Much talk now of the proposed £4billion bill for refurbishing the Palaces of Westminster. Of course, the likely actual figure for the refurbishment will probably be closer to five or ten times that amount but maybe we should be taking the time now to have a serious discussion about the nature of British politics, it’s flaws and its successes. In no particular order:
We are facing a series of Tory instigated constituency boundary changes that are set to favour the Conservatives Party and deny millions of people a democratic voice.
The problems with safe seats are well known and protect imbecilic MPs from the major parties from facing public scrutiny and protect their undeserved incomes, expense accounts, and pensions.
We have a Tory government working from no published manifesto, whose shambolic tenure has survived on the indulgence of billionaire media barons.
We have an opposition party torn apart by a contingent of MPs, “think tanks”, and various recent shadowy popups, indulging wealthy patrons and their faux political ambitions and entitlements.
Since the corruption of the BBC by David Cameron’s appointments into strategic offices with the BBC, there is no critical scrutiny of government by the media.
The Tories face charges of election fraud from the 2015 general election but you won’t hear much about from the media.
The Tories also face charges of institutionalised bullying but it looks like nobody will be held to account.
The Palaces of Westminster are but a metaphor for the state of British democracy and the arcane edifice is crumbling into the Thames. For all that there is to despair about British democracy the fact that we seem stuck with it as it is is the greatest thing. Not only do we not have any sort of recourse to the ineptitude that shrouds itself in parliamentary privilege, not only can our politicians lie to us with impunity, the game is constructed so that politicians are only accountable to politicians. Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader came about through a perfect storm of unforeseen circumstances and his position threatens the current game to its very core. It is also a reflection of the ineptitude of the same establishment who are seeking to eradicated Corbyn from a position of influence that they constructed the storm which they are so desperately and undemocratically trying to set right now. It will take every last ounce of establishment corruption and complicity to bring the threat of Corbyn’s leadership and democracy to its knees but the horses are not being spared.
Whatever your opinion of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour party (and many people will hold no more of an opinion about it than repeating that they’ve heard he can’t lead), the Labour leadership farce has exposed a media bias, so blatant, because it is being wielded in absolute desperation. People don’t generally care about party politics, and no shame in that, but if they remotely care about how British politics will affect their lives in the coming years, I would suggest they ask themselves a couple of questions.
What is Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership actually proposing that is so abhorrent to the establishment that both Left and Right sections of it have come out in force together to oppose it?
If you don’t care about who leads the Labour party or how they attain their control of it, what do you think might the wider repercussions be of a media who not only don’t provide critical scrutiny of what is occurring but who are active in subverting the democracy of national party?