I find it hard to believe that anybody can watch today’s clutch of Select Committee hearings without coming away with one overwhelming impression; the extraordinarily low quality of the UK’s Members of Parliament. With the noble exception of Tom Watson, I don’t think anyone has enhanced their reputation today. I have often blogged about the fact that for centuries Parliament contained many of the intellectually brilliant, of a whole variety of political persuasions, but beyond doubt amongst the most outstanding minds and extraordinary people of their generation. This was still true in my earlier lifetime.
Parliament nowadays is full of dull party hacks of a middle management mentality. The number of parliamentarians I would enjoy sitting next to at dinner, is tiny. How many parliamentarians would you enjoy a dinner with? Most of them are in it, not to serve their country, but as a career. What really agitates them is anything affecting their expenses and their pensions.
The Murdochs could bat away these pompous blunderers all day. Even the dull transatlantic management speak of James Murdoch baffles them. It is humiliating for this country that these dullards are our representatives.
19th July 2011
“It is humiliating for this country that these dullards are our representatives.”
its deliberately so. cheating on expenses is their bag: the big boys rape nations.
20th July 2011
Most of them are in it, not to serve their country, but as a career
Worse, the most powerful of them are in it, not to serve their country, not as a career, but as the prelude to a career. Patricia Hewitt regarded the Department of Health as little more than a means of making useful contacts for her career in private medicine; David Blunkett utilised his time as Home Secretary as a way of getting into the enforced employability market; Geoff Hoon used the Ministry of Defence to show prospective masters in the private sector that he could just about follow orders provided that not too many syllables were involved. Even the prime minister’s office is no longer the apex of one’s career: the Reverend Tony himself probably has plans to run for Pope once the American lecture circuit has made him rich enough. Many in the present Cabinet are comparatively young; even if they last five or ten years before being thrown out of office, they will still have households to maintain, mistresses to amuse and greed to satisfy.
If ever proof were needed that our political system is a pretend democracy, the abysmal performance of today’s select committees should remove any doubt. The lack of any tenacious or forensic questioning on just what people knew and just when they knew it, was startling. Rebecca Brooks apparently very seldom visited the paper she edited and had no idea what happened there. Nobody had any idea why they might be meeting the legal costs of assorted criminals. Nobody asked Brooks straight out exactly how much she knew about payments to coppers.
Most sycophantic of all was Louise Mensch, in her helpful attempts to ask questions revealing that all the News of the World did was the same as the rest of Fleet Street, and it had some good effects, like combating paedophiles. I lost count of mentions of Sara’s Law and paedophiles – no mention of the mob they incited to attack a paediatrician, though. These MPs are so used to asking servile questions at Prime Minister’s Question Time, they don’t seem to realise how they look to the rest of us.
If anybody had any doubt that most MP’s, News International and the top people at the Met are all part of the same corrupt governing political class, the scales must surely have dropped from the eyes now. What a pathetic bunch of parasites.