Sunday, 17 May 2009

Throw the Bums Out

Christ on the Cross
General Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown
Napoleon at Waterloo
General Lee at Appomattox Courthouse
President Nixon at Watergate
President Clinton at Monica Lewinsky
Captain Terence O’Neill at the Crossroads

Gordon Brown at …

Only one of these guys made a significant comeback and to coin an old political cliché, Prime Minister, I know Jesus Christ and Prime Minister, you’re no Jesus Christ.

As any student of politics knows, political events and movements have a way of developing a life of their own. The fact is, that the revelations of sleaze and corruption published by the Daily Telegraph will change the face of the British political landscape for years to come. What those changes will be, remains to be seen.

The political class of Britain are falling over each other in attempts to sooth the anger that has gripped the British public. A few sacrificial lambs have been thrown to the slaughter and the hyenas are circling the Speaker of the House, in an attempt to divert attention from the stench of corruption that emanates from the body politic of the House of Commons.

I have been watching with a little bemusement, the talking heads shows, as the political class wring their hands in anguish and depict themselves as agents of reform.

Here’s a novel idea, how about a written constitution with powers to impeach elected representatives and allow for recall elections of those guilty of wrongdoing. Or as President Lincoln stated it in the Gettysburg Address, “ and that government : of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

If my memory serves, a former British government lost a referendum on the battlefield on these issues to the backwoods men of the 13 North American colonies. The American system has been working fine now for over 200 years. Richard Nixon could have testified to that.

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