Wednesday, 5 February 2014



The Coalition has done some fine things - free schools, started to sort out welfare, help the line on shoring up the economy, made some (but not all) public services face up to what they spend as well as how they spend it. There's no doubt that the Coalition is an vastly superior administration to the egregious administration of Gordon Brown.

But. There's always a but. And Graeme Archer, as he often does, puts his finger on that but:

...I could wish that a Conservative Mayor, a Conservative Prime Minister, and a Conservative-led government would spend a little more time discussing how they might dismantle the apparatus of power that protects the bankers, the trades unionists, the quango kings and queens.

This is the disappointment that the public see. Not all the cant about "cost-of-living" or "hard-working families" but a sense that some people - those bankers, trade unionists and quangocrats - seem able to browbeat the ordinary man without any seeming control over their actions.

I could add the former Labour spin doctors and 'spads' who have sashayed neatly into powerful positions in charities, the cluster of 'progressive' campaigners who (from their comfortable London homes) berate and lecture the ordinary person on their personal choices. And the politicians do nothing for those grandees are the people they see at meetings every day, those people Graeme speaks of are inside the tent influencing the attitudes, outlook and decisions of government.

To win the next election the Conservatives have to show they'll do just what Graeme says. The alternative is that Labour, the former party of the workers, now the political wing of those fussbucket grandees forms a government. A government where lecturing, hectoring, banning, controlling and directing what us regular folk do is the order of the day. Ordered about by those grandees.


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