I sat out in the sun by the river today. It’s been warm, and almost like summer.
One of the female ducks (duchesses?) came down the river, and swung off the main flow and turned about and heaved to near the far bank. For a moment I thought she had somehow got some autumn leaves in tow behind her, but when she stopped and they began to disperse and crowd around her, I realised they were a little flotilla of tiny ducklings, each no bigger than an autumn leaf. There were about 10 of them. I wondered whether Mum fed them somehow, or whether they just followed her around anyway. I wondered how many would survive the summer. For even though the ducks seem to regularly have lots of ducklings, duck numbers don’t seem to increase. In fact, I think there were more ducks 5 years ago than there are now. They’d come looking for bread and food scraps around the tables. I haven’t seen that happening for a while.
Anyway, I’ve been impressed by UKIP’s pub manifesto:
“Whilst UKIP does not like prohibitions and bans in general, UKIP does recognise that the smoking ban has been popular amongst certain groups, such as families and those wishing to eat out in pubs,” it said. “However, UKIP believes that a more common sense balance is urgently needed.
“UKIP will therefore allow those pubs and clubs very seriously damaged by the ban to make alternative arrangements for smokers within agreed guidelines.”
How sensible! Why can’t any mainstream party offer the same? None can, so next week I won’t be voting for any of them.
I was also put off, listening to the ‘prime ministerial debate’ last Thursday, when all candidates declared themselves fully behind global warming initiatives of one sort or other. But global warming is dead. Today I read in Der Spiegel about its decline and fall:
The general mood among climate protectors has soured even further in the months since Copenhagen. “The process has come to a standstill, everything is very difficult,” says Röttgen.
No, Angela, it’s not “poor communication”. It’s that the IPCC just make stuff up. And some day soon you’re going to realise that they were taking you for a ride. And you’ll feel much more humiliated than you did after Copenhagen.
I think the problem with politicians may be that they’re not streets ahead of their electorates, but miles behind them. UK mainstream politicians haven’t realised yet that Global Warming is Dead. They also haven’t realised that millions of people hate the smoking ban. They’re terminally disconnected from their electorates. They live in a Westminster bubble surrounded by pressure groups like ASH which just feed them lies. And they believe the lies. And this is why they don’t deserve to be elected, any of them.
David Cameron should have won this election easily. If he hasn’t, it’s because he’s a tosser who still believes in global warming, still thinks that the smoking ban was a Good Thing, and still believes that Tony Blair is the politician to emulate. By my calculations, that puts David Cameron about 7 years behind the rest of the country.
If I was a politician, I’d do my level best to find out what my constituents were really thinking. I’d go and meet people, and ask them what bothered them. But politicians use focus groups and opinion polls instead, and so they haven’t got a clue. Which is why I’ve not had a single canvasser ring my doorbell. Nobody wants to know what I think.