It is time to focus on what is really needed.  

We live in a back to front society. In so many cases those in power think of an outcome first and ignore the impact caused when they push forward their bright ideas. Time and again, the powers that be react with knee-jerk actions that we all know will have no staying power, nor achieve what is intended. It seems more important for our politicians to be seen to be doing something, rather than doing what is needed even though it may upset their friends in high places.

I agree that these are sweeping statements that do not apply to every situation. However, many of us will agree there is some credence for this belief.

It has been reported recently that an urgent review has been ordered to close a loophole that is allowing a killer claim legal aid while on the run. Any thoughtful governing body when first setting up the conditions for applying for legal aid should have thought of this first, surely.

It has also been reported that the UK is handing over £1.5 billion to some of the world’s most corrupt countries. We have been assured that these sweeteners are needed for the people in these countries are suffering. However, there is also a well-known phrase – advising us not to cast our ‘pearls before swine.’ Giving money to some corrupt governments means that the well-intentioned funds do not go to the poor, but to the already well-heeled people in power. It is time to call their bluff. Our government should offer to hand it over to the people in the country directly in the form of food, clothing and water and sewage systems, cutting through the bureaucracy that normally lets the money disappear. After all, if a government is not corrupt, it would welcome this offer gladly.

It is regularly reported that our government does not have enough money to support our defence, health or educational systems. If the government has billions to give to other countries surely it must have first satisfied itself that it HAS allocated enough funds to keep its own citizens safe and healthy?

Time and again it is reported that people still have to sleep on our streets and beg for a living in our country. Often a council will have to pay private landlords over the odds to house some of the neediest people. Why not house these people in the properties known to have been empty for years? If a property owner will not or cannot renovate such properties, why don’t councils do so and arrange for the owners to pay back the costs of renovation?

It is time our government cut through its waffle and developed the backbone needed to focus on what really should be done.

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