Here’s a fun trivial fact – if you’d put just a fiver on Leicester to win the EPL, Brexit to happen and Trump to win the election then you’d be a cool ten million richer today!
Here’s what that all proves though. It proves beyond all doubt that major surprises can and do occur. In fact there are probably more massive surprises that occur now than at any time in my life. I think a lot of this is down to the internet, social media and alternative media.
There was a time when we had three TV channels, a few newspapers and not much else. Its fairly easy to control a narrative and keep public opinion in line if that is all there is. However, the last decade or so has seen a great shift. Trust in the MSM in the US is down to around 7% the last time I looked. Viewing figures for big cable news networks are not what they once were. And most printed newspapers are struggling financially. I am heartened by that and by the fact that in this day and age its possible for anyone to offer a counter narrative which can be reached and read by many.
There have been times in the past year that one status has drawn in 30,000 views. That’s about as many copies of an evening newspaper for a good sized city. People are in a good position right now as we no longer need rely on corporate and established media to tell us what to think. We can research it for ourselves, draw our own conclusions and share those conclusions with many.
This fully explains why you are starting to see these outcomes that the media and pollsters fail to see coming. They’ve become out of touch, cumbersome and behind the curve.
Never before have we had the opportunity to reach so many and so easily with a message. That’s why I don’t waste my internet time posting pictures of what I had for lunch and use all of it for the campaign and to give you a cautious message of hope for the new year.
The spirit of change is in the air.
Professional politicians and MSM have been too entitled and too comfortable for too long. There is NO doubt that for reasons of self preservation they are going to have to adapt and change. This is good since it means those in our Government are going to be more receptive to what we all want more than at any time in the past.
Talk may be cheap and yet, when you have Liz Truss quoted in the press and speaking how she did then this is not worthless. Compare her words to those of her predecessor, Michael Gove. The difference is night and day. And she only took up that role this year. There are other Tory MP’s that intend to support that bill and that’s a good thing. Ministers in Government have additional advantages over those who are not. However, this is one of those rare things that should transcend party politics and differences. This is something that should really unite ministers of all parties.
Parliament was established in the year 1215. That’s over 800 years ago. Eight centuries later our present laws carry a maximum of 26 weeks for those convicted of the most extreme animal abuse.
Now consider this. It was the Frankish case that mainly served as a catalyst for what followed this year. There were a few other shockers but that one stood out. It served as the lightening rod for our very existence and for that Parliamentary bill.
Let’s go forward a year or two for now. Let’s say we are sitting here and the sentences are now four or five years with a mandatory component built in to ensure a custodial sentence. 800 years to get to 26 weeks. Potentially 12-24 months to take it to four or five years. Just have a little think about that the next time you feel down in the dumps.
With that in mind it is important that the most is made of the time that exists between now and February. We absolutely cannot rely on the establishment alone, after all, its relying on them too much that led to it taking 800 years to get to where we are now! While it is certainly good to have a few MP’s who have been vocal and while it is good to hear Liz Truss speak such strong words, it would be a monumental error to relax, loosen your collar and think its all in the bag now. Far from it. Things are heading in a good direction but it is absolutely vital that those outside of Parliament do their part – that means the people.
What we want is an end to 2016 that is relentless, strong, bold and leaves people in a positive frame of mind going into Christmas Day. What we want is to then have that momentum carry over into the early part of 2017.
With that in mind our last operation of this year shall aim to achieve three things. The first thing it will seek to achieve is the most organic mainstream and social media coverage that’s possible under law and with a limited budget. The second thing it will seek to achieve is national presence (more than one country within the country). The third and last thing it will seek to achieve is to serve as a deliberate segue into an ambitious idea we have for 2017.
This is easier said than done, but we are very close now. We are always faced with logistical challenges, such as there maybe only being three people in Britain able to do a given thing. Then there are always challenges with dates, security issues and a whole bunch of other “behind the curtain” donkey work.
Quite often we must modify and reshape an idea because of such reasons. Other times we have scrapped an idea due to timing or in the case of that tank, a lack of funds. This is okay though because I enjoy having to then try to come up with something potentially better.
The last operation of 2016 that we want to do is now morphing as well. First we wanted to do it three/four times in London on the same day. Impossible. It legally cannot be done there. Not without many thousands of pounds and a great deal of official clearance. That was okay because we then had a better idea – do the same thing but pick on city in England, one in Scotland and one in Wales. It is a nationwide issue after all. Then do it all on the same day. This is also impossible. There are literally about two or three people in the country who are able and one does not work between Dec-March.
It would be physically impossible for one person to be in three places on the same day.
I adapted it. Could they do the idea in three British cities over three different Sat’s in December? Yes they can. So that’s what we are looking at right now. There would be one on the 3rd of next month. One on the 10th. And a third one on the 17th.
All that’s left to do is broker a cost with him that’s within our budget.
I think this three city representation over three weeks in the lead up to Christmas would give us the strongest possible end to the year we could hope for.