The fallout from the Budget and Ian Duncan Smith’s resignation will run for a few weeks, but the poisonous culture within the Conservative parliamentary party will become increasingly toxic as the European Referendum gets closer.
The facts indicate that IDS resigned on a point of principle, for which he should be admired. He has indeed worked tirelessly to liberate people from poverty by giving them the opportunity to work.
While the civil war rages within the Westminster bubble, the rest of us have to get on with our lives, no more so than out in the countryside. At last we have had a week without significant rain which has enabled farmers to get on with vital field work.
Although dry it is still too cold for the arable crops and grass to come out of winter hibernation and start growing. Hopefully soon the soil will warm up, and some much needed sunshine will encourage growth. The fields look decidedly yellow as the relentless rain throughout the winter washed out most of the nutrients from the soil. It will be good to see things greening up.
Hopefully soon, with the help of an application of fertiliser, and a first spray to check inevitable disease, things will pick up. The good news is that the crops have established a good root system which bodes well for the growing season.
The cattle have come through the winter looking well, and fortunately we still have supplies of hay and straw in the barn, which we hope will last until turnout.
It seems extraordinary that an elderly woman whose brother’s savage murder on his farm, who became a symbol of Zimbabwe’s ethnic cleansing, is facing deportation from the UK because she ‘doesn’t know enough about Britain’. Yvonne Karussseit and her husband moved to the East Midlands six years ago from South Africa, to look after her frail parents. Since her father John Ford died, Mrs Karusseit who is paid £61-a-week carer’s benefit now looks after her dementia-stricken widowed mother. Now despite having passed the ‘Life in the UK’ exam with flying colours, the couple have been informed that they have been refused indefinite leave to remain in the UK. Mr Karusseit must give up his £42,000-a-year engineering job and Mrs Karusseit can no longer care for her mother who will now have to go into a care home, at huge cost to the state.
How sensible is that? It defies comprehension when decent hard working people like these are driven out of the country, while evil mass murderers, paedophiles, and individuals who are known by the authorities to be a threat, are allowed to remain due to ‘European’ human rights.
This is just one example which highlights the impracticalities and absurdity of falling over backwards to embrace European regulations which in reality compromise our security and is a burden on overstretched finances. People from outside the EU who are fully employed, speak English, contribute to their community and the exchequer, are unceremoniously thrown out. In this case because they failed to organise a test proving they can speak English! You could not make it up.
It is a shocking state of affairs when a father whose nine year old son had his arm broken, and eleven year old daughter was kicked, punched and her glasses stamped on by brutal bullies at school, is being ‘investigated’ by the police for approaching the parents of the chief bully to ask them to intervene.
As parents it is our duty to protect our children when their peers threaten their safety. These playground bullies turn into nasty adults, the police, the school and the authorities should be supporting Mr Cooper, I sincerely hope he receives an award, not a criminal record.