6 February 2020
The cry from the people has been ‘clear the swamp!’
The cry from the people has been ‘clear the swamp!’ – meaning - to clean out the anti-democratic troughers who dominate British public life.
Today Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that Philip Hammond and Ken Clarke, both arch supporters of the EU, Brexit-blockers and anti-democrats, will each be given a peerage and therefore a seat in the House of Lords.
Other decisions that have been announced (either directly or by hints and by default) are:
The installation of 5G by Huawei
The continuation of HS2
Continued access for EU mega-trawlers to British inshore waters
Plans to ban vehicles with an internal combustion engine
Nothing useful has been done about the bias and power of the media in particular the BBC, Channel Four News and Sky News;
Nothing useful has been said or done about the lack of freedom of speech in particular at universities;
Nothing has been said or done about the power and influence of Common Purpose.
As we commented here, when the people voted for Brexit they knew precisely what they were voting for, and it has taken nearly four years even to achieve what amounts to a parody of that.
In December when people voted for Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party they did not know what they were voting for as his intentions were carefully masked in generalisations and sound bites. Now we are beginning to find out that what we are getting is more of the same.
We learn from Dr David Lowry (of the Institute for Resource and Security Studies
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA) that UK Government is deep in negotiations with another Chinese mega company – China General Nuclear – to build and operate an entire £20 billion new nuclear plant at Bradwell B, in Essex. China is currently building another nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point in Somerset.
We have seen no need for 5G. It is supposed to be fantastic for sport (!?) So far as we can perceive the only reason for it is to control the population, surveillance of the general public, and for driverless cars. Of course, if we do not drive our own cars then cars can be directed by state powers to take us where we do not wish to go. If all cars are powered by electricity then electric power supplies can be turned off to individuals and to areas. I’ve read many accounts that 5G is extremely dangerous to our health and warnings by scientists are being completely ignored.
What we do need is genuine national high speed broadband, which should be considered essential infrastructure and a role of central government to provide, and is still lacking with no plans for implementation.
The detail of the decisions may need to be done in Downing Street, but we fail to see why fundamental decisions should be taken in private by No.10 rather than as the outcome of a protracted debate, not along party lines, in the House of Commons. To find the most recent Prime Minister who properly used Parliamentary decision-making processes we have to go right back to Margaret Thatcher. Theresa May behaved more like a president and Boris Johnson is beginning to resemble a dictator.