When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
1 Corinthians 13:11
Unfortunately, to our cost, this does not appear to apply to our political class, the commentariat and the media. Those three groups have the power, due to their position in our society, to formulate the minds of the people in our land.
When adults would have us believe that they are the font of all knowledge – and aren’t – then is it any wonder the people are uninformed on important matters? That is not to say the people are blameless – and in their defense it must be pointed out that they have been educated to believe the state will look after them, ‘come what may’ (pun intended), with knowledgeable guidance.
Considering the advice and opinions proffered by our political class in respect of Brexit – especially, to name but a few: John Redwood, Owen Paterson, Bernard Jenkin, Steve Baker, Daniel Hannan and Jacob Rees-Mogg – then the quotation from 1 Corinthians 13:11 is particularly apt.
One cannot but point out, to underline my aforementioned accusation, that it takes considerable knowledge to realize the extent of their own ignorance – hence their child-like minds.
Not one of our political class – especially the aforementioned – speak with any knowledge; something illustrated to those of us, who do understand ‘matters EU’, know only too well. Yet when confronted by those of us who do know – on Twitter, Facebook and Blogs – they choose to ignore us, invariably citing, if MPs, that we are not one of their constituents. If a politician makes a public statement then is not any member of the public at liberty to take said MP to task? This is is even more pertinent should said MP be the Prime Minister or one who holds Government office?
If one chooses a ‘career’ in politics then I think it’s important to be honest, to communicate, to respect and trust, and to strive to give more than you take – and unfortunately, where the latter point is concerned, our political class believe exactly the opposite.
In this country we are supposed to be a democracy – yet how can that be when our politicians choose to ignore our voice? With justification it can be said that we do not live in a democracy, but under a democratised dictatorship.
We are informed by our politicians that they are either ‘Right Honourable’ or ‘Honourable’ – unfortunately one of the common failings among honorable people – who do not need to inform us they are ‘honourable’ – is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonourable they can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them.
Let me now turn my attention to our media. If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news and questioning what are untruths, or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference – yet how can they when the power of reason has been bred out of them? Fortunately, among the media, there is one lone voice – that of Christopher Booker.
Returning to our political class there is an idea that it is we ‘wrinklies’ that are against membership of the European Union and our politics in general – epitomized by Vince Cable – and the political class seem to be waiting for us ‘wrinklies’ to die. What they – and Cable – appear to have overlooked is that there are some of our younger generation who also dissent to our membership of the European Union together with the current state of politics in this country.
What our political class forget is that whilst there is just one voice of dissent then their fight for ‘absolute’ power is a fight they cannot win – if only they had a degree in history, rather than a degree in PPE, they would admit their aim is unachievable. Does not history show people the world over have spent their lives fighting against various forms of dictatorship – and will no doubt continue so to do until direct democracy becomes the norm?