As a boy one lesson drummed in from earliest times was that of responsibility - you always looked to the welfare of your men and your animals before your own comfort. Along with 'never point a gun at anyone you don't intend to kill' and 'if there's hard work to be done everyone pulls together'. No doubt these simple lessons in moral responsibility would be derided by Gordon Brown as 'gentlemanly' virtues that have no place in Labour's 'Me First' culture.
It's this socialistic culture of selfishness, and Brown's dismissal of any place for altruism, any place for the social responsibility of those in fortunate or leadership positions for those less fortunate or those placed under them, that is corrosive of the probity expected of our Parliamentarians.
Labour's all-women shortlists and the like are demonstrative of their 'Me' culture. It effectively confirms that the personal interests of Labour's favoured candidates ranks higher than the welfare of their constituents; that selection is about getting, not giving. I want the best amongst us to represent us in Parliament, and I couldn't give a stuff what sex or colour they are. Labour are happy to take second or third best if it benefits the 'right' candidate. Labour believe Parliament is about the well-being of MPs; I believe it's about the well-being of an MP's constituents.
And not just Labour. The whole political class are soiled with the 'Me' culture. Gordon needn't worry about the Commons being a 'gentleman's club' - it hasn't been that for some while. And in the past many Labour MPs displayed the virtues of gentlemen as well as Tories, proving that strength of character, not accident of birth, determines worth. Brown's 'Me First' Labour party naturally favours accidents of birth in its selection lists, as anti-democratic as any Tory grandee declaring that a man should have four quarterings on his escutcheon before he became a PPC.
So what do the public think of this soiled 'Me First' political class? Well, they're wise to it. The wisdom of crowds. The following is perhaps the most interesting of the BBC's poll results;
Our Parliament a worthless heap of dross? Yes, in the public's eyes. What a damning indictment. Any MP should today hang his or her head in shame that they have made this come to pass. Yes, made, not allowed.
It's time you all threw-out Brown's 'Me First' selfish culture. And perhaps try to re-learn some of the virtues of gentlemen.