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‘So what?’ This is what, Mr Javid


IF ANY comment perfectly sums up the vast disconnect between the Government, indeed perhaps all mainstream politicians, and the rest of us, it is the ‘So what?’ comment of former Cabinet minister Sajid Javid in response to a tweet from Nigel Farage following the 2021 census findings that our three largest cities, London, Birmingham and Manchester, all have a minority white population.

‘So what’ that so many of our towns and cities, our communities and their identities have changed beyond recognition in just a couple of decades?

Indeed ‘So what’ seems to be the prevailing attitude to just about any situation or problem one would normally expect a competent government and its ministers to be responding to.

When Albanian migrants brought Central London to a halt (as TCW reported on Saturday) whilst they flaunted luxury cars on its streets and bridges, and the only response the police could think of was to close even more roads and bridges instead of impounding the vehicles, arresting their occupants and clearing the streets, we saw and heard nothing from the Government other than their usual ‘So what’ mantra, looking the other way and pretending nothing was happening.

While illegal migrants continue to flood across the Channel, the government’s only response is to accommodate them in hotels at a cost to the hard-pressed taxpayer of £7million per day, instead of enacting amendments to current legislation or even using existing legislation that would allow Albania to be defined as a safe country so that every single one of them could be deported back to Albania without delay.

Challenge the government over their wilful inertia and their response, or rather non-response, again seems to be ‘So what’.

While our roads are blockaded by a handful of ‘Just Stop Oil’ activists and the police stand aside, watching it all happen, the Government response again may as well be ‘So what’.

‘So what’, too, that tax is higher now than for the last 75 years. Let’s shell out billions in grotesquely misnamed ‘climate reparations’: after all, something else is needed to waste our money on instead of the money formerly poured down the drain in payments to the European Union.

‘So what’ that in every area of our public services and infrastructure, from the police to the health service, from the road and rail networks to education, from the criminal justice system to supplying energy and water to our homes, businesses and public buildings, everything has gone backwards.

On Javid’s own watch as Health Secretary, a crisis occurred due to his obsession with forcing all health care staff in nursing homes to be vaccinated and his insistence that anyone who refused had to be sacked, however distinguished their service may have been and whatever hardship was caused to them personally when suddenly leaving their jobs or to those in care who had depended on them. I suspect Javid’s response would again have been ‘So what’.

Perhaps unwittingly, Javid’s ‘So what’ comment serves as the perfect epitaph for the abject failure of the governments he has either supported or been a member of in delivering the sort of competence, decisiveness and common sense that it is not unreasonable for the long-suffering public to expect.

Maybe it is not unwitting. The politicians know that we know this government now has no democratic legitimacy or a mandate to govern, led as it is by a Prime Minister who lost a recent leadership election amongst his own party members and a Chancellor who has consistently trailed in last in every leadership election he has stood in. Such is their disdain for us that their only response would be ‘So what’.

Thankfully Javid himself has announced he is going at the next General Election.

The only suitable response to that announcement is surely ‘So what?’

This article appeared in Patrick Clarke’s Column on December 3, 2022, and is republished by kind permission

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Patrick Clarke
Patrick Clarke
Patrick Clarke was briefly active in politics during the 1970's before leaving to 'get a life'. You can read more articles from Patrick Clarke in his Substack column.

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