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My Election 2019 notes. E-Day-38 (pt.2)

I must write that if I were caught up in the unimaginable horror of being trapped in a burning tower block, I’d have it on my toes – well not now so much, because of my brain damage – and leg it, ignoring any advice which ignored the basic rule of fire. Namely that fire burns up and ideally one wants to be under the fire. There’s nothing whatsoever wrong in saying that. There is something wrong, however, with those who suggest there is, that in some way espousing such sentiments is somehow disrespectful those who died at Grenfell by following the ‘stay put’ advice of the Fire Brigade. At best it is misguided anger and at worst it is seeking to brand a senior Conservative MP, as uncaring, unfeeling and many other labels that politicians wish to avoid at the start of a general election campaign.


I’m no great fan of Jacob Rees-Mogg, but I side with him on this. Had Grenfell United made the point loudly and continuously, that had a similar tragedy happened at a private tower block in Woking, Basingstoke or Cambridge, then more decisive action, not only to re-house the survivors, provide them with proper counselling and long term support, but to also as a matter of urgency fund the identification and removal work of similar flammable cladding, would have been taken much, much sooner.

Maybe they have.

My election notes 2019. E -Day – 38

I wrote yesterday that Labour’s proposal to insulate every home in the UK to make them more energy efficient would cost £250 billion. This was incorrect, but then, if I cite a figure and don’t provide a credible source from where that figure hails, then where does the blame lie? It’s not as if this blog is in any way reputable source. But then, this isn’t my first rodeo, as an American would say, and the older you are, it isn’t yours either. We know all politicians make implausible spending pledges to get our votes, which they’ll then conveniently forget if they attain office. We know, for example, that you can’t cut taxes while increasing public spending. It’s nonsense, we know it’s nonsense, but politcians still make such improbable claims. But who is more delusional, those who make the claims or those that believe them?


 If this government was serious about democracy, it would make the 12th December a public holiday, to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to vote. I can sort of understand the government’s dilemma here. On the one hand there’s the economic cost, and as the Conservatives are pro business – and in an election campaign will wish to avoid doing to damage that impression – the last thing they’ll want to do is give everyone a paid day off work, which business won’t be happy about, as not only will they have to pay for it, they’ll also have to absorb the cost of a loss of a days productivity. On the other hand there’s the consideration that by doing so, it’ll boost the Conservative vote among traditional working class Labour voters, who might otherwise stay at home after getting in after a days work.


Also the weather is a factor. If it’s quite mild and sunny, then people are more likely to venture out than if it’s cold, wet and gloomy. And given that a fair proportion of Conservative voters are coffin dodgers – again, this blog is not reputable – it’s not unreasonable to pre-suppose that it’s in the Conservatives interests to make it a public holiday. After all, there’s no point in being pro business if your not the government, now is there?