Every sixth former is familiar with Maslow's pyramid of need. Individuals must first satisfy their basic needs for food, water, warmth and shelter before they can use surplus time to get the paintbox out or strum chords on the guitar. As with individuals, so with nations; the most necessary and fundamental function of government is to ensure those things that must be arranged collectively. Food security, energy security, the efficiency of the fighting forces, protection from natural threats such as fire, flood and the sea. Only after these are assured should we use surplus resources to improve life quality at the margins.
With reckless and purblind cupidity, Labour have spent eleven years ignoring the nation's most fundamental securities. It is a failure in the most basic duties of government. Instead they have squandered billions on the fads and pointless obsessions of a cabal of loony cranks, an ever increasing spectrum of joyless social engineering measures. All the while, our infrastructure is failing; water supplies, sewer networks, coastal defences. Our fighting forces are criminally abused and neglected. A nation dependent on imports for half its food has no coherent food security strategy.
And now the lights are going off. A Newcastle University study projects massive power shortfalls in the not distant future; whilst Labour play with toy windmills, our energy generating capacity is dying.
The government is simply not fit for purpose. It has not even the competence to discharge the most basic and fundamental duties. The nation must be given the opportunity to be rid of them, and soon.