But then you knew that, didn’t you? Cameron blew it in Opposition when the Conservatives proved weak and ineffective and he blew it again in the General Election by seeking consensus with other Parties to the detriment of Conservative policies. He’s blowing it now by overseeing policy u-turns and austerity at home while playing Lady Bountiful abroad.
It makes a refreshing change that First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope has broken cover to announce that British involvement in the Libya offensive can only continue for another ninety days. We’re more used to Service chiefs waiting until they’ve safely retired to spend more time with their pensions before they ruffle the MoD feathers.
Successive governments appear to believe their own propaganda, that we are part of the continent of Europe, and they’ve forgotten that we are an island nation. We have been a ‘maritime nation’ since 900AD when England formed its first rudimentary naval fleet to fish and patrol the waters. Despite the Channel Tunnel our geographical position remains the same; we haven’t magically shifted twenty miles to the East.
None of the mainstream reports about our current predicament mentions the EU’s role in the destruction of our Armed Forces. Libya is a trial run for the French and British to share platforms and experiment with ‘interoperability’; Germany and Holland are following the same path – how long before we join with them? How long before that quartet then join with another, say Italy & Spain, Greece & Portugal? That’s how it happens; the duo becomes a quartet, the quartet becomes an octet and before you know it we have a fully inter-operable European Military.
I see nothing but pain ahead and wonder why our politicians seem so blind to the future. If you look into it you’ll see that no savings have been made, government spending (and therefore borrowing) has increased, payments to the EU have increased, overseas aid has increased and yet on a local level frontline services are being cut and council fines are increasing.
Our Armed Forces are being cut to the bone when the first priority of any government should be defence of the realm; our police forces are being cut and re-structured as the alienation between police and the public increases and, far from Cameron’s soundbite that “we’re all in this together”, the sense of estrangement between government and people has never seemed greater.
Immigration has changed the face of our cities with the police too scared to do anything about no-go areas for fear of being called racist (thanks McPherson); corporate interests lobby government for their preferred outcomes as opposed to what’s best for the people; no-one has addressed the fundamental faults in the monetary system and Unions are stamping their feet to defend the NHS despite the obvious fact that it does need reform. When Nye Bevan built on NHS proposals in a Conservative white paper I don’t think he, or they, had in mind an International Health Service. We have a generation of children so bereft of education and literacy that they’re virtually unemployable. Employers find it’s easier and quicker to hire imported labour than pressure government to train up our own.
Nothing adds up any more and only one answer continues to make sense. It’s impossible to conceive that successive governments should have been so incompetent therefore it has been done by design. We are a country weakened on many fronts and under assault from so many sides that it can’t be coincidence. It’s a perfect storm for the fall of a nation.
And where are we? Still reading the half-truths and evasions in the mainstream media? Still listening to the EU & taxpayer-funded BBC news? Still blogging away hoping that the message will reach a wider audience when we know that those who read blogs for news are only a tiny proportion of the people? Still conspiring in our own downfall?
One thing’s for sure, it’s going to get an awful lot worse before it gets better – unless, of course, you’re an International Socialist, in which case the future has never looked so rosy. There’s a growing sense of impatience and frustration in the country at large. People are beginning to realise the democratic gulf on a very simple level of what they voted for and what they’re getting. How long before the people blow, and will it be too late to regain control over our politicians and our institutions without violence and the prospect of EU troops on our streets?
I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again: despite the rhetoric of the likes of Hannan and Carswell, who once seemed like a beacon of light, no-one will come. The movement will come from the grassroots, from the groundswell of public opinion and not from those already inside the magic circle.