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Date: 9th May 2015

My friends and I opened  a bottle of champagne with relief that the Tories won the election and to toast Farage - whether you like the man or not, he had the courage to voice the worries/fears of so many of the population who daren't speak out/register their views for fear of being labelled 'racist' and other nasty epithets. And he was gracious in defeat.

It is scandalous that the SNP have got 56 seats on a vote  equivalent to 1 seat for every 25,972 voters. Whereas Ukip have only one seat with its 3.9 million votes. Mind you, much of that is down to that lying toad Clegg - he demanded an expensive and largely unwanted AV vote and in exchange promised to support Cameron over boundary changes - and then reneged. We all know that Politicians are economic with the truth much of  the time but that really was disgusting. The boundaries are like the Rotten Boroughs of the past where people had moved away and villages became ghost villages but they still returned a Member to Parliament. (And I don't know if it will be possible to pass a Bill whereby Scottish MP's do not vote on English issues) 

I only hope that Cameron now shows some 'guts' and refuses to be held to ransom by the Lefties.  We might be coming out of a depression but we still have an enormous National Debt and our recovery is fragile.  Some sacrosanct institutions like the NHS need to be revisited - throwing money at it is definitely not the solution to its many problems.  In my humble opinion,  the NHS needs to slim-down Management, have more nurses and doctors actually on the frontline and not spending endless hours form filling, doing away with Tony Blair's favourite 'targets' (you are dealing with people not numbers) and stop Health Tourism which costs us millions if not billions.   The NHS when formed did not have to deal with all the highly costly modern marvels of surgery and treatment which exist today.  

I also believe that we should all have to pay a very small/token amount - according to income - for treatment at the Doctor's surgery and in Hospital.   How often, in all walks of life,  does one see anything 'free' as being taken for granted.  The exception would be those who genuinely cannot afford to pay.  I'm all for helping the genuine poor, the genuine disabled but not those who see getting everything for nothing as their 'right'.  There are too many claiming 'Rights without Responsibilities' - the two should go hand in hand.

I also hope Cameron will genuinely have something done about poor teaching.  I was flabbergasted to hear him declare that, if he got another term in office, he would see measures put into place so that all children left school being able to read, write and be numerate.  i thought that was what schooling was for.  My mother left school at the age of 14 with perfect reading, writing and numeracy skills.  So what has happened?  

I could write reams but I won't.  All I can say is that I breathed a sigh of relief this morning.  I have very little trust in politicians of any hue - Blue, Red, Yellow or Green - but at least I feel we are in a slightly safer pair of hands today.  

And one thing about Taxing the Wealthy or 'Squeezing' them.  I don't like Tax Avoiders and Non-Doms any more than the next person.  However, even with their banks of Accountants, they do still pay a disproportionately large amount of Tax.  Chase them away, and you further impoverish this country.


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