Well, it was obvious that you can’t snare a Fox without a Hunt – and with the latter you need a pack of dogs. The politicians, together with the media, are in full cry today baying for blood and what a disgusting, despicable display it presents to the rest of the world where the standing of our nation is concerned.
The probity of not only Jeremy Hunt has been called into question, but also that of David Cameron – and with the evidence of Rupert Murdoch to follow at a Select Committee hearing it could well be the list of politicians involved will grow. Harriet Harman tweets this morning: “We have to ensure that never again do we allow a media mogul to get so powerful that he subverts the political process.”; and as nothing is certain, she may well regret that tweet as events unfold.
Richard North, EU Referendum, in a post today talks of cyclical politics and therein lies the problem with the political process that we currently endure. Since the Liberal administration early last century, governments of this nation have been formed by either the Labour Party or the Conservative Party; and thus has this nation been no more than a ping pong ball whose direction of travel has been at the whim of two players who will use any cheap shot to ensure that they win.
The two players involved in this game possess no sense of fair play, no sense of honour and no sense of principle – and, unfortunately it seems, neither do those players waiting in the wings for their turn in the arena. It is ironic that Harriet Harman declares that which she has when it is the politicians who have themselves subverted the political and democratic process – something obvious to anyone with any nous.
The future of democracy and this nation can only be considered as dismal – and frightening – if this game of political ping pong is allowed to continue; dismal for the spectators as it is becoming boring; and frightening because as the spectators leave in droves due to the boredom, the players will be able to bend the rules even further to their own advantage without an audience to shout ‘foul’.
Of course the audience do not realise that they do have the ability to control the game in that they have the ability to set the rules by which the game is played – sadly and more importantly, neither do they appreciate that that which they consider a game is anything but. Our politicians have been extremely astute in ensuring that the system of representative democracy under which we live is the only system of which the public are allowed to be aware.
When the people are made aware that other systems of democracy do exist, that they can control the political class, then they will cease behaving as compliant sheep and rediscover that they are in fact lions – and that is what, I believe, the Old Swan Manifesto will accomplish. On the basis that the fire of true democracy is now but an ember, I am reminded of a verse by J.R.R. Tolkien that is quite pertinent:
“From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring,
Renewed shall be the blade that has broken,
The crownless again shall be King.”