"Ideally leaders should not be too clever and not do very much" that is exactly what I have been talking about because I do want them to do something SHOW LEADERSHIP by giving expression to some form of ambition for the country.
Where do you think all the jobs with Intel - Apple - Hewlett Packard and Dell came from in Ireland not to mention the Pharma companies like Shearing Plough etc. They would not have come to Ireland because of its isolation from the European mainland and distance from America, unless somebody had gone out and banged the drum for Ireland and its Graduate Standard work force. Once the ball was rolling the rest became history thanks the combined efforts of Irish politicians and an energetic workforce.
It is precisely because of the lack of initiative in this country and a willingness to support invention and enterprise that this country has fallen so far.
The politicians talk about all the employment that has been created by the private sector and yes they have presided over the creation of thousands of jobs in the so called service sector but they don't lead anywhere and can end any time. The increasing cost of living makes it next to impossible to gain enough traction so far as saving is concerned to enable young people to buy a home and then raise their children if the mother is not able to work whilst bringing up her family.
When they have made the sacrifice of pursuing a degree, the Student Loan at the end of some £30,000 does not work in their favour either. The country loses as well as potential graduates if they elect not to pursue the Blair Mantra of Education Education.
Our girls were lucky because we were able to support them whilst they studied one for her Phd and the other MA Both are in their own homes one with two young sons and the other who gets married this year has set up her own business and so far is making a success of it - they are two of the lucky ones - but there are now so many whose futures have been blighted by this wretched Globalisation where everything is made in sweat shops in the Far East and Marks etc sell it.
Where products are made in this country it is usually on behalf of foreign owners who export the profits that used to accrue to the nation.
Now before somebody accuses me of being that deep depression that spreads from the south west I'll go and book my tee for the morning.
No stranger than when 8vwent to St Kitts. The EUROPEAN had paid for the main road tight round the Island. I do not know why! Unfortunately a hurricane had destroyed a lot of it before we got there. Nearly got stuck on a 1 in 3 hill as the 1.4 Jeep thing we had hired was not powerful enough. My favourite Tory PMs were Disraeli and Alec Douglas Home. Labour Atlee who took a nap in the afternoon and fired people with comment " not up to the job". Ideally leaders should not be too clever and do very little the opposite of Blair.
UKIP want irish to pay for UK motorway. Unbelievable! !!!
Tory PMs are all padding the pockets of the middle class. They don't give a damn about the working class so I pay no credit to Tory PM! Tony Blair was a great and inspirational leader.. Unfortunately he screwed up big time with Iraq. As to future PMs I've no clue!
Torquay absolutely right. Deadcat I certainly do not want a return to some pseudo Golden age in UK! I am not a that dim. Italy is about to implode with 8 banks failing stress test Monte Paschi ( where I bank sadly) is about to go down the plug hole after 500 years. The referendum will not go Renzi's way which looks like another appointed PM.q100,000 MPs on £100 k per annum for life all have a car unless a minister when they have two, with driver. Renzi trying to shed this. there are 1000 of them. Still better living here. IIt has gone wrong since the euro adopted when prices doubled ina a year and the economy gone downhill ever since debt 135% of GDP. Now we face Northern League a sort of parochial BNP, 5 star movement which are anarchists BERLUSCONI a busted flush. I do not view May as a proper Conservative and she never answers. A question like most politicians. TThache was a sort of tyrant Major a minor politician Blair corrupt Brown inflexible idiot, Cameron arrogant Tory boy. but who is there. perhaps Mighty Dead Cat Bounce could point is in the right direction. please do not be too pompous over it!
Exactly right - the present predicament facing the UK can be blamed entirely on our previous crop of Brylcremed youths masquerading as politicians. There was nothing to choose between any of them when it came to a convincing vision of the future - the last twenty years have delivered the fruits of their collective vision obliging us to live with the consequences. When you think back to Margaret's "reign" and her adventures with Monetarism financed with the proceeds of scrapping the manufacturing base and harvesting the pension funds from those not wary enough to protect them it is a wonder that we can still turn on the lights. This country is long past the time when it could afford to engage in TRIBALISM so far as its politics are concerned. We now need some real politicians - IN ANY PARTY - who have done more than work in the public service or studied politics and economics at university and then joined a party. Politics has become a career opportunity and a well paid one at that - for what it now costs the population however I am not surprised that Bruce lives in Italy because without changes it will become increasingly hard to live in this country quite apart from global warming.
Good luck all and stay away from R B S. There'll never be a dividend there.
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