The Downing Street Stone

In two days from now millions of Britons will be voting for a new government in the General Election. There are seven main parties. Two of them have views that are broadly right of centre. One is a centralist party and two are nationalists with a left of centre agenda and the remaining one is a party which tries to promote planet saving policies, also with a left of centre agenda. Each party has to compromise its principles in order to be a viable political party. The parties commanding by far the largest support are Labour and Conservatives.

The leader of the Labour Party is Ed Milliband, who proved a rather disastrous and incompetent Minister for Energy and Climate Change who participated without honour in the shameful 2009 Copenhagen Summit for Climate Change claiming it to be a success when it was a failure by any measuring stick. Mr Milliband now seeks to become Prime Minister.

He has come up with or approved the idea of carving some of his “pledges” (they are really aspirations) to the nation on a block of limestone measuring more than two metres high and more than a metre wide and erecting the monolith in the garden of number ten Downing Street if he becomes Prime Minister. He justifies this by saying that it will remind the electorate of these pledges, although of course barely a handful of the millions of voters will ever get to see them. The oddest thing about this is that Mr Milliband ever thought that the electorate was stupid enough to approve of this wasteful and insulting gimmick.

Several thousand years ago a man discovered that writing laws on stone tablets was not any kind of guarantee that the laws would be obeyed. In fact they were found to be broken before the stones could be erected anywhere. Mr Milliband’s proposed stone will not contain laws but vague hopes about material prosperity. His stone will not be a Decalogue of law but a Hexilogue of  the worst kind of political nonsense and may well prove the epilogue of Mr Milliband’s ambition.