Saturday, December 26, 2015

O would some power the giftie gie us ....

Robert Burns once wrote

"O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us"

Tories who want a bit of that gift at Christmas 2015 - e.g. to see how we appear to an intelligent non-Tory who despairs of the Labour party and the Liberal Democrats - could do an awful lot worse than read

this article by Nick Cohen.

Basically, faced with an utterly incompetent opposition, the only policies which the Conservative party cannot implement over the next five years are things which Conservative MPs are split about.

Or as Nick puts it "The condition of England now depends on the kindness of Tories."

That imposes an awesome responsibility on us, and part of that responsibility must include listening to those who do not share our views.

I don't share Nick Cohen's opinion of Iain Duncan Smith but I do share serious concerns about the competence of his department and the manner in which his policies to get people out of dependency are being implemented. A lot of those policies are sensible and positive and people who genuinely care about the poor can support them provided they are implemented properly.

We need to apply more focus to asking ourselves whether that is indeed the case.

1 comment:

Jim said...

The problem then is too much power invested in government, and such a weak opposition, that it cant work.

the answer, well look deep inside yourself, you already know what the real answer is