Today’s blog is driven by my need to say something about the way our country is being run or, rather, not run but merely left to the whim of the market. Something that, to me, makes no sense at all. If nothing else, it leaves our vital resources and our destiny in the hands of others, many of whom are foreign governments and/or international financiers and business people with agendas of their own. After all, if it’s fine, for example, for the Chinese and French governments to own parts of our utilities and infrastructure, why isn’t it fine for our own government to do the same?
Also, if we have a government that feels that it has no purpose other than to “let the market decide” then what do they think that they are in government for? Watching what is currently happening makes me feel that they’re intent on running, at full speed towards a large brick wall with no other thought than just to keep running? Lastly, can anyone of them please explain to me how our way of life is to be sustained? There seems to be no clear idea at all.
I’ve written previously of my love of what I see as this country’s culture, encapsulated in Billy Bragg’s song, “Between the Wars” with lyrics that refers to “Sweet moderation, heart of this nation”. Unfortunately, it seems to me that we’re now being governed by people who have little or no understanding of those in whose name they govern. Finally, in case you think that these are the ravings of someone who is bitter about being on the receiving end, well I’m not doing too badly at all. I just want my children and grandchildren to have a fair crack of the whip. Is that too much to ask?