If ever there was a need for a real life Mary Poppins it’s now! Westminster seems to have turned into a kindergarten of squabbling children who- for reasons best known to themselves – usually self interest, find themselves with short memories on their previous performances and an inability to tell the truth! I know one of our governments educational goals for years has been to improve the Maths attainment of students across the country. One can only assume that is based on their inability to correctly calculate anything! My evidence for this – well we need look no further than the election manifestos. The conservatives seem unable to give us even a ball park figure whilst Labour are truly living in La La land with their figures. And we – the public are supposed to make informed decisions based on this lack of information from one party or delusional beliefs of the other. In that way when it all goes wrong they can blame us by saying they were just trying to give us what we wanted!! No surprises there then!!
And then we get to the point scoring behaviour,
Point 1 – we have the BBC who for some strange reason seems to have missed the fact that despite Theresa May having a reduced number of seats, she does have the majority of the seats (some 50+ more seats than anyone else) and so whether we like it or not the Conservatives have WON the election, albeit that they need the help of the DUP to give them an extra boost when ministers are voting. I’m not sure why Laura Koenssberg keeps referring to the out come as though Conservatives have lost – wildly misleading.
Point 2 – the suggestion that Conservatives are now mixing with terrorists by consorting with the DUP! Interestingly for those who have forgotten, the DUP and for that matter the Sinn Fein party, have for some years now both been taking an active role in politics, especially in Northern Ireland and both parties are seen within Westminster as being legitimate political parties. In fact both Labour and Conservatives have urged the British population to accept both parties as legitimate political groups so the question now is
Why is it no longer acceptable for the conservatives to have an agreement with the DUP?
The fact is that whether you voted Labour or Conservative it doesn’t matter as you will still end up with one or other or possibly both of these supposed terrorist parties in government. Theresa May needs the DUP and Jeremy Corbyn needs them both! So I’m not sure why Jeremy and the Labour party are suddenly making an issue about this, after all Jeremy has a personal and political friendship with Sinn Fein. Lets be honest these two groups hated everything they each stood for, now if they can get over themselves surely Westminster can deal with the situation.
Point 3 – Theresa May has made some clear gaffs, I don’t know who is advising the woman but if she is advising herself then she needs to get the opinion of others in her party. She is making some right cock ups, but not ones that can’t be dealt with – however it doesn’t exactly boost the confidence of the public and for the countries conservative voters this must be a nervous time. Theresa you need to get a grip and start working as a party, why on earth you have brought Mr Gove back into your party is quite beyond me, but hey its not my problem. I don’t need to be watching my back, but I strongly suggest you watch yours.
Point 4 – Labour’s Maths just do not add up and you only have to look at their history to know that every time they get into power they leave this country in incredible debt!Conservatives move in and in comes the austerity measure to get the country’s finances back in order. But then they get addicted to austerity and push that agenda too far AND they need to look at who should pay back the debts. For a start off not one banker from any of the baled out banks should have had a bonus until they had repaid the public purse, and if they want to go abroad rather than pay off their debts then let’s see who would have them!! I have to agree with Jeremy that in many ways this country is run for the wealthy and not the rest of us, however this revolutionary approach of Mr Corbyn’s is equally wrong, I do not want this country in more debt especially since we have no real idea of what awaits us after Brexit, we need to be as financially robust as possible to improve our possible outcomes post Brexit. So no Mr Corbyn, as a wealthy individual you can afford to take financial risks, the rest of us cannot so stop playing with our future well being.
Point 5 – Whether we like it or not Brexit will happen and all this journalistic mumbo jumbo about soft or hard Brexit is a complete nonsense. We have the public wish to control our own borders, migration levels and laws – anything that affects the free movement of people means we must leave the single market. Both party leaders have confirmed in their manifesto’s that we are taking back control of these areas and therefore that means the suggestion/ belief that having Labour in government will mean we have a soft Brexit is a nonsense and should be stated instead of Mr Corbyn giving people the impression that he can get a soft Brexit. Both parties should be honest about this whole situation, this is the future of our country and at the moment I’m not feeling any confidence in anyone!
Point 6 – hate to say it guys but the votes are in, we are living in a democracy and as such the first past the winning post / the person with the most seats wins the game.
The end results for the vote on BREXIT – majority voted out of Europe, if people wanted to stay in Europe they should be voting Liberal Democrats because they were the only party with the balls to say they would not leave Europe and it cost them the election. instead most people have voted for Labour and Conservatives which means most people want to leave Europe- in fact indication is that it is more than those who voted yes in the Brexit referendum!!
Point 7 – how to behave in the face of a national disaster – I can only say that both leaders of the 2 biggest parties have behaved in an unacceptable way. And both should look at their behaviour and learn because they will get nowhere if they continue to behave in this way. Theresa you need to get out and meet people; you keep talking about ‘ordinary people’ as though we are a different species! If you are not careful you will soon be one of the ‘ordinary people’. Just remember you are employed by US!! You work for US, so start treating us as your employer and not some weird species. Go and meet the victims, show your human side, yes money will be needed but showing you can feel their loss and pain costs nothing and is much more appreciated. Not a good move Theresa, even if you are under a lot of stress!
As for you Jeremy, well you should be ashamed of yourself for trying to gain political points from this horrendous fire in London. Yes the truth should come out but you need to prepare yourself for your parties role in this disaster. Your behaviour was divisive and only stirred up trouble, now we see groups such as ANTIFA and Movement for Justice both grabbing the opportunity to turn this whole thing into a violent assault on the very emergency services who have just risked life and limb to save people in that fire and the recent terrorist events. You now have a responsibility to the victims and the survivors and emergency services to get out there and make sure this antagonistic group do not turn this into some pseudo – political action!! The consequences of their behaviour will lie partially at your door. Learn when to make rallying calls and raise your game so that you are not breaking down social cohesion, you called the social cohesion in Manchester inspirational, the community at Grenfell have been equally inspirational don’t use them in your own political games.
Point 8 – YES there has to be a full investigation into what happened at Grenfell Tower, it doesn’t matter who was living there people should feel their home is safe. I hope this is not going to be another case where a Judge cashes in by spending 2/3 years reaching a decision at £200 an hour. All political parties have a responsibility to make sure public money is not wasted in this investigation, people do not have to wait years to get the results and compensation if they are entitled to it. You are right there is a need for a speedy but thorough investigation, however these extremist groups should not be trying to kid people into thinking identities can be made quickly, they can’t, the forensic science required will take time, look at how long it took to identify bodies after the Dutch aeroplane was blown up. Burned bodies are not easy to identify; equally we cannot be risking the lives of firemen or the police to go into an unsafe building.
My final point is this, stop this stupid point scoring, be more honest with the public, politics may just be a job for you but it is our future so stop putting us at risk and remember there are somethings that should be above politics and disasters is one of them, no one should be scoring points, as I think we may find both parties have some responsibility.
I expect better from my political leaders!