There are dozens of aphorisms of this nature, most of the entirely unsuitable for this gentle blog, which indicate that once something has happened, it’s pretty much impossible to undo. And while I was taking my daily constitutional, I was wondering whether life in Britain would ever experience a resurgence in trust of the political classes, for instance? When the next Parliamentary scandal comes along, will Cameron’s Tories do the honourable thing? And remain honourable in not returning to government, ever again?
Will we ever see a return to responsible politics? Will principle ever return to the debate between MPs of different parties, or will we continue with the pointless, jeering, “dividing lines” and a sneering refusal to answer reasonable questions? Will government departments ever do things other than endlessly recycle old spending announcements? Will the government stop finding new ways to insert itself rudely into our lives and our wallets?
Will newspapers ever return to regularly investigating things and breaking stories, or will they continue endlessly and unquestioningly repeating press releases?
Will “public servants” ever remember that they are there for the benefit of the taxpayer and that the taxpayer is not there for the benefit of the public servant?
Will the police ever become depoliticised to the extent that we trust them again?
Will the long-suffering motorist ever stop being regarded as a necessary evil, only suffered for the vast amounts of money that can be extorted?
Will people ever reclaim their right to do with their own lives as they see fit? Will an Englishman’s home one day again be his castle? Will people be allowed to smoke indoors ever again? Will overpaid bullyboys, suckling with gay abandon at the taxpayer’s teat and using said largesse to tell the taxpayer how wrong he is in everything he says and wants and does, ever be told to bugger off?
So many questions. But only, I’m afraid, one answer.