This last week or so has seen something of an implosion within government, almost a visual case study in complete uncertainty, a classic 'deer in the headlights' moment of complete inaction.
Britain is at a crossroads - yet again - where the governmental choices it now makes will define whether it remains a survivable government or succumbs to the plethora of competing social and economic demands being made of it. Add to this the appalling revelations of police mismanagement and delivery within the Met and Manchester's police authorities and we see another layer of decay that needs incising out and replacing very quickly. Public confidence doesn't solely rest with government, but also in the institutions that form the pillars of society and their functions as part of the essential process of applying the rule of law and equitability. And it is not only the police in the frame of public scrutiny, one could well add the cash voracious NHS and the entire social care system into that view of disquiet that is creeping into the base level public view.
This is dangerous stuff for any government. It can surely see the growing circumspection with which it is now being viewed - even by those loyal to its ethos - and its lack of reaction to the range of issues - the economy, tax rises, termination of furlough and universal credit supplements, the drift to stagflation, social services, policing, energy crises, supply chains and essential food supplies, immigration, climate change, trade deals and the unacceptable behaviour of the French in the guise of the EU over fishing rights and generally just about everything else. All of these need to be addressed by competent and organised government that actually has confidence in itself. And perhaps that is the biggest ingredient missing, the ability to work together, mutually, with the national interest at its heart. To us, the outsiders looking in, there seems to be no cohesion, common purpose or balanced thinking throughout government other than electoral posturing...'Keep on voting for us and we'll eventually come through all this !' That is not a solution. It is not a strategy to resolve these issues and it is not - in this world of infinitely available communication and messaging - an image that promotes confidence in governmental ability and resolve.
We don't want to join the usual whingeing mob that can do little else but complain but we do want to see a government that shows its mettle and ability to tackle multiple challenges. That is what government is for - it serves no purpose by just sitting there and spouting inanities and posturing throughout meaningless and countless interviews where they've got nothing to say other than platitudes that serve only to irritate the electorate. Language, whilst important, that uses nonsense phrases like 'Levelling up', 'Doubling down' and 'Equality for all' do not cut it with the thinking population. Our people need to get into the real world - quickly.
Switching to Bristling Brock's undying love for the French, we might also see some parallels in inept governance there - as indeed we have seen in Germany also. But let's stick with the French - that wonderful nation that applies its Gallic emotions in bursts of invective against the British and its 'Fifth wheel' status in their eyes. One might suppose that after a thousand years of upsetting the French they are now trying to get their own back with their open hostility and frenzied paranoia over Brexit and submarine deals. But it is a distraction is it not ? By attacking us, Monsieur Macron deflects public opinion away from his own woes and possibly imbues his electorate with a sense of government that is actively challenging us bad boys over the Channel. It remains to be seen whether Germany's Olaf Scholz follows in the same footsteps as Fr Merkel has previously done. But the image is comparable - the attempts by senior politicians to point fingers and shout 'boo-yah !' to give the false impression of strength.
Maybe the world needs saving from such people.