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Reasons to be angry – Parts 1 to 100


I HAVE spent the weekend reflecting on our Prime Minister’s plea for the country to be patient. Sorry, Boris, it’s not good news.

I’m fed up with your government’s institutional stupidity and complacency. I’m fed up with the routine misinterpretation of Covid data being used to justify a disastrous, immoral and authoritarian response. Is there no one in government capable of understanding that the number of ‘cases’ is not the problem?

I’m fed up with your government’s self-congratulatory drivel, often supported by dodgy graphs and inappropriately manipulated woke-speak, the latest instance being the awarding of the George Cross to the NHS. Might I remind you, and your Balliol pal Sir Simon Stevens, that it was the abject failure of the NHS to prepare for a non-flu pandemic that caused the problem. Why has Stevens not been sacked?

I’m fed up with the inability of anyone in government to tackle any of the manifest failings of the machinery of state. It’s no coincidence that the vaccine was delivered by the private sector working to your appointee Dame Kate Bingham (whose career has always been in the private sector). From Test and Trace to the Army’s Ajax vehicle I can think of nothing the government has ever delivered on time, on budget.

I’m furious that you want to keep spending my (and other tax-payers’) money on sound-bite projects such as ‘levelling up’, HS2, a £650billion research and development fund, another Thames Crossing. There is no money (Rishi’s magic money tree is an illusion), no government has balanced a budget since 1997 and you (and your predecessors) have returned us to the 1970s.  My (actually our – we’re a similar age) generation are incandescent to see an allegedly libertarian and free-market government p*ssing away three decades’ wealth creation on the altar of your delusions. At least Corbyn was honest.

Oh, and don’t get me started on woke. The taking the knee, refusal to counter the drivel of BLM, accepting the disruption of XR while suppressing opposition to lockdown, allowing the BBC to become the mouthpiece of the Left. You’re the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. We rid the world of slavery, pretty much invented human rights and individual liberty, operate under the rule of law and are the haven of choice for those fleeing oppression (as well as many chancers seeking a better life). Perhaps you should make these points to heads of the institutions that you run. Start with the BBC and the Department for What-Passes-For-Education.

Then of course there’s your half-baked ‘oven-ready’ Brexit that hasn’t quite gone as planned (although entirely as predicted). You got us into this mess, you took over the ‘deal’ developed by your hapless, hopeless and helpless predecessor. It needs fixing – easiest done by tearing it up.

But here’s the thing that really, really annoys me. I’m one of the idiots who voted for your party. In mitigation there wasn’t much of an option; it’s a sorry state of affairs where one is offered a choice of parties, one led by the last Marxist and the other by someone whose life’s aim seems to be ‘have cake, eat cake’.

So, Prime Minister, my patience has run out.

I don’t want change, I want improvement. None of the parties in the House of Commons offers any chance of that – they’ve squandered every opportunity they had.

The system needs reforming. There is now at least one party set up to do that nationally. There will be a Reform Party option on the next ballot sheet I see, and possibly others. So there is absolutely no chance of my voting for a mainstream party.

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Patrick Benham-Crosswell
Patrick Benham-Crosswell
Patrick Benham-Crosswell is a former Army officer who has spent the last 30 years in commerce. He is the author of Net Zero: The Challenges, Costs and Consequences of the UK's Zero Emission Ambition. He has a substack here.

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