…and on May 6th I brought down the government… which was nice. by Phil Ruse

May 5, 2010

On May 6th I’m going to bring down the government. Here are a few reasons why.

Labour deregulated the banks, failed to protect the economy, widened the gap between rich and poor, appointed a partisan leader of the house, repeatedly infringed our civil liberties and took spin to a level that made their predecessors look like amateurs. Dare to criticise the government in public and like the Women’s Institute you were likely to find yourself the recipient of a hatchet job a few days later. Criticise the NHS and you were accused of being unpatriotic. Granted the minimum wage worked better than expected and they are to be commended for the Freedom of information legislation but over thirteen years it has been a pitiful return.

However, lest my socialist friends – yes I do have them – worry too much about the possible result on Thursday, may I offer some consoling words? There are worse things than losing a General Election; such as winning a General Election for example.  Seriously, who in their right minds would want to take on the economy in such a state? Mervyn King, governor of The Bank of England, reportedly commented that the next government would be forced to measures so austere it could make them unelectable for a generation. It may have been tongue-in-cheek but with one think tank suggesting up to half a million job losses in the public sector one can understand this point of view.

“The problem with socialists…” someone (it’s best I don’t say who) once commented “…is that eventually they run out of other people’s money”. I have to confess I didn’t expect it to happen quite so soon.

It’s a grubby topic – money – but one that allows for the subjects we do like to talk about; schools, hospitals and the care of those less fortunate than ourselves. To suggest that one party cares more than another is both churlish and unimaginative. The real argument has always been how we best create and distribute the wealth of this country. Though how we enable our dreams becomes a moot point when thanks to a lack of governance over the last ten years we no longer have the means.

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