The tragic figure of two hundred deaths in Afghanistan, was quickly passed this weekend, almost in the blink of an eye. In the statistics of a failing conflict the names of brave young men flash across the television screens and are forgotton by the audience, almost as swiftly, as more names take their place and the casualty toll rises.
Here at home without the daily threat of Taleban bombs, you might be forgiven for not thinking there was a war on. It's a conflict which is costing us £billions and with no sense of any conclusion in the near future and it's all about protecting us from the threat of domestic terrorism, militant Islam or an Al Qaeda which has now apparently moved house to operate freely in the failed state of Somalia.
Where as a nation we demonstrably fail our servicemen and women on a regular basis we agonise over the rights of others, such as the 'mother' of 'Baby Peter' who will one day be given a new identity and home; reprtedly costing close to a £1 million at the taxpayers' expense.
Most people work hard, pay their taxes and live-law abiding lives but where is the incentive today, in 'Brown's Britain to live an honest life when for an increasingly large minority, the choice of an alternative lifestyle visibly enjoys unlimited benefits without any requirement for social responsibility?
We heard last week of a cynical plan by the Treasury where HM Revenue & Customs is increasing the interest rate it charges on payments of inheritance tax made after the six month deadline. The rate will change to 2.5 per cent above the Bank Rate next month, increasing the current level of 0 per cent to 3 per cent.
The Government has always known that when a relative dies, liquidating assets takes many months and invariably closer to a year once the estate has been properly administered and sold. Consequently, it's never been in a hurry to collect. Now in this stealth effort to raise more tax it sees a window of opportunity to raise a significant sum, by charging the family a penalty for not selling the deceased's home fast enough in the worst recession since the 1930's.
I wonder if the Government has shares in Homebuyers UK as people will be desperate will take any price on a house rather than face a large tax bill?
In all likelihood we have eight months to the next General Election and already we have 2.5 million unemployed. By the spring, this could be close to 3 million with a family struggling behind each statistic.
'British jobs for British workers' - illegal under the Human Rights Act - and other equally trite and meaningless Labour soundbites have placed us in the worst economic position since the Second World War. While France and Germany show signs of coming out of recession, our dependence on the financial sector to drive our city economy, means that we are still firmly buried by a mountain of debt that is quite unimagineable to the ordinary citizen.
As it has ever been, this Labour Government will leave the country in the same awful shambles as its predecessors. During its term of office many if not most of the privileges of democracy, handed down to us from the time of Magna Carta, have been swiftly dismantled and replaced by the world's most intense surveillance society. If George Orwell were alive today, he might have looked back on Labour's last ten years and written a sequel to '1984' and called it '2010'. What an interesting book that might have been!
And if you disagree, there's always Derek Draper's box of tricks to call upon. He may have left No10 but I bet his PC is still switched on!