At last, I truly know the meaning of that old adage. The EU has taught me many things!
I used to think it meant being, kind, tolerant and accommodating of others but I was wrong. What it really means is to retain your sanity in the overwhelming face of frustrating f/wittery from politicians. It means not dashing out into the streets screeching at people to lift up their eyes. It means being able to resist the impulse to dash out naked into the garden at midnight and howl like a loon at the moon.
You can tell I’ve been dipping into the papers again, can’t you? I’ve also been watching the Labour Party Conference, live on BBC504, so it’s my own fault. I’ve heard Liam Byrne, Maria Eagle and assorted Yorkshire/Scottish union members spouting the politics of whinge and envy. I’ve also heard Glenys Willmott MEP and Labour Leader in the EU talk about achieving “great things” and “social democracy”. According to Willmott, “the Progressive Left must never be satisfied” and war, of course, had another mention.
Harman is in a league of her own – hears nothing, speaks rubbish and sees inequality wherever she goes. Here’s a hint for Harriet and Lefties like her:
A man who was travelling came upon a farmer working in his field and asked him what the people in the next village were like. The farmer asked “What were the people like in the last village you visited?”. The man responded “They were kind, friendly, generous, great people.” “You’ll find the people in the next village are the same,” said the farmer.
Another man who was travelling to the same village came up to the same farmer and asked him what the people in the next village were like. Again the farmer asked “What were the people like in the last village you visited?”. The second man responded “They were rude, unfriendly, dishonest people.”. “You’ll find the people in the next village are the same,” said the farmer.
While they’re busy blaming each other they’re not looking for real solutions to the problems, but that assumes a genuine intent to clear up the mess for the benefit of the people and not just stiff us for more taxes. On past performance that’s very unlikely.
The problem is – they’re the problem; they and their ideologies. Lib/Lab/Con = the unholy trinity of British politics.
When I started the blog I said I would never tell anyone what to do, but I am now:
My sanity really can’t take much more. I don’t care whether it’s local elections, General Elections or elections to the PTA, just stop voting these f/wits into office.
Wouldn’t it be good if failed politicians, ie those kicked out and rejected in elections, weren’t allowed to stand for office (or, as they like to call it, ‘power’) ever again?
Ian Gray, the Labour leader in Scotland: “I believe Labour is strong enough to stand across all of these islands together.” What islands would those be? Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland aren’t islands, they’re a part of the British Isles. It’s just more empty words, playing to the stupid gallery who hear what they want to hear and applaud like trained seals – it’s hoping for a standing ovation and a slot on the evening news along with the rest of them.
An English cat expresses her opinion of politics
By nature we English are a patient people and we put up with a great deal but when the straw breaks the camel’s back I wouldn’t like to be in the firing line.
Ed Balls: How to get us out of the mess I helped to create but they’re not manifesto pledges or serious policy proposals
Janet Daley: It’s all balls
Rolling updates from the DT: Conference live