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Privatising our roads will be a terrible deal – just as it was for the telecoms and water industries

Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. In which case, going by his speech yesterday on overhauling Britain’s roads and airports, David Cameron is mad.

I don’t usually do personal, or rude. But if the prime minister really, truly thinks he can do what his predecessors have done over the past couple of decades and not cop precisely the same woeful mess that they did, then he’s bonkers. Gaga. A few Pret sandwiches short of the full picnic.

Strip away the novelty of a prime ministerial speech devoted to, um, tarmac and what the Tory leader proposes is pretty much what we have heard over and over, from Thatcher onwards. Every British prime minister of recent memory has turned to private businesses and investors to build and run hospitals, schools and tube services. Now Cameron wants them to take over our motorways and trunk roads, too.

via Guardian.co.uk

I can find no words, so I won’t even begin to write any.

 

The bigger picture

The government said tackling poor basic skills was a top priority.

Yes, of course, they would say that. They don’t mean it, though. Obviously.

BBC News – Pride in poor maths culture ‘must be tackled’

I had poor maths teaching at school. In fact, I think my entire school career was an experiment on behalf of the council and education authorities. If I didn’t have access to calculators, I’d be all but innumerate. Luckily, I managed to escape with reasonable qualifications in other areas.

But this is hiding the bigger picture—which only hit me this morning as I read the story linked to above. This wringing of hands about poor education standards has been going on for at least thirty years now. Yet, standards seem to be slipping lower and lower.

This is the bigger picture: the lower orders must be kept uneducated at all costs. Standards are being lowered, because that’s what the Powers That Be want.

You see, if the lower orders are literate and numerate, they will begin to want to better themselves. They will begin to see behind the curtain, and realise that those “elected” to govern have no real interest in the rest of us. Provided we can be kept ignorant, provided with adequate food and alcohol, and distracted with the likes of X-Factor and Strictly Come Don’t Look Over There, the PTB can continue to destroy everything we hold dear while they feather their own nests.

It’s sickening.

My resolution to post more about the nicer things in life hasn’t lasted very well. I can only apologise, but sometimes I need to get this stuff off my chest. Despite some of the planet’s population doing their best to restore sanity in their part of the world (Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, etc), the “elites” seem ever more intent on maintaining the insanity, as it’s in their favour.

I’m cross now. I’ll be over there, lying in a darkened room with a cool towel on my forehead.