We are truly mad!

“A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”
John F. Kennedy

Passing comment on Cameron’s rebuke by the Office of National Statistics about misleading the public over debt and deficit, Fraser Nelson writes:

“Forget politics, forget spin, forget electoral strategy. This about basic decency. Ministers should level with the public about the debt they are putting on other people’s shoulders. You can’t use weasel words like “deal with the debt,” which clearly give a misleading impression. You can’t tell people you’re “wiping the slate clean” when you’re taking UK debt levels from £810bn to £1,530 billion.”

So Cameron “mislead” – as he did in his “Europe” speech – and we the electorate are supposed to shrug our shoulders on the basis that politicians lie, have done and always will. That we do is because we have no control over those we elect once every five years. Not only do we elect politicians on vague promises to do this, that and the other; we then hand them a blank cheque with which to do it. Have we learned nothing during the past decades? Have we not realised that when a group of people are handed what is virtually unfettered power, basic decency is the last principle we can expect them to consider.

We are truly mad!

One can but wonder how long the electorate will put up with this situation especially now that a remedy to the incompetence and venality of our political class is available.


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3 Responses

  1. Ian E says:

    ‘One can but wonder how long the electorate will put up with this situation especially now that a remedy to the incompetence and venality of our political class is available.’

    Surely the AK47 has been available for quite some time?

  2. Ian E says:

    p.s. Kennedy obviously had a strange notion of a ‘nation’! What does it mean to say that ‘a nation is afraid of its people’? [Just perhaps, he thought the politicos were the 'nation'?]

  3. Jim says:

    History shows us time and time again, whenever a monarch or a government has a total monopoly over the “creation” of fiat money from thin air, then it is ALWAYS abused.

    Monopoly of the money supply, Central banks and fractional reserve banking always lead to failure. Fiat money has always failed thought history, without exception.

    Yes, you are right, we are truly mad. After all one definition of insanity is “repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results.”

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