I beg to differ

Having read a number of the reports of statements made by different MPs, I get the impression that all they are interested in is their own party politics, and the internal infighting that is coupled with it. The interests of the country seem to be on the backburner at a time of the greatest turmoil in our history since the First World War, when we are currently fighting two wars, and are facing not only national but international financial meltdown. I have been writing, as others have, that this government, ever since its inception, has been making change for the sake of change, without trial periods in test areas, and often against the advice of the professionals involved. The government spin doctors issue statistics of how various aspects are improving, when the man in the street knows full well that they are just publicity, and have absolutely no bearing on the true situation. When things go wrong Ministers come on television and give us spiels of rhetoric, but the outcome is no better, or even if there is one, it is short lived.

Now we are faced with a Prime Minister in whom the country has little faith, and a government divided against itself. With the run-up to the next Labour AGM, we are hearing a lot of different inflections, issued by members of the Cabinet and senior Labour politicians, that are more to do with self-aggrandisement than the serious issues facing the country. It is therefore unsurprising, that as we are getting conflicting suggestions from the other parties, which also involve change rather than stability, that many of us feel that the political choices open to us are not for picking the best, but perhaps avoiding the worst. If this statement is true, then we would be best off with a hung parliament, which will involve the LibDems making inroads, by getting their act together. I am very old, perhaps losing the plot, but all I see on the benches of parliament are professional politicians, college rather than experience trained, led by young, relatively inexperienced leaders. It is long political experience which tempers rash statements and untried policies, and is cautious when dealing in international relationships, all of which have been lacking in recent years, and are still lacking. Lying to the electorate, either directly or by implication, has increased considerably since my day, when a Chancellor resigned because there had been a minor budget leak.

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