I retired last year and yet I still feel that I have a purpose in life. I have lived through unprecedented changes which have changed the character of my country completely and have left me with an enormous sense of frustration. England is not the country it once was and in my opinion it may never recover from the past twelve years. I have therefore set myself the task of trying to put a sense of perspective on the total nonsense which seems to surround me! Every day I pick up the newspaper and I am astounded at what I read. As my late great brother used to say 'I don't believe it' and this will be the theme of this blog.
I will be attempting to air common sense views on some of the political directives currently plagueing our society. It should not be difficult! I am not a politician, I am not a columnist, I am merely a member of the public who is fed up being ruled by people who appear to be residing in a political bubble enabling them to dip their snouts firmly into a financial trough created by our taxes. We, the public, must start to fight back. We must not accept that these people are unaccountable.
Almost everyone that I talk to has the same ambition for their families. Good education, reliable mental and physical healthcare, a sound transport system, a police force which will keep the law abiding safe and catch the criminals. We would then like a justice system which adequately had out punishments meant to deter these people from reoffending. Not much to ask for is it?
We are a very rich nation but somehow the money can never be accessed by the voter. If a politician wants something to happen then money is limitless. Tony wanted a war and Bingo a couple of lies later and our army is on the way to Iraq! He then wants another one and hey presto off we go into Afghanistan. They all want a politician's gravy train called Europe but what does that do for us? Most of us haven't a clue what it is all about and yet we spend billions on it and for what? Do we really need a foreign parliament to impose alien directives on us from afar. Isn't Westminster sufficient for our politicians? From the reports that I read it is rotten from top to bottom and hasn't passed an audit for many a year. How can our politicians justify inclusion in this pantomine which has underminded so much of our society. Why are they so determined to prevent a referendum? I think we all know the answer.
There is something else called Aid to Africa which I will never understand. Apparently we give countries like the Sudan millions of pounds in financial aid. Why do we do this when we are told almost daily that we cannot look after our own citizens? I don't mind a charitable project or two but when we, the electorate, ask for something there is never enough money left over for us.
I could go on and on (and probably will) and I will revisit these themes in the months to come. To be honest I don't expect anybody to be interested in the thoughts of mister grumpy old average male but I'm sure that I will personally feel a whole lot better.