Perhaps I have reached the end?

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.

 

 

 

12 thoughts on “Perhaps I have reached the end?

  1. Do you still have a boat, David? Perhaps if you forgot politics for a while and wrote about sailing on the North Sea, you might refresh your political muse.
    I, too, am beginning to realise we are being sold down the river by those that consider themselves above the common herd. I am sustained by the conviction that there will come a reckoning, hopefully I will live to see it.

  2. I get bouts of disillusionment but a good dollop of real life away from the chattering classes soon sorts it out. There is something deeply unhealthy about modern politics so in my view the doses should be small.

  3. @auralay: I presume you refer to my trips to Scotland – unfortunately not my boat, I just crewed. Had I one it would be called Olde Englande and who did not ‘behave’ or ‘believe’ in the name would promptly be over the side!

    @AkHaart: I know -but it is hard to continue when depressed. When I think back to the ideals of The Harrogate Agenda and how that has been wasted, I tend to get even more ‘down’.*

  4. A man who is tired of London is tired of life? Well I don’t think so. Westminster has showed itself to the voters in a way the parliamentarians fail to understand. It’s no longer a case of for or against Brexit but the quality of the service that annoys.

    1. ” It’s no longer a case of for or against Brexit but the quality of the service that annoys.”

      Which is why I have lost interest. ” 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.” As with Cameron, so with Grahame Morris.

      Hence: Perhaps why I have reached the end?

  5. The quality of service; just imagine all those years ago the idea behind THA had ‘taken of’. There could have been a debate in the HoC on the subject by now. With Brexit we saw our elected representatives struggling to work out the difference between the single market and the customs union. Which is odd as we have been tied up with the EU and the former versions of it for about 40 years. I say it would be the same with THA. Not so much a case of ‘position’ on an issue but ignorance would have led the way.

    So there is something weird about UK politics we are awash with clever-dickery but fail on the other stuff. In Germany Merkel looks to be going down and it is assumed AfD will gain from this. But at the dawn of THA the organisation now known as AfD did not exist. So it’s not just the quality of UK government that is poor but the quality of our revolutions too!

    1. ….at the dawn of the THA another so called movement was born in Italy, this movement though stopped playing about thinking they could change things from outside, they fully understood that real power only comes through winning elections, they’re are now in power in Italy along with another so called populist party, and i suspect they’re in no mood to play silly buggers with the EU

      there’s nothing wierd about UK politics really, its just a case of the people not hurting enough, or rather not a substantial majority hurting

      only when enough people experience real pain will there be any change, personally I’m hoping for the hardest of brexits, because only such a calamity will drive out the useless idiots in Westminster as people finally lose all faith in what amounts to political fraud

  6. I wonder whether those NHS funding increases were already predicted by planners because of increasing population in general and increasing numbers of old people in particular.

  7. It is a thankless task you have, one that most of your readers appreciate. Please keep going to the bitter end and it will be a bitter end.

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