The Government – The Ramblings of an Old Codger

I’ve been giving a lot of thought recently to Her Majesty’s Government and whether they offer good value for money, are they fit for purpose and are they doing what they are supposed to be doing for us?

Do they offer good value for money?  Hardly.  Their expenses are ‘generous’ to say the least, their salaries are ‘comfortable’ and their pension schemes ‘improving’.   Whilst everybody else is expected to bite the bullet and tighten their belts, what are our MPs doing?  I don’t count Civil Servants in this because they are actually suffering the same as we are.  Our MPs.  Don’t care what party they represent.  Their job is Inflation-Proof and Recession-Proof.  It’s not even a full time job.  How many MPs attend ALL sessions of the House?  They have surgeries and other commitments outside of Parliament I agree, but they always seem to have time to fit in a fact-finding mission to somewhere abroad.

Are they Fit for Purpose?  Hardly.  This coalition that we seem to be interminably stuck with doesn’t seem to be able to achieve anything without resorting to privatisation and bully-boy tactics.  It’s like being in the school playground all over again.  “My Dad’s bigger than your Dad”.  Well my Dad would never have voted for you Dave and your old school Eton chums as long as he drew breath.  What you are doing to this country is a national disgrace.  Fit for Purpose?  NO.

Finally, are they doing what they are supposed to be doing for us, the British people, the Electorate?

To answer this one I reverted to the good old fashioned Oxford English Dictionary.

GOVERNMENT.

Definition of government

noun

  • 1 [treated as singular or plural] the group of people with the authority to govern a country or state; a particular ministry in office: the government’s economic record successive Labour governments
  • [mass noun] the system by which a state or community is governed: a democratic form of government
  • [mass noun] the action or manner of controlling or regulating a state, organization, or people: rules for the government of the infirmary

2 Grammar the relation between a governed and a governing word.
That didn’t really answer my question, so I went on to
GOVERN
Definition of govern

verb

[with object]

  • 1conduct the policy, actions, and affairs of (a state, organization, or people) with authority: he was incapable of governing the country (as adjective governing) the governing coalition
  • control, influence, or regulate (a person, action, or course of events): the future of Jamaica will be governed by geography not history
  • (govern oneself) conduct oneself, especially with regard to controlling one’s emotions: he does not have the ability to govern himself or others successfully
  • serve to decide (a legal case).

2 Grammar (of a word) require that (another word or group of words) be in a particular case: the Latin preposition ‘cum’ governs nouns in the ablative
Now we’re getting there:-
conduct the policy, actions, and affairs of (a state, organization, or people) with authority
Where in that sentence (or any of the others) does it say “To screw up all of the public services and sell them off to the highest bidder with total disregard to the wishes of the electorate“?
I’m only asking Dave because that’s what seems to me to be happening, and I can’t see that bit in the definitions of govern and government which is what YOU are meant to be doing.
So, in short, NO, they are not doing what they are supposed to be doing for us.
NB
All opinions are my own and have not been fed to me by my local MP
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