A right to criticise?

When I were a lad being brung up in't darkest, deepest Yorkshire, grown-ups were always ready to give advise, usually in the form of an old saying.

Saturday, 23rd June 2018, 9:00 am

One of the best was ‘engage brain before openin’ gob’. After this week, quite a few politicians should have heeded that old adage.

It started with politicians criticising the inclusion of the boss of Network Rail in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

It’s not cricket to reward someone for doing a bad job was the outcry. Shouldn’t be allowed to get an honour for all the delays and strikes etc on the railways, which have caused misery to lots and lots of people.

Really? Let’s see what politicians have been up to this week.

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They took away the medication of a little boy who suffers from an acute form of epilepsy, even though it is the only thing that stops him having fits.

Its illegal in this country they said, and the poor lad and his family needlessly had to suffer for days before common sense eventually prevailed.

Attempts to introduce a new law against upskirting failed because one politician didn’t have the opportunity to debate.

We are told he wasn’t really aware what the new law was about, but he just wanted to talk about it! He’s done it before, lots of times.

We are told action will be taken, so expect him to get a title and be transferred to the Lords.

Those are just small items you might say and we can still rely on politicians to do a good job on the really big important issues. Can we?

Not according to the tens of thousands who have suffered due to the implementation of Universal Credit.

To really rub salt into the wound, it appears the scheme costs more to run than it actually saves and its main promise of getting more people back into work can never be proved one way or the other.

At least the politicians are now giving a lot more money to help the NHS, which is in crisis.

Who caused the crisis? Ah yes, it was the politicians, of course.

I wonder if those same politicians took note of the nearby NHS trust criticised quite rightly for bulk buying toilet rolls at a cost of 66p each. They could have bought them at a local supermarket at 22p each.

So politicians criticise someone for doing a bad job. The words pot, kettle and black spring to mind.

We are still faced with the negotiations to leave the EU.

As far as I can see, the politicians are only interested in what is best for themselves, not for the country. Far too many power struggles.

Lies being spouted left, right and centre. Financial Armageddon; famine within two weeks; NHS will run out of drugs in a month.

If they cannot agree among themselves, how can they agree anything with the EU.

I bet they are watching us in Brussels and rubbing their hands with glee in anticipation of all the extra billions they will get out of us just so a few of our politicians can keep themselves in power.

Can they not see that they are slowly stripping themselves of all bargaining strength? It’s the will of the people to leave the EU the politicians say.

If that is the case then leave it, completely, without paying them a penny. Then they may regain the initiative when Germany realise they have lost a huge market for their cars; France and other countries their wine etc.

Instead our politicians continue to argue among themselves.

As my grandma used to say: “If you find that you have dug yourself into a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging!”

Mel Shaw