If in the future an objective historian is researching reasons why the UK declined so badly in the last part of the twentieth century onwards he will no doubt use the newspapers of the time as a source. For a prime example he would do well to examine the Sunday Telegraph of 24th February 2013 where he would find in the various reports and articles clear indications of the reasons for the poor state of the country. What he would also find is that the underlying cause of the problems was a combination of interference from the arrogant bureaucrats of Brussels and the incompetence, stupidity and self serving actions of a political elite who cared nothing for the people but only for their personal advantage.
As one might expect Christopher Booker's column is forthright in its condemnation of the decisions of politicians to bend the knee to the EU, and to the environmental fanatics, and agree to the closure of five major coal fired power stations in the next month, in order to counter an unproven threat from global warming, a threat which becomes more risible with every day that passes. The devastating impact the energy policies being followed should be obvious to any rational person for, as Booker says "Our lights will go out, our economy will suffer a catastrophe, our bills will double, and tens of thousands more people will die of cold in those freezing winters that our politicians were somehow fooled into believing would never come again". The utter insanity of all this is emphasised by a separate report from scientists funded by the government which reveals that the useless wind farms so beloved of the EU and the Greens may very well create more carbon emissions than they save, due to their effect on the peatland where over half are situated. Those who advocate this policy will drive industry from Britain and render us incapable of keeping the lights on.
Three separate articles concern the bias shown by the BBC, with its staff recruited almost exclusively from the metropolitan elite of Guardian readers and its chairman the smug, patronising Eurofanatic Lord Patten. Even the Department of Work and Pensions has been moved to make over twenty formal complaints accusing the BBC of bias, and inaccuracies, and details of the reporting by the latter on a variety of subjects shows that those involved have an in built preference for the policies of the liberal elite. That this bias is anyway directed at what many would regard as a flabby ruling coalition of left liberals can only warn of the utter prejudicial position that the BBC will take should a referendum on EU membership ever be held. Peter Oborne's assessment in the comment pages reveals that even some BBC executives have admitted the bias in favour of Brussels and that Patten's deputy is another Eurofanatic. When combined with the arrogant refusal of the corporation to allow those who oppose the theory of global warming a fair hearing and the manner in which, as reported in this issue of the paper, left leaning politicians are appointed without competition to obscenely overpaid managerial posts, it is clear that the whole organisation is rotten to the core.
Another pointer to the way in which the EU is destroying the democracies of Europe can be found in the report on the Italian elections. That Mr Bersani of the Italian Democratic party can declare that Europe is counting on him to win illustrates just how disconnected have the European political class become from their national electorates. As a candidate in the Italian general election he should be standing up for the interests of the Italian people, not those of the European Union but clearly European politicians have much more in common with each other than those they purport to represent. The poisonous belief of the liberal elite, in every EU state, that nothing matters more than preserving their beloved gravy train is yet another reason why they should be overthrown.
Reader's letters and other reports throughout the paper show just how the overpaid and idiotic political class have presided over one disaster after another. The scandal of the Mid Staffordshire NHS would be almost beyond belief had we not seen so many areas of our national life corrupted by a managerial culture encouraged by the very politicians who should have been acting in the interests of the public. In the Money section one reads of the parlous state of pensions in Britain which once had a system the envy of the world until Brown and others destroyed it.
One would expect that our imagined future historian, having contemplated the manner in which those trusted to defend the interests of the people had betrayed them would see that the words used by Cromwell when, in 1653, he dismissed a previous set of failed parliamentarians apply equally to those who dominated Britain in the early twenty first century "It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place,which you have dishonoured by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice. Ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government. Ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money. Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse. Gold is your God. Which of you have not bartered your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation. You were deputed here by the people to get grievances redressed, are yourselves become the greatest grievance."
What can be done to reverse this terrible state of affairs is uncertain but assuredly it must be done if our democratic way of life is to survive.