UK Politicians – Nanny is no longer here! It’s time to grow up!

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!

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UK Politicians – Nanny is no longer here! It’s time to grow up!

Catching the Genie!

Another fascinating week of reading the wildly different views of those who feel the need to express them in a public arena, and yes that I suppose includes me. The thing that is most striking is the open venomous undertones to the comments made and it got me asking myself ‘is this level of intolerance and open dislike new or are we just seeing the conversations that previously took place in private becoming more public’. Let’s be honest all this politically correct stuff has been for public consumption only, people have always expressed their more honest views and opinions in the company of like minded people and usually in the privacy of their own homes. However the advent of the internet has taken the lid off this particular Pandora’s box, the genie is out and no-one quite knows how to catch it again. So the big question is how do we deal with this situation? There are many options including complete censorship of all social media platforms and I would be happy to argue that there is a case for considering that course of action. Then again I would equally argue that people have a right to freedom of speech, so there lies the conundrum- Freedom of speech vs Politically correct content of speech!

I guess the basis of all of this lies in deciding WHO has the overall right to deem what is right or wrong. This week sees Donald Trump ban some media outlets from his white house press statements. Now do we decide that he is right to do this and that the banned media sources are not trustworthy because they challenge his statements or put forward ‘alternative facts’. Or do we take the view that the others will report what he wants them to report rather than challenge it in order to ‘curry’ favour with him so they can be at these meetings.. Does this mean that they are willing to leave their reputation in question by just reporting what they are told whether it is right or wrong. So can we trust any of the media outlets – highly doubtful.

We could of course take the Chinese or North Korean approach to controlling the internet by limiting what people can access and by the state deciding what information people get access to. Do we think that this level of control is right and does it support our right to freedom of speech? We could use the internet to change the political landscape and usurp governments of other countries if we chose to – a skill we are advised that the Russians have, but do we know for sure? And again we see politicians using the media for their own satisfaction and gain. Essentially it looks like none of these approaches are really working so does it  get down to a much more fundamental issue of the need to just grow a thicker skin.No, I would argue that it should really be more about accepting responsibility for what we say in the same way we have to accept responsibility for what we do. We should express our ideas, we should question what we read in the media and what our politicians say and perhaps we should start by asking what these parties are trying to gain by taking the stance they take. Should we be able to speak harshly or cruelly to people, is there any truth in the old adage ‘ cruel to be kind’.?

Tell someone a certain style of clothing doesn’t suit them or they are overweight/ fat and you are ‘shaming them’. Or are you? Could it be you are perhaps looking at their best interests, it isn’t what is said it is the intention behind it and how it is said. In other words ‘the context’ Many of the media providers these days remove the context around incidents and events.

This week we have also seen the changing fortunes of Milo Yiannopoulos – a self declared provocateur, nothing wrong with being a provocateur; sometimes we need a prod to make us sit up and take notice of what is going on, doesn’t mean you have to agree or disagree with the provocative point. Much though I feel sorry that Mr Yiannopoulos should find himself in this position, clearly there have been those who have relished this change in his fortunes as they clamour like maggots on a dead carcass to claim they had a part to play in his supposed demise – take care people, somewhere, someone will be out there just awaiting their chance to give you the same treatment !’ He who casts a stone etc’ or if you prefer ‘ are you living in a glass house’?  If we had issue with what Mr Yiannopoulos allegedly implied 4 years ago then we should have dealt with it at the time or is this a case of ‘it’s OK to make these statements if you are not in a position of influence, but not when you are’ Double standards people, double standards!! It is also interesting that once again the common feature of ‘ not identifying sources’ arises. A person should always be able to identify a source or we should rightly question the authenticity of the information.

We have this army of loud mouthed, opinionated people who would argue that they are the voice of reason, they are the people who have the interests of everyone else at heart – well I’m sorry but you certainly don’t have my interests at heart and to be honest I am glad about that. Most of you do not come across as particularly nice people and seem to only really have your own interests at heart. Or probably more to the point, you are looking at how outrageous you need to be to increase your followers so you can rake in the money – the usual root of all evils!!  If that means ‘ being creative/ economic with the truth’ then so be it. A typical example of this is where we have transgender people telling us what females want – how can they? Their experience of being a female is completely different to that of someone who is non transgender female. Really ladies perhaps the question should be why women are letting another sexuality decide what they want AGAIN!

We are making the world a very confusing place for our children and really I fear for them, the social boundaries which have always been challenged are falling and with them goes the safety of civilisation. Why did we have Brexit, Trump, Dictators , War mongers, the far Right/ the far Left- I don’t believe we have far to look. Look at the internet and the disdain with which people treat others and perhaps you will be nearer to finding the answer. With so many self serving individuals at large what more could you expect.

But take care people, history can teach us what happened the last time people became this vitriolic in nature.

 

 

 

 

 

Catching the Genie!