So where do we go from here? I’m talking about the sorry state of Parliamentary democracy, Government and above all, MPs expenses.
Listening to Harriet Harman MP tonight on Channel 4 News, I’m once again struck by the absence of any apology or sense of collective remorse for the exploitation of an expenses system which appears to have turned many members of Labour’s Cabinet into very successful property developers.
Now I’m sure the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats aren’t immune from the same revelations but the extent of the systemic abuse of Parliamentary expenses at the very top of Government; Brown, Blears, Hoon, Darling, McNulty, Beckett and more, is simply breathtaking. If I didn’t know better I would say that our present Government is trying very hard to lose the next General Election and plans to take our fading sense of democracy and any remaining trust in the institution of government, down with them.
Is that why one becomes an MP I wonder, to become a part-time property developer? People might be justified for thinking so looking at the records of Blears, Hoon and Darling. Lord knows what revelations will appear next.
With examples such as these it’s no wonder that young people are turned-off politics. They only have to watch the news or even YouTube, any evening to be swiftly disillusioned with the moribund nature of democracy in what is, after all, ‘The mother of all Parliaments.’ It was George Orwell who once wrote:
‘As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.’
Reading this week’s newspapers one has to concede that he had a point!