I cannot be the only one who is completely bored with the Leveson Inquiry, the tittle-tattle of who said what to whom and when; how many times Dave texted Rebekah; whether they met at a point-to-point meeting or at a fair in Chipping Norton. The entire matter holds as much interest for me as does the latest goings-on in one of the soap operas that daily appear on the television screen. Ah, hang on………..
It is not just the Leveson Inquiry with which I am becoming bored, but politics in general. “My government…..” intones the Queen. Her government? Her government, the real one in Brussels, is no more hers than it is mine. Recognising that her speech is actually written by the Cabinet of the day one has to ask which idiot wrote: “My government is committed to reducing and preventing crime”. Do we not have a police force, which costs us quite a bit, to do just that? So just what the hell business is it of government?
We are informed by John Lawson, head of pension policy at Standard Life, that if, after 2026, the state pension age increases in line with changing life expectancy anyone who is now 37 won’t be able to start drawing their state pension until they are 70; and that for anyone born in 2012, it would mean their having to work until they are 80. Let us assume someone born today follows a career in the building trade as a bricklayer – just how many bricks will a 79 year-old actually lay and thus remain productive to his employer? This to me sounds very much like a state-sponsored euthanasia scheme – keep the buggers working until they drop. And the increase in life expectancy has come as a surprise to politicians? Have they not been fed statistics on an annual basis that would have informed them of this had they bothered to read them?
Apparently, if newspaper reports are to be believed, householders will pay for wind farms under new laws by means of costly subsidies for ‘green’ electricity averaging a further £200 increase in electricity bills. We then find Ed Miliband accusing the coalition of having an energy policy which contains nothing to help people struggling to make ends meet. And Ed Miliband would do what differently? The man is just as wedded to the same policy as the Coalition!
According to Twitter, Andy Coulson does not want more barriers put between politicians and journalists as public interest in politics is falling. Perhaps Coulson needs reminding that if journalists did that which they ought to do – ie, educating the public about the shenanigans that passes for politics and holding politicians to account, public disinterest would be negated. Of course, there is also the point that if politicians did not have the power over the people that they do then the relationship twixt politician and journalist would not be the issue that it has become.
Reverting to my previous post in which I posted a video of an interview with Thomas Sowell, one cannot help repeating his remark about Obama and applying it to Philip Hammond, who has been put in charge of a department of state dealing with a matter about which Hammond has not the slightest experience, by a person of similar inexperience or understanding. And we accept a system of democracy which allows such a crass decision to be made?
When considering how our system of democracy should be changed to one that puts the people in charge of their own destiny – and the cost of said change – would it not be simpler and cheaper were we not to just hang the lot of them and start with a clean sheet?
Just a thought………..