Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Teflon coated fat-cats and bent ministers: Welcome to Britain

It is not just a British phenomenon, of course. In Italy the immunity from Law of the political class and the corporates has given Beppe Grillo's Five Star 109 seats in the Italian Parliament and over 25% of the popular vote. In Britain, as George Monbiot points out in the Guardian this morning, we have G4S, a company that has given us 'Institutional Peculation', and Cameron's crony government, where every chiselling little crook of a minister is immune from the sack if they are chums with the boss. Teflon-coated fat cats and bent ministers; welcome to Britain in 2014.

All over Europe there is a groundswell of opposition to the entrenched corruption of big business and a self-serving political class, though whether it's building to the sort of cathartic cleansing that Europe last saw in 1848 is questionable. Monbiot's parallel with Brazil in the late '80s is a useful one; it's more likely that government will just spiral in a cesspit of corruption, with a merry go-round of bent leaders; Sarney, Collor, Franco, Cardoso, Lula. 

There are times when you can understand the need to vent popular anger; I think it was in Sierra Leone that the ministers of the old government were summarily taken to the beach, tied to telegraph posts and shot. Perhaps its just as well Britons are not this way inclined, or ministers would be gazing at rows of posts embedded in the Thames foreshore opposite the Westminster terraces on which they sip their Pimms.


DeeDee99 said...

We Brits are just too subservient to our Masters and too patient. But patience is wearing precariously thin for the fat-cats and bent Ministers/MPs/Lords.

Kipling wrote about it in his poem The Norman and the Saxon:

""The Saxon is not like us Normans. His manners are not so polite.
But he never means anything serious till he talks about justice and right.
When he stands like an ox in the furrow – with his sullen set eyes on your own,
And grumbles, 'This isn't fair dealing,' my son, leave the Saxon alone.

The grumbling is getting louder and louder and on 22 May they are going to hear the roar of rage.

Anonymous said...

I seem to remember that we "subjects" have been disarmed...

I wonder if there is some connection?

G. Tingey said...

The UKIP vote come May is going to be interesting.
All that it needs is for UKIP to take a seat (just one will do) away from Labour.
IF that happens, then things will get interesting

Budgie said...

The EU provides two benefits to our political class. The first is the example of unelected corruption; the second is the time to enjoy it, since most national legislation is now helpfully outsourced to Brussels.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile sales of piano wire are rocketing.....

Umbongo said...

It was Liberia (rather than Sierra Leone). Mind you the newbies were worse than the oldies. The oldies were just corrupt: the newbies were murderers as well and didn't restrict their attentions to politicians.