Looking after the environment for future generations is an important responsibility and one that we must get right. However it has become very difficult to make the right decisions due to the activities of high pressure environmental lobbying groups, some of whom would appear to have distorted scientific facts to suit their own agenda. Politicians have already been pressurised into making a number of suspect decisions with the result that not only is the global environment suffering but millions of people are being denied the chance of a better life, perhaps even life itself.
We are facing many uncertainties in the world, with international terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the instability caused by ‘rogue’ states. Now, as much as ever, we need to think clearly and act decisively when confronting these issues. Yet people who are very good at facing up to challenges in their everyday lives suddenly lapse into wishful thinking when it comes to international affairs.
A good education system is vital to prepare our young people for the future, and vital for the future prosperity of the country as a whole. So why is it that we are unable to get it right? In much of the country we have a system of comprehensive schools which are - supposedly - non-selective. But is this true? Comprehensives are in fact very often 'selective' by the back door, in that in many areas the schools that have a good reputation attract relatively affluent families who buy properties in the area. In other words, the selection process is by income and wealth, not ability.
It would be nice to think that we could all get the perfect job. The reality is that many people have to go into low-paid, insecure jobs with little job satisfaction. To some extent this is inevitable: after all, every society depends on people doing jobs which could be considered ‘menial’ by some. But there is little to say that we have got the balance right in this country.