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Comment upon a comment!

By Mike Cunningham On June 4th, 2011

“What I find amazing is that they were fighting, and I mean both sides, were fighting to prevent exactly what our country has become!!! I don’t think they ever envisioned a country where class differences would deepen, where greed and superficiality would be more important than character and honesty. I will never forget these men, and I am saddened that what they fought for has been largely abandoned and forgotten by the people of this country.”

 

The above words were written as a commentary upon a Youtube video of the theme tune to ‘Gods & Generals’, the Ted Turner film of the first years of the American Civil War. But here is the strange thing, they could have been written about this country, the four nations of the Union; and the attitudes and thoughts of the people that I have come to see as the reason for the decline of Great Britain from a global power to a nation with pretensions, of a nation consistently trying to punch above its fighting weight, but without the backbone, the grit and the determination to somehow pull ourselves out of the morass of superficiality which seems to rule all around us. We voted this scum to rule over us, we have watched as they have routinely lied and broken every promise made, and we just do not seem to care!

We are fighting two wars whilst scrapping valuable ships and aircraft, we have placed our fighting forces in harm’s way in Libyan skies and the blood and dirt of Afghanistan, and what are we reading about in our newspapers?

How a jockey has been banned from riding a horse.

We are treated to a review of where the cast of some strange tv show which is known apparently by the initials T.O.W.I.E. will be spending their holidays.

A judge claims he is forced to free a drug dealer arrested with £5,000′s of cannabis because of ‘the guidelines’

An in-depth look at some ‘talent show’ where the only winner is the promoter, who locks all the acts into unbreakable contracts.

We read how one Prime Minister who is busy giving billions of pounds we do not possess away to foreign scum is being backed by an ex-Prime Minister.

The news is broken that a balding footballer is getting a hair transplant.

And so on, ad infinitum!

 

X-posted from Fire Pillage & Plague

8 Responses to “Comment upon a comment!”

  1. Mike, I think we are of a similar age and we definitely are of similar opinions and I have to agree with what you have written above. But from all you have written the observation that we are fighting two wars whilst scrapping valuable ships and aircraft whilst placing our armed forces in harms way angers me the most. It angers me because there are so many other things which we should be cutting as an alternative. It angers me because Government seems to have lost a proper sense of priorities and it angers me because Government seems to pay to pay far too much attention to the trivial.

  2. Well said Mike and Peter T.

    We are becoming a society obsessed with “celebrity”. Most of them have severely limited talent.

  3. “have severely limited talent.”

    If any at all!

  4. Peter is right and so are you. I take it that neither of you watch Big Brother or that silly exhibionist thing in the Australien Jungle. Yet even out News programmes report the winner. This whole culture of celebrity is turning our country upside down.

  5. Meanwhile our Foreign Secretary feels inspired by the Libyan rebels.

    The man really is as stupid as he looks!

    Can you imagine the uproar if during the ‘Troubles’ in NI, another member of NATO sent a representative to NI, – ‘to speak with the rebels’, and then, ‘to be inspired by their efforts, and to recommend that they be given financial and military support, to assist their efforts. Yes – I know some did, but at least they were not quite so brazen about it!

    I have no time for the likes of Ghadaffi, and he deserves all he gets, – but it is none of our business! – Libya is not even a member of NATO! – but they are a member of the UN though.

    This war – for that is what it is, – is no more than an attempt at colonisation by another name.

    First we had colonisation for religious reasons, – the Crusades. Then we had colonisation for material reasons, – building the Empire, – now we have colonisation for political reasons, – in an effort to build some sort of bloc with pretensions to global significance.

  6. PeterT:

    I too have been angry about all you state but my question, and I’ve asked it on other sites, is what are we going to do about it other than posting on sites like this?
    Isn’t it about time someone stood up and garnered all the support from like-minded individuals and let THEM know we are not putting up with it any longer?

  7. Personally I believe this trend is deliberate.

    Keep the proles preoccuppied with the mundane,
    Make them believe/accept that government is none of their concern after voting, and is best left to the “professionals”
    Discourage them from contacting their MPs.
    Give them placatory answers when they do!

    Us “oldens” were taught
    responsibility
    deference
    patriotism
    keeping our emotions in check.

    There were negative things about those values,
    but oddly enough
    we were a more respectful, caring and honourable society.
    We honestly believed our politicians wanted the best for our nation
    -even when they got it horribly wrong!
    (Ted Heath -Harold Wison)
    Most of them had fought in the war, and were men of honour regardless of their political convictions.
    Somehow
    that relationship of trust has been eroded
    to the point where we the people actually accept that successful parties
    now prepare TWO manifestos:
    One to get elected,
    and
    one to govern….. 🙂

  8. Arthur,
    Perhaps somewhere out there is a youngish man or woman with the drive, intelligence and integrity to lead the people.

    Our US Phantom commentator doesn’t have confidence in the American Tea Party movement’s skillset to achieve the changes they want to see
    -which I would argue are very similar issues to our own.

    He also recognises the problems in the established parties,
    as do we,
    but has no answer to changing the staus quo.
    (at least I don’t think he does; he may challenge me on that.)

    As an older ex-Tory there are two things I believe I can do.
    One is to keep writing to my MP, and sign up for petitions I believe in.
    The second is somewhat questionable, I admit,
    because I always believed we have a duty to vote.

    But I am seriously considering withdrawing from the process because all it does is to help maintain the political status quo in the UK,
    with its fixed menus and pandering to non democratically elected bodies
    (the EU)
    big business/special interest groups
    and pressure groups
    who actually distort the democratic process,
    by getting laws passed that the General Public do not approve of.

    It may be that if the majority did this
    instability would ensue.
    And I believe the government counts on that fear to keep all concerned citizens on board:
    the fear of social chaos.

    So who blinks first?