Well goodness me what a week! I suppose the general public are not half as surprised as our politicians are. The Conservatives have just lost 1,269 local Conservative councillors, also control of 45 local councils across England. I think Jeremy Corbyn thought he would benefit by the fact that Theresa May was making such a hash of the Brexit negotiations. Wrong! He lost 100 Labour councillors and control of some councils which normally would be Labour. The Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell, was quoted as saying that Labour would make about 400 gains. Wrong!
I talk to a great deal of people in my day to day life. I can tell you that the people in Sheldon are sick to death of politicians who thing they know now how the public think, this applies across the whole of Great Britain. Some of the smaller parties are smiling today as they enjoy their Sunday roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. But don’t be fooled. I personally think this is a protest vote. If we have the EU elections and the Brexit party field a number of candidates, you may also see a different result. Of course, we could soon have a general election if the government are unable to sort out this mess. I have to be honest, I would not know who to vote for. There does not seem to be any politicians that are as good as some of the ones I have seen in my life time. Theresa May will probably go down in history of one of the worst in recent history, whatever happened to ‘Strong and Stable‘?
I now want to talk about the other house, the House of Lords. They have been talking about how well off our older generation are compared to the younger generation. It has been suggested that bus passes, fuel allowance and ‘triple lock pensions’ should be looked into, maybe not allowed till they have been retired for five years. There is no doubt that in some cases, it is harder for the younger generation to perhaps buy a house due to the price of houses today, also that builders are not building homes that are affordable, or the lack of land for new houses. However, it has never been easy. I started work at 15-years of age in 1957 as an apprentice toolmaker. The working week in those days was 44-hours per week and an apprenticeship was 5-years with very low wages.
To answer these claims, it was reported in the nationals over the past few days that pensioners contribute £160billion annually to the economy. Jan Shortt, General Secretary of the National Pensioners Convention, said: ” Britain’s pensioners continue to make a massive financial contribution to our economy. Half of all older people still pay taxes, but they also provide huge amounts of free volunteering in our community”. I think that is true of Sheldon. If it wasn’t for the volunteers of a senior age who commit to the various groups in our community, Sheldon would be a poorer place without them. Just some figures for you: 19% of the population in Sheldon are over 65, 3,609 pensioners.
When you look at the House of Lords, they get paid £300 per day by just clocking in. Some of them have never made a single speech in all the time they have been there. It has been reported that some of the peers drive up to the doors of the House of Lords in a taxi, ask the driver to leave the engine running, clock in and then get back into their taxi, that’s £300 they have made for themselves. Now we know why the general public are cynical about the people in the House of Parliament.
Lol Thurstan. Editor & Publisher of B26