Category Archives: Politics

And exactly what do you do?

This really is the question of the day…And just exactly what is it that you do? Have meetings, listen to presentations? Talk to your advisors? Practice your dance moves for the Barwell shuffle?

Honey, whatever you are wasting your time at, it’s not working… Start with something simple, go and install smoke alarms in the other towers in spitting distance from Grenfell. There a virtual flood of documentaries tonight about the other 4,000 tower blocks with the same problems as Grenfell. And, 5 days later there is still almost no one “in charge”…

So, do the right thing, get some adults in who will do something…

It really is time to start over now…

There is no good way for bad leadership to come to an end, other than just to end.  We awake this morning to yet another disaster in London, this time someone deciding to take it out on Muslim worshippers in Finsbury Park.  Some very bizarrely confused person thinks that you can take justice into your own hands  and somehow “fix” anything. But it is  actually quite a bit worse than that, citizens now feel that they cannot and will not get any justice from the government, so they’re saying quite clearly “we’ve had enough”.

Bizarrely, the Prime Minister used that very phrase just a week ago when she said “enough is enough”.  But the ongoing saga of incompetence has reached a whole set of incredible lows this morning  with so many stories that are all now beginning to blend together into one giant continuous nightmare.  And on top of that, this morning, is the front page interview with the Chancellor talking extensively about how incompetent the prime minister is. What?  One of them needs to go today, this very day…

The difficult thing of course is that it all spirals back to the concept of belief. If you don’t believe in anything then you can’t lead anyone.  If all you believe in is getting elected again, then  you don’t actually believe in anything and the whole thing falls apart.  We have a whole group of people in parliament whose only belief is in getting elected again, it’s not surprising that they are unable to lead anyone.

We need leadership based on Belief…

It would be pretty hard to imagine how our prime minister could last for the next few days before she is tossed out.  We have a system here which forces, ultimately, the leaders to actually lead. It appears that if 48 of the MPs tell her that she needs to go, then that’s it.  But the problem is, it’s  damn difficult  to find any leaders who can actually lead. It seems that everyone has to have a giant coterie of advisors telling them everything they need to do. That’s okay except now we live in a real-time world.  Now you have to know what to do, you can’t be off asking people and advisors all the time. The fact that the Queen and members of the Royal Family are visiting this disaster every day and she cannot be bothered to even speak to the residents on-site  says it all.

The real crisis in the Conservative party now is: so are there any leaders out there?  But, the central problem here is that to lead you have to have Belief.  Belief in something other than how much you want to be in power. The Conservative party had five pillars of its ideology and belief, which Margaret Thatcher articulated in her now famous interview with Maurice Saatchi.  Where is that now? It seems that 99% of the current Conservative party doesn’t even realise that there are five pillars to its ideology.  You can’t have leaders unless you have leaders who believe in something.  Somehow we’ve gotten to the position where we glorify leaders who don’t actually believe in anything and accept everyone’s belief in everything.  Nice idea, but it doesn’t work in the real world, and certainly not in this one.  It is time for us to have leaders who lead based on belief, that’s it…

Time to get back on track…

Ok, so time for the Yank to get back at it… He’s had his rest watching the farcical train wreck that is the Conservative Party and the soon to be even more farcical attempt to convince the Europeans that the Maybot has the remotest modicum of sense or authority to act in the best interests of all involved in Brexit. The Maybot defined losing, and lose she did. No good jumping about later and saying “yes, but we got the most votes”… Maybe you did, but certainly didn’t get the most hearts, that guy who looks like Trotsky did… Worse still is that in 5 years time, that margin of your so-called victory will have died off, and then what will you do???  Exactly how could you lose to a Trotsky look-alike? Maybe he made a lot more sense than you, and just maybe he’d do a better job at what you do than you…

One of the first things you learn in business is how to listen. The consequences of not listening are direct and dire. Somehow, we seem to have a political generation who think listening is for pussies, does anyone actually care what they have to say about anything, especially as regards “strong and stable”??? Maybe when you are talking about French cheeses, but certainly not politics. Can anyone tell the Maybot that she is weak, pathetic, and dangerously unstable? By her staying in power, the Conservative Party sends the clear message down the line to Boroughs and Counties that weak, dangerous instability is just fine by them, as long as they get re-elected. In simple terms she/they have no dignity and no self-respect. Getting re-elected is all that matters…

Could the local torys be more out of touch???

When you look at the abysmal conduct of the torys here in Surrey Heath, you have to ask yourself, could you be any more out of touch than this??? You have to assume that these are living breathing humans who manage to put one foot in front of the other every day, but how could they so coldly  and stupidly do what they are doing?

Rocketing Council Tax

Up over 15% in 5 years, how could you possibly justify that?  What do we get for this? You’re right, nothing… Are the roads, schools, policing, etc. 15% better? Are we getting 15% more value? Is it costing them 15% more to do the same things? You’re right, it isn’t and it doesn’t… Oh, and they want another 15% from us next year. Madness???

Spending £178,000,000 on street lights and then turning them off to save £21,000

Yes, that’s right, a very few short years ago, they asked us to fund the replacement of all the street lights in Surrey because the new ones would be so much more energy efficient. So, we spend a fortune to save money and then we have to save £21K by turning the lights off. A stroke of genius, and the results of this genius?

  1. The elderly are scared crazy because they can hear things outside their homes and can’t see what is going on, they are almost all afraid to go out at night, especially as many of them are very light sleepers…
  2. the disabled and sight impaired are imprisoned because they just can’t do anything due to the fact that they just can’t see anything
  3. shift workers are unable to do all their work, as they can’t see when they are going to and getting off work and effectively can’t work
  4. crime is up, although we are unable to judge empirically this for a year after it happens, but you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand that you are giving criminals a free hand to do what they like. I am hearing dozens of examples on the campaign trail…
  5. The Council is demonstrating complete contempt for the “little people”

Abysmal state of our roads

No one contests this. But how could that be? A pothole costs £53 to fix and takes 3 minutes to complete. How could it be that these go on and on and on? There is absolutely no excuse for the state of our roads…

Fees at the Rubbish Tips

Here’s another stroke of brilliance on behalf of the Council. So, you tell “white van man” that he can’t go to the tip without paying, and guess how he responds??? Have you been out and about lately? Fly tipping is everywhere, there are now TV shows about it. This wasn’t broken, so the Council “fixed it”…