Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Yup, its August..........

Known as 'the silly season', whilst still only a few days old the month of August is living up to its reputation as the month of stupid news and views.

Benedict Brogan, who is the Daily Telegraph's Deputy Editor writes a blog which purports to bring us news, gossip, analysis and occasional insight into politics, and more (which sounds like an infringement of the Trades Description Act is occurring - but I digress) 'pens' an article about what Cameron and MilibandE are reading whilst they are on holiday. With the euro looking like it is going to cause the UK to help fund another bail-out(s), who the hell cares what two comedians read on their holiday? Unless of course it includes a beginners guide to economics, sovereignty, truth, principle and honour.........

Douglas Carswell blogs on how to control Government spending and opines that every Whitehall department and quango should be made to annually appear before the Commons to plead for its budget. 'Fraid not. Douglas, for a number of reasons; namely (i) If MPs cannot control their own budgets and expenditure then why the hell should they be allowed to control that of someone else; (ii) just whose money are we talking about here - because it sure ain't theirs; and (iii) as it is our money then they can damn well come and plead their case with us! (Until Carswell accepts that MPs are not elected to be our nannies and that MPs are not the sole arbiters of what happens in this country, that is The Plan and Direct Democracy removed from the side bar of this blog)

A final thought: holidays are usually taken to recharge batteries after a period of hard work. As our MPs no longer govern our nation and the only exercise they have undertaken is to indulge in a self-induced frenzy caused by 'Hackgate', just why the blazes are they on holiday?

7 comments:

kenomeat said...

It always amazes me that MPs who are so skillful at interview techniques and appear to understand all the procedures of our parliamentary system are so stupid when it comes to the bleeding obvious. For example:
You can't be in Europe without being governed by Europe.
You shouldn't borrow money to lend to someone else, especially when that loan won't be repaid.
You don't stimulate your economy by increasing taxation.
These are obvious to us ordinary people so why are our MPs acting so thick? Maybe we'd be better off if their holiday never ends.

WitteringsfromWitney said...

k: Your last suggestion has merit - providing they continue it without pay!

Anonymous said...

They are working to a well scripted plan, the closing down of Parliament and the passing of governance to Brussels, it's working too, MPs and Parliament are fast becoming objects of derision, I proffer as proof the slow decline in voter participation over the last 40 years. Parties are now ruling with, at best, 26% of vote, as 40% of the elctorate can't be arsed and postal voting is a frauds paradise, is it any wonder.

TomTom said...

Reading the newspapers online makes it possible to cover them all save the paywall Times in 10 minutes. There is simply nothing insightful.

Real news is conspicuous by its absence.

As for TV, well the best-funded global news service - BBC - has nothing but trivia to report at ponderous length with self-important persons reading teleprompters as if talking to a nursery class.

The degeneracy is evident but the rather wet responses signify a weakness of character. Time simply to cut off funding to the BBC, to newspapers, to retailers, and start the process of shutting down the Consumerist Fantasy

There should be targeted boycotts and online days of action to overload systems by concentrating purchases onto time slots.

Time-shifting, boycotts, and withdrawal of consent from organs of mass-media propaganda

WitteringsfromWitney said...

A: Fair comment.....!

TT: Reasonable suggestions.... But who will organise such 'demonstrations'? I reckon there are masses against one thing or another - problem is they are blinkered and can only see their own pet hobby-horse. That is something the polies rely on and which continues their divide and rule programme.

I believe that until we have some form of direct democracy, where people have to get involved, they will remain acquiescent (?)and sheep-like.

paulsc said...

On the subject of government spending I was shown this site yesterday, http://data.wheredoesmymoneygo.org/dataset/ukdepartments. Have a click around you will be amazed. For example, how much money do you think the DVLA have spent with IBM?

WitteringsfromWitney said...

psc: Thanks for that - will have a trawl.......