I am typing this to the sound of the old Irish folk song ‘Star of the County Down’, sung with relish by the Wolf Tones – a Republican band somehow seems appropriate in the current climate.
The expenses saga has engulfed politics like a hungry Jaws spying a rowing boat in the near-distance. Working in the House of Commons has been a horrible experience for the past three weeks. MPs are generally either resigned (or perhaps resigning) and defeatist, or full of nervous tension. The Telegraph and the rest of the media is attacking MPs regardless of their claims and are trying to tarnish all politicans with the same brush.
This is not a defence of MPs. I am delighted that MPs who abused the system are gone. Goodbye Mackay, Kirkbride, Moran, Steen, Hogg and Morley – your kind will not be missed. Too many others with grubby fingers are still in place – Blears, Hoon, and Darling, spring to mind. But nobody is talking about the innocent MPs (and there are some) like Frank Field or David Burrowes. It is quickly turning into a witch-hunt. And only the BNP, UKIP, and the fringe leftist parties will benefit.
Update: track’s changed to Rory Gallagher and Tattoo’d Lady – not sure about the symbolism but loving the solo at the end.
Macaulay once said that ‘We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality.’ How very true. I personally blame the modern media and its obsession with 24-hour new stories for making this an attack on the many for the sins of the few. Who cares about the news at 3am anyway?
So my message to modest mango readers is: go out and vote for the mainstream parties on 4 June. Do not be put off by the mass hysteria against politicians. Vote for the party you believe offers solutions to all of the country’s problems, not just expenses.
Update: track has shifted to Worry Not by Liam O Maonlai. Life doesn’t get much better than this!