How millionaire Philp is using the hierachy of capitalism

Jon BiggerJON BIGGER, pictured, on besmirching, Thatcherism and how his Croydon South general election rival is blatantly electioneering

Last week, I wrote about what I, and others it seems, have seen as blatant electioneering by Chris Philp, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Croydon South at next year’s election.

I read Philp’s response with great interest.

I was very disappointed, but not surprised, that he chose to misrepresent my position on the issue of potential cuts to train services in Coulsdon. My original article made it quite clear that there are proposals for cuts to off-peak services into Victoria.

The issue at the heart of this is Philp’s involvement (he does not, yet at least, hold any elected office for the area) and the way in which he uses his position within society to influence events. It all seems to be stepping on the toes of the very well-paid elected MP, Richard Ottaway.

As a businessman with a massive amount of money, Philp has me at a disadvantage. While he claims to be able to get into meetings with the chief executive of GoVia, my position as an unemployed Class War party activist means I get emails from office juniors of that company which quote their press releases back to me.

Philp benefits from the hierarchy of capitalism in everything he does. In that respect – and that respect only – he has the advantage over me.

It’s one of the reasons he will win the election. He should be aware, though, that in every other respect, I will beat him. There is a spectre hanging over his campaign and it is the spectre of Class War.

In his article, Philp claimed that I “besmirched” his character. Everything Philp stands for disgusts me. I’m going to besmirch him to within an inch of his life over the next few months.

He claims to be a Thatcherite. I suspect he shed a tear on the day that she died. I was giving a speech on a picket line and then I spent the afternoon drinking champagne. The reason for the joy was because of what she did to people and communities.

Chris Philp electioneering in his previous, unsuccessful, attempt to become an MP. The keeping police stations open bit didn't work, either

Chris Philp electioneering in his previous, unsuccessful, attempt to become an MP. The keeping police stations open bit didn’t work, either

Philp likes what Thatcher did, from the snatching away of shoolchildren’s milk, to the snatching of public assets to sell them off on the cheap to big business. He likes that Thatcher destroyed our country’s mining communities and her deliberate attacks on working people through chilling anti-trade union laws.

Thatcher was responsible for stifling freedom of speech by preventing Sinn Fein members from being able to speak in their own voices on British television. Evidence is mounting that within her government, a blind eye was turned to try to hide very serious allegations of child sex abuse.

I wonder what it is about Thatcherism that Philp likes? To me, Thatcherism stands for corruption, selfishness and the destruction of community life.

Someone should warn Philp against using words like “besmirch”. That word makes him sound bumptious, full of his own importance. Most people will interpret it that way, I feel. We can only guess what his posh Tory chums make of it. If only he’d highlighted my comments as “animadversion”, he could have impressed the toffs and made the rest of us reach for our dictionaries.

In the coming weeks I will be setting out my priorities for the election campaign. Mine will focus on democracy and participation. It will be radical in comparison to what Philp offers. It will offer hope while he will offer divisive policies aimed at helping the rich get richer and keeping the rest of us in line when we try to do something about our lot.

In my opinion, Philp failed in his right of reply to explain why he is already acting like the MP for Croydon South. He failed to detail on whose behalf he is acting and under what mandate.

I consider that he is using his societal position to influence the outcome of the election. It would be wrong to assume that I trust the press releases of corporations. I trust them as much as I trust Chris Philp: not at all.

Philp has failed to answer the points I raised about the way in which he has behaved in electioneering thus far. Residents in Croydon South deserve a proper appraisal of all his  activities in the run up to the election.

  • Jon Bigger is the Croydon South parliamentary candidate for Class War

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5 Responses to How millionaire Philp is using the hierachy of capitalism

  1. davidcallam says:

    I can’t imagine for one moment that Rear Admiral Ottaway objects to some free help. Philp’s intervention saves him a job, or rather it raises an issue that our Richard might not have found a window to deal with in his busy schedule.
    I take Mr Bigger’s point that Mr Philp has no mandate at present, but since he is the Tories chosen pig’s bladder on a stick to which the party has attached its blue rosette, he will be ushered into the Westminster mausoleum next May as surely as night follows day.

  2. Chris Philp will make a fine MP for Croydon South, representing his party’s interests ably in both Parliament and the constituency. Unlike his recently disgraced local rival for this position, he is neither corpulent nor florid, and his good looks should prove a hit with undecided ladies (and John Loony, for that matter).

    Who cares if he’s rich? Surely that proves he’s not in this for the money? If he’s got a bad back, he can buy his own bed, and I am sure his riches will run to getting his own chimney swept without filing a claim for the public purse to pay for this. A man clearly dripping with business acumen should do wonders for this impoverished borough.

    He’s also a man au fait with technology. Maybe he’ll reply a bit more often to electronic correspondence from his constituents than the current incumbent, who doesn’t even tweet.

    And then there’s the entertainment value. Put him next to Gavin Barwell, and there you have Croydon’s answer to Ant and Dec.

    I do have just one doubt. Is he local? Will he actually live in, gulp, C r o y d o n?

  3. johnnyvoter says:

    Always bizzarre when someone says they admired Thatcher. this is short-hand for im a self-centred bully who has nothing but utter contempt for the poor of this country.

  4. Jon Bigger says:

    Yes, that’s pretty much my point. Tony Benn had five questions for people in power. He’s quoted as saying “what power do you have; where did you get it; in whose interests do you exercise it; to whom are you accountable; and, how can we get rid of you? Anyone who cannot answer the last of those questions does not live in a democratic system.”

    I think those questions hold true and we should ask them of those with power. With Philp, I find myself asking them before he even has an elected position.

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