Thanks Rayc, your friend Mr. Datta-Ray has summarised our problems perfectly. Unfortunately, as he points out, the shameless cannot be shamed into modifying their behaviour. It is reassuring to know that foreign observers have a positive view of our future.
Same sort of thing is happening in NZ. The govt. is giving its mates massive tax cuts, while all around Health, education, Defence and public works/Justice are falling into disrepair or foreign hands. Think of it like an oak tree, it grows under its own steam, throws out its branches to the air, and the Ivy creeps in , and sucks out the sap of the tree. Then the plants that the tree once nourished with fallen leaves rise and try to suck out more, thinking it is their entitlement, and still the tree is sucked dry by the ivy, and there are fewer leaves... And all the tree needs is a good gardener to cut away the ivy, prune back the plants, and set the tree right again. Rather than one who shakes loose leaves for the plants below at their greed-ridden command, and gives the ivy the stranglehold it desires.
Whew. Right, i'm off to have a bath and a lie-down
That is probably the best article I have read in the telegraph for years. What a shame it was in the Calcutta edition and not the London one, the people who shoud have read it might have got the chace.