Saturday, 14 August 2010
Self-Servatives Need Not Apply
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Back in wet North Ken, but still reflecting on how Spain's Partido Popular (right wing opposition) has been ripped to shreds by a series of political scandals that has brought down mayors (murder of predecessor) Councillors (planning backhanders) and presidents of various regions (bribery and corruption, one going down for 15 years), plus dubious party donations from construction companies.
The accused, according to El Pais, 'deny everything, belittle expert findings, and find a group of misfits to blame'. Given also the gradual collapse of Berlusconi's 'Party of Love' - or rather, of financial self-interest - and Nick Clegg's blatant trading of principles for power, and you wonder why any person of integrity would want to enter politics at present.
So, how do we get the 'right people' to come forward? Should we put on their application form: 'Do you agree with the following statement: "I wish to help others, not to help myself" ?'.
Our ConDem government, in true Tory style, punishes the victims of social injustice while rewarding, with tax breaks and other incentives, the businessmen and bankers who have perpetrated it. In the meantime, Cameron's 'Big Society' - called by El Pais 'pompous and entirely free of meaningful detail' - relies on public-spirited citizens to fill the boots of 'redundant' public sector workers. Why would anyone want to join Cameron's volunteer army? Can the job spec state: Self-servatives need not apply?