Priorities

Not a good weekend for news,but then most weeks and most weekends seem to be full of the bad stuff. Specific mounting crises in, at least A and E, care homes and the courts. Not to mention ongoing problems in education and the NHS, the migrant situation, and beyond that inequality and climate change. And what's the most urgent priority for our rulers? Increasing the powers of surveillance exercised by secret services and the police. Says it all, really. You don't mind that they don't have instant solutions - these are difficult issues, and require a bit of thought. But it would help if they gave a sense that they cared a toss about what's happening.