The timing of the return of the wet stuff is unfortunate given the plans for a ‘street party’ at the allotments. But it has to be admitted that we codgers welcome the relief from the endless lugging of heavy watering-cans. Every piece of me aches right now, a condition not helped by standing in a queue at the Bank. A posh woman, with a small dog tucked under her arm, was quizzing the cashier on the stability of the financial institutions. She eventually tottered off having declared herself reassured. Perhaps Mervyn King should send for the young Merlin?
But the bankers were not alone in causing irritation this morning. For all of our lives we codgers have tended to look up to Doctors. It is an attitude born in an age when family doctors were really that. They lacked the knowledge of today’s clinicians but they always appeared to regard the troubles of their patients as their own. They were on call 24/7 and saw every patient turning up at their surgeries irrespective of how many there were. Suddenly we are very disillusioned with their successors.
In deciding to strike, they have at a stroke lost our respect. Yes we know that the mad Lansley has torpedoed their morale but equally clearly they, like him, regard their own rewards as more important than those in their care. They have surrendered the high ground. Sad.
Meantime I have attended a function involving those for whom the high ground is but a distant memory. I found myself chatting to three Conservative MPs. Expecting them to react angrily I asked whether our dear leader can survive. Their answer was surprising. All three broadly took the view that David Cameron is rapidly becoming a liability, a man tainted in the public eye. They had little belief that he will resign however bad the revelations vis-a-vis his involvement with Murdoch become, but they do believe that he is rapidly becoming unelectable. Which means? It means that if he hangs on until the Lib Dems finally discover their backbones he will lead his party to defeat.
So their glum answer re the succession was Ed Miliband. But should he fall meantime they favour Osborne, but are beginning to worry at the implications of his various U-turns since his budget. Things like the pasty tax could, they contended, have been foreseen with a little diligence. Michael Gove was the other possible mentioned, but one of my companions struck a doubtful note. Gove, he said, is “too geeky” and “lacks the common touch”. He is a “bit like Mekon” – a reference to a sci-fi character in the old Eagle comic.
So it looks like Cameron or bust. Just how tainted is he? A prosecutor would point to his Blair-like integration into the Murdoch camp. He would move on to his sacking of Uncle Vince Cable, who we now know was being threatened by Cameron’s friends at News Corp. He would cite his appointment of Hunt, despite having been very aware of his devotion to the Murdoch cause. He would point to the fact that both Rebekah Brooks, to whom Cameron sent regular affectionate messages, and Coulson, his declared friend and aide, are facing very serious criminal charges. He would point to his defence of Hunt who, at best, was guilty of total incompetence. He would point to his relationship with Gove who this week described Rupert Murdoch as the greatest man on earth bar the Pope.
But it isn’t a prosecutor that our dear leader faces, it is public opinion based on media coverage. And that is bad and likely to get significantly worse, almost to the point where Cameron appears to have been part of a plot to install News Corp and emasculate the BBC. As with Blair his reputation will never recover in the eyes of floating voters.
Ed Miliband has done little to inspire but right now he must be feeling that every day is Christmas Day!
THOUGHT FOR TODAY!
“What we are choosing to think and say, today, this moment, will create tomorrow and the next day, and the next week and the next year, etc. The point of power is always in the present moment. This is where we can begin to make changes. We can begin to let the old worries and nonsense go. Right now. The smallest beginning will make a difference. Stop for a moment and catch our thoughts. If we want a joyous life we must think joyous thoughts. The way to control our life, and heal our body, is to control our choice of words and thoughts. No one thinks in our mind but you!”…….Louise L Hay (Bestselling author of You Can Heal our Life and You Can Heal Your Body).