“You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late, before you are six or seven or eight, to hate all the people your relatives hate, you’ve got to be carefully taught!”
Those words, penned by Oscar Hammerstein II in the musical South Pacific, regularly spring to mind these days. Politics is uglier than is has been for some years. It’s always been a brutal business, and so it should be. When decisions affecting millions of people are being taken, there should be robust debate. But since Jeremy Corbyn became leader of the Labour Party, the Marxist left has once again found its voice. Continue reading “You’ve got to be taught to hate and the hard left are excellent teachers”
Philip Hammond, under any normal circumstances, would have been fired for going off-piste in Davos. But he knew he wasn’t going to be fired which explains why he said in his speech that there would only be “very modest” changes to relations between the EU and the UK after Brexit.
Boris Johnson’s public intervention on the NHS earlier this week should have got him into hot water, but it didn’t. We understand that some of his cabinet colleagues rebuked him as they were sitting around the cabinet table, but that was it. He was only saying what the rest of us were thinking – additional NHS funding plays well in marginal constituencies. It’s good politics and a few more billions of pounds should have a positive effect on outcomes, even in our dysfunctional healthcare system, desperately in need of reform, but which is never going to be reformed whilst May is in Number 10. It isn’t rocket science, but I am sure that there are many ministers sitting around the cabinet table who think it is.
Two of the most senior Government ministers have openly criticised Government policy because they can, although in all fairness to Boris, publicly calling for more NHS spending is different to attempting to change Government policy in a speech to the World Economic Forum. Continue reading “It’s time to end this farce. Conservative MPs need to start writing more “Dear Sir Graham” letters”
Yet another rape trial has collapsed. Once again, evidence was withheld. Yet despite this worrying situation, Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), thinks the system is working fine. She doesn’t believe than innocent people are behind bars. She has even stated that because these trials are collapsing, it proves the system is working!
I almost wish – no I do wish – that she is charged with a serious crime that she did not commit. I hope that evidence is withheld – crucial evidence that would prove her innocence. Then, after all the stress and heartache she has endured, I hope that new evidence will come to light and will prove her innocence. I wonder how she would feel after a couple of years of hell? Would she still be saying that the system is hunky-dory because, in the end, she wasn’t sent to prison? Continue reading “Time to go, Mrs. Saunders. We need someone competent at the top of the CPS”
When we think of economic protectionism we usually think of tariffs (taxes) imposed on imported goods to make them more expensive, or of businesses aggressively lobbying Government or the EU to construct barriers that will make it more difficult for others to enter the market place.
But protectionism does take other forms. Hull City Council is trying to protect the city centre from market forces by blocking the expansion of Kingswood Retail Park. Unsurprisingly, the owner of Princes Quay Shopping Centre and members of the city centre Business Improvement District (BID) agree. Jobs will be lost, they say, if Kingswood is allowed to expand. Robert Mellor, an independent planning inspector, agreed with them, but his is a pyrrhic victory.
Councils could, to a certain degree, get away with this type of policy in the past, but that was before the advent of online shopping. Continue reading “Attempted economic protectionism by Hull City Council will fail”