This was a question posed to the panellists during Thursday 24th’s Question Time, and I will list the reactions of the panellists and then my own views.
The question popped up 26.21 minutes through the programme, which I was watching on iPlayer, and I was relieved upon hearing it that the debate was finally crawling away from whether or not schools should have closed during the snow.
The question was handed to Anna Soubry MP, a boring woman with equally boring opinions.
Her response was the response of every Tory MP on Question Time or at any time even, ‘it’s the hard decision to make…. it’s not going to be easy but it’s something we have to do because of the hideous situation we inherited.’
The usual response. And, as usual, she made a wildly inappropriate metaphor about credit cards. ‘If you’ve run out of money then you have to start living within your means and not keep borrowing’, that type of thing.
No you don’t! The entire neoliberal economic system is based on debt, so don’t complain about that, you barstardised Thatcherite.
If you borrow a bit more, invest in the economy, stimulate the economy, then you will regain the money and pay back your debts in full.
And if you’re looking for ways to save money then cancel Trident, cancel the tax cut to billionaires, and introduce the Tobin Tax.
Actually grow a pair and start taking a firm hand in the business of the country you have been elected to run, you pathetic neoliberal scroungers!
In the last few years I’ve been making a generally half arsed attempt at reading, starting a book I thought would be cool, and then not having the staying power to keep with it. Which is a shame because I used to really enjoy a good book.
Well I devised a plan.
I’ve made a list of all the books I’ve ever wanted to read, including the Edward Gibbon mega series, and put them all down in a list, promising myself that I will finish the list before I leave for my gap year, leaving me about 5 years.
I’ve designed the list so that more difficult reads are watered down and interspersed with more fun material, making it less intense.
The list includes:
Wyrd Sisters *
Book Thief *
Mind the Gap
Lord of the Rings
Black Swan Green
Pride and Prejudice
Tony Benn-Letters to my Grandchildren
The Mad Ship
Edward Gibbon, 1
Ship of Destiny
VIII- HM Castor
Edward Gibbon 2
A game of thrones
Here Comes Trouble
The Light Fantastic
Edward Gibbon 3
A clash of Kings
Thomas Penn, Winter King
City of Dragons
Blood of Dragons
Edward Gibbon 4
A storm of swords
Rosemary Sutcliffe Series
Water ship down
I am David
The Arthur Series
Chaos Walking Series
Edward Gibbon 5
Fall of Thanes
Lord of the Flies
Thirty nine Steps
Edward Gibbon 6
A feast for crows
Edward Gibbon 7
A dance with dragons
The winds of winter
Edward Gibbon 8
A dream of spring
Lords and Ladies
Men at Arms
Feet of Clay
Edward Gibbon 9
The Last Contingent
Edward Gibbon 10
The Fifth Elephant
The War of the Worlds
Thief of Time
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Adventures of Huckleberry Fin
The Time Machine
War and Peace
The titles that have an star are ones that I have already read, I’m currently enjoying ‘Mind the Gap’ by Ferdinand Mount, an analysis of the class divide in modern britain.
International commentators of all shapes and sizes waited with anticipation for David Cameron to go to war in Algeria.
Said one onlooker: ‘Throughout history this has been the pattern, hated leaders, just like David Cameron, have gone to war to gather support from their own people. We see no reason why this jumped-up Old Etonian should break the trend.’
This month the world had a minor stroke as David Cameron did not use the Mali crisis as a chance for war. After the mayhem of that particular incident all were expecting him to make his move now.
News just in folks, apparently David Cameron will not go to war to gain popularity. This won’t go down well with Niall Ferguson, I can tell you.
Well, its hard to tell when the international community will recover from this shock, readers, but it won’t be soon.
All around me there is panic and confusion, is this the sort of rebellious attitude we can expect from Cameron in months to come?
I certainly hope not.
Harry had to quicken his pace to keep speed with the scarcely haired and presumptuous menopausal man who was storming through the airy halls of Hogwarts.
He had been charged by the headmaster to escort the Ofsted inspector through the school, and to give a guided tour.
But the arrogant and all-knowing attitude of the inspector was making his task very difficult.
They were coming up to a corner now, which led to a flight of stairs, which in turn led to the Dark Arts Rooms.
Harry was not looking forward to those.
As they entered the dark, shaded rooms professor Snape’s black, squinting eyes snapped to the short, flustered man.
Harry watched with amusement the scene before him, as Mr Peters explained to an infuriated Snape the government’s new plans for stronger links between teacher performance and pay.
The first ever serious post I wrote in this blog was in criticism of the current government and the apparent inability of the opposition to do anything about it, seeing as how their neo-liberal policies are virtually identical.
One brilliant ‘The Adventures of Mr Milibean’ featured a journalist asking him when they were going to make Vince Cable the official leader of the opposition.
But due to Ed Miliband’s change of tact, towards One Nation Socialism, I, among many others, am starting to find the centre left figurehead much needed in modern politics.
His aspiration to the controversial style of Margaret Thatcher is admirable, but it’s clear to any viewer or reader that he is not yet of the same calibre.
I’m not expressing any love for the policies of Margaret Thatcher, but I do admire her abrasive style, what’s needed now is someone with that disregard for the political machinations of the press and rebellious ministers.
Because by pleasing them, you give them power over you. And when the press controls the politicians, they control the country,
What he will develop into is yet unclear.
However I feel a strong connection to his dream of One Nation, with all elements of society pulling together to overcome times of strife.
It would be nice to see his dreams of bipartisan solutions to our problems become realised.
In fact, my opinion of him has improved so much, that I might actually stop calling him Milibean!
I’ve realised that it is best in future to keep my blog posts poignant and short, and so here is a short and poignant post:
So far in his term France’s President Hollande has made two brilliant actions with which I agree. This rarely happens with most politicians. I am impressed.
He attempted to raise taxes on the super rich, nudging western civilisation a little bit closer to actual civilisation. Although it was unsuccessful, he has to be praised for having the balls to bring up the subject in the first place. Most would simply mutter something about an ‘intelligent tax code’.
It’s time to acknowledge that the super rich do not pay their fair share in Great Britain, and we should certainly learn from the great strides being made in France.
However I would say that if you want to make the sure that the elite are paying up then the thing to do is to tax corporations and banks properly, as they are less likely to just leave. Such as the Tobin Tax.
And another point, western leaders often shy away from military intervention, because of the grim memory of the complete hash Bush made of things in Iraq.
Hollande has committed the French army to defending the Mali south from the extremist Islamist groups who have seized control of the north. French forces are fighting alongside the government troops, halting the extremist advance.
This is the type of thing that I would like to see more of from other Western leaders. Keep it up.