Saturday, 10 January 2009

Indignation fatigue?

There is no shortage of news to be indignant about. A skim through this morning's online editions expose a government without an economic clue, growing popular anger at immigration, new programmes of social housebuilding to house the millions more immigrants expected to demand this from UK taxpayers, residents and police prevented from pointing out that Travellers bring increased crime and disorder, more police corruption, the insane support of the Prime Minister for a third Heathrow runway, the failure of Labour's education system, more intrusive and impertinent spying by government, more political corruption in efforts to hide MP's expenses and more official government mendacity exposed. Any one of which should raise visceral ire and indignation.

Are we becoming inured to the awfulness of all this? Are we suffering from indignation fatigue? Do we accept gross ministerial incompetence, a mendacious and corrupt civil service, the gagging of voices talking talking common sense and the cruelly frustrated striving of our people to maintain their own identity as, well, just normal?

Criminals get away with cautions for previously imprisonable offences. Police officers can be convicted of serious offences and remain policemen. Travellers can get away with anything they like because they're a protected racial group. MPs can steal, cheat and fraudulently subvert the public purse with impunity. Ministers can lie. Civil servants can corrupt and distort the standards of probity we expect them to uphold. And all the while the rhetoric about standards, about zero tolerance, about even more enforcement of petty regulations, rolls over us in a cacophony of control.

The British public are slow, but not stupid. I think we're at the point at which indignation is less externally vented and instead internalised into a building cold anger. Cameron has so far failed to convince the nation that the Conservatives will be very different from Labour. At a time when all the old certainties have been overturned, when previously unthinkable radical measures are being taken in support of the economy, the gates have opened to the possibility for deep political reform. There's a storm gathering, and if we're to preserve all that is good and best about our nation and people without violent social unrest and the bane of anarchy and disorder, our opposition MPs must embrace radical change. We're ready for it.

9 comments:

Elby the Beserk said...

Spot on Raedwald. I'm an ageing hippy, and wake up each day wondering who I will end up wanting to kill each day. Mostly it is that bastard Brown, but there are a whole raft of the public figures I'd happily pass by as they are being kicked to death in the gutter. Bob Quick for example.

We've been fleeced. We are being fleeced. And the government might as well call themselves National Socialists, for that is what they are.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I have run out of stamina to continue to object in a civilised manner.

Things have gone very badly wrong, probably beyond the point of no return. The country at large seems to be ready for a leader in the style of Adolf Hitler. A leader who will promise to restore our greatness. All his legal powers are already in place. We had better be very careful about what we ask for at this stage.

lilith said...

Just back from the Farmers' Market. Bought meat, eggs, butter and cheese to last the month for less than the supermarket cardboard equivalents would have cost me, but far,far tastier and fresher. However, the market was very quiet. The bacon man said he thought it was time we started printing our own money. Well pissed off he was. Cold anger is widespread.

John Page said...

If it's all so bad (and it is), why aren't the opposition spanking the government out of sight?

JPT said...

John Page:
Because the opposition doesn't really disagree with anything much that the government does.

Sue said...

I had to leave the UK. I would go to work each day and each day I got angrier.

My leaving is a protest. I will not set foot back into the UK and pay taxes to a government that has become so corrupt and has no respect for me or my opinion.

I can at least rage with a sense of detachment now but I feel the mood of the British is going to get decidely ugly.

Tendryakov said...

I haven't got indignation fatigue, but have got Gaza, Hamas and Palestine fatigue, tea-towel wrapped round the neck and face fatigue, hijab fatigue and allahu-akbar fatigue.

Mr Ecks said...

Agree with you 100 per cent this time Raedwald. Civil war is a terrible thing but I almost wish for it as a chance to take back our lives and settle with ZaNuLab and their toadies. At the very least this must become the first Government in our modern history whose members must be personally punished for the crimes they have committed in office.

Bill Quango MP said...

it is very hard to sustain the level of astonishment followed by anger after reading the papers day after day.

Then private eye lands on the mat and another huge amount of sleaze, incompetence,corruption,arrogance and failure appears that never even made it into the mainstream news.

I would vote for any party that promised to make crime their 'Single issue' and to undertake a complete overhaul of the criminal justice system.