Remember the heady days of “Things can only get better”? Fast forward to the UK of 2013. A stagnant economy, high unemployment, a NHS creaking at the seams, a housing crisis, an energy crisis, no-go areas run by lawless youths, homegrown religious terrorists, private pensions ruined, assaults on public services and pensions….. The list goes on and on.
Why? Because Labour totally and utterly screwed the country. I’ve blogged before about Brown’s raid on private sector pensions, and his ill-thought fire sale of our gold, which beggared pension pots and the country. During the tenure of Labour, they over spent and borrowed at an alarming rate, weakening the economy so it was unable to cope with the subprime crisis and its aftermath.
Blair blithely committed to a search for WMD in Iraqi to get into bed with Dubya Bush thus unleashing a multitude of troubles. While we reap the rewards of events like Woolwich, he has a nice life as a peace envoy for the Middle East. You really couldn’t make it up. Brown has landed himself a cushy job as a UN wonk for education whilst still being paid as an MP. You may think “pigs and troughs” but I couldn’t possibly comment.
Their policies on energy (give huge amounts of money away to unproved technology) mean the country is facing a power crisis within a couple of years. No power stations have been built to replace the old ones. Meanwhile the country is blighted with wind farms which are as much use as a chocolate teapot.
Speaking of crisis, ever wondered why there is a housing crisis? Or why unemployment is so high or why schools have large cohorts with kids speaking many different languages? Simple explanation: In a snub to the right, Labour imposed multiculturalism on the country by headhunting immigrants. The motivator wasn’t need but political spite. Don’t believe me? Read Mandleson’s own words.
Labour betrayed the country, their own supporters, the economy, the British way of life, pensions, public services, jobs…..the whole shooting match. I’m no fan of the Conservatives but its no wonder that they are finding it a tough job to solve Labour’s legacy.
Remember the “Sorry, there’s no money, we’ve spent it all” note left at the Treasury? Well they still haven’t learnt as they bleat on about Plan B aka borrow even more. Labour is simply an inept party lead by political dogmatists who will promise anything, or appease any interest group, in exchange for votes. The ensuing result is stasis followed by decline as resources are squandered to try to satisfy every interest group, every “community” in the body politic.
Robert Heinlein described it perfectly:
“The America of my time line is a laboratory example of what can happen to democracies, what has eventually happened to all perfect democracies throughout all histories. A perfect democracy, a ‘warm body’ democracy in which every adult may vote and all votes count equally, has no internal feedback for self-correction. It depends solely on the wisdom and self-restraint of citizens… which is opposed by the folly and lack of self-restraint of other citizens. What is supposed to happen in a democracy is that each sovereign citizen will always vote in the public interest for the safety and welfare of all. But what does happen is that he votes his own self-interest as he sees it… which for the majority translates as ‘Bread and Circuses.’
‘Bread and Circuses’ is the cancer of democracy, the fatal disease for which there is no cure. Democracy often works beautifully at first. But once a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. For when the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state bleeds to death, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader—the barbarians enter Rome.”