In a bid to be a calmer human being, I’ve been taking a break from following politics religiously. I even skipped PMQs yesterday (though I gather all I missed was a bit of ‘waah-waah-you’re-wrong’). However, I accidentally caught a little of Newsnight last night and my interest was reignited through a three person panel that I looked at and categorically disagreed with all of them. The details of the debate don’t matter. The thing that does matter, I’m back and I’m angry so I’d like to make a few relatively random points which I may follow up on at a later date.
- Getting us out of the EU (you knew this one was coming) would save us millions every day, money that could be put back into our own infrastructure and businesses to help us trade properly with non-EU countries.
- I’m relieved we’re not changing our voting date just to appease the EU.
- The Europhiles (Ken Clarke, I’m looking at you) become more desperate every week and I can’t wait to see how many of you dare show your face at the reading of James Wharton’s bill. The voters will remember, you know, and if they think you don’t trust them then even you old dinosaurs may be in trouble. While I’m at it, Ed Miliband is playing a dangerous game. He plans to allow the EU bill through in the Commons simply by abstaining but will then contrive to block it in the Lords. It’s curious, is it not, that voters currently can’t hold the Lords to account but Ed Miliband can apparently make them do as he pleases and subvert democracy while he’s at it? Be very careful, Ed. This is something else the voters will remember – that you didn’t even have the conviction of your pro-European policies to order your MPs to make an appearance in the Commons and vote your way. Did you sense it might put too many of those marginal seats in peril? No one likes a wimp, Mr Miliband.
- The economy seems be to be going in the right direction but you can’t base that assumption on one quarter’s figures. Stop the crowing and the celebrations and wait and see what the next set of results bring.
- I think Maria Miller’s as useful as an axe murderer. Either give the arts brief back to Business or just find a minister that seems to care about the arts. And please don’t forget that the ripple effect caused by the arts is unquantifiable. Close a museum and the surrounding area just starts dying. Remember that when you’re saying that culture must make a ‘business case’ to survive.
- The Bedroom Tax is still an unworkable and generally bad idea, penalising those who can’t alter their circumstances and particularly affecting disabled people most severely.
- I agree with Sheila Gilmore that East Coast should remain a publicly-owed rail company – it’s working as it is and the rule of ‘ever-more privatisation’ seems pathetic when there is no business case for it. Why should we get rid of something that’s working well in the public sector so that it can work badly – and cost the taxpayer more – in the private sector?
- Nick Clegg is still a weak-willed political non-entity who will, alas, probably retain his seat at the next election.
I think that covers it for now. Anything you want me to elaborate on?