Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Daily Telegraph And Democracy

The only observation one can make upon the depressing indiscretions uttered by Vince Cable et al to undercover reporters from The Daily Telegraph is that in light of that newspaper's reporting on MP's expenses, one has to ask whether it is now actually seeking to end the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition.
If that were to be happen, it would achieve the dubious distinction of providing an even more powerful illustration of the United Kingdom's democratic deficit than did the formation of the coalition itself. Just as the balance sheet of the Royal Bank of Scotland was, in the halcyon days of 2007, more valuable than the whole of the British economy, if it were to break the coalition then The Daily Telegraph, a private company, would hold more power than any other institution in the country. While many are unhappy with the coalition, myself included, I am at least in favour of having some government rather than no government at all, the likely outcome of the coalition falling to bits as a result of some very gauche Liberal Democrat beardies voicing their opinions of their Bullingdon Boy colleagues.

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4 Comments:

Blogger David Lindsay said...

The pseudo-conservative hatred of the State in all its manifestations has issued, first in the anti-politics of the parliamentary expenses "scandal" (not a penny was ever paid out either for the moat or for the duck house, none of this had anything to do with policy, and so on), and now, both in the IPSA fiasco that that has created, and in this flagrant contempt of Parliament, technically so called. Thank you, Margaret Thatcher.

27 December, 2010 17:54  
Blogger Martin said...

David,

There is no pseudo-conservative hatred of the state, 'The State' being a convenient bogeyman in their private langauge for anything that might limit the freedom of action of those own newspapers to do what they want, when they want, how they want, to whom they want.

There is, however, a grossly pseudo-conservative hatred of the people, of what they want, and of how they think.

27 December, 2010 23:10  
Blogger APL said...

"I am at least in favour of having some government rather than no government at all,"

In my opinion we have too much government. It being pretty much irrelevant which party or coalition of parties hold the nominal post of United Kingdom government.

The real government is the civil service and its instructions originate not in Westminster but Brussels.

We are never in danger of having no government, rather and in my opinion, less government would be an improvement.

28 December, 2010 11:14  
Blogger Martin said...

APL,

I hope you have fun trying to get your bins emptied in your governmentless Utopia.

28 December, 2010 20:46  

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