All governments experience messy patches, but I have never known one like the present for accumulating so many calamities in such a short period of time.
The determination to emasculate the BBC’s independence from political influence; the shocking mishandling of junior hospital doctors’ working hours; the dereliction of duty in defending the UK’s steel industry; the insistence that all schools must become academies (unsignalled in the last election manifesto) which particularly threatens rural communities; the vicious attack on benefits for the disabled alongside huge handouts for the rich; the petty attack on trade unions and opposition funding, and support for trade deals with dispute resolution procedures which undermine democracy and threaten public services are just a few that come to mind over the last couple of months.
On several of these issues, the government either has or will have to backtrack significantly under pressure from the House of Lords, public opinion and even its own backbenchers.
But it is disappointing that our MP, Sir Greg Knight, has blindly supported the Government on every one of the above issues.
It is the duty of a true friend to speak up when he or she sees wrong, even if it embarrasses. Is it too much to hope that our MP might learn to think for himself and speak up against such terrible policies?