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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Government has little moral authority

Moral pronouncements by ministers of the crown carry little or no credibility these days, particularly so when the minister in question, David Gauke, is married to a tax-avoidance lawyer and has claimed back £11k in stamp duty on his second home (HT Guido) while also clocking up £120k a year in expenses including travel to his constituency from Westminster. I'll also make a fair guess that Gauke's tax return is a model of maxing-out every single allowable expense, for which he needs large wads of VAT receipts. No wonder he's so in favour of them. Why be restricted, like the little man, to getting back 20% by paying in cash when you can claim 100% with a bit of nous?

Government ministers have destroyed their own moral authority. You can't shove gay weddings and bloody pointless windmills down the public's retching throat and then lecture them about morality; you can't waste their wealth and that of their children and grandchildren on saving your chums in the banks and then lecture them on fiscal responsibility, you can't give the BBC a monopoly of £4bn a year in TV Tax and then condone their arrangements for their richest fat-cats to not pay tax but condemn the poor widow for the tenner paid to her window cleaner, and you can't sell the nation's sovereignty to a faceless supernational power for a mess of pottage and expect people to heed your words. While Blair, Hoon, Irvine and Straw are allowed to walk free in England, while Brown and Balls continue to profit by their malfeasance and while the entire political class is more remote, more separated from the people than ever before you have no firm ground on which to stand and deliver moral pronouncements. Ministers are mired in the ordure of corruption, peculation, patronage and placement, besmirched by deception and mendacity and fouled with the filth of their mutual self-protection at our expense. They have all the moral authority of sewer-rats.


DeeDee99 said...

Agreed. The Government is stealing from me via its extortionate taxes - and via its QE programme which is devaluing the savings I have and the value of the pension I paid into.

ANOTHER £350 million is to be handed over to the thieves in Brussels - and they want me to stop paying cash to my household maintenance chappie .... dream on sunshine. If he didn't get cash, he wouldn't do the small DIY jobs that many tradesmen won't do - because it wouldn't be uneconomical.

cuffleyburgers said...

Damn fine rant Raedwald, top drawer, and right on the nail.

Lying, thieving hypocritical bastards, every one of them.

Oh and by the way I see there's a petition from the National Association of Sewer Rats (NatRat) complaining about continually being compared with politicians...

Barnacle Bill said...

Spot on young Raedwald!

If ever there was a time to use the Halifax guillotine it's now.

Mr & Ms Balls, Blair, Brown and so on ...

Anonymous said...

Absolutely first class rant!

I couldn't agree more.

Eric said...

How I wish I could articulate my thoughts as well as this- aabsolutely dead-on Raedwald!!

Richard said...

There is a certain nobility and charm in the sewer rat ... Rattus rattus. To compare them with politicians is a serious injustice.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

xlnt rant, Radders.

Second para is a masterpiece.

What a pity that only a few of us are here to read and agree!

Hopefully, their days are numbered, but for the life of me I can't see how it is going to end.

Merriment said...

Raedwald for King! First class and so bloody true.
I notice recently that the government is saying that pension funds are taking too much money, but it is true that Brown and his mates robbed the funds blind. Furthermore the FSA should be arraigned for failure to regulate them.

Oldrightie said...

"They have all the moral authority of sewer-rats."

I'm with Richard on this and the rats being more noble. Otherwise epic!

Jacobite said...

Top rant you nailed it, shows how this scum that is supposed to represent us lives in a parallel universe.

bakko said...

I used to have a "Favourites" list overflowing with various political / libertarian blogs, it`s now down to two ; you and Ranty Freeman.
This article serves to confirm why.
It`s spot-on and taps into the national mood with an incisiveness rarely seen elsewhere.

G. Tingey said...




Or something like that?

Tubb said...

Brilliant! Thank you.

DanH. said...

Point of order here: the common sewer rat is Rattus norvegicus. Rattus rattus is the black rat, or ship rat and is probably at or just above the northernmost limit of its range in Britain; you only find them in ports as the population cannot quite make it through UK winters without continual topping-up from ship infestations.

John M said...

Mr Raedwald,
I have nothing to add. You have articulated my own opinions perfectly on this issue, and I suspect you speak for millions of people sharing the same views.

opsimath said...

Nothing to add, Raedwald, but thanks for a bloody good post.

I wish I had your eloquence; thank you for voicing my concerns.

non mouse said...
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Anon 2 said...

Well said Raedwold!!

However, I also support Richard, Cuffleyburgers, et al. Sewer Rats protest rightly. The comparison is defamatory.

24 July 2012 18:50

Anonymous said...

My thoughts entirely good sir!

Coney Island

andy5759 said...

As above.

John M states that you speak for millions, others ask how anything will change in spite of this disconnect. If John is correct there will be millions to vote for "None of the Above", or at least an independent candidate. Spread the word.

There seems to be a suggestion that things are going a bit weird all over the world. Is this a case of clearing out the silver cupboard while there's still some left? I am feeling raped.

Dave_G said...

I am proud to be able to say that I'm linking to this wonderful piece of rhetoric through all the forums and chat sites I visit.

Such eloquence deserves wider publication.

Well done sir.

Anonymous said...

For sheer and egregious chutzpah, look no further than the 'great one' lecturing the masses [us in the West] on the dangers of Islamic global terrorism - no less.
Dear God, who will rid us of this verbose hypocrite.

Budgie said...

A first class piece, Raedwald, well done.

Anonymous said...

Raedwald, you are without peer, that was [one of many] a truly great and a monumentally astute and piercing polemic.

Gordon the Fence Post Tortoise said...

Credibility? - Phoowee! hypocrisy just isn't strong enough word.

Spotted this over at Biased BBC and think it worth spreading the word.

Is Jeremy Paxman a secret plumber?

Section 292 of Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 (ITEPA) exempts from income tax accommodation expenses paid to MPs in respect of expenses

Our politicians exempted themselves from tax, and tax inspection

When you enter into a business relationship with a ‘politically exposed person’. Typically, a politically exposed person is an overseas member of parliament, a head of state or government or a government minister. Note that a UK politician isn’t a politically exposed person.

That’s right. They have exempted themselves from money laundering regulations

That'd be nothing to hide / nothing to fear then?.

Huffpo on Cameron's tax disclosures...

David Cameron and senior ministers are not planning to disclose their tax returns in the “very near future”, Downing Street indicated today.

The Prime Minister said in April that he expected information about his finances to become public, and was relaxed about the prospect.

The comment came amid controversy over the decision to cut the 50p top tax rate, and after London mayoral candidates released their records.

But a Number 10 aide said this morning that the proposal is still being “looked into”.
Ministers are “not closed to the idea”, but it is “not a very near-future thing”, the aide added.

Yep, they have to get all their tax avoidance hidden away, and then they might make it public.

We need a new word for hypocrite.

cascadian said...

"IT WAS the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness"

Dickens described the pastoral quietness of France and England, while peasants seethed at the daily inequities. Perhaps some modern aristocrats (politicians and their favoured proxies) will yet lose their heads, they have shown themselves too foolish to listen to real grievances.

White Dragon said...


'I have thought it before and I dare say I will think it again, who will be the first man to throw the first brick through the first window?'

G. Tingey said...

"We need a new word for hypocrite. "

How about:

Wendy said...

Hear hear!

Votefor said...


Saltimbamba said...


Having followed you silently in the background for the last 6 months, my opinion is now that you are probably the most eloquent of all the bloggers whose sites I frequent.

You have a fantastic talent! For me, this particular post was your Horace moment:-

"Exegi monumentum aere perennius..."