The problem with our nation

During 1962 and 1963 a programme was screened on Saturday evenings by the  BBC entitled That Was The Week That Was (affectionately known as TW3). This programme comprised a satirical/pertinent review of the events among ‘the establishment’ and politicians.

In the same vein I thought it might be worthwhile to revive this idea, especially at the start of what may well be a momentous year for our nation. At the outset I must state that I do this with due acknowledgements to the reputed sayings of Thomas Sowell, P.J. O’Rourke and H.L. Mencken – said statements having been ‘tweaked’ in some instances to make them more UK relevant.

  • It is generally assumed that politicians are knowledgeable people; yet that knowledge does not appear to know the extent of their own ignorance;
  • When considering representative democracy it becomes hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.
  • Currently politicians are consumed with the idea of curbing immigration, yet said
    laws appear to be the only laws that are discussed in terms of how to help the people who break them.
  • Likewise, politicians and ‘friends of the earth’ are consumed by global warming, at which point a question: Would they bet next months salary on a weather forecast for tomorrow? If not, then why should we, the people, be forced to bet billions on global warming predictions that have even less foundation?
  • The urge to save humanity from environmental doom is but one of the false fronts for the urge to rule.
  • Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘phrase du jour’ is: For the many, not the few. At which point it must be pointed out that life in general has never been even close to fair, so the pretense that the government can make it fair is a valuable and inexhaustible asset to politicians who want to expand government.
  • All the political angst and moral melodrama about getting ‘the rich’ to pay ‘their fair share’ is part of a big charade. This is not about economics, it is about politics. In respect of Corbyn – and his idea of socialism – the good news is that, according to him, the rich will pay for everything. The bad news is that, according to him, we’re all rich.
  • It appears that our politicians are beset by problems for which many offer solutions, to the extent that sometimes it seems as if there are more solutions than problems. On closer scrutiny, it turns out that many of today’s problems are a result of yesterday’s solutions – Theresa May take note.
  • Whichever political party one chooses to support one of the common failings among the electorate is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable politicians can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them.
  • General elections are held on a Thursday, so a suggestion: how about they are held on the Thursday immediately after the closing date for filing one’s tax return? That is one of the few things that might discourage politicians from becoming big spenders.
  • There is no virtue in compulsory government charity, and there is no virtue in advocating it. A politician who portrays himself as ‘caring’ and ‘sensitive’ because he wants to expand the government’s charitable programmes is merely saying that he’s willing to try to do good with other people’s money.
  • Political discourse has become so rotten that it’s no longer possible to tell the stench of one politician from the stink of another.
  • Another ‘hobby horse’ of politicians (no matter what their hue), driven by public sentiment, is ‘our beloved NHS’, yet none appear to recognise  that if we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication, somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it.
  • In any event it seems the welfare state is not really about the welfare of the masses. It is about the egos of the elites.
  • A mystery of government is not how Westminster works but how to make it stop.
  • Yet another ‘hottie’ for politicians is ‘multiculturalism’. Today it appears that you can praise any culture in the world except Western culture – and you cannot blame any culture in the world except Western culture.
  • Where representative democracy is concerned it is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
  • Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.
  • The current aim of politics today is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with a series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
  • Representative democracy is but a mantra from our politicians that their collective ‘wisdom’ – underwritten by their word that they will ‘take care of us’ – has resulted in the collective ignorance of the electorate.
  • The most dangerous man to any government is someone able ‘think things out’ without regard to the ‘official line’. Inevitably he/she comes to the conclusion that the government under which he/she lives is insane, dishonest and therefore intolerable.
  • Representative democracy is but the worship of jackals by jackasses
  • When we look at our current crop of politicians, it becomes extremely easy to believe that man has descended from the ape.
  • It has been said that all government, especially representative democracy, is evil and will always remain so.
  • Currently, a good, caring, politicians is about as unthinkable as as an honest burglar – that is how bad politics has become.
  • Some people have facts; these can be proven. Some people have theories; these can be disproven. But people with opinions are mindless because they have their minds made up already about it.
  • When discussing Brexit, if there are three words that need to be used more by our politicians and commentariat , it’s the three magic words ‘I don’t know.’.
  • Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, and who must be civilized before it is too late. Speaking to an ex-teacher, I have been informed that it is, in their opinion, the introduction of the National Curriculum resulted in no more than indoctrination of young minds, to the extent that the aim of public education is not to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence, and so make them fit to discharge the duties of citizenship in an enlightened and independent manner; but to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.

11 thoughts on “The problem with our nation

  1. It would be quite wrong to call this a nutshell but you certainly have it all. This is one of the finest articles on the state of our nation that I have ever read. I shall do my best to make it as widely-known as I possibly can.

    Thank you very much, and a Happy New Year to you.

  2. …since H L Mencken wrote, The Disease of Democracy, isn’t it time we just stopped playing silly buggers and just subordinated ourselves to some form of communism baded upon Chinese “best practice” since they seem to be doing so much better than ourselves?

  3. There is so much on this list that just one remark will have to do –

    When discussing Brexit, if there are three words that need to be used more by our politicians and commentariat , it’s the three magic words ‘I don’t know.’

    To hazard a guess, to read the runes, it’s clear that some people need both to do this and be taken seriously. Also that they ply this trade with a mix of selected factoids and bombast no wonder politics has such a bad name!

  4. the basic problem with our nation currently is we don’t have a brexit government, if we did we wouldn’t be experiencing the current problems

    we should have had a pro brexit party winning an election probably about 3 years before we even contempled brexit

  5. -When discussing Brexit, if there are three words that need to be used more by our politicians and commentariat , it’s the three magic words ‘I don’t know.’.

    Wonderful.

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