From: Gordon Lawrence, Stumperlowe View, Sheffield.
AMONGST all the variety of stimulating contributors The Yorkshire Post offers, I think readers are fortunate in being able to savour, every Wednesday, the penetrating political insight and red meat common sense of Yorkshireman Sir Bernard Ingham.
Agree with him or not, his clarity and incisiveness of thought are a regular pleasure.
He started out as a socialist but early maturity, no doubt, moved him from idealistic impracticality to a more rational and realistic persuasion.
His professional association with Margaret Thatcher, as Press Secretary, must have further consolidated his position towards the right of the political spectrum.
As a stickler for democracy, Sir Bernard plainly understands and opposes the long-run ambition of a European super-state, dominated by Germany and France, with the inevitability of ever diminishing democracy and ever mounting bureaucracy.
He sees through the politically correct culture that even constrains centre-right governments to liberate themselves from the web of regulation that strangles enterprise and individual freedoms.
The hypocrisy of Labour, and especially the Lib Dems in their slavish championing of the EU that represents the complete antithesis of all their liberal and democratic principles is a regular source of Ingham criticism.
They hang onto the tail of Big Business for their only source of credibility is a very questionable economic one.
Their constant refrain of ‘it’s only by being a EU member that the UK is able to influence decisions in its favour’ has proven to be a completely bogus one. It never happens.
It is another reason why Cameron’s current charm campaign with Merkel and Co is regarded as likely to end up a slippery fudge.
I’m also with Bernard Ingham’s scepticism on wind farms and the way politicians have commandeered the so-called climate change science largely to boost their moral compass and international prestige.
In my opinion, we must guard ourselves from being swept away by the impetuous tide of fashionable wisdom, as time and time again, it proves to be an exaggeration and a faulty base for damaging long-run legislation.
It is the likes of Bernard Ingham that attempts to bring sense to so many of these political follies.