Election Campaign Misses Point
As usual the Election Campaing looks as if it will miss the point. The real challenges are to identify the problems and then look at how to resolve them. Much of this relates to the mechanisms by which government operates.
For example we are heading for bed number cuts in Birmingham (yes about 100 more beds to be cut on the current info I have). This is driven by the incompetence of the governmental structures rather than any shortage of finance.
Similarly the Criminal Justice system is in a bureaucratic muddle - although some aspects of this are getting sorted.
One of the debates that misses the point by the furthest is that on migration. Most of the problems that arise from immigration result from people who are illegal immigrants abusing the processes. For example there were the Chinese Cockle Pickers.
It is not that we need lots more laws. What we need are laws that work.
These are Labour's pledges:
"Your family better off"
The problem with this one is Labour know they are in a financial mess. This has not yet impacted people generally, but will. The inefficiency and corruption in Labour's mechanisms of governance are undermining prosperity. Labour have created a situation in which a company can be sued if it gives an employee unpaid leave for any reason.
"Your family treated better and faster"
Er ... MRSA, fewer beds etc.
"Your child achieving more"
This year 9% of schools have discipline problems. Last year it was 5%. Even taking into account some statistical error that is a deteriorating situation.
"Your country's borders protected"
This is their campaign on "ID Cards" which will not apply to people until they have been in the UK for at least 3 months. What they are not doing is dealing with the real issues. Instead they are raising Chimarae. Whether people will see through this or not is not clear.
"Your community safer"
Pull the other one - look at their record - particularly in terms of violent crime which is what worries people most.
"Your children with the best start"
With the discipline problems that exist in 9% of schools I think not.
It is interesting that two of these "pledges" relate to school education.