Political corruption reflects the widening chasm between the political class and the electorate

Richard Sudan

120698966 300x205 Political corruption reflects the widening chasm between the political class and the electorateThe corruption and hypocrisy which has come to characterise politics and politicians, and in particular the police highlights the widening chasm between the political class and the electorate.

The expenses scandal, the Leveson Inquiry, and now the revelation that the anti corruption unit of the Met is being investigated for-wait for it- corruption, all reinforce this point.  The relationships between, politicians, the police, and the media are incestuous the results of which are being laid bare for all to see.

In recent months and years, the news has been continually awash with stories revealing that which all of us instinctively knew to be true, but which nonetheless retained the propensity to shock, leaving anger and indignation in their wake; the state of play in domestic politics, underpins a fundamental problem which has the potential to lead us to a catastrophe. We’ve had plenty of warning signs.

Last year we witnessed violent insurrections in some of the UK’s poorest communities, coupled with continued police brutality in the face of any legitimate opposition.  It has become a familiar narrative, like kettling. And who can forget the tragedy of Ian Tomlinson at the G20 summit in 2009? Or Alfie Meadows being beaten to within an inch of his life in the wake of the student protests last year, to then face charges, or Jody McIntyre’s treatment by the police, and the shameless misrepresentation of events in the aftermath?  The history of police brutality, in particular deaths in custody has left an unshakable legacy.  There have been almost 3000 civilian deaths in police custody, since 1969, but there have been no convictions of any officers.

This is the backdrop to the problems we face, while the causes of the problems continue to fester and remain stagnant.  Less police, higher unemployment, along with other ingredients are a recipe for more trouble.

The riots of summer 2011 saw a mixture of dispossessed anger and rage of unprecedented proportions, coupled with political dissent-proving to be a cocktail that the police simply could not deal with-tensions rapidly escalated and spread to other parts of the country.  At the time the relationship between the police and the public was already a fragile one. When Mark Duggan was killed at the time of arrest, that catalyst sparked the scenes in Tottenham that nobody wants to see again.

Some might argue that the government has anticipated such scenes recurring, and as such last year, introduced a number of draconian measures in preparation, in addition to the necessary and accompanying propaganda, regurgitated rubbish claiming that ‘we are all in this together’.

The ruling elite are predictably following an ideological blueprint that is to be expected of them, in addition to minimizing the means of legitimate dissent, while slashing spending on public services, education, and the NHS-classic hallmarks of Conservative policy.

But the manner in which the current bankers coalition of millionaires, are systematically hacking away at the welfare state, and monopolising education smacks of the hypocrisy people are tired of.

It should have the propensity to shock if not to cause complete outrage, because let’s face it, this has become the acceptable norm and many have come to expect little more from elected leaders and public servants.

But let’s be fair here.  Each of the main political parties signed up to the austerity package.  But the conservatives take first prize for the speed with which they have implemented them.  Interestingly, excluding any social issues, Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF, this week warned that Britain faces the risk of a double dip recession, and stated chancellor George Osborne that he must lower tax,  not cut spending to stimulate economic growth.

If politicians cannot be persuaded of the moral argument, for tackling the problems which led to the events of last summer, caused by youth unemployment, the behavior of the police, lack of opportunity for young people with little hope of employment and unable to afford further education, they should be persuaded by the economic argument.

The riots caused an estimated £100 million worth of damage.  It is surely more cost effective to deal with these root problems, than it is to foot the cost of cleaning up another riot.

But our current government, a coalition of millionaires, who may as well inhabit a separate universe to the rest of us, would rather focus on beating the war drum.

It should have been clear from the shock by-election in Bradford-West a few weeks back, that there is a fundamental difference of thinking between the mainstream parties and ordinary people.  Predictably the mainstream press largely tried to play down the significance of this.

Several cabinet ministers have been under the spotlight this year for all the wrong reasons, all of which makes Prime Minister David Cameron’s judgment questionable.

