Paul Williams (The Boiling Frog) states on twitter (@PWilliamsTBF): Aside from Brexit, the referendum has really exposed MPs lack of knowledge on how our country is governed.
What follows is not a criticism of the aforementioned comment, being one that is perfectly justified – but it does beg the question of why this situation is allowed to persist.
It remains a matter of amazement/amusement/bewilderment to this blog that our media can remain ‘entranced’ with matters of ‘inconsequence’; said term being defined as
It would appear that the ‘important’ matters ‘du jour’, where our media are concerned, is (a) the battle twixt Corbyn and Smith for control of the Labour Party; (b) the ‘exorbitant’ rise in rail fare increases (have they never heard of the EU requirement of ‘user pays‘?); and (c) how the Tories are relishing the debacle currently encompassing the Labour Party.
It is extremely easy to deal with the trivia of news – and when did our media not so do (Booker excepted) – rather than deal objectively with the ‘hard’ news: Brexit; governance of the UK; parliament and democracy per se.
That those we elect to represent us know not on any matter, regardless of subject – and that includes ‘matters EU’ – has been exemplified many times (examples are legion), not only by this blog, but also others. One only has to listen to the Secretaries of State for Brexit or Trade to realize that we ‘May’ have had appointed idiots to act and represent us.
It is, perhaps, unfair to select individual Members of Parliament for condemnation where lack of knowledge is concerned because those that rise to the top are surfacing from a pool of such low ability and knowledge that any hope of leadership, encompassing vision, is doomed before it begins.
But then who is to blame for this sad state of affairs wherein the unknowing are being led by the unknowing, possibly to the doom of the former? At this point I am reminded of two quotes:
It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.
Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954), U.S. Supreme Court Justice, American Communications Assn v. Douds, 1950
Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamities are heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.
That there is, to paraphrase Hamlet, something rotten in the State of the UK, is a given to those of us who take an interest in matters political.
We may accuse politicians and our media of leading we the people astray through their adherence and belief in representative democracy – aka democratized dictatorship – but even more culpable are those who, presented with the means to change and improve our lives, have then sat on said means and done nowt. I refer of course to The Harrogate Agenda.
Once more at this point, I am again reminded of a quote, reputedly by Nelson Mandela: Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
So, a final question: who is most to blame for the plight in which the people find themselves wherein personal freedom is concerned, coupled with the future of their country? Those who I suspect do know – albeit by their adherence to democratized dictatorship through which they retain their power and control – and will not recognize a more democratic alternative of government; or those who knowing that a better system of government exists, one that does put the people ‘in charge, then make no effort to educate them of that better system
You, dear reader, decide.