A decent Newsnight Debate.
Just a day or so ago, Saturday, I believe, we lost another of our young men to the "shhhhh" war of Afghanistan. The powers that be are scared witless. Why? Because were the sheeples to realise the mess they've got us into and the unwinnable, expensive debacle in lives and borrowed money, the well orchestrated stupor might wear thin. I'm not holding my breath, as you know if you visit often. Sheeples are sheeples, bred to slumber to the abattoir!
Mrs OR has and still does, opine that, if these wet, rather weak career politicos had to lead from the front, into the carnage and butchery of battle, they would be much more circumspect in their gung ho approach. Isn't that the truth. if the lefties stopped to thing how grand houses and dynasties were created a few hundred years back they might have more respect for those who dared all to reign and govern!
Well, yesterday's late evening Paxo debated such a matter. I'm fairly sure the consensus was they wouldn't be so keen their speeches would need to be more fearful of the consequences to themselves and all round we would be much better off.
We were very taken with musing that "we're all in this together" might well have had more resonance if the perpetrators of our bankruptcy lost their riches, land and posh life-styles, on the fields of conflict. How much better if "honours" were really earnt and not badges of failure. Not least those worn shamelessly by the likes of Prescott, Kinnock, Patten, Warsi and so on.
How great it would be to see the armoured vehicles, pennants flying, with Merkel poking out of one turret, Cameron another, Putin bare chested aboard his tank. Fighters overhead, flown by the sons and daughters of the rulers of China, Japan and Spain! Harry and William at the very heart of an Afghan fire fight risking all for our freedom and decency.
Our National pride, our wealth, our altruism and honest, battle won example, of how to fight out in the open and risk personal safety for worthy causes. The enemy? Well, Fred Goodwin was a target. Put his mates on one side and our champions on the other. Then let them get on with a real, physical head to head. Somewhere like the middle of the Sahara. Winner takes all! As if?!
There is also an alternative, of course. Take the combined personal wealth of both Houses Of Parliament and use it to reduce the deficit. Decimate all those Public Servants on £100k per annum plus, replace them with those circa on say, at the moment £40k, rising to, say, £70k, frozen for five years and suddenly we are all in this battle together! Have a great week!