From this evenings CoffeeHouse Evening Blend:
- Number 10 insisted that David Cameron was planning to serve a full term after the Spectator reported he was considering standing down in 2019.
- Nicky Morgan told the Spectator she was considering standing for Tory leader.
- Owen Paterson told Coffee House he was writing a manifesto for a robust right-wing leadership contender.
- Jeremy Corbyn visited Scotland and admitted his party may not have a clear position on Trident for the Holyrood elections.
- …as he dropped plans to scrap university tuition fees.
- Tory members and MPs were warned not to wear their passes outside the conference hall during an anti-austerity march.
- Prominent anti-EU campaigners reacted angrily to the announcement that Lord Lawson will be president of the Conservatives for Britain.
To which one can but ask: WTF actually cares, as:
- When Cameron actually stands down is neither here nor there, it will be when he secures the next position in his career path at public expense;
- If and when Nicky Morgan decides to take the next step up the ‘greasy pole’ it will be when she reckons she has a good chance of success – and not before;
- Owen Paterson may well be writing a new manifesto for the next Tory Leader, but being a present-day politician, methinks it will be no more than a blueprint for his attempt for top office; regardess of what he new says – after all, why else does anyone enter politics if not to attempt the ‘greasy pole’ climb;
- Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t seem to have a clear vision on anything;
- Any Tory member or MP needs their head read if they publicly identify themselves as such;
- Nigel Lawson, another ‘has-been’ and who should by now have retired gracefully, in common with his ilk secures yet another opportunity to keep himself in the public eye in his attempt to earn more from the public purse.
Such is what the Spectator, in common with the rest of the media, reckons is ‘news’ – to which one can but say: Get A Life, Do!
Politicians are, in general, following a – dare I use the word – ‘profession’ for their own ends and career advancement; thanks to a form of democracy they perpetuate; political commentators would appear to write about anything that they believe may advance their careers without showing any evidence that they know owt about that which they write/speak; and the media appear to have nothing better to do than feed the egos of the former by publicising their illogical musings.
Is it any wonder that the United Kingdom, one that was once a proud nation and a leader in the world, is in the parlous state it is? Paraphrasing Mahatma Ghandi, the greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its people are treated. We the people, to whom the United Kingdom belongs, have been treated abysmally by all governments, in that we have been dictated to; cajoled; misled – nay, lied to – to the extent that had we thought, we would have known that that which we suffered; and were suffering; was wrong. Had we done that, even under our current system of democracy, there was little we could have done to change things.
In the call I make, continuously, for a change to our system of democracy, again allow me to paraphrase, this time, Bob Dylan:
Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone………
Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
Keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again……………………
Come politicians and their commenators
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls……..
The message that the United Kingdom is our country – and that if it is our country – then we, to whom it belongs, need to insist that only we can decide our future and the path that that future should take; and we don’t need a self-serving group to be able to tell us, the masters, how we should behave, think and act.