Originally posted by @finnegan
This is a great fun read. I disagree with much of it. I will not cut and paste so you will have to consider actually checking it out, secure in the assurance that it is in fact a lively read, well worth the time.
Yes, a good read indeed. I particularly like the coined word “Twiterati.”
“Democracy – The UK’s system of government is now a joke compared to other modern democracies. Our electoral system is primitive. Conservative and Labour parties conspire to keep the system as it is because it keeps them both in power. It is obvious that we should be moving towards some form of proportional representation, online voting and a radical shake-up of the House of Lords. MPs also need to be much more accountable. The terrible murder of Jo Cox has let too many of them off the hook that the expenses scandal put them on. Recently they have been whining about the abuse they get online. In general they deserve it for the terrible job they are doing. Also, they get protection from the police for such abuse. The police are useless when it’s a member of the public under attack. We need a job description for MPs, rights for constituents and a complaints procedure with teeth.”
Quite. Britain has no written Bill of Rights. Sorely lacking in this day and age. John Major’s so-called Citizens Charter was a feeble attempt to deflect the issue.
“Transport – With Chris Grayling at the helm and the farce that is HS2, there is no hope for a sensible transport strategy. I simply don’t buy the argument that a slightly faster journey time between north and south will do anything to create a better future. Train fares are ludicrously high. The conditions commuters are expected to travel under are ridiculous. The Southern Rail scandal is a microcosm of government incompetence and inaction.”
I remember the news when British trains were popping off the rails due to poor points maintenance (by convict labour, as it was later revealed). I have travelled on public transport in most European countries, from Sweden to Rhodes, and I have to say that public transport in Britain is on paar with Third World countries.
IMO, there are two benchmarks for measuring a government’s performance: investment in infrastructure, and education.
However, I disagree with the closing statement: “As the Conservative Party is dying, it is dragging Britain down with it.” The Tories are not dragging Britain down, they are accurately reflecting the fact the Britain's star as a world power has set. Britain has been punching above its weight for a long time, and it is time to relegate Britain to the league where it belongs. Wake up and smell the coffee: without the EU, Britain is a Third World country, on paar with Portugal, a country with a glorious past behind it.