The Olympic Games taking place in London this summer is a disaster waiting to happen.  Police resources are stretched already, and the problems at the epicenter of last year’s chaos have simply not been dealt with.  There has been no serious desire for this reflected in either policy, or political rhetoric.

Instead we saw the problems brushed under the carpet, dismissed as simply ‘sheer criminality’.

It’s becoming increasingly clear, on a daily basis, who the real criminals are, and it isn’t the hoodies who ransacked JJB last year.  Is it any wonder therefore we see so many problems manifested elsewhere in society?

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  • Stephen Porter

    if we want good men in government, we must get rid of the politicians

  • johnlbell

     …..or at least ‘get rid’ of the pockets about their person where  the equivalent to a proffered plain envelope, well stuffed with cash, can be secreted out of sight of FULL taxpaying citizen voters! ……  I would humbly suggest!

  • johnlbell

    Would not a re-visit and a thorough independent re- investigation of the 200+ MP, of ALL parties, and at ALL levels of seniority upto ministerial level and shadow ministerial level (……. and possibly above!) who apparently got AWAY with fraudulent claiming of taxpayers’ money be required as a first step? I humbly suggest!

  • johnlbell

    Re:- ‘Lock ‘em up!’
    Call me innocent ….. but ……..
    Are we talking hear about the 200+ MPs in the last Fraudsters’ parliament who fraudulently claimed taxpayers’ monies? …… or those in its sucessor ‘The Fraudsters’ Parliament – The Sequel (Bribes  from Media Barons Optional)?
    ……. Or indeed! ……. both?
    Just a thought!

  • johnlbell

    … ‘greedy, fraudulent ‘bought and paid for ‘mob in parliament’! ….. I would humbly suggest!

  • johnlbell

    Re:- ‘…. ready to take over…’
    The process is already well underway! ….. I would humbly suggest! 

  • timberanddamp

    What is required is a punitive response by the Courts when criminal fraud, and corruption charges are brought, and proven, this can take place when independent investigations into propriety takes place, to ask rthe polititions to investigate each other is a farce, if all that the taxpayers and electorate ever receive is excuses and cover up, without imprisonment and repayment then these frauds will continue, its the age old question, who polices the police ? the same old rehtoric always applies, until trust in the system is reestablished then this schism will continue, the examples of government corruption and the consequences of these actions can be viewed worldwide, if justice dies then humanity soon follows, the instances of proven systematic fraud, and corruption, that have gone on without any form of redress, or accountabillity, has encouraged all walks of profesional institutions to follow this corrupt course, even if they are found out and caught within these actions, they know in advance that there will be no actions, or consequences of their crimes, how can we expect justice, or action, when the people who are purpoting to judge these previous actions, are equally as culpable as the criminals they are judging, the riots reffered to are a reaction to a split and unjust society, if there is no percieved justice at the higher level, then the perception through all levels will in due course reflect these injustices, as Hemmingway wrote, dont ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.

  • P0l0nium

    Indeed , lock ‘em all up’, or at least “apply justice”.
    The problem with rioting is that its an immediate threat to public order and to the fabric of society (shops, homes,life etc) whereas embezelment and cronyism is a cancer that rots from within.

    Hence the difference in priorities and sentencing policy.

    Having the equivalent of “7 murder squads” investigating Rebecca Brooks and her kind seems entirely reasonable given the effort that was put into pursuing rioters.
    Hopefully she’ll join Baroness Warsi in Pentonville, if both found guilty.

  • timberanddamp

    I think if this did take place, the House of Commons would be the loneliest place on earth, the frauds, and continuation of those pracices are both longstanding, and systematic, its a type of mind set that believes, because everyone is doing it, why should i be any different, the problems that come from this type of thinking by the polititions transfer to all other profesional bodies, it needs independent scrutiny from impartial bodies, who act without fear or favour whosoever is involved, whatever their lofty position may be. I also humbly reply.   

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