PUBLIC’S DISTRUST OF POLITICIANS AS LABOUR COMES OUT TO ADMIT ITS MISTAKES – Did someone spike the teapot at Parliament with a truth serum?
Yesterday we had Nick Clegg telling us his party’s policies on immigration were ill conceived and poorly executed.
It was at the beginning of this month that Tony Blair must have been quaking in his boots after Lord Prescott finally admitted, what the British public already knew, that invading Iraq was unjustifiable.
This standing up and admitting failures must be catching because now we have Ed Miliband jumping on the soap box of truth and telling the public how badly Labour had gotten things wrong with its policies; which lead to the failure of getting re-elected in the last General Election and throwing the economy into a free-fall recession.
In his little speech he acknowledged that there is deep distrust of politicians by the public and that Labour can now clearly see the error of its policies that led the country into the grip of recession and grim austerity measures.
From the reports I have read the viewer’s comments have all lamented on the core issues that Miliband, like the rest of the current offering of politicians, regardless of their party affiliation, are all liars and that this wave of ‘truth’ telling is nothing more than a feeble attempt to boost their chances in the next General Election.
While I, and most other British citizens, am pleased to hear the truth what we want is action, not hollow words and empty rhetoric. If the UK is going to survive; and more importantly thrive, then we need a Government who will strip away the whitewash and lay bare the issues and then formulate a plan to tackle these issues and failings head on.
I don’t think I have spoken to anyone who feels like our current immigration policies are in any way helpful to the country or the economy. This is echoed further with our involvement in the EU and therefore the EU’s ability to interfere with the UK’s internal policies; and especially our justice system.
One of the biggest issues facing the UK is the fact that we have a divided Coalition Government. Who really thought that the Conservative Party could effectively lead this country with the continuous back-biting my Nick Clegg and his Liberal Democrat Party? The two are just chalk and cheese, regarding their views and policies and therefore it is no surprise that this coalition has failed to make any significant changes to benefit the economy and society as a whole – in fact it’s getting worse, and this is clearly visible with an immigration system that is out of control and the loss of the UK’s coveted AAA international credit rating.
Who will the British public vote for in the next General Election? Will they give Labour another chance with Ed Miliband at the helm? Will the UKIP see its first term in power or are they still too much of an unknown entity for the British public to take a chance on?
The other two choices are the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives. Yes, there are other parties, such as the British National Party (BNP) but that’s just a long shot that it’s deemed highly unlikely, given their views, that they will ever see power.
I honestly cannot see the next General Election being as close as the last one which forced the formation of a coalition in order to form a Government. We can clearly see that a coalition is not working and therefore the public will need to decide on the less of the two evils.
One thing that is clear; whichever party gains power is going to have the mammoth task of turning this country around, not just financially, but also to address the deepening social problems of crime, immigration, healthcare and education.
It is fine, even admirable, in certain aspects that our politicians are trying to show the public a little more honesty; but again telling us what we already know and pointing the finger of blame simply does not get the job done. What politicians need to do is identify what is wrong, tell the public the issues and then set about fixing the issues and reporting the progress to the public.