The state of affairs besetting this country has politicised me as never before. Previously I would do nothing more than dutifully vote in every election, always putting my cross by the Conservative candidate – not any more. My good opinion of them has gone and, now lost, is lost forever. It has led me to helping UKIP by delivering its leaflets.
The damage done to the rail link into Cornwall has highlighted the need to strengthen our existing rail infrastructure. For 1% of the cost of HS2, the inland alternative via Okehampton could be rebuilt. Around the country smaller re-instatements could make a big difference and bring considerable benefit to the populace of those areas. One example is Moorland and City Railway, which wants to renovate the derelict system of lines radiating from Leekbrook Junction. They seek to reconnect the moorland town of Leek to the national system, take quarry products off the local roads and provide a badly needed alternative means of reaching Alton Towers Theme Park. The will is there although it would gain greatly from official support and some financial backing. It is a small scheme but one with huge potential for a modest cost. Other re-opening projects include Uckfield-Lewes; Matlock-Buxton; Colne-Skipton; Penrith-Keswick. This is where HS2 money should go, not on a grand folly.
A nation’s greatest asset is its people, particularly its young and educated. The EU causes harm to its poorer members by the freedom it affords their populace to leave the homeland and take their skills and energy west; yes, in the hope of improving themselves but, by default, they enrich the already wealthy countries while further impoverishing their own. The EU should be improving conditions in the east so that those tempted and able to emigrate choose instead to stay and create higher standards of living where they were born.
The scare tactics about leaving Europe are unjustified. History shows that trade is like water – it flows freely and finds its own level. In 1783, when the 13 American colonies gained independence, there was much gnashing of teeth over what was seen as a lost market. However, trade between Britain and the new United States actually increased. When Napoleon invoked his Continental System against us in 1806, we were hurt but not as a much as France and its vassals, some of whom broke ranks. This situation brought out the best in us and provided an incentive to our merchants to seek new markets. By being in Europe we’ve become lazy and have suffered a loss of confidence, individuality and self-worth. So far, countries have only joined the EU – ours could be the first nation to leave and the Eurocrats are petrified of the example it would set, particularly because, as I believe, we would make success of it. The Chinese have a saying: There are no eternal friendships, just eternal interests. We trade with some pretty unsavoury countries, not because we like them but because it suits us to do so.
That flawed experiment with multi-culturism has led to multi-separatism and we now have a fractured society of ever more disparate origins. Most worrying is a medieval and particularly virulent mindset –a political system masquerading as a religion – that is ever-ready to take any opportunity and exploit any weakness in the host to promote it views and exercise its practices, nearly all of which are unBritish. If we aren’t ruled from without by the EU we are dictated to by minorities from within.
A perception exists that there is a housing shortage but the truth is that we have an excess of people brought about by uncontrolled and seemingly uncontrollable immigration. Combine this with rich overseas individuals and corporations buying up, for investment purposes, large parts of as yet unbuilt developments in London, a city whose population is rising by 2,000 a week, and the situation gets worse.
What hypocrisy it is for the chancellor to pursue the super rich and their putative unpaid taxes. I have no sympathy for these people, whose wealth could do so much good but is often squandered on vanity and excess. But neither do I have sympathy for government, which feels it has a divine right to exist and operate with impunity while routinely squandering large amounts of taxpayers’ money. The botched West Coast rail franchise immediately comes to mind – £40,000,000 down the drain but who was punished, sacked or otherwise held to account? Let’s not forget numerous failed IT projects and now the Tamiflu fiasco. The Palace of Wasteminster.
David Cameron took it upon himself to waste parliamentary time, and cause ruptures both socially and within his party to achieve the unjustified, unnecessary and uncalled for homosexual ‘marriage’ act (which was not in any manifesto nor the coalition agreement). This was simply a pointless but highly divisive social engineering stunt that had no relevance to equality. Civil partnerships recognised that non-standard relationship and nothing more was needed.
But when it came to introducing a justified, necessary and desirable system of recall for misbehaving MPs (which WAS in the coalition agreement) – nothing. His defence of Maria Miller was ill-judged – a strong leader would have said resign or be sacked. If she’d had any moral compass she would have gone without being asked but arrogance and self-interest were more important. The only things required for a job are the relevant qualifications and the ability to do it. The current obsession with quotas is damaging and absurd.
In the hot summer of 1858 there arose a great stink outside the Commons, caused by pollution in the Thames. It offended the nostrils of that era’s MPs. Today we have a great stink but this time inside and all self-inflicted – Cyril Smith, Lord Reynard and Patrick Mercer (to name just a few) plus the expenses revelations and other improper conduct of MPs make it clear that Parliament has become the Houses of ill repute. The true spirit and purpose of that place has been polluted by selfishness, indifference, contempt and the exercise of power for its own sake – the place and its occupants that dare to govern us. It offends the nostrils of today’s electorate. The fifth labour that Hercules accomplished was to cleanse the fetid Augean stables. Would cleaning up Parliament and restoring the public (rather than self) service ethic beat even that mythical hero?
This government is out of touch, out of ideas and should, by rights, be out of time. Four years is enough and a vacuous year lies ahead before the next election, a time of drift, malaise, impotence and mischief-making. The old politics has past its ‘best before’ date.
Time for something new and better – time for UKIP!