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I accept that Margaret Thatcher was the United Kingdom’s first female Prime Minister; I accept that to some, she was a superb leader and that she did her best for the U.K. It is also true that many, including myself, I admit, thought and still think that her polices did much harm and that harm is still being felt.

Now that she has passed away I bare her no ill will; she was, after all, elected and she followed policies she believed in; the electorate clearly agreed, at least for many years; I hate her politics, not her or her party.

The government has decided to pay for Mrs. Thatcher’s funeral, a cost of, we are told, some Ten Million Pounds (£10,000,000). How can this be right? She chose to stand for election and the electorate made her a Member of Parliament, a position for which she was paid and on becoming Prime Minister she was paid a larger amount. Being a Member of Parliament is voluntary and also an honour. We are living in times of great financial hardships and have been forced to accept cut backs. If anyone else passes away and there is a family and/or estate left behind, who pays for the funeral? The family or estate does and rightly so. Why then are we being made to pay for Mrs. Thatcher’s Funeral?

I say it is wrong and I would say the same if she had been somebody I admired. I do not expect to have my funeral paid for by the state, nobody else I know of would expect theirs to be either; why should we? By all means make sure there is security; that, I agree, should be paid for from the public purse; but not the funeral.

 

 

How do you think the world functions? I mean politically. A word I use with all its wide-ranging connotations. Are we all separate entities dependant on no others to make or help make our lives easier, better or even possible?

Do you wish that your state, county, country, region etc were independent from all others? Totally self-governing, self-sufficient in all things and able to protect itself from the aggression of peoples who live outside?

Do you believe it would be possible? Is every country and regions within, able to survive and sustain themselves without any help of any kind from any other country or region?

Where do we get our food from, our supplies for making all the things we need or desire to make our lives better? Who pays or helps to pay for these things? Does your country or region function purely from its own internally generated income? Does your country or region depend on another for, let’s say, disposing of its waste? Or maybe for containing the station that generates the electricity which you use?

Do you truly believe, more importantly, can you be no less than 100% certain that your country, region, etc, etc exist and survive independently?

I have offered no opinion of my own as yet but am hoping that should you, for example, want your county to become a country or for your country to split from a current union, that you have examined and honestly assessed all angles required to make it fully possible.

Who and what do you think politicians are? A race apart from the rest of us, maybe? A bunch of people just out for themselves?  Maybe you have some other description?

Do you find yourself thinking ‘Why bother to vote?.”

Have you ever thought of standing for election yourself? Perhaps at a local level. Have you something to offer? Do you think you have ideas that need to be put into practice?

Or do you think it is alright to just slag off anyone else who actually does bother to stand for election? People who are put into office whether local or national because the electorate put them there. The electorate, that is you. But the electorate also have the right to stand for election.

Stop moaning about what is wrong, stand up, be counted, stand for election.