The political class should be very grateful that the people in the UK still have a belief in the democratic process. Otherwise the French Revolution would have had a counterpart. The ‘we know best’ attitude of the elite is akin to Marie Antoinette’s “let them eat cake” parting shot during the French upheaval. The opportunity is there to maintain the present balance in society if they have a mind too. If, and only if, they are humble enough to acknowledge that the people are right to cry, ‘enough is enough’.
Politicians must debunk the Machiavellian school of political thought that depicts the ordinary people as, “ungrateful, fickle, simulators and deceivers, avoiders of danger, greedy for gain”. The mirror can be a wonderful reflection tool; politicians and the big boys should look into the mirror and repeat the words of Machiavelli.
The Prince, chapter 17, The Great Philosophers (3), The Independent
However, all that I have heard and read in various interviews by MP’s of all the parties was the same old spin, same old platitudes and the same old ‘we know best’ attitude. The regurgitated rhetoric of, ‘we are good – they are bad’ spouted at every election and the other piece of nonsense, vote for us and note the difference are both piddle. Nothing learned, no shame, no humility, not even a slither of humble pie.
They are so used to their respective dogma that they themselves have become hypnotized by it. Deeply enmeshed in the credo of their taught spiel they are oblivious. The language has become so embedded in their psyche that every utterance is a sound bite from their PC dictionary. No need to think, just reiterate a couplet from the catalogue of pat answers.
Of course the political class accept democracy as a naïve but necessary belief system for the hoi polloi and, a method of control par excellence. The problem is that the people have come to believe that they should have a say in their own lives. That everything cannot be left to the whim of the political elite. Contempt is a two-edged sword or in the words of the old parable, ‘what you sow so shall you reap’.
Unwarranted arrogance will be the undoing of the political elite. They have all but sheared the one remaining component that the electorate hold – Trust. The scepticism of the voters has turned to anger and is now bordering on hate. It would be a mistake to assume that it is all to do with the recession. The peoples’ contempt has been brewing over the decades. A solution is vital if society is not to splinter and we witness the emergence of several violent groups who have no other logic but to destroy.
The bankers, the wealthy and the political wanna-be’s splurge their gain as a child might pirouette in a new longed-for dress. However, “a society that does not recognize the morality of “enough” will see excesses arise which verge on the obscene, as those who have first choice of society’s riches appropriate them for themselves. Democracy will not long tolerate such an abuse of the market”. Charles Handy, The Hungry Spirit p116
It is imperative that our politicians dash back to their pre-school of political speech and thought for an update. They need to be re-infused by the spin doctors who themselves should re-evaluate their procedures to re-invigorate their troops. The cool dudes issued with their new vade mecum (vay-di mee-kuhm), having ditched their ties and have their jackets swung over their shoulder will emerge, new whitened smile beaming and the old message rehashed – ‘you can trust me, bro’. But when the refuse men sweep up the puke and search for a political landfill, the politicians will have their answer.
Somewhere in the distance the sun will rise. Politicians will probably need an epiphany to realise that change is necessary, real fundamental change. They need finally to understand that they cannot treat the ordinary Joe with disdain while filling their pockets with expenses.
Over the last few years the Joes’ have let the politicians know that they cannot be force-fed into accepting the unrestricted needs of big business. The big boys cannot exploit the poor of Europe to boost their profit margin and merely disregard the consequences to British society, i.e. immigration, leaving the government to clean up their mess.
Nor can the Liberal elite ram their politics down the throat of the people: multiculturalism, political correctness, human rights for minorities or affirmative action; an adopted American programme to force equality issues which in 50 years has not moved the race goalpost one metre forward but may have damaged it irrevocably. The people have refused to be brainwashed by the demands of the Left or Right in politics.
The Liberal elite need to pay heed to Edmund Burke:
“Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with importunate clink, while thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shadow of the British oak, chew the cud and are silent, pray do not imagine that those who make the noise are the only inhabitants of the field, that they are many in number, or that, after all, they are anything other than little, shrivelling, meagre, hopping, though loud and trouble-some, insects of the hour”.
Cited in Charles Handy, ibid p103
I am not sure that politicians of whatever creed fully comprehend the concept of democracy and how it is supposed to work in practice. I suggest they learn quickly or lose their prestigious seat.
“Because he is short on opinions so much of the time, the others have a tendency not to pay much attention to Tomsk. But, as the others discover when the Burrow is nearly smashed by a falling tree, no good comes from ignoring Tomsk when he starts talking”.
Tess Read, The Wombles Guide to Life p151