Today Parliament was in full swing as far as pomp, ceremony and cost went. It was that time when once again our beloved government and opposition return to the House after a well earned break. Sorry. It is hard not to be sarcastic. If only we workers had the amount of holidays these servants of the people do. Yet PM Cameron continues to repeat that we are all in this together. Give me a break!.
The Queen in many ways is used as the bearer of bad tidings. The speech which she delivers is written by the Government leaders. She does however have some input and presumably blocks proposals which do not meet with her approval.
PM Cameron has said that this speech in one "to rebuild Britain" He once again, according to the Telegraph said, "his Government is one that "rolls up its sleeves to deal with the deficit" and will tackle long-term problems facing the UK."
The problem of course is that his government is selective in what it does to tackle the deficit and who it targets. His wide sweeping statement does not take into account the hardship he and his Ministers have caused whilst helping to make the rich even richer. It does nothing to explain why the Coalition feels it should be the most vulnerable and poorest in UK society that will fund the rebuild and deficit attack.
It is of course all bunkum. The UK deficit is so large that for every small in road made, a huge amount of Interest increases the debt. It is a lose, lose situation.
If the economy is healthier than we are being led to believe then why all the cuts and austerity?
What was notable today was the lavish ceremony. The utter waste of tax payer's money. It was more obscene than ever. Hangers on such as Ministers wives and more all enjoyed the day. It was reminiscent of pre revolution Russia or France. You know. "How they laughed whilst the people starved" We Brits may not be starving, not yet, but you get the point. After all one reason why we are now the fattest nation in Europe is eating a cheap fat filled diet.
For this blogger there were a couple of interesting points in today's speech. There was the announcement of a flat rate pension which it is claimed will increase the State Retirement pension. This will however be funded by the withdrawal of pension credits. So for many pensioners it offers nothing.
The government also announced that the first stage of increasing pension ages will be brought forward. It will not be long before UK citizens are working until 66 and beyond. If it was by choice fair enough. However not all jobs are suitable for an ageing person nor are all older people fit enough to work.
Finally the planned reform to the House of Lords. This has been watered down to appease the Tory Ministers but it is something the Liberal Democrats in government have pushed for.
Whilst we may need two Houses to keep the balance we do not need publicly funded bars and restaurants nor Ministers dressed in expensive garb from a bygone era. Austerity means austerity and should be the new watchword in Parliament too. However perhaps the most important point re the House of Lords is we need elected Lords not friends of friends, if we do need the Lords at all.
Based in Yorkshire, in the middle of the UK, almost, this blogger offers her own unique perspective on life in GB
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