Sham Sham Sham
Sham:- false, counterfeit or pretended; insincere.
That’s it folks, the perfect word to sum up politicians and much of that they impose upon us. Our lives are dominated by the decisions made by politicians, yet they rarely ask for our opinion. Why not?
There are several words that are used by ordinary people to describe our masters:
You could probably work through a dictionary and find a word beginning with each letter of the alphabet that best sums them up in your own mind. (have a go).
We are all led to believe that democracy is the pinnacle of political development; that it is a safeguard against dictatorship and communism. That the parliament we elect serves our needs and thus is a true representative process.
“Free elections of masters does not abolish masters and slaves”. Herbert Marcuse.
While the rhetoric might be O.T.T. the basic thrust is spot on. We elect politicians to serve our community only to find they serve themselves.
So we have one agenda but it seems members of parliament (M.P.) have their own:
What type of person goes into politics?
“He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career”. George Bernard Shaw.
When elected to parliament they are hooked on the Party reel. They are not allowed to vote as they see fit unless they are granted a ‘free vote’. The party expects them to tow the line or they will be reeled in by the ‘whips’.
Whips:- The Prime Minister’s (P.M.) security guard who are sent round members to ensure that they follow the dictated line and turn up to vote.
When the government want to pursue a particular policy they impose a ‘whip’. A three line whip means every member of the Party is expected/ duty bound, to vote for the government policy. The M.P. is not allowed to vote on conscience or, heaven forbid, to vote for what the people want. That’s just not cricket, old boy.
Of course, the PM is the big guy (usually) and once ensconced in his seat, he hires an army of advisors. Obviously there’s no one in the Party good enough or trustworthy enough to do the job. What does that tell us? There’s even a guy to keep the PM popular. Get a new job; that would be popular!
Caucus, after caucus, after caucus
Caucus:- a small dominant group of people taking independent decisions within a larger organization.
The PM usually meets with:
- Inner cabinet
- Full cabinet
- Then to parliament.
How many MP’s get a say on the policy issues? What’s the point of electing someone who has to do what they’re told? What part of the process is democratic?
Democracy is supposed to be bottom up. The reality is very much top down. This is more akin to Democratic Centralism, (Trotsky & Lenin).
They make promises, we elect them
They forget?, we regret.
Perhaps they need reminding:
“A statesman is a politician who places himself at the service of the nation. A politician is a statesman who places the nation at his service”. Georges Pompidou, (late French president)
The wheels on the bus go round and round……..(sing along) And soon it’s time to kiss our babies, shake our hands and agree with all of our demands; out comes the goody bag with little sweeteners for us all.
The promise bag:
- tough on crime
- tough on immigration
- tough on scroungers
- tough on tax loopholes
- tough on the rich
Tough, tough, tough- it’s all a load of puff! (Puff? You may have a different word in mind.)
Have you noticed a pattern? Politicians know what the people want but will never deliver. Why not? If the electorate don’t fully grasp the ‘possible’ of government, why don’t MP’s explain instead of treating us like imbeciles.
If politicians never listen, why vote? Simple, by not voting, you give them exactly what they want, election by default.
ME? I would make voting compulsory. Why?
Imagine the situation; 1,000,000 people vote for the Concerned Radicals Alliance Party (C.R.A.P). It could be 2m or 3m; aided by a free massive internet publicity drive.
Vote C.R A.P. and get rid of the ….!
There wouldn’t be enough toilets in the Houses of Parliament, to cope with the diarrhoea. (Diarrhoea? You can use your own shorten version.)
You have the power!
Sharing words of wisdom..let it……
For the present coalition government, a message
“…in politics the middle way is none at all” John Adams (1735-1826)
Does this suggest that Cameron & Clegg are slow learners?
For the PM Cameron:
“The concessions of the weak are concessions of fear”. Edmund Burke
And Nick Clegg, the little partner:
“It is impossible that the whisper of a faction should prevail against the voice of the nation”. Lord John Russell (1792-1878)
You gotta have faith…..
“All the ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy”.
Alfred E Smith, NY Times 1933