Recent events have made me wonder at the real aims of politicians, who these days largely give the impression of wishing to be our political masters, and not our servants? If a society's population is encouraged or helped to contribute to society as it can within its abilities, a state has a buffer for its citizens with problems to help them through short times of difficulty in their lives, and looks after those who genuinely cannot, education is genuinely geared to providing opportunity and real achievement, those who act against society are caught, deterred and punished, and, above all, hard work, diligence and achievement is rewarded, my view is that such a country would have a place as a world leader, be financially secure, would attract world investment, and be able to constantly improve its technologies to profit all. Looking at relatively recent "trends" as I see them: 1) education - standards lowered at all levels; most recent example being a company having to provide literacy training for its staff to write simple advertisements. 2) public service sector - geared to a strange mix of looking after its own employees, followed by the rights of near any minority you could name, whilst increasingly merely acting as low-level co-ordinators in dishing out public money to private sector firms of very varying quality; whilst reducing services to the majority of a working population. 3) immigration policies - have been deliberately geared to allowing chaos to form and have effectively put huge and unfair loads on services such as education, health and the policing and justice system. 4) defence - has been allowed to generate huge voids of money, in hundreds of billions of pounds, in the investigation of which losses the government appears to have no real interest; whilst major policies of a government appear to be now geared to how many hundreds of millions they can save by cutting Regular Army soldier posts. 5) industry - killed by our government's lack of realism on H&S, the environment etc. Why would you make stuff in the UK if you can get it done in India or Taiwan? 6) nation - how closely and how quietly were we propelled to HM's Sovereignty being planned as subservient to some elected (wait, not elected, appointed!), President of Europe? More gravy train jobs for politicians! Is it indeed stability and the well-being of the nation what our politicians aim for, or are they simply largely on a personal gravy train, needing chaos, smoke screens and mirrors to hide behind, whilst having no concern for Great Britain and its citizens? My proposal is that politicians do NOT want real problems solved. If they can, for example, cut the Regular Army and replace needs with TA, they will have no concern that the best who do join the TA will become unemployable by small firms, who could not afford it, or large firms, who could not afford it. As for medium sized firms..... And by the time that they work out training and support costs as well as all additional costs will not stay cheap, but will grow and grow, there will be another set of troughers in The House of Commons to sort that problem! Indeed, if my cynical views hold water, the first and most sensible place in the country to seriously appraise costs and benefits would appear to be Westminster.