And two things occurred yesterday that cause me to revert to this blog. I will come back to them.
Why do I sound like a dischuffed septuagenarian? Probably because I am! I have spent my life believing that mankind will surely morph into something more beneficial both for the sake of its species and for planet Earth, but what I had overlooked was that the attitudes, mechanisms and institutions that exist today to implement the nation's will have not changed enough. And apathy is largely prevalent at election time. As a nation we are asleep. Asleep .. to real realities. Thanks to the 1980s revolution under Thatcher we are now a self-seeking lot in the main. We are continually thinking of our individual selves rather than thinking about what is best for the majority; for the nation.
What's going on amongst the Scottish Nationalists is a good example of selfishness going rampant. Their arguments are more to do with their dislike about being ruled by Tories from Westminster than anything else. Instead of helping to put together a realistic socialist movement for everyone, they are trying every trick in the book to convince proud Scots that they would be better off without being tacked on to England.
Where is our mutual sense of unity? Has it gone out of the window? What happened to One-Nation Politics?
Last night on our Channel 4 there was the weekly Dispatches programme that this time looked at the very real crisis that is occurring amongst the poorest families. No, the parents were not beer-swilling, fag-puffing, betting office ne'er-do-wells. They were ordinary but intelligent mothers and children trying to eke out a meal ticket on a budget of £1.80 per person per day in some circumstances. And when there was not enough money the mothers gave up food, giving preference to the children. And one or two otherwise intelligent mothers who felt they had to turn to prostitution to try to make life 'better'.
Luckily there are food banks, and they do a roaring trade. Sadly - they are a necessary facility in this day and age. The seventh richest country in the world cannot ensure its children are properly supported - we are slowly turning into a South American despot.
That was one of the upsetting 'things' that occurred. The other 'thing' was that the same day David Cameron announced that we must do all we can to cause schools to accept that they must communicate British Values as his response to the debacle surrounding a number of schools in Birmingham who are alleged to be trying to turn their schools into Islamic extremism.
Mr. Cameron, you cannot ensure the nation's children are being properly fed and yet you infer that Muslims don't have values that meet your own standards!
One of the major pillars of Islam is giving to charity and ensuring that women and children are well protected. Mr. Cameron, do your policies equate to the ideals of Islam?
Mr. Cameron seems to spend all his time sneering at the Scots and the Muslims. Does he know what resentment he is creating?
I despair. We - as a people, as a nation - need to deeply reconsider what are the important elements that can bind individuals into a balanced and sane society before the matter gets completely out of hand. And, having decided what those values are, do something about implementing them.
We have nearly a year to the 2015 General Election. There's still time.