Prime Time Drama The First Election Debate A Damp Squib

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Date: 16th April 2010


Well what a DAMP SQUIB that turned out to be.  I actually nodded off for a few minutes at 9.00 pm - it was all so boring and predictable.  And Alastair Stewart was jumping up and down with the excitement one would associate with a £100,000000 winner in the Lottery.  The whole thing was so contrived.  No-one in the audience was allowed to ask the sort of questions most of us are busting to ask and which are being discussed around dinner tables up and down the land.  Why did this Government bail out the banks and let them off so lightly.  Why are there schools in this country where English is not the prime language.  Why do we reward young women with Council flats and subsidies just for getting pregnant time and time again.  Why did Gordon Brown increase the number of public servants almost threefold.  I'll tell you why - because they will vote for the Labour party, as will the immigrants who get so much for nothing in return, as will so many of the workshy who are happy to live off benefits.  And who was the man who sold off our Gold Reserves when Gold was at an all time low - Mr. Brown.  Who was the man who ruined the private pension schemes (including mine and it was small I can tell you) - Mr. Brown.  And who holds the most Greek Government bonds - we do!!

I have to admit that Nick Clegg did come across as the most likeable of the three participants  - but remember back to 1997 and the good-looking and charming Tony Blair and look what he did for this country - I think DID FOR is the operative phrase. And remember that Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems are rather pro-Europe.  I know the Euro is strong at the moment but many European countries are in a mess financially - so watch this space.  And look what joining the European Union has done for us - we can't make and keep our own laws - we are ruled by a load of Eurocrats with their noses in the trough.  And as for the European Court of Human Rights - don't even get me started.

I would have liked to have taken a swipe at Brown with that smug smirk which kept appearing on his face. I know that there is a whole World Economy problem but Brown was the Chancellor who was in charge of the ship which he sailed onto the rocks - he is unelected, uncharismatic, and fails to see the damage that he has done to our country.  Mind you 'Power corrupts and absolute Power corrupts absolutely' and the Labour Party had such an overwhelming majority that they could do what they damn well liked almost unhindered.  It's just come to my mind what Brown said about an elected House of Lords.  He is the Prime Minister who 'allowed' Gorbals Mick to be elevated to the Lords - now John Prescott is thinking of taking a Peerage in order to repay his wife who stood by him when his affair was brought to light.  And as for the Prince of Darkness - how can you be disgraced time and time again and still be elevated to the Peerage.  I no longer have any respect for the Upper House.  At least many of the Hereditary Peers did the job as a duty and hoped to improve the lot of their fellow men.  I had the honour to know Lord Kings Norton - a totally self-made man who took his duty very seriously right up till the end of his long and productive life.

David Cameron came across very well and with great earnestness and he will get my vote anyway.  It was very good of him to wax lyrical about the wonderful treatment his little son received at the hands of the NHS - but he is the Shadow Prime Minister for heaven's sake - of course he would get the best treatment possible.  What about those who have contracted MRSA in our dirty hospitals, the elderly left to rot ....... , the nurses too highly qualified to do what nurses always did so well in the past - care for their patients.  As a life-long Tory, they would have to put me on the rack to get me to vote otherwise.  To me the Labour Party are just communists in thin disguise.  They take away the money from we hard-working tax payers and hand it out to the profligate and the immigrants who've never done a day's work in this country.  Basically I think they want to see us all reduced to the same level with the notable exception of themselves of course.  Look at any Communist country and those in power have it all, whilst their countrymen have very little.  I am told that the peasant class in Russia are worse off now than they were under Communism - but their leaders and the Mafia are doing very nicely Thank you.

 I just pray that the electorate won't waste their vote on the very amiable Nick Clegg or we could end up with a Hung Parliament and that would not be a good thing.  Clegg banged on about Trident - and much as we don't like Nuclear weapons, we do have to defend ourselves from the ever growing threat in the East.

A long time ago, when I lived in Buckinghamshire, I was asked if I would consider becoming an MP.  I said No because I didn't think I was Academic enough - well that's a joke for a start - what you need is a bucketload of common sense.  I was also well aware of the way the Press would have crucified me - they were even hard on Glenda Jackson and she is one of their own Left-wing elite.  I'm sorry now that I didn't have the courage because today I would be representing the rights of the elderly and I would toady to no-one.  I have no desire for power other than to try and do good for others and I'm too long in the tooth to have high ministerial ambition.

I think it is a great shame that politicians don't actually get out and meet more REAL people and find out what the man/woman in the street really feels and thinks.  When they do go out and about, their visits are sanitized.  I can tell you this now  because, sadly,  my friend died in January but when she was working at a very large and highly criticized hospital, there was a ministerial visit and all the 'trolley patients' from the corridors were shunted into the X-ray Department so that everything looked neat and tidy.  One specialist broke ranks and exposed the sham.  He was disciplined.  He was close to retirement and could take the risk but if he'd been younger, I doubt that he would have had the courage.  That  kind of sanitization is carried out on a regular basis.

When I was a little girl there was much talk of the 'Class System' - the Aristocracy and the rest of us.  There will always be bad apples in any barrel - that is human nature but it seems to me that in the past those born to Affluence and who didn't need the money, would go into politics with more altruistic motives.  Today we have politicians who've never had a 'job' in the real world - they are actually 'career politicians'.  Today we still have a 'Class System' but it is much more one based on pure MONEY.  Those with the money wield the kind of power which used to be the preserve of the 'Aristocracy'.

It seems to me that the Conservatives come to power and put our house in order, then the electorate want a change and vote in Labour who then distribute all our hard earned and stored 'wealth'.  Our country is in a parlous state so whoever wins the election will inherit a 'Poisoned Chalice'.  Cuts will have to be made and tough action will be required to try and get us back on our feet again - so the new Government is not going to enjoy the popularity and euphoria unfairly enjoyed by the Labour Party in 1997.

Well I've had my rant.  Little good it will do this poor benighted country of ours where we are not allowed to be Nationalistic, where some of our towns have more immigrants than natural born citizens, where English is not the prime language in some schools, and so many of those seeking a better life here do not believe in the maxim of 'When in Rome, do as the Romans Do'.

Bye for now. Jan

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