James Grundy MP: Time to get back to ‘boring’ politics after so much activity
We are now on our fifth prime minister since 2016. The country desperately needs good old fashioned boring politics, so to speak.
I very much want this Prime Minister to serve his full term, which, although it may seem like an odd concept given the turmoil of recent years, was of course the norm until relatively recently. I’m a little old fashioned like that.
Indeed, international politics hasn’t been this turbulent since the 1930s, with far-left and far-right movements springing up all over the world.
In recent years we have faced, and still face, both a global pestilence and a major war in Europe, which had not been the case since the Spanish flu epidemic hit the world after the First World War. .
Just as then, war and pestilence caused economic turmoil.
In the late 1920s and 1930s, this took the form of the Great Depression.
In the years to come, others may look back to the so-called “Great Russian Recession”, as all of Western civilization reels from the economic consequences of the war in Ukraine.
The lights could still go out this winter from Poland to Portugal, and from Italy to Ireland, as global energy prices continue to be deliberately destabilized as political leverage by Russian tyrant, Vladimir Putin .
If you had told me that I would face problems of this magnitude when I was a newly elected MP in 2019, I would have had a hard time believing you.
I remarked to a colleague in Parliament the other day that as new MPs we had probably seen more world history in the short time we were in Parliament than some old statesmen hadn’t seen one in decades.
Being a new MP in these difficult times has been a baptism of fire, and I am extremely grateful to have been able to draw on my experience as a former city councillor.
There is no handbook for new MPs entering Parliament for the first time. We know this because we have watched, as some colleagues have wryly observed.
There’s an old Chinese proverb, and it roughly translates to “may you live in interesting times.”
When I learned this saying, I was surprised to learn that it was meant to be a curse.
By checking Chinese history, this became less surprising.
Living these past two years as an MP, I felt that I had gained a real understanding of the meaning of the phrase, if you understand my drift.
As I said earlier, Britain now needs a healthy dose of ‘boring’ politics, as I and I suspect you, dear reader, have had enough ‘interesting times’ recently.
Until then, we must persevere as best we can, but who knew boring politics could be such an appealing concept?