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?