A Senior Moment: It would be great if this really was a year of change

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Here we are again, the start of another bright and shiny new year and here we all are – full of pickle, pie and brave new resolutions.

It’s that time to quit smoking, cut down on eating and drinking – or whatever else is on the medico’s latest ‘good for you’ tick-box check list.

New the year may be but I’m not so sure about the bright and shiny bit. So will there be any real change from the same old same olds? I fear not.

The rich will undoubtedly get richer, the majority will get more and more cheesed off and the gap in the middle of this fair land of hope and glory will become wider still and wider!

Wouldn’t it be great if the politicians resolved to stop the in-fighting so they could address issues of inequality and unfairness, to put the interests of the people above their expense accounts and local concerns at the top of their agendas.

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if they resolved to actually listen to the people who elected them, to get a grip on fuel poverty, get banks lending money to small businesses and first time house buyers and wouldn’t it be wunderbar if they resolved to concentrate on sorting out the economy instead of same sex marriage rights and fox hunting!

You’re right, I’m ‘aving a larf!

There’s as much chance of the suits in charge changing their spots as a snow-covered shower of those flying piglets. But hope springs eternal so not withstanding Wiggo’s knighthood – a fine example of people pedal power, what can be done to break the cycle? (Sorry!)

Well for a start I think Mr A Stubbs of Bourne has put his finger on the problem. In his amusing letter (Mercury, December 21), he made the excellent point that MPs are elected on the basis of no credentials whatsoever.

How very true. When you think about it, it’s rather like the country being run by a bunch of used car salesmen. Or estate agents.

Where’s the entrance examination, the aptitude test or evaluation study? What about accredited qualifications or practical experience? Nowhere to be seen that’s where.

It seems to me the only skill displayed daily by politicians is the ability to lie in their teeth – if they still possess them, evading with consummate ease straight answers to direct questions and behaving like a bunch of badly behaved school children at their place of work. In full view of the world at large.

Some qualifications for running a country!

Radio, film and television actor, cum 40th president of the United States Ronald Reagan, reportedly once remarked at a conference, “Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to believe it bears a very close resemblance to the first”– which sums it all up really.

But as Spike Milligan once said “One day the don’t-knows will get in and then where will we be?”