I’m not really one for calling the electorate stupid. I respect the democratic process, where people can seriously consider the pros and cons of each party and make their mind up accordingly.
What I cannot accept is sheer stupidity when it comes to ignoring issues. The government was actually honest on an issue dear to my heart: the issue of national ID cards and the reduction of citizens to barcodes. Labour said they’d bring these cards in, and the public just accepted it, no debate, no consideration, just “Oh, I don’t like Tony, but if he says we need ID, we must need ID”.
So, the legislative agenda (according to the Beeb):
- Identity Cards Bill – we are no longer citizens, we are sheep with numbers
- European Union Bill – referendum, anyone?
- Health Improvement and Protection Bill – ah, the bill that says that business owners are no longer allowed to decide what legal activities are carried out on their premises. It’s up to Nanny to decide that
- Work and Family Bill – more meaninless reform that will only ever create more red tape without actually changing anything
- Asylum and Immigration Bill – see above
- Violent Crime Reduction Bill – see above
- Welfare Reform Bill – see above (thank god for cut’n’paste)
- Lords Reform Bill – reform? sure they’ve already neutered it and packed it with lackies… what further
damage‘reform’ can they do?
- Protection of Children Bill – more powers for the state, less powers for parents. Nice
- Electoral Administration Bill – time to close all those loopholes that Labour made and then used wrt postal voting, I assume
- Anti-Terrorism Bill – Oh, goodie, even more draconian laws!
I look forward to this parliament. No, really. Only good things can come of it.