Too much naval-gazing from our politicians

0
Have your say

There is something not quite right about a nation that seems to spend its every waking hour lauding the achievements of a few sportsmen and women, while another watches its children die under a hail of shells.

I refer of course to Scotland, where we have been glued to our television sets cheering on our heroes, while in Gaza a war goes on, which we seem powerless to end.

At the same time, our own politicians seem more concerned about telling us the UK is enjoying an economic recovery, conveniently ignoring the fragile state of affairs in a number of locations throughout the world, including Syria and the Ukraine and, of course, the aforesaid Gaza.

Should these situations escalate further, George Osborne’s hard sell of the state of the economy will count for naught when oil prices go through the roof, creating chaos in world markets.

The desperate aspect of it all is the short term thinking of politicians, anxious only to win votes in the run up to elections, as is the case in the UK this year.

The Labour Party would of course have been no different, leaving the electorate to mourn the passing of international politicians. We have no statesmen of any note, only sad, grey little men, desperate to survive just one more election.

So while the Glasgow Games are now confined to the history books to be replaced by the never far from your screens game of football, the atrocities of war will dominate our news channels.

What we the public do to bring an end to these troubles is hard to say. We are certainly not getting a good example from our elected members.

The international business community also seems incapable of showing compassion, as was the case last week when Matalan, a UK based clothing company, tried to get out of its obligation of paying its share of compensation to the families of the 1100 workers who died in the Rana Plaza factory collapse last year in Bangladesh.

Only heavy pressure brought about a change of heart from the company. Even then it was more about them being concerned about image, given that Asda, Debenhams, H&M and Primark had all agreed to meet their obligations.

If there is any hope in all this gloom it lies in the charitable nature, and anxiety of members of the public to do the right thing by their fellow man.

Had Matalan not finally agreed to pay compensation you can guarantee a whip round among the UK public would have raised the money required to meet the needs of the bereaved families, of that I am pretty sure.

So given the generous, compassionate nature of the man in the street, surely it is possible to translate such strength of feeling and purpose to our politicians.

Or once again do I ask too much?