For some time now I have had great difficulty in writing anything of interest where politics is concerned – which may be the reason for the paucity of my output. I find myself suffering disillusionment, despair and disappointment for what passes as politics and journalism in our nation, but especially where politics is concerned. Two news stories, if they are to be believed, have deepened my emotions to a depth I did not believe possible.
The first is this ridiculous pledge of more money for the NHS as a result of what Theresa May calls the ‘windfall’ of Brexit, as reported in the Daily Telegraph (paywall). Because of her disastrous strategy where Brexit is concerned, anyone with a brain knows full well there will be no ‘windfall’. They also know that any such injection of money into the NHS must come from more borrowing or increased taxation. Once again the taxpayer will be presented with a bill to which they have never been asked if they agreed. Surely it is time that this ‘white elephant’ is ‘killed off’ as its cost, particularly that of maintenance, is out of proportion to its usefulness.
The second (also in the Daily Telegraph, also paywall) relates to the fact that MPs reportedly want the House of Lords abolished if the Peers betray voters over Brexit. This ‘demand’ is a classic case of ‘pot’ and ‘kettle’ ( An accuser blames someone else for having a fault when the accuser has the same fault). MPs are betraying Brexit equally through the same ignorance of ‘matters EU’. One cannot help thinking the phrase ‘drain the swamp’ applies to both Houses of Parliament as neither House realises how each mirrors the other. Matt, in today’s Daily Telegraph, sums up up Brexit to a ‘T’.
Just what can a member of the electorate do about the sorry mess in which this nation finds itself – and I am not only thinking about Brexit. It can’t as the next time the electorate get a voice will be 2022. For sure I can write to my Member of Parliament; unfortunately, recalling the last time I tried that on my arrival here (up North), the response I received made me come to the conclusion that I may as well have written to a brick wall.
Returning to the second sentence in the first paragraph, as a result further output on this blog may well be a tad infrequent.