Richard North, EUReferendum, continues his highly readable and highly knowledgeable series on matters EU and in passing it is noticeable that David Cameron not only looks ‘shattered’ but also, I would suggest, ‘bemused’ with his mouth agape like a stranded fish (which is what he probably will become, once the ‘colleagues’ have finished with him – at which point the electorate will perform the British electorate will provide the required gutting and filleting).
Meanwhile, at home:
Christopher Hope, Senior Political Correspondent of the Daily Telegraph, reports that John Prescott has used a Whitehall credit card to fund lavish visits to some of the best hotels and resstaurants in the world, in the months after he was stripped of most of his powers as Labours deputy Prime Minister. In a separate article (not it appears on-line) Hope writes that scores of peers have claimed tens of thousand of pounds in expenses last year despite not even voting in the House of Lords. Apparently the figures were compiled by Unlock Democracy, which cross-referenced the Lords’ register of allowances and expense claims with voting records. Lord Laird is quoted as saying that he did not vote frequently because his poor health meant that he could not get to the voting lobby (but no doubt does not prevent him reaching the expenses office to submit them); Lord Paul said a back problem prevented him from standing in line for voting (wheelchair?); and the Earl of Rosslyn did not bother replying to requests for a comment (early postal lockdown?). And there was I thinking that politics had been ‘cleansed’…..
According to John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor of the Daily Telegraph, reports that Councils will no longer be able to pay for any libraries, parks, leisure centres or fixing potholes in roads by the end of this decade because of a funding crisis; citing the fact that people will have to be given the choice between soaring council taxes or “drastic” cuts in local amenities unless there is a radical overhaul in how local government is organised – to which I would add ‘thinking’ and ‘funded’. If, for example, they believe waste to be a drain on their resources then how about they begin lobbying the government to do something about it and if that meant leaving the EU, then beginning to campaign for it. Oh and haven’t councils got millions stashed away in their ‘reserves’ – presumably they aren’t aware that ‘reserves’ are created for instances where a shortfall in income occurs?
Tom Kelly, writing in the Daily Mail, reports that Britain granted asylum to more people than any other European Union country last year, according to official figures revealed yesterday; noting that approximately 3,000 of those granted asylum came from Islamic countries. When it appears this country has a problem with those of that religion it makes sense not to add to it, one would have thought.
James Kirkup, writing in the Daily Telegraph, poses the question whether after another U-turn, has backbench discontent forced the PM to awaken his inner Tory. That it is highly debatable whether David Cameron ever had an inner Tory means that this is another of those idiotic pieces for which Kirkup is becoming infamous. As with most of our political elite, David Cameron was and still is interested in only one thing: power. How he achieves that matters not; consequently any sense of principle, belief or honour he has will be changed to achieve that one objective: retention of power.
Autonomous Mind posts that the rules of the game no longer apply in our fight to rid ourselves of what even Helen, Your Freedom and Ours, is now calling our elective dictatorship. Some talk of revolution by which it is assumed they mean an armed uprising, or a mass-demonstration, either of which would be doomed to failure unless by mass-demonstration it would be possible to guarantee at least one million, if not more, ‘on the streets’. Were such a gathering possible, it would need to be ‘organised’ with a central ‘controller’. Digressing slightly, some time ago I read a book, part of a trilogy, by Thomas Gibbon: “The Correction”, in which the overthrow of our political elite and the EU was envisaged (memo to self: I promised a review on these books) and in which a successor to Twitter had been built in which were contained ‘firewalls’ meaning it could not be shut down by forces of the state and which was the means whereby the mass demonstration could be ‘organised’ and ‘controlled’.
In relation to the foregoing, Ana the Imp has a post in which she refers to something G.K. Chesterton wrote and which she writes goes like this:
“You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.”
a statement she holds to be “wonderfully ambiguous”; and in her post she also writes that the real revolution has to be in attitudes – and whether one wishes for mass-demonstrations, armed revolution, or change through more peaceful means, then that change in public attitude whereby they begin to realize what is happening to them and their country has first to be achieved.
It is for this reason that the soon-to-be-held meeting in Harrogate is of vital importance because the demands that are produced must be phrased in such a manner that it prompts that necessary change in public attitude, one from the present quiet acquiescence to the political and bureaucratic elite. It is once we have a democracy that the real revolution can be put in place.