Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Powerless against Maladministration

Simon Jenkins puts his finger on it in the Guardian. Our inability to prosecute politicians for Maladministration leads us instead to hound them on whatever grounds we have - like jailing Capone for not filing a tax return. It's Gordon Brown and Ed Balls who should be in Barlinnie prison, it's Bloody Blair who should be slopping-out in Wandsworth and it's Blunkett and Smith who should be doing several hundred hours of community fence-painting. Huhne, for the lunacy of planting 32,000 bloody windmills across Britain as our energy supplies collapse into Brownout, deserves every second of his sentence - but not for the trivial matter of penalty points. Pryce is just collateral damage. As Jenkins writes;
In Britain there is no committee or tribunal to charge Huhne with his time at the energy department. He left power stations unbuilt and energy supply at risk, while pursuing an obsession with giving rich landowners millions of pounds of other people's money to erect senseless wind turbines. Let him answer for that.
We are powerless against Maladministration. The political class, who have more in common with each-other than with us, protect themselves, confer a mutual immunity from prosecution. This is not good enough - we need a new law or a new tribunal to deal wit it - and to see politicians in jail for the right reasons, not the wrong ones.

The bar must be high for prosecution. Collecting unassailable evidence may take years; only after Chilcot, for example, will we have enough to prosecute Blair. The truth of the depths of Brown's Maladministration has not all yet emerged. The sanction must not be used for spite or revenge or abused by a change of administration. And it should cover the actions of the Speaker.  


Tony G said...

We are powerless against most things, not just maladministration. If we jailed politicians for doing foolish things the house of commons would be empty! There are of course umpteen expensive teeth less public inquiries to waste more tax payers money.

Talking of Chris Huhne and jail though

mikebravo said...

And who will bring in this legislation. The westminster pimps and parasites?
It is only going to happen after a revolution, and that is not the British way.
Sitting on ever expanding arses, stuffing dobbin lasagne and howling with laughter about some dolt trying to sing on a talent show is the British way.
It is all very sad.

Span Ows said...

Good post. Unfortunately the likelihood of revolution is minuscule. Sure you get the twat demonstrators in the street but they're there for entirely the wrong reasons and even sometimes led by the ones that are part to blame for the situation.

Nigel Sedgwick said...

If we had an election for some part of national government every year, we would have around 5 times as much scrutiny as now.

In fact, I think it would be more: a continuing 'background' interest together with the ability to disapprove (or approve) before one has forgotten the political/governmental activity that is to be scrutinised.

Best regards

Robert said...

What about the lunacy of the EU from which much of this madness flows?

Anonymous said...

You have an uncanny gift of articulating my innermost thoughts Raedwald and I must say you have a turn of phrase which is most pleasing but it is not embroider, no far from it, it cuts to the bone.

Bill the Bard, could also do that to a rather formidable extent:-).

Anonymous said...

The closest we could possibly hope to enforce now is a "bill of attainder", although that is not likely. We need a government in that tears up the current rule book and adds some rules of accountability - personal accountability that means real, tangible loss for misdemeanor.

Coney Island

anon 2 said...

Well said again, Raedwald.

How the scum manages to stay on top without anybody skimming it beats me. And underneath... what's happening to the stew? Boiled dry? Going rotten?

It's more than sad; it's tragedy. But maybe they just got tired of saving the world and then getting kicked about for doing it.

john in cheshire said...

I'd like to see them all executed. I honestly don't think anything will change until we have purged the national body of public servants once and for all. The French Revolution was perhaps justified in what it did.

Anonymous said...

Which French revolution ?
They had many !

"The French Revolution ended the age of absolute monarchy in France, but was followed by the Reign of Terror, a violent spell in which rival factions dueled it out for power, resulting in the executions of nearly 40,000 people. What emerged from the rubble was an empire under Napoleon I. A popular general, Napoleon Bonaparte came to power after a coup d’├ętat in 1799. He was made first consul, then consul for life in 1802, and then emperor in 1804. But Napoleon’s dynasty did not last quite as long as the monarchy that had come before it—his collapsed in 1814 after a series of military defeats, including a failed invasion of Russia. He was briefly restored the following year, after escaping from his island exile. But his restoration was brief. Following the famous defeat at the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon was exiled once more—this time to an island much further away.
But France wasn’t ready for a genuine democracy just yet. Instead the country saw the return of the Bourbon monarchy through Louis XVI’s younger brothers. First, Louis XVIII, followed by Charles X. Even then, the revolutions were far from over. After elections in May 1830 resulted in a majority unfavorable to Charles X, he responded by dissolving the Chamber of Deputies and instituting repressive ordinances, which led the people to ... revolt. During the July Revolution of 1830, Charles abdicated in favor of his young grandson. But Charles’s cousin Louis-Philippe concealed the abdication document, and the crown was offered to, what do you know, Louis-Philippe! He reigned until another revolution dethroned him in 1848"

And are they any better-off now ?
They seem to have exchanged one empire/emperor for another !

Anonymous said...

You will never get any such ideas passed if you continue to campaign for change through the existing power structure.

Power is TAKEN, never given.

Unless we separate ourselves from the vultures above and the leeches below we will always be powerless against them.