Sunday, 30 October 2011

Boundaries; Planet Silver Spoon


There has been much discussion over the past months about BOUNDARIES. The August riots dragged unwilling politicians back from holiday to spout hastily-rehearsed platitudes and sophistries: ‘These young people must understand boundaries’. In Tory-land however, boundaries of behaviour mean it’s fine for the Prime Mincer, an inherited millionaire married to an inherited millionairess, to charge the taxpayer £800 to have his wisteria pruned, but picking up an abandoned pair of shorts from an already comprehensively looted shop condemns you to imprisonment and your children taken into care.

I called it ‘Mass Wisteria’ and the phrase entered a modern lexicon.

Trouble is, young men sucked into gang culture (and in the actual world there were very few involved in the disturbances) understand boundaries all too well. Gang culture is all about boundaries; behaviour is defined by loyalty to your cohort and your postcode.

Like Cameraman and his elite Eton crew, they are bound together forever by personal history and past misdemeanours. What was it he said? ‘We all do stupid things when we are young’.

See? Planet Silver Spoon invents its own boundaries.

Liam Fox was said to have ‘blurred the boundaries between work and friendship’. No. The former Minister of Defence did NOT blur boundaries. He crashed through them with a large track-laying vehicle and deliberately hid the evidence. He cowered behind the respectable doctor he married (whose life he has ruined) as he led a taxpayer-funded James Bond high life with his best buddy; two fantasists who decided their own boundaries and justified them as they pleased.

We have noted the irony of being governed by Cameraman who said in 2007 ‘Today, I will give this cast-iron guarantee: If I become PM a Conservative government will hold a referendum on any EU treaty that emerges from these negotiations’ – then refused point blank to uphold his promise, who said one month we must ‘stop the bloodshed’, then crowed that the ‘job has been done’ as Libyans dragged the bloodied corpse of their oppressor through the streets.

The irony has not been missed of Malcolm Rifkind with his five directorships bringing in £250,000 a year, alleged to have unhealthy links and investments with arms dealers, decrying the Commonwealth’s rejection of a Human Rights report.

Canon Chancellor Giles Fraser – who has a deep and unfailing faith – resigned his post at St Paul’s because of the church’s inability to stand up for Christian values in a protest within their own boundaries; here at last was someone who understands boundaries, and would act on them. Thus far and no further. He did not wish to be a part of ‘Dale Farm on the steps of St Paul’s’. And doing this, he has provoked national debate about the meaning of Christian values.

There is a lot that could be said on similar lines, about values and about what is or is not acceptable behaviour within the boundaries of Kensington and Chelsea, but with a police investigation as well as a formal complaint under way, we will have to wait for the outcomes before commenting on that.

Meanwhile, news from Planet Silver Spoon,
"You(re policy is to) make the richer work harder by making them richer and the poor work harder by making them poorer".

So, Michael D Higgins is to be President of Ireland after a landslide win. His manifesto? ‘More space for thought’. Think on that.

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