David Miliband’s recently announced departure from UK politics has been widely summed up as good riddance. Julia Gasper is one of many telling us why.
Yet his South Shields constituency party selected him as their candidate and the voters of South Shields duly voted him into Parliament.
So although our MPs are by and large a venal shower of duplicitous self-serving toads, anyone who tries to make sense of these matters must wonder why they were ever elected. Are we voters to dimwittedly tribal that we vote for a useless, inexperienced nothing such as Miliband rather than abstain or vote for someone at least marginally less ghastly?
Yes we are – obvious conclusion.
So unfortunately it isn’t a puzzle at all. We really do get the shower of wasters we deserve because we voted for every single one of them and there are only slight indications of a feeble but distinctly minority willingness to upset the apple cart. Even that puny gesture seems to be mostly hoovered up by UKIP.
So who are the loons in all this? We are.
We allow them to tax the pants off us and fill the boots of their cronies.
We allow them to lie to us about climate change while old people die of cold.
We allow them to boss us around, spy on us, interfere with our children’s education, force us to pay for state television and so on and so on.
It’s our fault – it really is. We’ve allowed a system to evolve which naturally attracts professional liars and done nothing about it. We vote tribally and they use our stupid tribalism against us.
It’s all our own work.