…..wasting one’s time and effort complaining, unless of course, one is prepared to make time to actually attempt to right the wrong that annoys/frustrates one?
The question is posed as, lately, we have witnessed the ‘twitterati’ complaining about incumbents of the House of Lords not ‘doing their jobs (with pictures of them apparently asleep on the red benches), yet ‘pocketing’ their £300 daily allowance.
On that point two articles immediately spring to mind: one on Politics Home (no link) and the other in the Mail, repeating the content on Politics Home, in which Baroness d’Souza relates the occasion she saw a Peer alight from a taxi, while having it wait, to dash inside the HoL – as she put it: presumably to claim his daily allowance and then dashing out to re-board his taxi. Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of theElectoral Reform Society, was quick to condemn this incident, stating (according to Politics Home): Lets fix this broken House before the situation gets any worse – if only we could ‘fix’ the Electoral Reform Society; but I digress.
Not that it would appear Baroness d’Souza is free of criticism when it is recorded that she, as Leader of the House of Lords, kept a chauffeur-driven car waiting while she attended an opera at a cost of £230; or spent £270 while a car waited four and a half hours for her to have lunch with a Japanese ambassador in central London.
When one Peer is of the opinion that the HoL is the best day care centre for the elderly in London; and that Families can drop in him or her and make sure that the staff will look after them very well nice meals subsidised by the taxpayer, and they can have a snooze in the afternoon in the chamber or in the library; when incumbents are there purely as a result of the patronage of the government of the day, rewarded for either keeping their mouth shut or opening their mouth or their purse at a particular moment in time; when the HoL is second only in size to the Chinese people’s congress, then surely there must be a case for reform.
But why leave it there? When the there is no separation twixt Executive and Legislature within government; when a miniscule section of the voting population can decide which ‘chosen’ individual can stand for election in a constituency (whether that be by their political party or the local constituency association), then is there not a case for reform? When a ‘know-not-all’ can succeed another ‘know-not-all’ as leader of their party (think Nuttall/Farage) – although that may be a tad unfair because in recent times can any one name any political party where this has not been the norm – is it not time for reform?
Returning to the statement encapsulated in the first paragraph, I can but point to the graphic which forms the ‘header’to the hompage of DD4UK: To make democracy work we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers.
That there is much wrong with this nation of ours; and especially where its form of democracy is concerned, must be a ‘given’, even to one who is blind; so I have to say this: if you are content to accept your life – and that of your nation – is to be ‘directed’ by those over whom you have no real control and who obviously know nowt but would have us believe they know all; then you need do nothing but continue to lead what you believe are your blissful lives.
If on the other hand,you feel as I do that our lives are worthless and are but pawns in a game played by politicians, then I ask you to remember that people should not be afraid of their governments, but that governments should be afraid of their people (works in Switzerland).
To all those ‘complaining’, the answer is simple: get involved, – do something, make time to get involved. Don’t just sit there, complaining! All this crap about the meek shall inherit
the earth their nation is just that – crap!
So c’mon people – arise and be counted!