reply to post by FreeMason
Britain's power level is a matter of some question. There are several factors which need to be quantified, before Britain's power can be measured
against that of other nations. For a start, what is the strength of our government?
With a weakened military (which I will return to later, to examine in more depth), an unpopular government which is under the thrall of EU
legislation, and without the power to remove people from its territory without answering to some external review process, I think it is fairly
reasonable to say that in terms of the way its government has behaved over successive parliaments, our government is currently the weakest it has been
for generations. There have been countless examples of this. The cuts culture has bought our nation very low indeed, as did the idiocy that came
before, and the rigidity that came before that. My nation has been loosing power in this regard, since well before I was born, and has never regained
any ground, but has instead taken a backslide.
The next thing to address would be our financial status. Britain's credit rating has suffered a proper kicking over the last ten years, as a result
of the banking collapse, property boom and bust, governmental idiocy in terms of regulatory weaknesses having their inevitable effect, which most
everyone who was paying attention knew were happening and did bugger all to prevent (in the case of those with "the power"). So our financial status
is not as strong as it once was either. That said, we are still a major financial hub, the trade link between Europe and the US, and as a nation with
a rich cultural past, we attract a significant amount of tourism from the US and the Asian continent. So in summary on the money front, things have
been better, but could be a damned sight worse. That, of course, says nothing of what the man in the street here experiences, where money is
concerned. For the average citizen, things have not been easy, and are set to get more difficult, with energy prices set to soar a further eight
percent during this winter.
Another thing to consider, is what portion of goods consumed and purchased in the UK, actually came from it, and to be absolutely frank, the gap
between what we import from, and what we export to the EU is growing at an alarming rate. The gap is wider than six percent at the moment as far as I
am aware, and that is not really a sustainable situation. So in terms of trade with our fellow members of the EU, we are not in a strong position.
Also, we only produce something like forty percent of our own food, which is bloody ridiculous if you ask me. Britain is home to some of the tastiest,
and most tender animal products for a thousand miles in any direction, has access to some of the most wonderful fish stocks, and has arable land which
goes totally under appreciated. Making proper use of our farmers, properly supporting them in their work, preventing big business from crushing
independent farmers, and forcing big companies here in the UK to use raw materials from this country in the production of food for its own people,
would go a long way to sorting this problem out. Unfortunately, that is not likely under any form of free market economic model, and so our position
will remain weak.
On the matter of our military strength, it has to be said that our armed forces are being pushed and pulled in many directions, and none of them
appear to be conducive to effective capability of our nation to withstand significant assault. We have to have French navy ships looking after our
territory now, because the nuts got cut off our navy to the point where all we can really do is send nuclear attack subs, or two not quite finished
air craft carriers, which incidentally came in fantastically over budget for no reason that makes any damned sense what so ever. On the ground
capability is falling as well, and budgets for all the branches of the military are being reduced. Honestly, I am pretty appalled at that, especially
in light of all the things we have asked the men and women of the armed services to do, as a nation, in the last twenty years. Our lads and lasses in
uniform deserve better treatment than they have had from our governments over that period, treatment which sees our military might at a pretty low
Intelligence however, is a strong suit of the British government, and this is reflected in the amount of scrutiny we can apply as a nation to data
which passes through GCHQ's Orwellian bowels. Yes, the system which caused so much upset is probably one of the things which keeps Britain in the big
leagues, and of course, I hate the hell out of the thing. Personally speaking, I have a problem with the idea that because I do not want to be blown
up on a Friday, I should have to sacrifice my privacy by Thursday. The only problem bigger than that, would be the ones I have with the people who
would GLADLY sacrifice their own privacy, AND mine for the security offered by such systems, and of course the jackbooted scum who came up with the
plans for this monster in the first place.
But there is one more measure I would like to apply to my nations strength. I believe that one of the most important indicators of power in a nation,
is how much power each individual in that nation has, over the direction of his own destiny. It is foolish and dangerous to believe that with
determination and will alone, any significant thing can ever be achieved. It is a lie, and a toxic one at that. The reality is that many people of my
age group, are looking into a future in which they will not be able to afford to retire, let alone progress their lives very much, unless they happen
to be STAGGERINGLY lucky, to avoid both the problems which government place before them, and the trap of low incomes. Placing a foot upon the rental
ladder is now as hard for many, as placing their foot upon the PURCHASING ladder was twenty years ago. This is directly linked to the difference
between earnings and cost of living having become greater over the last few years, without any significant remedy being either formulated or enacted.
Personally I believe that it would be a good idea for the government to make the minimum wage, track half a percentage point higher than inflation, to
prevent people ever going hungry despite doing a hard days work, which does indeed happen at the moment.
In summary then, my nation talks a good game at the moment, and has all the makings and materials to be right up there with the biggest dogs in the
yard, despite its tiny land mass. However, unless this place is managed properly in future, it isnt going to work out that way, and it certainly is
not working out right now. I would say we are the weakest we have been for generations, and have an awful lot of work to do to put it right.
Personally I would start with finishing what Guy Fawkes began, and installing some actual human beings in government, rather than the bunch of
pre-programmed manikins we currently have.