Tuesday, February 09, 2010

The future of "broken Britain"

I don't know if you saw that report of a poll in The Times online which suggested that most people now agree that we are living in a broken society, but there were a couple of interesting revelations in it. The first was this one .....

Nearly three fifths of voters say that they hardly recognise the country they are living in, while 42 per cent say they would emigrate if they could.

Nearly three fifths of voters say that they hardly recognise the country they are living in, while 42 per cent say they would emigrate if they could.

It is obvious from those results that the policy of multiculturalism - implemented without the consent of the people - has caused seriously divisive issues. I know how those people feel as the town I grew up in is utterly alien to me now even though I still live there. Would I emigrate, though? No - but I'll leave Slough when the time is appropriate.

The other surprising result was this one .....

Three fifths (60 per cent) of those polled say they look to the future with optimism, against 38 per cent who are looking forward with anxiety. While 45 per cent say Britain’s best years are behind us, 50 per cent say that they are still to come.

I say surprising, but this doesn't actually surprise me. It reflects my own view that Britain is about to enter a new era of conservatism as the age of progressive liberalism dribbles away to its entirely expected end. When I say "conservatism" I mean proper conservatism, not Conservatism.

It is not the Tory Party who will lead us out of broken Britain, but a new era of social conservatism. The people have had enough of progressive liberal policies and are not prepared to endure another fifty years of experiment and failure. They want this country restored to how it used to be and they expect to get it.

You see, you can't have 70% of people believing that we're living in broken Britain and 50% believing that we're basically heading in the right direction. Those results demonstrate that the British people really do remain socially conservative and that they really have had enough of social liberalism.

The times they are a changing - and this time they are going back to what works.


Letters From A Tory said...

"I'll leave Slough when the time is appropriate."

When is it NOT appropriate to leave Slough?

Stan said...

When my kids have completed their secondary education, LFAT.

Slough, for all its faults, is one of the few places that retains the grammar school system and they are excellent schools too. Both boys are in a grammar school now so its only a few more years then they'll be off to university (or not) and I'll be off to pastures new.

Once upon a time I would have defended Slough, but when I was growing up it was the fantastic, working class community that made Slough such a great place to live. I lived (and still live) close to the trading estate and my dad worked in a factory there.

As a result I grew up surrounded by decent, salt of the earth, hard working, socially conservative, proud, dignified and highly moral working class people.

They are the people who define who I am today and they are the ones who have been abandoned by successive progressive governments over the last 50 years. It is those governments that have turned Slough from a working class haven into a cess pit of social and cultural division.

Slough was never the prettiest place on earth, but under the rough exterior was a depth of community which held it all together. In some ways I suppose it was the southern equivalent of some northern mining or mill towns.

Now it still looks lousy, but under the surface it is even more lousy.

bernard said...

Stan - "and I'll be off to pastures new."
Steady on old bean, steady on. What about the wife.....?

Stan said...

Ummmm - she can come too .... maybe.