- Having had years to plan all this why have the elderly not been planning for retirement? I'm willing to believe this is down to innumerable socialist governments writing cheques with their mouth that the electorate refused to cash or that they simply felt they would be dead before they lived to need their arse wiping by someone else.
- Is this the last 2-fingered victory salute of the post-war babyboomers? Having picked the cupboard clean for future generations are they now trying to bloc-vote a government into sticking us for more cash? In which case I have little sympathy for their "plight".
Ed Miliband has rejected David Cameron’s call to prevent Scottish MPs voting on English-only issues in Parliament, despite appearing to accept that the current system is unfair.
It is extraordinary that after 300 years of successful constitutional political development during which the United Kingdom achieved unparallelled military, scientific, industrial, social and political progress (including the world's finest civil service), it has almost all been vandalised in a few decades of "progressive" politics and modernisation.
So the choice is made and the wife is back on her terms and the husband is left a hollow version of himself.
And the commentary is palpably vitriolic.
" Gordon Brown, who has never ceased to regard himself as the rightful Prime Minister of Britain, scribbled a revolution on the back of a fag packet and decreed its implementation. How many people voted No because of the seductive dog's dinner of half-baked pledges offered as "The Vow"? Perhaps 100,000? Be generous and suppose it was 200,000. Possibly it was hardly anyone."
None of which I can disagree with; sadly, none of this matters and I'll tell you why.
We are a country served by minority government, returned on a minority mandate in league with a foreign invasionary force from Brussels; it does not care about the electorates thoughts or concerns, only for whatever its focus groups and the media tells it, insulated in its own little bubble and protected against a defanged and divided public by an increasingly unresponsive but violent police state.
And noone you select at the next GE will do anything about this state of affairs.
The choice is between:
- A turd with a blue rosette,
- A turd with a red rosette,
- A turd with a yellow rosette,
- The narky teaboy farage who couldn't find his are with both hands and will be establishmentised before the end of his first week in power.
Any way you play it you are voting for the continuity party of the civil service; an EU Corp. Puppet organisation with a now transparently thin veneer of democracy covering it.
Come the general election the only logical choice on the ballot is to spoil it; we won't get real change by selecting the anachronistic bubble dwellers repeatedly.
Then, with any luck, we can push for real change for the better.
You've been married for a long time; you cannot remember a time before it, though you have books and photos telling you such a time existed, and you can't imagine the situation ever changing.
Then one day you arrive home and your wife says she wants a separation, "to find herself". You reluctantly concede, and she moves out.
Years pass with occasional hopeful meetings, longing glances from both parties and even occasional brushes of affection.
Then she tells you she is considering a divorce, to go her own way wholeheartedly.
You, stricken, tell her you don't want that, that whatever your problems, your history, we can work it out.
Again she says she is considering divorce but hasn't made up her mind.
In despair you ask her has there been someone else; she tells you she has had several flings but nothing lasting
In desperation you tell her you don't care about the others, that you love her and want things to work.
She says she can't go on on what you give her to live on.
You promise her more.
That she wants to be free to see other people.
You eagerly agree.
That she wants to have a say on who you see and what you spend money on.
Confused, but hysterical with grief and anxiety you agree.
You both return home to separate rooms.
She's home, but somewhere on that road back you lost something important.
Your self respect.
And you can barely look your children, your friends or your colleagues in the eye.
Why are people surprised at our political establishment and it's army of civil servants failing to create a Plan Y? Accounting for every eventuality and possible outcome requires a certain finesse and creativity that is sorely lacking in the Bubble.
Still it is fun to see this all play out, with an almost chronic failing of attention on the EU implications.
Taking the lead from this Breitbart article we see a potentially devastating vision presented on a scale of soviet disintegration - but this isn't just of the UK but of the EU.
Say Scotland does leave and immediately applies to join the EU; that whole process takes several years of worming through the bureaucratic miasma in Brussels.
Then in the interim we see Catalonia and Basque regions in Spain opt for independence.
Then parts of Germany.
And Islamic State(tm) annexes part of Turkey, scuppering further integration completely.
Then it becomes necessary to set up border controls with a non-covered Shengen-agreement non-EU state on our northern border.
Then in the offshoot Spanish territories.
This all rolls into an even bigger trade miasma with non-EU or even EEC-recognised states within central Europe.
Let's assume Cameron is still there (ha!)- do you really think his "renegotiation" ploy will get very far?
Scotland marks the beginning of the end for the EU as is; events are rapidly out-competing procedure and crisis management for it to survive.