One Lord-a-Leaping


And another one bites to dust. Exit Lord Young back to his very comfortable retreat and regular daily allowances for popping into the House of Lords now and again.

Presumably he got confused. Actually HE’Ss never had it so good. And the daft old coot told us so.

It is quite impossible to understand the mentality of politicians (and many others) who step headlong into the media-led cauldron of daily life without first engaging their brain.

But this episode merely highlights the vast gulf between Honourable Members (in both Houses and of all persuasions) and we mere mortals who comprise the electorate.

I think Lord Young gave the game away. Recession? Not in my street, dear boy. Not sure what you’re talking about. Pass the port.

From overclaiming on expenses; wallpapering grace & favour homes with the dearest stuff you can get;  to hiring a personal photographer at our expense –  the privileged few seem hell-bent on providing us with more than enough reasons to consider staging a revolution (Wot, in Britain? Never).

When you think about it, we have a quite peculiar set of ethics regarding our politicians & their behaviour.  And the behaviour of their wives, husbands too, come to that (porn movies at our expense).

Man decides to drag enitre country into illegal war –  we’re all puzzled, angry, aghast – but re-elect him.

Man charges taxpayer for toilet rolls and new TV in 2nd home and we demand an apology and pay back.

Man tells us we’re better off than we know we are  (just words, no money changed hands and nobody died) and he’s a candidate to be burnt at the stake.

But then, if you’re so out of touch with us common folk, we wouldn’t expect a Lord of the Realm to understand such bizarre anachranisms. He’d have faired better declaring war on the Isle of Man.

And clearly he can’t fathom why we are a little miffed at :
a) losing most of  our pensions b) facing higher bills for gas, electricity & travelling by train c) heading towards a hike in VAT rates d) the impact of public sector cutbacks on our lives and e) redundancy, rising inflation, bankers bonuses, double-dip recession, unemployment, motorway gridlock, working until we drop, negative equity, and yet more casualties in Afghanistan.

But hey, we’ve got a Royal Wedding to cheer us up. I bet Lord Young gets an invite and a pleasant day will be had by all.

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