Monthly Archives: November, 2018
One Thing, Then Another Thing
I’ve had very little time to blog recently and so all sorts of stuff has passed by without comment on this page.
The Christmas Light Switch On went perfectly, despite a few hiccups behind the scenes, the whole event was fab and the turnout broke records, again. Each year we have to move everything up a notch and more and more people come along. Yes, there was the usual handful of whiny political moaners, but they did nothing to dim the success of this amazing event.
Meanwhile our MP became Brexit Secretary sparking a great spectacle of emotion, opinion, joy and fury. From the point of view of Hard Brexiteers like myself, its disappointing. But I’ve known Steve Barclay a long time and I just don’t buy the idea that he’s “sold out.” I hope and believe that he is playing a long time, smiling along with the Prime Minister while knowing full well this ridiculous deal will never get through Parliament. If this is how things go then he’ll be an important man, negotiating our way through the inevitable No Deal situation.
Tomorrow, we have royal visitors. Prince Charles and Camilla will be coming to Wisbech to visit St. Peters Church and meet representatives from many local voluntary organisations and heritage organisations. Wisbech Castle has a stall, as do many others. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are, of course, VIPs on a massive scale and preparations are well underway for the big day. I won’t personally be meeting them, I ceded my place on the stall to allow an extra volunteer to go. But I’ll be outside the Castle at the appropriate moment with other volunteers, hoping to catch a glimpse. A great day for our Town.
I’ve got to get my November newsletter out this week (running out of days in November) and we are still wall to wall meetings and planning for Christmas events so there’s really no spare time before Christmas at all. Never mind, who needs sleep? :)
The NHS – Safe In Conservative Hands
The Conservative Party were the party who first proposed the NHS (and the Welfare State) and so it is fitting that the Government now commits the largest ever increase in its funding, £20.5 Billion.
Next time some Lefty tells you “The Conservatives want to sell off the NHS” laugh at them, remind them it was Labour that sold off a hospital, and that only through good economic management can huge increases like the current one be possible.
Why is it that so often when people lose elections, it can’t just be because they weren’t the best candidate? It can’t just be because they weren’t very good. Increasingly it always has to be some grand conspiracy or other. It’s always somebody else’s fault, or something happened that shouldn’t have happened. Never the slightest chance that they lost, fair and square?
I am often surprised, amused and intrigued to hear pronouncements from sources which make the most outlandish claims. Anybody with a little intelligence can simply do the math, apply a little logic and see that it simply cannot be what they say it is that caused them to lose. The numbers don’t add up. But they don’t want to do the math, because that would mean acknowledging and admitting the truth – that the loss that has so outraged them was entirely fair and reasonable and nobody’s fault but their own.
We see this in International Politics and we see it at a very local level too. Don’t want to admit you were beaten? Make some silly claims, stick your head in the sand and pretend it was in some way crooked. Anything appears to be better than just graciously accepting you lost.
It particularly tickles me when an election result goes a different way to what some people think it should and they cry “foul” saying “democracy is broken.” They might blame the Russians, or London, or the “Wisbech Mafia” or whatever, the truth remains the truth. Democracy is only “broken” if the complainers get to revisit the result in order to have another crack at winning. And sometimes even then, they lose again.
One of the things I’ve learnt, from personal experience too, is that things just don’t always go the way you would like. It’s not the Illuminati at work, it’s just the way things go sometimes. Get over it.