Any society that entails he strengthening of the state apparatus by giving it unchecked control over the economy and re-unites the polity and the economy is an historical regression. In it there is no more future for the public, or for the freedoms it supports than there was under feudalism.
Robert Higgs, Crisis and Levathian (1987)
Owen Jones has an article in the Guardian entitled: If Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage are mavericks British politics is doomed. Writing in the same publication, Paul Vallely has an article entitled: Rotherham abuse report: protection is what matters, not blame. Yet again in the same publication we have Randeep Ramesh stating that Rotherham is a putrid scandal perpetuated by a broken system.
To supplement all that we have an extract from the Spectator headlined: Rotherham’s child abuse was ignored in order to protect careers and retirements; coupled with which we then have an article on Conservative Home questioning how the Councillor who was in charge of Children’s Services (including child protection) in Rotherham from 2005 to 2010, years during which the council ignored clear warnings and allowed the crimes to continue, was then nominated and subsequently elected as a Police and Crimes Commissioner. We also have Allison Pearson, writing in the Telegraph, basically blaming the people for not rocking the multi-cultural boat.
Then of course the question has to be asked just what did the ex-MP for Rotherham (Denis MacShane) know about all this – and if not, why not?
Just how the hell does Owen Jones believe that because Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage are mavericks, bearing in mind the foregoing, that British politics is doomed? Both believe in representative democracy, both believe in control by the centre (in one form or another) – they are no different to any other politician, so how are they mavericks? As with the word ‘eurosceptic’, so with the word ‘maverick”; both are now being used to describe someone who is not.
British politics has for yonks been a merry-go-round in which people who have failed in one post are then moved to another in order to repeat their past ineptitude – and all without the democratic agreement of those who are required to fund their existence.
To return to the quote with which this article is introduced, it is not just control of the economy being handed to the polity that brings about the ruin of a society – it is the handing over of control in every aspect of our lives to the polity that brings about the ruin of society.
While we permit the safeguarding of careers and retirements; while we permit broken systems to continue; while we permit politicians to dictate that which we can and cannot say; while we permit the merry-go-round of job placements for the incompetent, then indeed politics is doomed.
More importantly, while we permit our politics to be used as a plaything for those in the Westminster Bubble then our country is surely doomed – as are we ourselves.