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The coming years of high taxes, coupled with inflation and rising mortgage rates that we are facing, will not be caused by an unstoppable force of nature. Nor the wild rise in energy prices.

All of these things are the direct result of government action. They didn’t have to happen. I warned against all of them. And yet there is no political party, not even a minority in Parliament, that would have been remotely interested in such warnings. The whole House of Commons thinks in unison.

On every subject where it could have been right or even divided, it was unanimously wrong.

Perhaps those of you who have repeatedly ignored my advice that the Tory party is not your friend and that our governments are incompetent will finally start listening. And perhaps those who are now raising and waving the flag of Ukraine are wondering if they had them (they were).

In the spring of 2020 I was almost alone trying to warn that the government is making a grave mistake regarding Covid and is wildly overreacting like a man burning down his house to get rid of a hornet’s nest.

I wrote here in May of this year: “Imagine Chancellor Rishi Sunak as a smiling payday loan salesman and you will start to get the picture. But it will not be Mr. Sunak’s happy face that you will see when the time comes for repayment, but the tough and relentless agents of Her Majesty’s Treasury and Customs.’

In the spring of 2020 I almost alone tried to warn that the government was making a serious mistake regarding Covid. Pictured people wearing masks on the London Underground in 2020

I pointed out: “No one has ever seen so much wild spending of money that isn’t there in peacetime. Some idiots these days think you can do that with no repercussions… This isn’t fairy gold we’re spending now on Mr. Sunak’s vacation and emergency loans. It is our future for many years.

“We cannot know the exact details of what lies ahead, although I would not rule out a sudden raid on savings, as well as severe local and national taxes, direct and indirect, and currency inflation.”

By the way, your savings don’t have to be plundered. Inflation will eat you up while you sleep.

Even longer ago, on April 5, 2008, I wrote on this page: “I sometimes wonder if our leaders really want to drive Russia into angry, sullen isolation. Russians are proud and patriotic. They are just as hurt by the loss of status and empire as we were in the 1950’s.

“Why are they rubbing their noses in week after week by keeping NATO alive years after it was dissolved and threatening to expand it to Ukraine and Georgia? It is through such things that we created Vladimir Putin.”

And I predicted: ‘The next European war will be over gas, oil and pipelines, and it’s pretty clear that Russia controls more of these things than we do.’

Even longer ago, on April 5, 2008, I wrote on this page: “Why rub the Russians in the face week after week about keeping NATO alive years after its dissolution and threatening to expand it to Ukraine?  and Georgia?  By doing things like this, we created Vladimir Putin (pictured yesterday).'

Even longer ago, on April 5, 2008, I wrote on this page: “Why rub the Russians in the face week after week about keeping NATO alive years after its dissolution and threatening to expand it to Ukraine? and Georgia? By doing things like this, we created Vladimir Putin (pictured yesterday).’

I might add the many times I have warned here about the capitulation of the supposedly “conservative” government to the zealots of Extinction Rebellion and the insane, irreversible demolition of our coal-fired power plants by explosives. We didn’t even have the humility and caution to mothball them if it was a mistake. If we had kept them, they would really come in very handy now. With China and India building new ones every few weeks, who would dare criticize us for this?

You see, I was right on these important national policy issues, and the entire political and media establishment was wrong, because we handed over the leadership of the country to ignorant teenagers who know no history and lack character, questions or doubts to deliver.

Do you think you might pay more attention to me in the future?

Living Proof Britain was once a worthy place

I had a hard time going back to the movies, something I used to love but rarely do now. I think the main reason is that there are so few films that I’ve actively wanted to watch or even tried to watch. But last week I saw Living, a small humble but powerful film starring the lovely actor Bill Nighy.

And I don’t think it would have been half as good seen from the sofa. Set in the early 1950s, it is based on a classic Japanese film. It’s very quiet and reserved, depicting a world where we British were much more like the Japanese in our formality and sophisticated manners.

The price of admission is justified by the opening credits alone – archived color film from London almost 70 years ago, red buses between tall dark buildings, a totally British city I can just remember, now as lost as Atlantis.

And what follows is a rather moving warning to all of us how very small acts of laziness or simple negligence can do great harm, and how equally small acts of kindness can transform the world. Do you see it.

Last week I saw Living, a small, humble but powerful film starring lovely actor Bill Nighy (pictured).

Last week I saw Living, a small, humble but powerful film starring lovely actor Bill Nighy (pictured).

Our ridiculous megalomania

You see, you can’t be bankrupt and a great nation at the same time. Now we’re in this mess, don’t let a good crisis go to waste. Admit we messed things up and fix it while we still can.

Certainly it is now apparent that our fantasy that we are still a great and powerful country whose NHS is the envy of the world is a ridiculous delusion.

Yet if we realized the truth, we could be a much happier place. Think smaller. Do it better.

Now that we’re broke, let’s ditch the absurd and useless HS2 railroad and instead rebuild the rail network we destroyed in the 1960s, with trains that don’t run particularly fast, but at least get there on time. We could also solve most of our urban traffic problems by resetting the trams.

We don’t need to replace Trident, a Cold War superpower weapon. We are not a superpower. Israel, facing a real existential threat from its enemies, doesn’t waste its money on such things – but still keeps a small, effective nuclear force, as we might do.

Now that we're broke, we should cancel the absurd and useless HS2 railway and instead rebuild the rail network that we destroyed in the 1960s.  Pictured: Artist's rendering of an HS2 train

Now that we’re broke, we should cancel the absurd and useless HS2 railway and instead rebuild the rail network that we destroyed in the 1960s. Pictured: Artist’s rendering of an HS2 train

As for the shaky NHS, which is the envy of no one except perhaps some parts of the third world, when will there be a better opportunity to admit that it has failed?

There are many alternative health care options. It is ridiculous to pretend that the only option is to adopt the equally bad American system.

I would emulate the French, whose health care is rated by the WHO as the best in the world and where (for example) they have long since abolished open wards and given everyone in the hospital a single room.

I write today on pages 34 and 35 about the tragic mess we have made in our schools and universities.

Again, as in so many other areas, if we realize we’re not the best in the world, we might end up with something decent. But continue the fantasy, and we’ll go down the abyss.

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