Let's see if I can write a post without getting myself branded as a left-wing loony. Oh, why bother.
In their own defence, most right-wing loonies describe their views on all things relating to social issues as 'pragmatic common sense'. It is true that Britain is and always has been - by nature - conservative, with a small 'c'.
I am conservative, though that might be hard for some people to either believe or understand. I'll give you an example: I am a monarchist who believes that Britain should be run by a hereditary king or queen, with the help of an army of pragmatic but humane civil servants. The House of Commons would be held accountable by a separate House of hereditary Lords, who would curb the excesses of the Commoners (that sounds familiar). What has happened is that we are now run by committees of nauseatingly ambitious and ruthless so and sos who have all but destroyed 200 years of highly experienced civil service by sacking most of them for telling them what to do.
I think that - in the long-run - left-wing loonies do far more harm to society than their right-wing counterparts. Arthur Scargill is a prime example of this.
Traditionally, Conservatives (with a large 'C') have always been land-owners, which has inevitably put them at loggerheads with their more uppity tenants, let alone ramblers. I thought that the Magna Carta had sorted all of this out years ago when it was signed in a lovely meadow in the heart of Conservative Surrey, but obviously not.
I know my place, but it isn't necessarily where I am now. It is true that I did have a bit of a problem with authority when I was 16 years old, but I think I am over that now. I still think that 'live and let live' should work both ways in a compassionate society, as do all of my Conservative-voting friends. They would not be my friends if they did not.
If someone says that they own 15,000 acres of British woodland, moorland and mountains, then I am quite happy to humour them in their delusion, just so long as they can afford to maintain it and allow sensible people to walk over it without disturbing their ground-nesting game-birds.
Sheep may safely graze. Most of the wealth of the inland land-owners was accrued through wool. This was a reasonably happy arrangement for both the farmers and the sheep. Lambs were hardly ever eaten, only old ewes in the form of mutton. This was pragmatism.
These days we are supposed to demand 'choice', but it is next to impossible to buy mutton. It's all down to fast turn-over for quick profit, like everything else.
It is ironic that over-population and fears for thousands of migrants coming in via Calais is starting to shred any idealistic notions of society. I don't think that it was a mis-quote when Margaret Thatcher was credited with saying that 'there is no such thing as society', so what are we worried about?
Jeremy Corbyn, that's what. New, improved Labour are saying that if Corbyn gets elected as leader of the Party, then that will consign Labour to be in opposition for at least 12 years. Nobody seems to think that an effective opposition is actually required right now, as there isn't one - unless you count the SNP in Scotland, where most of the grouse-shooting takes place.
I'm all for the privatisation of the railway system. Our railways are the most expensive and inefficient in Europe, and the companies that are supposed to run it have made a complete pig's arse out of it, still using public money and charging travellers about 4 times as much as any other European company.
Most of the (unfilled) contracts are about to expire. Time to change the name of Network Rail - again.
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