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Letter: Too late for hindsight
4:24pm Wednesday 8th August 2012 in Opinion
After the expenses fiasco, if any more proof was needed that our politicians are totally out of touch with the world the rest of us inhabit, then surely it must be the confessions by Harriet Harman and David Blunkett that Labour were wrong to relax restrictions on gambling. I never cease to be amazed at the 20/20 hindsight politicians always have after the event. Having seen how making gambling a free for all has blighted communities and plunged families into debt, Harriet says, “If only we had known then what we know now”.
Do they never learn from history? Do they not listen to wiser councils?
Over the years be it the post-war divisions of countries, closing down grammar schools, going to war in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan or schemes to get people exercising, or eating five portions of fruit and veg a day, everything politicians have touched have either betrayed the people or turned out to be dismal and expensive failures. Being clever in hindsight is just not good enough Harriet. We expect those who govern us to be clever before the event.
D Walker, Barrowford.
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