I am very engaged in politics and I do vote whenever I can. I never waste my vote, even if I don’t agree with any of the candidates standing, I’ll still vote for the least awful option. In my mind a spoiled ballot paper or a no show at the voting booth is a truly wasted one, that’s where I would give up my rights to say anything about what happens in politics from then until the next election. If I do complain or comment, and I haven’t voted or spoiled my paper, I wholly expect someone to call me out on it and tell me to keep my opinions to myself. I didn’t want to vote, you get what you’re given.
So I will vote, and because of that I’ll look at what all the candidates have to say and consider what they stand for. That’s why I turned over to watch the first Leadership Debate on television last night.
Unfortunately I didn’t make it to the half hour mark, and I will not be watching any more. The problem? The politicians.
The UK election has been held, the results gathered rather messily, and whatever your political beliefs or your preferred voting system, the election has been held and the results are in.
However what we are seeing in these past few days is something that really concerns me, something that not many other people seem concerned about.
The fact that the election is over and the political parties are deciding which of them will take the position to lead the UK government, and even who could be seated in Number 10 Downing Street as our new Prime Minister.
John Hutton is the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform for the UK, and just yesterday he said “The era of cheap energy is over”, and I couldn’t believe he had the audacity to say that.
After all, what has his government been doing? Sitting on their arses ignoring the situation for the last umpteen years? I’m afraid so.
My MP was talking in the Commons yesterday about the Government’s rise in the tax for owning a car and tries to explain it away by saying that this is to persuade the car manufacturers to make efficient cars.
That’s despite the fact that it’s penalising the individual and not for mileage or emissions, but for actually owning the car and never even starting the engine.
My local MP Alistair Darling looks like he’ll be lobbying for a Nuclear Waste Dump in or around Edinburgh, or at least supporting it if he follows all of the Government’s current policies for nuclear power.
Here’s what he’s been saying about nuclear power, typically falling within the Labour policy.
While jets fly back and forth from the UK, US and China for the G8 summit for Gordon Brown and the Labour party, some even empty, motorists here are facing what Labour call a “Green Tax” for their cars.
This is about as much of a Green Tax as their policy of Nuclear power stations is green. Quite bluntly, Labour are lying and this is far removed from anything to do with a green issue.
I can’t believe this Government and what they’re doing right now with their policies, it seems as though one department doesn’t know what the other one’s doing, or saying, even up to the point of the defacto Prime Minister.
The most poignant moment for me came with Channel 4’s cutting commentary of the G8 visit, and all the leaders two faced actions.
I’ve just heard the news that the Shadow Home Secretary David Davis has resigned his position in UK Parliment, and while that doesn’t interest me that much because UK politics and politicians are like petulant teenagers and deserve little respect, Davis has just broadsided me.
His speech struck a chord and his actions are nothing short of selfless, or so it would seem. It seems that a politician has finally done something for the right reasons rather than bickering like children.
Sorry Mr Fat Controller, I just don’t get it. The Chancellor has made some budget changes allegedly aimed at dropping carbon emissions from cars, not at raising money for the Government, oh no. Yet in my circumstance I’m going to be penalised for keeping my car in the garage, running it under three thousand miles a year and cycling to work.
I’m actually better buying an old emission heavy car and selling my current car. I would be better off buying a pre 2001 four or five litre American muscle car that churns out emissions. I would even be better off buying a small engined 4×4 or People Carrier and using that on the roads!
Why am I being penalised for keeping a car in my garage with the engine off?
Scotland is fighting to become a very green country. The Scottish Executive is investing £35 million over three years in renewable sources of energy, and there are schemes for rubbish recycling, reduction of emissions, increase of public transport, and so on. Solar panels are even appearing on roadsides to power various electronic equipment.
Then we find that the head of the Scottish Executive department in charge of lowering the greenhouse gas emissions flies a 500 mile round trip every week to commute to work because he doesn’t want to move. Apparently that’s approximately 100kg of carbon each week.