Monday, 2 July 2012

No, Matthew, it's not my fault

Matthew Parris is largely hidden behind the Times paywall these days, so you probably won't have seen  a piece on Saturday which takes us all to task for being angry with the hated triumverate of bent politicians, criminal journos and corrupt bankers. It's really all our own fault, suggests Matthew; they're all products of our creation.

What utter tosh. Even a cursory reading of the blogs, forums, comments and responses online over the past six years or so from the politically engaged across the spectrum would reveal a whole world of warnings and dissatisfaction; the shoddiness of cheap Chinese imports, the dumbing down of broadcasting and the media, the venality of politicians, the avarice of bankers, the loss of journalistic quality and expertise, the hunting for the lowest common denominator by a new breed of editors, the dangers of moral relativism, the vacuousness of analysis, the stupidity of pretending that politics is a career path, the self-censorship, the distortion, omission and misrepresentation of the reality, the populist scaremongering, the power of the State, Labour's fiscal lunacy, the failure of the police, the loss of institutions and growth of anomie

We didn't ask for Jordan and X-factor and celebrity ice-skating, for the thieving, peculation and greed of MPs, for brainless bimbos on Newsnight, for being robbed, fooled, conned and defrauded by the banks, for police who look like the SAS, for Cheryl Beckham's phone to be hacked, for junk mortgages on junk properties to junk borrowers, for tee-shirts at £1, for health Nazis and climate change zealots ready to lie and distort scientific fact, for fake charities, for our beloved pubs to shut in their hundreds and be replaced by bloody windmills, for lying financiers, dishonest businesses, con-artist utility companies and 16lbs a month of junk harassment from Virgin Media disguised as proper mail, for Chinese pliers that bend, and Chinese aerials that don't, for having to retune the TV every week as the watchable content reduces to just a few hours, for a retarded-looking little scarecrow of a man I'm told is my European President, for road duty on boat diesel, for not being able to have a fag in the local park, for ever more irritating mobile phones, for railways that don't work, traffic and parking restrictions that increase congestion, London daily air quality worse than the worst smoke-filled pub, for four billion of tax wasted by the BBC each year on moronic non-entities and staggering incompetence, for every greedy money-grubbing little mediocrity in the land to get their snout into the tax trough, for incomprehensible sing-song Indians in Mumbai call centres using low bandwidth VOIP to disturb my dinner, or for smug establishment columnists to tell me it's all my fault. 

It isn't. And I've every right to be angry; I've every right to be bloody furious. And I am.

21 comments:

Scrobs... said...

That, is excellent!

Superb rant, and very well delivered too!

Edward Spalton said...

The fact is that nearly all of the groups about which you complain so eloquently are in a very close, symbiotic relationship with politicians - press, BBC, banks, the lot.

None of them would have behaved in the way they did, if they had not been sure that they would get away with it.

That required various nods, nudges and winks from the political class who (as Mandelson said) were "intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich" (not be honest toil you will note).

The junk mail, of course, is entirely the result of "competition in an EU wide mail market" which has made things cheap for junk mailers but increasingly expensive for ordinary people and small businesses to send letters.

O - and quite naturally, having given the nods and winks, the pols will expect their backhanders too.

Matthew Parris's faculties seem to have become deviant as a result of long immersion in this milieu. He generally sounds like an unctuous, constipated, curate too.

Anonymous said...

Well, it's Monday morning and the weather is poor.

Good rant though, cheered me up no end.

G. Tingey said...

ALMOST correct.
You have mistakenly included a couple of parties/groups that are noit deserving of your ire, which weakens the basically correct message.
The first mistake is "climate change", although I might agree on the so-called "zealots", since it SHOULD be perfectly possible to modify our habits, without reverting to holy puritan luddite poverty - i.e. nuclear power.
No civilised person should need or own a TV, either, come to that!
The railways are doing remarkably well, given the burdens put on them by government. You know that Major's privatisation was a disaster, and the current so-called system is only marginally better.

DeeDee99 said...

