Min­is­ters no­table for in­ep­ti­tude

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views - Jeff Lloyd Porth­cawl

LOOK­ING back over the past 10 years of our cur­rent govern­ment, I have con­cluded that the cur­rent batch of Min­is­ters of State are, in most cases, note­wor­thy for their in­ep­ti­tude, in­com­pe­tence and down­right id­iocy.

In the wake of the drone fi­asco at Gatwick air­port, we dis­cover that Chris Grayling, our Min­is­ter for Trans­port, was alerted to the dan­ger that they posed quite a few years ago, but he did not think that any leg­is­la­tion has been nec­es­sary.

Com­mon sense should have made him aware that im­me­di­ate reg­u­la­tion was es­sen­tial.

Of course Grayling’s han­dling of our lam­en­ta­ble train ser­vices is yet an­other ex­am­ple of his im­po­tent ap­proach.

The for­mer Chan­cel­lor, Ge­orge Os­borne’s aus­ter­ity pol­icy chose to im­pose gar­gan­tuan fi­nan­cial cuts right across our es­sen­tial ser­vices in­clud­ing the po­lice. Con­se­quently, de­spite pleas from Chief Con­sta­bles through­out the coun­try, no restora­tion of po­lice num­bers ap­pears to have been made. As a re­sult, crime has been on the in­crease, with re­quests for ur­gent po­lice pres­ence of­ten go­ing unat­tended be­cause of a short­age of of­fi­cers.

In fair­ness, both our present For­eign Min­is­ter and Home Sec­re­tary ap­pear to be do­ing a rea­son­able job, but I have lit­tle or no faith in a g govern­ment which can al­low so many law­ful cit­i­zens no pro­tec­tion against vi­o­lent crim­i­nals: can cause so much d dis­tress via the much­ma­ligned Univer­sal Credit, and the so-called ‘bed­room tax’: can tol­er­ate the need for ‘food banks’: can al­low so many fi­nan­cially dis­tressed, and of­ten home­less, peo­ple in our own coun­try while send­ing in ex­cess of £14bn via the Depart­ment for In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment. De­spite my frus­tra­tion, the thought of Jeremy Cor­byn as the next PM is anath­ema to my own sense of a hope­ful fu­ture. If only the present Mayor of Manch­ester, Andy Burn­ham, had been seen as a vi­able leader of the Labour party. I re­gret to say it, but I feel a pro­found sense of de­spair for what is ahead of us in the UK.

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