There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.
Unless, of course, you happen to be a politician,
in which case, every lunch is ‘free’ –
but free to them, and not to us,
the taxpayer…
I just don’t get it.
Why do we have
politicians who spend
(and spend, and spend)
half of their time
voting themselves pay rises and fiddling their expenses claims
(‘but I’m only getting what the system allows me to get’)
and the other half of the time
faffing about
how to revamp the system
(that presumably we paid them to put there in the first place,
foolishly trusting them to not fleece us)
instead of
doing what they’re supposed to be doing
running the country?
Sack the lot of them.
Corrupt, worthless, useless wasters.
Start again.
(And this time, let’s leave out
the economists, lawyers and accountants.
All those highly-paid number-crunchers
who seem unable to comprehend
that what goes up
must come down.
Let’s have instead
some teachers, scientists, nurses, bricklayers.
People who have
some understanding about reality,
some grounding in common sense.)

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4 Responses to TANSTAAFL

  1. Polly says:

    And of course the teachers know what’s important, that’s why their former pupils do so well!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  2. Colin says:

    Hi Polly 🙂

    Not really sure what your point is. In my opinion, if the teachers were allowed to teach without having constant interference by politicians whose main criterion is spin to make it look as though they’re doing a good job rather than things that, let me think, um… actually improve the quality of teaching, well, then, a teacher’s former pupils would do, on the whole, rather better, I think.

    This former pupil did quite well at skool – until, that is, the labour government of the time decided that Grammar schools were elitist and should be done away with. In this former pupil’s opinion, this former pupil might even have passed his ‘A’ levels had he taken them where he expected to, instead of being shuttled off to a different school in the last year because the ‘elitist’ school he was at (whose motto was, incidentally ‘worth, not birth’) was forced to change.

    Current former pupils don’t do so well, in this former pupil’s opinion, because of a continual dumbing down of the teaching standards so that those with no acadamic interest can feel that they’re ‘succeeding’ as well as their academically-inclined peers. This benefits nobody in the long term. Let’s just hand out ‘A***’ grades to everyone who can spell their names correctly, and be done with it. I’m sure that would please all the parents of the little darlings whose votes the politicians try to buy with their incessant, ineffectual promises. Didn’t some party or other have a motto not so long ago of ‘education, education, education’? – I can’t recall which party it was, they all merge into one these days… a single amorphous mass. Kill the blob! Let’s see some action for a change, instead of more reams of broken promises!

    Oops. Rant over 🙂


  3. Polly says:

    Wasn’t the former speaker a former steel-worker? How real do you want the government to be? My point was trying to pick up on your last paragraph, where you suggested that those educated by the teachers should be left out of government and replaced by the teachers – aren’t the teachers in the most influential position, indoctrinating the young.

    My teachers had two lessons to teach
    1. Pupils shouldn’t follow their father’s (or parents) professions and
    2. Pupils should get enough qualifications so that they don’t end up on the dole

    Each year between February and May they threatened strikes and strikes in the exam period. One year they went on strike. (Some of the pupils did too!) "Give us this day our daily task, Consistency is all I ask!" (Stoppard – forgotten the title of the play – it was a long time ago and that was a failed one anyway) Teachers have their time of influence. If their lessons are worth learning, they should be carried into the boardrooms and the higher echelons of government. I’m sure that if they had wanted to govern, and been capable, they would have taken their place. There was one book they made sure that we read – Animal Farm – I think that was political – something about governments all ending up the same, and never looking like a particularly pretty bunch – so, their an amorphous blob – how soon before the individuals who replaced them became the same?

    I’m glad you did well at school, sorry you didn’t do as well as expected – wish I’d gone to a grammar school.


  4. Colin says:

    I don’t disagree with you, Polly.

    But… those taught by the current crop of teachers are ‘indoctrinated’ according to rules made up by the current crop of politicians, whose priorities clearly have more to do with bureaucratic box-ticking than educating. This is a far cry from a population that would have been guided in its learning by those taught and *trusted* to educate, rather that to do what, in the existing scheme, is mis-labelled as ‘teaching.’

    I’m sorry I put in that parenthetical ranty-snippet now… my main point has been sidetracked 🙂

    As another sidetrack, I’m sorry that you didn’t get the opportunity of going to a Grammar school. My five (should have been seven, but for political interference) years at one taught me far more than I realised at the time. In my opinion, we’d all be better off if such schooling was brought back, to give the ‘worth not birth’ choice back to those youngsters who are academically inclined. One size does not fit all; we’re all different.

    Animal Farm? Yes, you’re probably right, all governments that are left to run themselves FOR themselves – instead of ‘by the people for the people’ – will all degenerate into pigs at the trough.


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