Politics The Election 2015

Jan Leeming

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 6th May 2015


I have studiously avoided most of the political programmes because I am tired of politicians of all hues spouting the same dogmas, attacking one another and making ridiculously unachievable promises to the Electorate. They sound like a load of squabbling children and none, yes none, has any of the Gravitas of the politicians of old.

I did watch the first hour of the political debate on Good Friday and that was enough. I was screeching at the Television ‘For Heaven’s sake from where is the money coming to pay for all your promises’.

Our country was nearly bankrupt a short while ago - there has been a recovery largely due to ridiculously low Interest rates which have helped many and hurt the few - like pensioners.

Has Milliband forgotten his Party’s role in ‘bankrupting’ the country and some wag leaving a note in the Treasury to say that the Coffers were empty.

As for Clegg - what a weasel who breaks promises not only to his own party but to his supposed political ally - Cameron. I will never forgive Clegg for the quid pro quo promise that if Cameron gave him his longed for and expensive AV (which the electorate rejected) he would back Cameron on ‘boundary changes’. He reneged on that promise and has put the Conservatives back in the unenviable position they were in 5 years ago of gaining more votes than Labour at the last election but not having the seats because of out of date electoral boundaries.

Farage - speaks for a very large proportion of the Electorate who are scared to voice their very real concerns for fear of being labelled ‘politically incorrect’.

Cameron spends too much time on what his Spin Doctors see as ‘Vote catchers’ and forgets about his core voters. I feel that if he relied less on spin, less on fence sitting, and had more courage of his own convictions, he might actually be a reasonably good leader.

As for that pinch-mouthed female - Nicola Sturgeon - she cares not a jot for the majority but only for her homeland. I personally wish that they’d gained their independence, lost their extra cash under the Barnett formula and had to balance their books. The Scots since time immemorial have ‘disliked’ the English and over the centuries in the constant wars between England and France, they backed the French in what is still called the ‘Auld Alliance’.

It is totally wrong that the Scots MP’s can vote on English issues and God help us if the rules aren’t changed, they wipe out Labour in Scotland and hold the balance of power in ‘Our’ Parliament .

And as for The Greens - led by an Australian - are they living in Cloud Cuckoo land. So much of the legislation which they’ve forced through is needlessly costly and not even efficient - particularly those hated Wind Turbines - 35% effective at their best and predominantly benefitting the rich who have them erected on their land and get subsidies paid for by the rest of us.

Are the electorate so stupid that they have some crazy belief that there is money which the Government is not spending on the sacred NHS and Welfare. Do they really think there is some room filled with bullion which the Government is sitting on and is too mean to spend.
Where do these people think that extra money is coming from other than by cuts in other services. And yet look at the Miliband and Clegg promises.

I’m no lover of the super rich Non-Doms and the Tax Avoiders - but even so they still contribute a disproportionate amount of Tax to the Exchequer. Chase them away, make their companies unviable and the rest of the Country feels the chill.

Without Cash - any of the fairytale promises from any party are totally worthless unless they are holding a secret Magic Wand which creates money or know the secret of planting trees which, when shaken, give a crop of gold. ??????

I am no politician and only have a basic grasp of politics but I do care deeply about the future of our Country for our children and grandchildren and I do not like what I see all around me. We are not, and should realise, that we are no longer a World Power and handing out ‘ring-fenced’ Foreign Aid should cease. Much is sent to countries with Corrupt Dictators where the money finds its way not to the people for whom it is meant but into the Swiss bank accounts of the Dictators. Surely Charity begins at home and we have enough of our own home grown problems - for example - returning servicemen about whom I read that 5,000 are homeless - that is disgraceful. And the elderly who’ve worked and paid their taxes all their lives being treated as second class citizens rationed by NICE for drugs, and stuffed into very expensive Care Homes where such low wages are paid that the majority of the staff are foreign and many don’t even have the basic English to be able to deal with old people many of whom are deaf and can’t understand accents.

We don’t need to be told how much money we should give in Foreign Aid. The British rise to the occasion and have always been most generous when disasters occur - look how quickly mega millions have been raised to help those caught up in the Nepal Earthquake. I read once that the British give more to Charity and do more for Charities in general than any other country on earth.

One thing I have never understood is the objection to ID Cards. Just about everything is known about all of us anyway so why the anti feeling. If we did have ID Cards, I’m sure it would cut down on much of the Health Tourism and false benefit claiming which costs us millions.

Anyway, I have now written down a small part of what I and I’m sure millions of ordinary voters feel.
And I really fear for my country tomorrow.  

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