Sunday, 19 April 2009

We must nurture these shoots of democratic renewal

Peter Oborne, seeming not at all out of place writing in this morning's Observer, says:
But at this grim moment in our national life, Britain doesn't just need a change of personnel at the very top. We urgently need a new decency and morality in government and to get rid of the stinking and corrupt regime that has brought the idea of British democracy into such deep disrepute over the last few years.
I started this blog with the intention of promoting exactly this message. The political class were corrupt and corrosive of democracy; the parties are dying, politicians are mired in greed and self interest, the civil service has become corrupted, State centralism is destroying the little platoons that are the root of decency and morality, government spin, lies, fraud, theft and gerrymandering is robbing us all of something of great value, the overbearing, bullying and intrusive State has abused its power. I think we've reached a turning point.

But the message hasn't yet reached the political class. The three main parties and their online and MSM dags are still pretending we're playing the party ping-pong of the sixties. Despite their joint memberships having fallen to just 1% of the UK electorate from around 11% in 1964. Even now, with the old political certainties crumbling around them, most have their heads thrust firmly in the sand.

The shoots of democratic renewal are not coming from the political class. They're exogenous, and they're coming from individuals of real courage and ability in public positions, from bloggers including Guido and scores more libertarian / anti-federalist writers, and from non-political commentators.

As Nick Drew commented on a previous post, Kier Starmer joins Sir Martin Scholar of the ONS as men of independent principle uncowed by the threats and bullying of the vile McBride and Brown's cabal of thugs. I also have hopes of Sir Paul Stephenson. And even Nick Hardwick, chair of the hitherto toothless tiger that is the IPCC, has said that the police must remember that they're servants, not masters. All are outside the political class. All are men of principle and integrity. As such they are now prime targets for Brown's smear machine.

Guido had a taste of this in yesterday's Telegraph, in a dirt-job under Gordon Rayner's byline but surely based on someone else's intelligence file.

So for all the Guidos, Nick Hardwicks, Kier Starmers and Martin Scholars out there - we're behind you. We value and appreciate your voices and your courage in speaking out. And our fury will turn on any who now contrive to smear, frame, discredit or silence you. The political class may remain mute, blind and deaf, but I think their day has come. Our voices are being heard. Our words are being read. The reform that Peter Oborne calls for is coming.


The Great Simpleton said...

I know its counter-intuitive, but a return of the hereditary Lords to Parliament might be a place to start. At least we'll get some independent scrutiny of legislation from people who don't fear the withdrawal of patronage.

it's either banned or compulsory said...

Sadly The Great Simpleton, that is not going to happen but at least have all the buggers elected and put a stop to the patronage nonsense, it'll be Lord Prescott Of Pathfinder next.

Let's not forget the continued bravery of such individuals as Margaret Haywood, struck off the Nursing & Midwifery Council for exposing filth and degradation within the NHS
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