What does 'resilience' mean?

Time to get angry and riot?

Time to get angry?Time to get angry?
All things come to an end and it looks as if the snow is going, for now. Fazed by the bad weather, the typical UK resident let the failing UK authorities get away with all sorts of tricks, like turning off the heating in airport buildings despite the fact the buildings were now home to many stranded travellers.They simply lay down on the floors and shivered. Why do we do this? In Moscow the travellers are made of different stuff, here they had a riot when things went wrong, see HERE.

As mentioned before on this blog, it snowed last year and chaos ensued so the UK went for what it does best and had an inquiry. Perhaps it's not just our authorities that are useless but we, the citizens, are too. It would seem the present government think so, or at least they think they can get away with treating us as if we will fall for another cheap trick. The latest wheeze is the idea of government by petition. It's an insult rather than an addition to democracy. The last government gave us e-petitions and we could all see through that for it was a stalling device, a way a getting the steam out of an issue and, as a trick, it worked. Now we see the coalition doing the same thing; are we surprised? No, as prior to the election the mantra was that David Cameron was 'heir to Blair'. So if you did not see it coming that's your fault. The insult is compounded because in opposition Cameron made encouraging noises about referendums on EU treaties and similar things.

The climbdown regarding the free books is interesting too, see HERE .Writing in the Telegraph Stephen Pollard said -

Bookstart: The chattering classes get their way – again. A government reprieve for Bookstart is a worrying sign of weakness.

And he is right, try getting a government turn-around on something else and you will fail yet authors of children's books have it easy, why? The next big idea for the big society is automatic donation via credit card use, see HERE . Why can't this be done through the much vaunted localism? One assumes that choice will still play a part here?

Funny thing choice, for example, people obliged as part of their job to be in a trade union and they will see that opting out of the political levy is not exactly straightforward. Then again anyone paying tax in the UK will see that the government then gives vast amounts of money to the EU. Certainly no choice on this subject, all political parties are keen on this. Then the EU gives money to Hamas. This rankles with many people who would prefer more control over 'their' money and this applies to all that lunacy behind climate change too, as all political parties think that's a good place for your money to go. So as a response to all this it is possible that donor fatigue on a grand scale lies ahead. Also do remember that originally the Bookstart scheme was a charity that was taken over by government so it would be possible that in the future some publicity seeking gormless backbencher calls for donations via credit card to be mandatory.

And so to the people of Northern Ireland who are, much like a third world country, without a decent water supply. As we have said before there has been an inquiry into the poor performance of the UK authorities during the last winter. The theme here is 'resilience'. One can imagine that only a vast array of public servants, overpaid and totally detached from reality, could come up with such a description. For it's not the spineless, saltless and now waterless authorities who have resilience but the long-suffering taxpayer. Northern Ireland has, for various reasons, had an enormous amount of public money 'invested' in it. But still things related to its infrastructure go wrong. Perhaps the good folk of Northern Ireland should start a riot?