Do you think better or worse about politicians at this end of 2020 than this time last year? Has a crisis of COVID-19 and the challenge of Brexit raised or lowered your estimation of the politicians that you and our fellow voters elected? Come to that, do you feel more impressed or less impressed about your fellow human beings as a whole?
I don’t think my opinion has changed much. I thought that Johnson was a lying shallow oaf this time last year and my view, or prejudice (you decide), has been strengthened by events this year. I just hope that others have come closer to my view and that those include some of those who were taken in by him and his persona at the last general election.
Whereas I thought that Keir Starmer was an upright thoughtful person this time last year that impression has grown over time.
Has the government performed well this year – with the massive challenges it has faced? Its handling of coronavirus has been dire – any thought that this bunch of Tories had the public interest at heart and had the competence to deliver for us all departed long ago. Over-promising and under-delivering, dithering and acting far too late have been the hallmarks of their approach.
The right wing of the Tory party quite simply appalls me with their ignorance and their arrogance and the left wing of the Tory party has largely left the party! It comes to something when Jeremy Hunt (still keen to be Prime Minister, I’m sure) looks like one of the more sensible ones!
Our post-Brexit standing as a nation is much diminished and we are now a house very divided. If I were in Scotland I would be looking for independence from the influence of English far-right Tories and no mistake.
I don’t trust this government’s word – at all. And I don’t trust its ability – much. But I fear that the lure of blinkered optimism, that is not so much optimism as fantasy, will still pull many towards false and vague promises.