Amidst the chaos today as Britain continues its deep freeze in terms of both temperatures and of services, you may or may not have heard the faint whinings from the Shadow Chancellor, no less, on Sky News, criticising the government’s response to the snow in recent weeks and, indeed, hinting that the transport secretary should resign.
Let us recap; last winter, and indeed the winter before that, Britain experienced crippling shortages of grit and came dangerously close to the end of our gas reserves. This was under Labour.
Under the Coalition, both of these most critical resources are far better stocked, and, while I do still find it mortifying that as a supposedly developed country we seem so woefully incapable of dealing with any kind of weather beyond mid-temperature grey drizzle, be it rain which seems to cause instant floods, snow which causes instant chaos, or heat which causes outbreaks of environmental rhetoric, it is still perfectly obvious to anyone watching that this government is better prepared than the last.
Naturally, William Hague quickly dismissed Mr Johnson’s accusations in kind, but his comments on this ‘snowfall of political opportunism’ do strike a chord as to the nature of the Labour party since this government came to power, and it goes far beyond the weather.
Labour were happy to rack up the worst debts for a generation, yet complain, straight faced and with impunity, when the coalition pay it back. They were happy to introduce tuition fees and then seek to send 50% of the population to university, yet try to claim that they would never have raised the cap. They were happy to govern, for 13 years, without once seeking to introduce electoral reform, but then claim a sudden death-bed epiphany moment as the election slipped out of their grasp. And then they vote against holding a referendum on the issue after all. Having campaigned for one. Twice.
Labour’s willingness to attempt to rewrite history and feign ignorance at absolute historical truths can mean only one of two things; they are assuming the public to be fools, or they are in fact fools themselves, unable to remember what happened only a few months ago. I don’t know which i’d rather believe.
I hope those of you who have been travelling home from Birmingham over the weekend had a safe journey back, and for any of our readers still in Birmingham or anywhere else, I wish you all the best getting home for Christmas over the next few days.
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