The last Conservative government was, towards the end, very poor indeed and was riven with sleaze. When Mrs. Thatcher was toppled, love her or loathe her, the lights went out in the Tory Party. The current government, elected in the aftermath of Tory unpopularity, promised much and frankly has not really delivered. It is my opinion that Mr. Blair made a great mistake on day one by inviting us all to '..call me Tony'. I do not want to call the Prime Minister of this, or any, country by his Christian name, any more than I want to call my RSM 'John' or my CO 'Bob'. I simply cannot see what is wrong with 'Sir' or 'Mr. Jones'. The state of the nation now is poor, verging on the dreadful. Barely anything works properly. Parts that do, such as the 'City of London' and its components, are being strangled by ever greater 'red-tape', 'regulations' and diktats emanating from Europe. It is unsurprising that some giant companies are considering leaving the country to establish themselves elsewhere. Crime is now so rampant that I fear that police forces around the nation are slowly being overpowered. The sea of legislation that seemingly is never ending, and its accompanying 'paper-work' and the chasing of 'targets', simply enhance the chances of the 'bad-guy' getting away scot-free without charge or of being acquitted through some obscure and obtuse legal loop-hole. The ludicrous situation whereby drug-addicts in jail are paid compensation for having hard drugs withheld from is disgraceful. Not, I repeat not, a joking matter but why therefore cannot a paedophile seek financial compensation for being locked away from children? Our National Health Service is close to terminal destruction. Tens of thousands of young people leave school unable to read or write or do simple mathematics. Not I venture to suggest the fault in general of our teachers, but rather the constant interference from government in the running of schools; the adherence to so-called 'political correctness'; and above all the abdication of parental responsibility. The levels of personal debt are now so high that it is not without possibilty that they might trigger serious financial problems at national level. Tax. As individuals we are now taxed more heavily than ever before. Businesses are taxed to breaking point, thus inhibiting expension. Trust in our politicians is practically at zero. (Not a political point but who says they trust and believe the government?). The levels of Government are suffocating. Why do I, living in London, have to have: Borough Council (very good as it happens); an MP (equally good but what is she for? Parliament is now a busted flush and an expensive one). A Mayor of London - please can someone explain why and what for? A Central Government - Parliament, but see above! An MEP - who is this person and what does he or she do? A Council of Ministers; European Commissioners - unelected and unaccountable. A Regional Assembly. I have asked many, many people about this and nobody knows what it is, where it is and what it does. An 'Arc de Manche'. This is a super region apparently. The supine unthinking adherence and adoption of every half-baked crack-pot idea issuing from Brussels makes us all less efficient, less competetive and most importantly less free daily. Unless, we put Europe back into its 'trading only' box; repeal the Human Rights Act and all legislation emanting from Europe; rekindle family values; reduce government in all respects; empower and enhance our police forces, I truly believe we are heading towards a state of anarchy. I have tried to write this rant in an apolitical way because my point is the 'ungovernability' of the nation not the political party attempting this soon to be impossible task.