‘Ignorance is bliss’ is a phrase coined by Thomas Gray in his Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College; a poem in which he nostalgically reminisces about the bliss of youth with its carefree days of playfulness unmarred by the dark realities of adult life and the responsibilities thereof (and there are suggestions that the voting age should be lowered even further – but I digress). In fact, never mind the foregoing digression, it would appear that present day politicians are to a man – regardless of age and sex – still in the bliss of youth and consequently have yet to reach the dark realities of adulthood; but yet again I digress.
Or so we have been brought up to believe – in which case we must all now believe in fairies. In our belief in fairies we have lost sight of the fact that the world in which such a Utopia does not – and cannot – logically exist. To those who say: ‘I want’ – or: ‘I am entitled’, did not Thomas Sowell say: Since this is an era when many people are concerned about ‘fairness’ and ‘social justice,’ what is your ‘fair share’ of what someone else has worked for? (think those who voted for Corbyn’s ‘promised’ ‘abolition of student loans’?
We are informed that £billions needs to be spent on renovating the Palace of Westminster; a renovation programme which could last up to 40 years and cost more than £7bn, according to a comprehensive official report. We are also informed, by the Palace of Westminster website, that the Restoration and Renewal Programme has been established to tackle the significant work that needs to be done to protect the heritage of the Palace of Westminster and ensure it can continue to serve as home to the UK Parliament in the 21st century and beyond.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
1 Corinthians 13:11
Unfortunately, to our cost, this does not appear to apply to our political class, the commentariat and the media. Those three groups have the power, due to their position in our society, to formulate the minds of the people in our land.
When adults would have us believe that they are the font of all knowledge – and aren’t – then is it any wonder the people are uninformed on important matters? That is not to say the people are blameless – and in their defense it must be pointed out that they have been educated to believe the state will look after them, ‘come what may’ (pun intended), with knowledgeable guidance.