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Monday, January 19, 2009

Bloggers Instinct?

Dear Ivor

George is right my instant response to the announcement of the Conservatives to scrap the third runway was met with an urge to immediately place a cross next to David Cameron’s name. However it wasn’t long before bloggers cynicism, sorry Hazel you only have yourself to blame, crept right back in and I doubted his ability or conviction to deliver on his promise.

Can we believe the statement that our economic future relies upon this expansion? Either the government trusts hugely in our naivety or our economy is based on seriously fragile principles. My blogger’s instinct is going for both!

We have not historically been a nation who are comfortable with public displays of dissent, however it is time that we stood up and were counted, for those tied to your political keyboard, what about signing the petition on the Number 10 website against the runway, a small step for man…..

Was downright gobsmacked at Hilary Benn’s climb down on the environmental impact of the development. Old Tony Benn must be frothing at the mouth. It is a little disconcerting that even with his gene pool he will put political gain before personal beliefs. Perhaps he needs to be reminded of his father’s experience as a minister in the 1964–1970 Labour government when he wrote:

As a minister, I experienced the power of industrialists and bankers to get their way by use of the crudest form of economic pressure, even blackmail, against a Labour Government. Compared to this, the pressure brought to bear in industrial disputes is minuscule. This power was revealed even more clearly in 1976 when the IMF secured cuts in our public expenditure. These lessons led me to the conclusion that the UK is only superficially governed by MPs and the voters who elect them. Parliamentary democracy is, in truth, little more than a means of securing a periodical change in the management team, which is then allowed to preside over a system that remains in essence intact. If the British people were ever to ask themselves what power they truly enjoyed under our political system they would be amazed to discover how little it is, and some new Chartist agitation might be born and might quickly gather momentum.

Who is pulling the strings now?

Poll x

PS looking forward to the Presidential Inauguration tomorrow, hope it doesn’t descend into a Broadway production, shall we meet at the Star Inn for a little celebratory libation?