Feel better now?

There's nothing like a good rant ........

Anonymous said...

Edward Spalton: "( as Mandelson said) were "intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich""

And who took a very personal interest in the process too.

Starting with his slight of hand with his mortgage arrangements. Didn't he have something to do with Matrix Churchill scandal too?

Nigel said...

I do so wish I could write like this, sadly all my rants are incoherent. Thanks

Oldrightie said...

Wonderfully put. Parris is the epitome of the smug London set which breeds such incompetent personalities like sewage farm processing plants.

meltemian said...

Wow! Great Rant, you said it all.......hope you feel better now.

WitteringsfromWitney said...

Nice post, sir - have linked.

Coney Island said...

That has to be one of the best quality rants I have ever read. And spot on!

cuffleyburgers said...

collectively it is our fault, and that is what exposes the fraud that is democracy. What matters is not democracy but liberty.

Jeremy Poynton said...

Agreed. And I would add that I do not appreciated being kicked in the head, as it were, having been financially responsible, paying off my mortgage and saving for a pension. The latter was first savaged by Brown, and is now being eaten away by the Coalition.


What is the point of being financially continent when one then has to pay for those who are not, both personally, and in the form of total arseholes like that fuckwit Brown. Brown above ALL should be in court.

Jublet said...

I cannot disagree with one word of this. A note on the quality of the press; until about forty years ago if one wanted to become a journalist he had to serve a five year apprenticeship. Now you can do it with a degree. Possibly in zoology.

Anonymous said...

Rage on Raedwald - if only it made a difference. Alas the triumverate will still be in power tomorrow, the day after and into the far future. I've seen much criticism of Cameron & co in this blog and others in the 'sector'. However his real mistake was to pick up the poisoned chalice left by Zanu Liebour (or should that be 'LIBOR' - it happened on their 'watch'). Much better if the 'Rainbow' (actually if Zippy, George or Bungle are thinking of standing next time they've got my vote...) coalition had been formed of Liebour, Lib Dums and the other lefties (Plaid, SNP, Sinn Fein - why not!). Alas we need to be in a bigger mess than we are now to awaken what is left of the British electorate, anesthetised by 'X', 'Talent', 'Strictly' and 'Dine'. Alistair 'Captain' Darling (Surely Zanu Liebour's equivalent of Albert Speer) had the decency to warn us from his Hebridean hideaway (to avoid the wrath of Brown) of how bad it was... However by the time of the next election it will be Cameron & co in the 'dock' paying for the crimes (which, however ineptly, they are trying to sort out...) of Brown, Balls and Millipede - & guess whose going to be in 'power' next time. Perhaps the last person to leave the country would be good enough to turn the lights out!

Bill Quango MP said...

Wish I'd seen it earlier. Cheered me up no end.

cascadian said...

I believe you missed -the health "system" that kills, however a thoroughly comprehensive rant without once mentioning the Olympics, perhaps we can look forward to that.

The proper response might be to go to the window and raise the lower sash and yell "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_qgVn-Op7Q

Anonymous said...

Raedwald

THIS IS SERIOUS

http://witteringsfromwitney.com/what-the/#comment-1239

I cannot believe what WfW has posted.

anon 2 said...

Excellent Raedwald!!

Now all you have to do is convince all the marxist-brainwashed children that there ever was a different world. The ones I meet think that us codgers are suffering from memory loss and tinted lenses.

One of them actually told me that on another blog the other day. His world is so much better, more just, more convenient, than anything I'm stupid enough to think I remember........

Furthermore, they are so much more reasonable and open to the fact that other nations do everything better than we ever did.......

Anonymous said...

don't like it - so leave.

Anonymous said...

He's not saying it's your fault Raedwald, because you are someone who stands up, publically, and speaks out. He's saying it's our fault, people who don't like to "make a fuss", and certainly not - heaven forbid - complain, people who are so confused now by society's twisted values that they can no longer even recognise a "con-artist utility company", and the millions of people who have welcomed many of these things with open arms and closed eyes.