Thursday, 1 September 2011

Land of the rising scum

Most members of the UK political elite are best described as lying scum. Maybe that's not very kind and I suppose we must expect one or two inveterate liars among our political class anyway - as statistical anomalies. But when truth-tellers are the statistical anomalies then surely we have a problem.

And if the lying isn’t bad enough, their furtive attitude to personal expenses showed them to be on average, more dishonest and untrustworthy, more wedded to their own ghastly comforts than the electorate they supposedly represent. So they trash our democracy, lie through their teeth and don't like their expenses to be monitored too closely. Well fallible is okay I suppose - but there's fallible and fallible isn't there?

So the political elite have a rather obvious behaviour problem. It isn't our behaviour that needs modifying - it's theirs - and it's embarrassing. 

Wannabe members of the political elite seem to arrive on the scene with nothing more than an ego the size of a bus - as it that's all the baggage they need. All they seem to know is that their party is eternally right and the other lot are fair game whether their policies have any value or not. They never seem to think of listening to ordinary folk who after all, have nothing to offer but their sanity anyway.

But at least normal people know the right answer is worth infinitely more than vicious, logic-chopping cant -  always hitting low, always untruthful, always badmouthing the other lot. It really is tiresome.

It is our colossal misfortune that politics doesn’t attract the analytically-minded, the doubters, those to whom the right answers are the only answers. It attracts the ambitious egotistical loons, the self-promoters, those to whom the party consensus is gospel and fidelity is something to do with music systems. These lightweight windbags rise to the top because we have an unsolved problem with the behaviour of our political elite. We have yet to deal with it, to drag it back towards common decency, mould it into some kind of democratic accountability. The loons and the liars have to go.

The behaviour of the political classes is the real and only problem we have, all the rest is trivia. Their silly political games with their absurd, compulsive need to suppress dissent however constructive. They crawl on their bellies to the EU in the most undignified manner. They lend their ears to the most grasping and venal vested-interests and seem to like nothing better than to spout sanctimonious nonsense whenever they think we might possibly be listening. As if we ever would.

Like feeble-minded children they lust after awful third-rate celebrities in their infantile willingness to claim credit for things they haven’t done and never will do because they haven’t the talent of an amoeba.

What we can do is very little as far as I can see, apart from telling it as it is at every opportunity. Maybe we can try voting for the person rather than the party while still laughing out loud at their juvenile games. Most of us already  avoid   their dreadful lying antics on the state telly channel which still has the witless gall to call itself the British Broadcasting Corporation, in its way the most sordid tale of all.


rogerh said...

Perhaps because they must.

Sorry to be a bit off-topic, but on R4 this morning one of our 'great & good' referred to an inquiry that had made 63 (or so) recommendations. Now from recollection most public inquiries tend to make about 60 to 80 recommendations and I wonder why. Could it be the organisation inquired of is truly incompetent - in which case all senior management should be sacked and never allowed to work for the public purse again. Or could it be that everyone on the inquiry committee has to have their three pennyworth, however useless. Then again, inquiries into administrative accidents seem always to be futile whilst inquiries into say aircraft accidents tend to produce some improvement, I wonder why.

A K Haart said...

rogerh- In my experience, the public sector is fond of complexity. It hides the real issues.

James Higham said...

It is our colossal misfortune that politics doesn’t attract the analytically-minded, the doubters ....

It initially does but they're soon marginalized and the parachutees get the nod.

Demetrius said...

Unfair to scum? There is some stuff that floats on top of liquids which may not look nice but none the less has useful properties.

A K Haart said...

JH - and it's amazing how loyal the parachutees are - inept but loyal.

D - ah but should it be in government though? Although on second thoughts...