Something that has become readily apparent over the last week and more is that this election campaign has moved beyond mere politics and has instead ventured into religion. Or more correctly cults.
How often have people heard someone say that they are going to vote for their party because they always vote for them, standard Tribal voting. But I have been hearing more than that.
I have always voted Tory and always will do
All political parties have some followers who are absolutely unwavering in their loyalty to their party, nothing can dissuade them from their belief that their party is right. Logic, debate, facts, even evidence they see with their own eyes cannot sway them from loyalty to the party.
However it is the Tories who seem to have cornered the market on fanatical loyalty that transcends mere reality. After all those Tory activists who attend the tiny stage managed Theresa May sermons can see for themselves that they number only in the few dozen's if that, they can see how few people attend, they can see the tricks being used to make the event look big and well attended.
And yet, to them the Tories are still the big, popular party that will win. They acknowledge the facts, the debates, the evidence, they acknowledge what you tell them about the problems caused by the Tories and how much of the anti Corbyn rhetoric is lies, but you cannot dent the blind faith they have in their leader.
Double think, the ability to hold two mutually contradictory views at the same time.
But it is more than this, more than tribal politics. The unwavering belief, the refusal to accept facts of details that go against what you believe, that unshakable loyalty to something right or wrong. We are going beyond tribal politics here, in fact in many cases we are into religion.
Decades of the Daily Mail, decades of the endless propaganda, seem to have created a religious fervour in many voters, the ultimate achievement of the manipulation and conditioning, replacing party with religion.
Right out of 1984.
But I see it as even worse than that, at least in a number of cases that I have communicated with, not just a religion, but a full blown cult.
CULT: A system of religious veneration and devotion directed towards a particular figure or object.
Unwavering loyalty, unshakable faith, unchallengeable belief, religious fervour for the messianic figure, the cult leader, subsuming personal importance within the cult and the leader.
Facts become irrelevant, details, evidence, none of it matters because belief in the party has moved beyond such concerns. People have no sense of self beyond their membership in the cult, they cannot imagine themselves outside the cult, they are aware that the cult may be harmful to them and their families but are still unable to even think of rebelling against the cult. They will vote for the blue and nothing will turn them from that course.
Their minds are closed to everything except belief in the cult, they are the cult and the cult is them, they will vote for the cult even knowing they will suffer for it, their friends, their families will suffer for it. None of that matters because they are part of the cult.
Look back at the last week and tell me I'm wrong, when we have had example after example of this.
The political party has all but vanished, exiled into the small print at the bottom of the posters if at all. The party symbol is gone, all that remains is the name, the Leader, SHE who is everything, SHE who must be worshipped, the Saint or priest who offers HER sermons to the faithful.
God has been replaced, there is no more Jesus, only the saint like figure remains to be worshipped, HER name is everywhere, on the lips of the faithful who gather not to serve the party or the religion, but to serve HER.
Candidates wearing blue do not stand for the party, they are HER candidates, MPs do not work for the party, they are HER MPs, HER team. We are asked to strengthen HER hand in the Brexit negotiations, not strengthen Britain's hand, not strengthen the governments hand, but strengthen HER hand. In negotiations that will be carried out between diplomats and negotiating teams representing the 28 nations involved. Glorious leader Mays direct involvement in the actual negotiations is going to be minimal at best, but that doesn't matter because the negotiations will be carried out at HER order, in HER name, by HER will. So we are called upon to strengthen HER hand.
When the time comes we will be asked not to vote for any mere political party, but instead we will be casting a vote for HER, and we should fall to our knees and offer thanks that we have been allowed to do so, because by ticking that box on the voting form we will be serving HER greater purpose.
She is the national interest, she is the greater good, to oppose HER is to oppose the national interest, to oppose HER is the act of not just a traitor, but of a HERETIC!
We see the demonization of Corbyn more often than we see the attacks on his party, he is but one man, leader of the party or not it is the party politic that casts its many votes, it is the committees that set policy. And yet he is attacked again and again, a direct comparison with HER, he must be destroyed because the leader must be attacked, SHE is leader, SHE is the party, SHE is everything, so he must also be the party and must be attacked. Except that he isn't. But that's not the way those who wear the blue think these days.
We have moved beyond politics and into cults of personality, at least on one side. So the Tories are acting as if this is the new system, forget the party, loyalty is to the leader, faith in the leader must be absolute. Destroy the enemy leader.
I'm sure by now a lot of people are shaking their heads and asking themselves if I forgot to take any of my tablets today. Or if I ran out of coffee. NO. To both of those. I'm no more insane than I normally am.
All I ask is that people look for themselves, see the Theresa May campaign, look at HER speeches, the posters and signs, the total focus on HER, the religious fervour HER followers seem to display from time to time.
This is the future, like some Dystopian novel come to life. The nation has become the party, the party is the leader, loyalty to the leader is everything, disloyalty is an act of treason against the nation and an act of disbelief against the leader.
We see this in the US, we are seeing it here.
Remember that the same advisers, the same media empires that are behind Trump are also behind HER. What happens over there is followed here, sooner or later. There is no longer loyalty to the state or to god, instead loyalty is to the leader, the veritable saint or agent of god upon the earth. In the US it is Trump, here we have HER.
Watch the TV, see the pictures, HER name everywhere, the party name all but forgotten.
HER team, HER candidates, HER strength, HER national interest. HER signature on the bus!
Go on, tell me I'm wrong.