Well it has been a few months, but I finally managed to get a few minutes free so I thought I would type up a few words. I don’t seem to have as much time as I used to, but I thought one or two people might be interested to know what I have been up to.
For many years I have been interested in politics and current affairs. I always thought it would be good fun to stand for parliament. In fact, about ten years ago I sent off for a copy of a pack that would allow me to become an officially approved parliamentary candidate. The pack duly arrived and was placed on a window sill. Slowly condensation destroyed the paperwork and I never got around to applying. Besides politicians all seemed really clever and had the gift of the gab. After all, as I told you previously, I was never any good at public speaking. One of Patrick Holford’s friends pointed out that I did not know what as I was talking about. No one, surely, would vote for an ordinary person like me would me? However, the desire to do something never really left me. Didn’t Trollope say that it was every Englishman’s desire to stand for parliament?
Anyway, back in 2008 the world’s economic system came close to collapse. In Britain the FSA came very close to pulling the plug on HBOS’ ATMs. The Iceland was insolvent which did not stop the British using the Terrorism Act to sezie the UK assets of their biggest bank. The clever and sophisticated bankers at HBOS and Royal Bank of Scotland did not know what to do. Fortunately, help was at hand from politicians across the world who helped provide lots of capital. Poor President George Bush got caught up in everything. There he was accusing Barack Obama of being a socialist, but at the same time doing what some commentators described as nationalisation. Still never mind, I am sure he is enjoying spending more time on his branch. The population of Iceland were outraged when they found out what happened. The government fell. And here in Britain? It is pretty much business as usual really. Nobody seems to be that outraged. On the rare occasions when people do demonstrate they are confronted with a rather menacing police presence.
So much for clever bankers and politicians. So I thought why not have a go myself and stand as a parliamentary candidate? You will often hear the word “disgusting” when you talk to people around here in Rhondda Cynon Taff about politicians. It is easy to be cynical. There are still many, many good people in public life. However, it is difficult to escape the conclusion that there is something not quite right with our political system. The Pontypridd Labour Party recently selected a drugs lobbyist as their paliamentary candidate and no one batted an eyelid.
Will I be able to change anything? Not on my own, but if enough people cast cynicism aside perhaps we can change things for the better: yes we cynon!
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