Monday, 18 May 2009

Corrupt MP's

You're not telling me these abuses haven't been going on for years ? (Neil Hamilton cash for questions, Keith Best buying 6 lots of newly privatised BT shares under 6 different names) ...

So I ask myself why now ? Max Clifford always has dirt on MP's peccadillos so I don't think it's a case of only now has the information become available.

I think it's more to do with extra-Parliamentary power brokers, either within the media or with access to the media, or playing the media, pursuing their own agenda.In Italy in the 80's and 90's whenever the political system was in disrepute, there was an upsurge in popular discontent and they agitated to change the whole system. (Admittedly this really only amounted to all the political parties changing their names and then carrying on pretty much as before).

I wonder if these unelected UK power mongers have something similar in mind by ensuring all parties and our whole representative system is smeared. They must be hoping for a derisory turnout in the upcoming polls to underline their case. I have no idea what change they may have in mind. And will the British people be minded enough to get on the streets and demand change ? We are a different culture to the Italians.

For what it's worth, I think the majority of MP's enter the House as idealists, believing they have something to contribute to change and the welfare of the whole country. Of course only a handful get anywhere near power, so for the majority of them, they just see their dreams fizzle out and eventually slink over into grasping some 'recompense' for the service they believe themselves to have rendered.

Ironically we have these lightweight intellects running our country, PRECISELY because we don't pay them enough. The best minds in the country pursue much higher salaries in industry, business, law (the arts ? -snarf). They do not turn to politics to be recompensed.(This is not an argument for paying them more however).

1 comment:

Agnieszkas Shoes said...

I feel rather smug about the political prognostications I made at the start of the year regarding the rise of extremist parties. At the same time I would give anything to have been wrong. It does make you wonder what's going on behind the scenes...