The pathetic David Cameron on the Libyan evacuation farce:
“I’m incredibly sorry that people have had a difficult time. This is not an easy situation”
And it isn’t made any easier by the arrogance and incompetence of people who are paid to do jobs they are singularly incapable of carrying out effectively or properly. Sorry, it seems, is now the easiest word. Sorry is what is offered up readily in place of properly carrying out the basic functions of a government.
This is now a nation on its knees. We have been dragged here by successive governments, staffed by over rated managerialist incompetents, that have intentionally allowed the proper functions of a nation state to decay into uselessness because they don’t believe this country should punch above its weight. They have the ‘small island’ mentality. The one that recites the narrative that it isn’t our place to be important on the world stage. Never mind the globally significant achievements of this country and its people over the centuries, they believe we must not be a world power and they sneer at anyone who disagrees. Instead they say we must scale down our capability and our influence to match the small geographical area of these islands because anything else constitutes some kind of arrogance.
Theirs is an artifical construct. Only a fool would argue that a nation’s influence should be constrained because of its physical size. What matters is not the amount of land a nation covers, but what the people of that nation can do, what challenges they can overcome, what great strides they can take for the betterment of everyone and what great examples they can set. Britain earned its place at the world’s top table because of the entrepreneurial and daring mindset of many of its people.
The rush for mediocrity and the guilt complex of the self loathing has seen us replace our can-do attitude and sense of self worth with incompetence and failure. And the self loathing celebrate this. That is where we are today and that is, in a nutshell, how we were led here. It is why our self reliance has been supplanted by reliance on the state. It is why every measure of this country’s capability has declined, from the standard of our education to the quality of our goods and services, from the strength of our armed forces to the ability of our public servants.
It is a nauseating disgrace. It is a national humiliation.
The first consideration of any government is the protection and security of the people it serves. The government failed spectacularly to do that in Libya. While the governments of other countries were busy providing a means of exit in the absence of commercial travel, arranging transit to ports and airports in convoys, generating lists of people to be extracted, and putting on the ground a visible organising presence by embassy staff to manage the operation at the airport, the oh-so-grand United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office was telling Britons to stay put if they wished or leave on commercial flights.
Listening to the accounts of Britons who had made it out of the country yesterday – before the FCO had shaken itself from its laser like focus on surrendering this country’s interests to the European Union – we heard the humiliating tales of Portuguese and Argentine embassy staff providing assistance to Britons while our embassy staff were nowhere to be seen.
A nation that once governed effectively and ran competently a global Empire in the challenging days of ships and horse mounted couriers, has found itself incapable in the digital age of communicating clearly and mounting a cohesive evacuation operation for several hundred of its citizens stuck in a country only a few hours flying time from London.
That the first aircraft chartered by the FCO to fly people out of Tripoli developed a technical fault and sat on the ground for 10 hours, without anyone having the wit to source another without delay, was truly symbolic. It was a working example of this nation’s decline and the extent to which our character has been eroded by handwringing wimps.
So it was no surprise that the Foreign Office’s failure should provoke a typically pathetic response from David Cameron that the government must ‘learn the lessons’ from it. What utter bullshit. This isn’t the first time. It is code for doing nothing and trying to dodge the deserved contempt of the yet again let down public.
Where are the lessons that have been learned from previous failures? Anyone can learn from their own mistakes, but wise people learn from the mistakes of others. But not in this country. With our useless stuffed suits wandering aimlessly around Whitehall we continue to make them and are condemned to continue making them. These are the kind of people who have transformed Britain into third rate country deserving of scorn. They did not want us to have a nation of which we can be proud and even now actively play down moments in our history of which we should be proud and that should be inspiring the next generation.
The people of this country have been lulled into a virtual coma by those who want to undermine it. The political parties, the establishment, the media, all of them have conspired actively or through silence in this evisceration of our nation. It will continue until some people have the courage to take this country back from the quisling, defeatist bastards and make it something we can be proud of again.