Saturday, 19 October 2019

Maybe things are looking up

Over the past few years there have been a number of positive developments. Amid all the Brexit clamour we should not lose sight of them.

Firstly, Brexit has exposed the House of Commons as a club for shysters and loons where democracy is not a primary concern. We always knew it, but having the message shouted from the rooftops on a daily basis should hammer the message home and the message may last. It may even penetrate the heads of significant numbers of tribal voters. Certainly the House has some work to do if it wishes to be taken more seriously and that must be positive.

Next we have the very public exposure of Speaker John Bercow’s biases and inadequacies. We also have the Brexit mess to thank for this and it is long overdue. Let us hope that should he choose to hang on after October the momentum to oust him remains. His ousting may not happen but the negative exposure is positive.

In addition we have Jeremy Corbyn’s obvious inadequacies exposed by the Brexit mess. He clearly has almost no idea what is going on, no idea what to do about it and obviously struggles to remember even the simplest briefing. This again is positive.

Moving away from Brexit, the antics of Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion have done much to expose the infantile nature of the catastrophic climate narrative. It will not easily recover a degree of gravitas after Greta’s obviously ill-informed teenage hectoring. Numerous images of transparently deluded Extinction Rebellion folk ostentatiously obstructing real life have also highlighted the vast intellectual gulf between climate activism and real life.

Finally, it is worth noting that none of this exposure was planned by the establishment. Powerful vested interests may be powerful but surely they have no wish to look so foolish.


James Higham said...

There’s a requirement for a recall mechanism.

Sam Vega said...

Everyone carries a video camera, everyone is two clicks away from a range of expert opinions, everything everyone says is recorded for those with the patience to look for it. It has gently got more difficult for liars to thrive.

A K Haart said...

James - using piano wire?

Sam - yes it is more difficult for liars to thrive and I the consequences still seem to be evolving. Interesting times.