I knew all politicians were corrupt, I just couldn’t say it out loud.
I kept my pronouncements down to only 50% of them or at worst 90% but not all surely.
I even naively believed that UK politicians were possibly less corrupt than those I have the privilege of being in close proximity to, despite sleaze, despite allowances scandals and false second home claims.
I thought they weren’t in the pay of the corporations in the same way that American politicians are who should really wear clothes like Formula One drivers just so we can see who their sponsors are.
In my heart of hearts I thought that there may be some who were in it for the good of the people who stupidly vote for them but the reality was I knew that this wasn’t the case.
Then on Thursday the 9th of December 2011 David Cameron convinced me that there is no hope for the current political system. Not only in the UK but everywhere. It is rotten to the core.
What did he do?
Well actually he did what he had to do.
It would have been his own political suicide to support the lack of representation that the Merkozy axis were trying to force through the European summit. He couldn’t support it because his own party would have got rid of him and in double quick time too. The Conservative party is actually run by people who think the Germans still dress in jackboots and are occupying France so no change there.
So what’s my problem?
The reason he has refused to sign is to protect the City of London.
The Fucking City of London.
The people with the bonuses that are 100 times higher than your annual salary.
The Hooray Henrys who wouldn’t know what a credit default swap was if it came up and started smacking them around their hideously, unlovely chops shouting “I am an unregulated financial vehicle used for making great short term profits and creating bonuses for idiot bankers who think they own the world”
The self same people who caused the financial crisis in the first place.
The same City of London whose bail out cost the country more than they have supposedly earnt the country over the last decade through their tax receipts.
The City of London that represents one square mile of a country comprising 137,745 square miles (Including Northern Ireland). Juts one square mile protected.
Cameron protected the interests of the UK my arse!
He protected the interests of his Old Etonian mates who have a position in the City. His paymasters in the City. The source of his Party’s funds.
He couldn’t give a flying fuck about the country’s interests in this particular case because those interests are totally relegated to an irrelevance behind the need to protect his own position and make sure that the City can continue to screw the 99.9% of the country who don’t work there as long as it makes them a short term profit.
As I said. It’s not corrupt, it just stinks.
Fuck it! It is corrupt.
Look at this comment from the Guardian. My bolding! The second point is the key.
Yet this is ultimately not the failure of one politician but of a culture and a system. Britain’s true national interest has become the prisoner of three inexorable forces. The first is the failure of the misconceived euro project, which put the politics of European Union ahead of the economics, and which might perhaps have been better constructed if Britain had had the instinct to engage.
The second is the dominance of the financial sector within the British polity, and the destruction of so much manufacturing, which have resulted in the obscenity of a prime minister being compelled to represent the finance interest as the national interest.
And the third is the destructive Europhobia of the past 35 years, which “fed by the rightwing press, the financial sector and political parties that were terrified of offending either of them” has fanned a mood of contempt towards everything about a European project with which Britain should be fully engaged rather than sneering uselessly on the sidelines.