Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Nostra Who?

My older desktop PC is back at Fast Micros in Westbrook for repair this morning, having: given up the ghost' at boot-up; a regular event you'll recall. I've lost track of the number of times Windows has crumbled over the years and has to be re-installed. It's a Pentium 4 but with so much on it, I'm reluctant to swap it out and simply back-up to the Dell Inspiron laptop I'm typing on now.

I know that Fast Micros will have it up and running again pretty quickly so I'm not overly worried. One day though, I'll have to bite the bullet and buy a new one but I'm dreading the hours of re-installing programs that this involves.

With the New Year just in front of us, I would like to look forward to an optimistic twelve months ahead but predictions for 2010 are far from encouraging. The bookmakers won't offer good odds on VAT not going up to 20% and petrol looks set to hit £1.35. The chances of Israel and or America bombing Iran's nuclear facilities remain dangerously high and you'll have noticed that China is flexing its muscles, now that it owns most of our debts. A General Election may bring a change of government but no end to the pain that has to be endured, for many years to come, if we are to climb out of the deep financial pit that we have been dropped-in by this Government and its policies.

Meanwhile, our armed forces are making daily sacrifices in Afghanistan, while Al Qaeda thrives in Yemen and Somalia, radicalising young men with impunity in a number of British Universities, sufficiently enough to persuade them that God rewards exploding underwear.

What strikes me when I speak with ordinary people on the streets on the doorstep, is when they commonly start a conversation with "I'm not supposed to say this but…" a sense that we live in a Police state where one is no longer able to freely express one's views in private conversation for fear of being overheard and arrested. Feelings and opinions run strong and Government appears to have few if any answers to the antagonism and the distrust felt by the general public. This has to change or the pressure cooker that now contains our society may one day find a channel to angrily express itself in the very manner that New Labour fears most.

4 comments:

Cllr David Green said...

Oh Dear Simon
Though I disagree with a lot you say, I do find your blog interesting and informative, as the topics you chose offer an insite into the circles you move in.
However every so often you have your "rivers of blood" moments such as the last paragraph here. To hint at a police state is just plain silly. Are you saying that incitement to racial hatred should not be a crime? Or that public bodies should be allowed to discriminate in favour of some citizens rather than others?
Yes, you can find people on the doorstep willing to blame their and the country's problems on the 8% or so immigrant population. We had 1000 or so of them vote in the last County elections in Ramsgate.
Its interesting though that they usually alter their views the more they experience immigrant families personally.
I think comments from you, such as this latest say more about you and your influences than about the real world.

DrM. said...

David

The unpleasant facts of life under this government are quite undeniable. At the turn of the millennium I gave a speech at Cambridge, where I warned that the rights and privileges given to us from Magna Carta on, were rapidly being dismantled by this Government and time has proved me correct.

We are watched more than other state bar the Chinese and the police as well as the civil service have been heavily politicised.

As we have an unwritten constitution our 'rights' have been re-interpreted to suit New Labour's agenda and Britain has experienced its own version of a 'Cultural Revolution' without the people being consulted. The people, I find, feel angry, betrayed and dismayed and this extends beyond the more controversial cultural, racial and immigration issues to a futile series of small wars and the total and abject failure of this Labour Government to deliver on its manifesto promises.

And if you need any further confirmation of a lost, talentless and discredited party and its government, I give you honest, bumbling Bob Ainsworth as our Minster of Defence.

Peter Checksfield said...

"Its interesting though that they usually alter their views the more they experience immigrant families personally."

I couldn't agree more David. I had a similar discussion via my FaceBook page yesterday after I deleted a long-time (20 years+) "friend" for making constant racial comments.
Generally speaking, it seems to me that the less traveled people in Thanet (& elsewhere) are the most suspicious of outsiders; I'm fortunate in that I lived with / went to school with / worked with / played with many people from other nationalities during the first 22 years of my life (before I moved to this area), & my biggest criticism of Thanet remains the lack of cultural diversity existing happily side-by-side (I still dream of the day when East European & WEst Indian restaurants will be as popular & widespread as Indian & Chinese are!).

Oh, & Happy New Year all! I know it's going to be a great one for Margate.

Anonymous said...

Jack Straw has been doing sterling work for the Conservatives today, accusing the Police of being workshy and lazy.

Justice Secretary Jack Straw has told the BBC he is "sceptical" about claims by some police that they are overworked and spend hours filling in forms. He said some officers "quite enjoy" being in the station "in the warm" and some forces did better than others. Often the difference was due, not to resources, but to the "discipline and culture" within the force, he said.But Simon Reed, vice-chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said the remarks were "irresponsible and inflammatory".

"It wasn't police officers who brought in 3,000 new laws, it wasn't police officers who brought in a 30-page prosecution file and it wasn't police officers who brought in multiple forms and authorities to use a pair of binoculars," he said. "This was all done by politicians. Police officers are not the architects of bureaucracy, they and the public are the victims of it."

The Conservatives' Chris Grayling has been quick to react...

What we have now is a group of Ministers who are utterly out of touch with what is really happening in policing. They heap more and more bureaucracy onto our police, leaving them filling in form after form, often with the same information on it, and then pretend that nothing is wrong. It's not police officers who are sitting at their desks in the warm - it's Ministers stuck in their ivory towers. They should get out a bit more and find out what is really going on.