COMMENT: Westwell of Ely

PUBLISHED: 19:19 06 April 2017

Ely Standard columnist Rosemary Westwell.

Ely Standard columnist Rosemary Westwell.


I heard a talk the other day and I was bored rigid. Why are so many speeches being deliberately made so uninteresting?

It is no wonder we see pictures of the House of Lords with so many old duffers asleep. They were probably driven so by boring, self-aggrandising politicians who have more interest in themselves than in improving matters.

What makes my mind shut down particularly is when speakers give a string of numbers: We have thrown so much money at … and we have dealt with so many people.

You know the sort of thing. They must know that ‘There are statistics, damn statistics and lies’. What really matters is what they have done and why. They need to tell us what positive things they have actually done for those who have crossed their path. For all we know, they could have seen a hundred people and done nothing for any of them.

Giving reasons for their decisions is important. We need to see the thinking behind their actions and promises.

So when we are told we cannot expect to be relieved from pain with an operation in hospital, we should be given a good reason.

Although they may say so, it is not the lack of money that is stopping them; it is the lack of will to help those in need.

It is said that a civilised society is judged by how it helps its vulnerable citizens. They are not doing very well at this so far, are they?

Learning that a special new, very expensive piece of equipment has been given to a hospital makes it clear where priorities lie.

Then there are speakers who moan. When they are offered solutions, they are not interested. They just want to moan. It is time this is stopped. Dare I say this may be at the heart of our problems with Brexit?

Repetition is another sleep inducing aspect of speeches. While Trump may engage the emotions, he repeats himself regularly showing nothing but ignorance that makes some of us cringe.

I wonder if the BBC has thought of the negative effects of repeating itself? There are SO many programmes that are repeats, I despair of finding anything new. What is our television licence for? - certainly not for supporting new actors in new dramas.

It is about time speakers gave something new to the audience instead of using the space to enjoy listening to the sound of their own voices. We want to be involved, we want to know what they are thinking and we certainly do not want to listen to a string of numbers or false promises.


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