Almost three quarters of the voting population didn’t bother to vote in the recent local elections. The “landslide” swing away from the ConDems is nothing for Labour to be proud of. If I were a Londoner, I’d be depressed at a choice between Boris and Ken as front runners. How can either Tory or Labour be proud to field such shop-soiled candidates? Integrity? Don’t make me laugh.
Marcus Moore is cooking up some ideas:
… I’d suggest, a turn-out of 32% should surely result in 68% of our elected representatives being chosen randomly: by lot, from ordinary folk who, given the chance, would provide a more appetising and nourishing spread than the toxic mess we have to endure at present.
…wherever you are in this city,
you’re never far from rats or Tory voters.
Meanwhile, Murdoch is unfit to run his empire, says the Select Committe report.
Back in my childhood, I recall a joke about newspapers that ran something like: Times readers run the country. Telegraph readers think they should run the country. Grauniad readers would actually do a good job of running the country. (Did I mention my parents were Grauniad readers?) I don’t recall what the tabloid comments were – probably “TITS!” or something.
There’s also the old truism that anyone who wants power is probably unfit for it. “Power tends to corrupt. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Watching the antics of the “great” I can’t help feeling that very few of them actually are. Leaders rarely show leadership, let alone integrity. Yet we pay them – or allow them to take! – more and more. Most company high-ups are unfit for their roles. There are notable exceptions, people who have integrity, verve, dilligence, but they are rare. Murdoch junior was laughably either culpable or inconsequential – either way, his position was a pathetic, sick, expensive joke.
Interesting that the Tories, who, more (openly) than other parties, court business “leaders” amongst supporters, argued against the “unfit” finding. It may be through fear of further revelations – but it may be pressure from others: if Murdoch’s unfit, will they look at the rest of us? What will they see? Naked emperors? Also interesting that it was Louise Mensch, poster girl for intelligent, modern Toryism, who was the mouthpiece of dissent. Then it all got a bit nasty. I despair.