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Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

THE elec­tion may be over but politi­cians still jos­tle to be the coolest kids on the block, court­ing pop­u­lar­ity like the loner in the play­ground who’ll do any­thing to make friends.

It feels like some par­ties al­ter their ap­pear­ance, lan­guage and ideas al­most daily to fit in with the in-crowd. Why not go away, have a chat with your mates, and come back when you’re ready to tell us what you re­ally be­lieve in? Not what you think we want you to say. No rush.

When things work, please stop tam­per­ing with them. We are tired of all par­ties scrap­ping for the mid­dle ground and end­less ‘new ideas’ to im­prove the things we trea­sure, the NHS and ed­u­ca­tion in par­tic­u­lar, which worked pretty well for decades.

In­stead, we’d love to hear you ad­dress­ing the new 21st cen­tury pres­sures – fund­ing vi­tal drugs, bet­ter so­cial care and re­search for de­men­tia – as the el­derly pop­u­la­tion in­creases and more peo­ple of all ages are di­ag­nosed with can­cer and other lifethreat­en­ing con­di­tions.

Any party that sorts out tax eva­sion and cor­rup­tion in bank­ing has my vote. Not much men­tion of it dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign, was there? And now we hear that rogue traders at banks were qui­etly work­ing on yet an­other scam.

It’s easy to bash away at schools and hos­pi­tals, blam­ing them for ev­ery­thing, but no-one stops the bankers. Fines are lu­di­crous as they just squeeze us to pay for them.

Talk­ing of lu­di­crous, thank you for shar­ing your em­bar­rass­ing petrol sta­tion tales. Af­ter telling you about my bank card de­ba­cle (Bm@il May 13) when my trans­ac­tion didn’t go through, I’ve heard from peo­ple who gen­uinely for­get to pay for fuel and oth­ers who filled up be­fore re­al­is­ing they hadn’t got their cards with them.

Feel­ing much bet­ter af­ter your con­sol­ing anec­dotes, I was re­duced again to grum­ble­dom when I popped into Costa for a sand­wich.

Not hav­ing eaten meat for 25 years I was miffed that all the cheese and egg va­ri­eties had ham or ba­con added.

Run­ning out of car park­ing time, I tried Caffé Nero – the same! Ok, maybe there had been a rush on the non-meat va­ri­ety, but it does get my goat (no!) that at least cheese can’t be left alone with pickle or salad.

It didn’t help when I re­turned home to dis­cover an email telling me it was Veg­e­tar­ian Week. I blame the politi­cians. Email bmail­bar­bara@gmail. com

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