Broken Britain needs to be fixed – and fast – or the very future of our great country is at risk, says Dan Wootton
It’s hard not to look around the country at the moment and feel something fundamental in Britain is broken
Over two years of devastating Covid lockdowns changed the way we work and live, while fundamentally adjusting the expectations many have of the state.
Combined with a European war, culminating in an unprecedented cost-of-living crisis, with 10 percent fast-growing inflation.
All of that has the country on edge, just at the time Conservative MPs foolishly decided this time of crisis was the moment to depose a Brexit-delivering Prime Minister elected in a landslide less than three years ago, leaving a gigantic power vacuum for this difficult summer.
Our streets have become lawless, with the slayings of 87-year-old Thomas O'Halloran and nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel uniting the nation in horror.
Our police patrol our tweets and virtue signal, rather than solve crime.
That leaves idiots like the eco-terrorists of Just Stop Oil to bring further chaos and carnage to our already difficult day-to-day lives, with 32 dirty crims blocking three service stations on the M25 to call for the UK to end all new oil and gas projects, which would put us all in fuel poverty.
Our airports have become a nightmare, with thousands of flights cancelled and delays now expected. Who would bother to try and go away?
But that’s nothing compared to the hell of rail travel, with the militant Unions doing all they can to damn the service into disrepair, with constant strikes.
Eurotunnel passengers were yesterday forced to evacuate underneath the English Channel in scenes “like a disaster movie” after a five-hour breakdown.
Not to mention a national emergency on the Channel with unprecedented illegals arriving by boat and record NHS waiting lists, despite record funding.
But this climate-entitled civil service still believe they have a God-given right to sit at home while being paid by taxpayers, refusing to return to the office, even as seven out of ten pubs say they could be forced to close this winter.
Meanwhile, this is how the striking workers at Felixstowe, damning us to £700million worth of supply chain issues, choose to celebrate.
As Ross Clark wrote in today’s Sun – a newspaper of the workers: “Britain once had a reputation as the ‘workshop of the world’.
"Now, post-Covid, we’re more like the holiday camp of the world. We want to cut our hours, work from home, take time off whenever our ‘wellbeing’ demands it — and yet still we think we have a right to a fat pay rise.”
The likely next Prime Minister Liz Truss was slammed by the left as some sort of traitor when The Guardian leaked historic audio of her calling for British productivity to be improved by hard graft so we can compete with economies with China.
But that’s exactly what we need.
The terrible thing is that I can understand why this desperation and despair could lead some to think a Labour socialist government – propped up by the nightmare combination of the Lib Dems, SNP and Greens – could be the solution.
But, believe me, such a scenario would send us into a decade of discontent, not just a winter.
It’s the socialist policies of the Covid era that have led us to this mess, including an outrageous 70-year high tax burden, which must be immediately cut.
Only an immediate and dramatic reversal of such an approach will lead us out.
The very future of our great country is at risk.