only for those names (obscenity, libel and so forth were already covered by the law), but also, let the reader understand, for the Constitution (including the Aims and Objectives) and the Party Leader. All of these things currently require "State/Political Class approval". For a fee!
Away with it all! We must refuse, point blank, to stand by and let Britain descend into something like the old East Germany, never the worst Eastern Bloc country (not that that's saying much), but still ghastly, and kept that way largely because ostensibly separate parties which merely appeared to embody different political traditions (liberal, Christian Democratic, even ex-Nazi, as well as Marxist), and which certainly appealed to different sections of society accordingly, contested sham elections which were incapable of changing anything because all of those parties were really exactly the same, and were even being run as a single organisation.
A device like the Electoral Commission belongs to that sort of country, not to the Britain that we know, love, and are utterly determined to preserve and restore. Should we therefore refuse to have anything to do with it, dare it to do its worst, and encourage others (right across the political spectrum) to do likewise? Or should we, albeit regretfully, accept that that would get in the way of fighting the bigger battles? What do people think?