Getting Out of a Foxhole

It seems that Liam Fox – who was forced to resign as Secretary of State for Defence in October 2011, following controversy over his relationship with Adam Werritty – has his eye on getting back into the corridors of power. In an attempt to regain a foothold in the political arena, he is proposing radical agendas on austerity, immigration and the EU, and this includes advocating that Britain should regain control of its borders by pulling out of the EU’s free movement of labour system. “Nobody should assume they have the right to come to our country because they have relatives already here or because they happen to reside in some remote corner of the European Union,” were the words he used in his speech to the Centre for Policy Studies last week: ‘Immigration: An Open and Shut Case.’

In that same spirit of reform, might it not also be time for a radical agenda on what goes on in parliament, so that Britain can regain control of its political landscape? A decisive first step might be to introduce a reformed “open and shut” policy on ministers, which should be “more open to those who have the skills that we will need to maintain our prosperity and place in the world” but more closed to those seeking access or influence simply because they have friends or family in the cabinet (or perhaps because they reside in a safe seat in some remote backwater).

After all, if there’s one thing that this government has taught us, it’s that no-one should expect to gain a position of privilege merely for social or cultural reasons…

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About Fles

Early middle-aged (oh yes I am!), no longer long-haired but still speccy and decidedly still an increasingly opinionated git. I’m basically a believer in individualism, that everybody has their own perspective and inner-beauty. I try to find humour in every situation. I enjoy reading and writing poetry.
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