I don't understand what's happened to British politics. I mean, I've no doubt that politicians have always found ways to scam the system or abuse their powers, but once they got found out they at least used to do the honourable thing and resign - except Kings, of course, but they don't really count as politicians.
These days the word "honour" means nothing to the men and women that inhabit parliament - it's all about getting power and retaining it at all costs. Having said all that, the reality - as I alluded to in the first paragraph - is that politicians and sleaze have always gone together hand in hand.
The thing I really don't get is the way the media make such a meal of it. Of course it is an issue and it is right to hold the government to account, but it seems to me that politicians - and political parties - can do pretty much whatever they want regardless of the damage it does to our nation and the media will just shrug their shoulders.
How else can you explain the lack of disgust at the explosion in crime, the destruction of our societal values, the demoralisation of our once great institutions, the debasement of our education system, the collapse of our industrial base and the complete eradication of our heritage?
All of these things have happened over the last 50 years and they have happened under the direction of our political masters, but the media don't seem to care - but a politician getting caught slipping through a £10 expense bill for porn is a major issue?
The Major government was a complete disaster, but it wasn't the political incompetence that did for them in the end - it was David Mellor dressing up in a Chelsea kit for nookie with some tart that killed off the Conservatives. It looks as if the same thing may be what kills this Labour government - although that is still far from certain. Cameron's Conservatives may be ahead in the polls, but considering what is going on it's not much of a lead and the Tories are making little headway.
Why can't we start caring about the things that really matter again? I'm often accused of wanting to go back to the fifties (or even back to Victorian times!) and, to be honest, sometimes I think why not? What was wrong with a low crime society? What's so bad about a country where most of what we buy is made in our own factories or grown in our own fields? What's so bad about high streets which are different all over the country and full of character and charm rather than clones devoid of warmth or welcome?
Britain was a better country in the fifties than it is now. We were polite, well dressed and well mannered. Progressives argue that it wasn't so good if you were a knocked up teenager in need of an abortion or a gay man looking for a one night stand - I don't care. For the majority of people it was a decent country to live in - one where it was safe to walk the streets at night and the police were allies of the law-abiding majority.
As I've said before, the point of government is to do things which benefit the majority of the people - not to look after minorities. As soon as you start doing that you get groups lining up to be given consideration and the result of that is not a unified nation, but a collection of disparate groups competing for attention. That's how nations collapse.
Are things better now? Crime is worse, education is a disgrace, unemployment is a curse, health care is haphazard at best, industry is disappearing, agriculture is in crisis and the only solution our ruling elite can offer is more of the same.
Would I swap all my material things for a chance to go back to the sort of country we had back then? You bet I would. I like my computer and all the modern gadgets we have now, but I'd give them all up for a country that had the values and societal strength that my parents enjoyed.
Give us back our country, you progressive bastards and shuffle off to Cuba or some other communist haven you adore so much. I've had enough of you.