I didn’t want to write about this because I really wanted to write about this, this and this and I know people have moved on but please, just let me get it off my chest because although it bugs me to death to know that I am prioritising this rubbish, I need to expectorate or there’s a chance that I might develop a nasty infection of which, should you frequent this blog once too often, you will be at risk of contracting. (Not much risk there then).
Anyhoo, onwards forthwith, here she be going – expecteth muchly nothing, least of all, popularity:
I’ve noticed that many people, notably those of a Labour persuasion, have been downplaying the McBride email affair as a non-issue – you know . . . sighing and trivialising and philosophically declaring that we know it goes on but everyone should ignore it because it’s what we expect from all politicians and there are far more important issues that we should be talking about.
Well, first off, yes there jolly well are. But be assured that if a couple of Tory MP’s were the ones doing the doing, you can be sure as climate change that the folks down at the Labour camp would be indignantly and wholeheartedly crying out for apologies, so all this sighing and trivialising is grossly hypocritical and smacks of partisanship. I don’t care that it was a Tory blogger, with a history of smearing non-Tory MP’s and other bloggers, who broke the story. I care that nobody (apart from hypocritical Tories and their hypocritical apologists) seems to care that our politicians are engaging in such crappery.
Secondly, it’s not ok for an elected political party to try to win over public opinion by smearing the opposition party with lurid and highly personal innuendos, hoping they’ll stick, even if they’re eventually found to be untrue. Even worse when they target members of the politician’s family.
It’s also not ok to say that that every political party does it so what’s the big deal about this government doing it. I believe we should be very concerned that this kind of thing goes on all the time. Come on guys! When did we become so tolerant of our MP’s and their sleazy, underhand dirty tricks? I’m well aware that most of the mainstream parties spin their crap to tarantulous levels and I’m also well aware that all the mainstream parties have a smear-and-run policy. But lordy me! Does that mean we have to be so complacent and accepting of this dreadful sleaze-and-slur culture? Is there really no alternative? Is it really down to basic human nature or can we not ask for decency in politics? Is it really ok to say . . . ok, that McBride was a twat and Draper was a twat but there are twats in every political party so let’s move on? (That Paul Staines bloke is probably the biggest twat of them all but (and I hate to admit this) he did us all a favour in this instance).
Just because they all do it, it doesn’t mean we should turn a blind eye and tolerate it. It shouldn’t all be about sordid internal Westminster politics and (as a fairly recent phenomenon), right and left blog wars. That’s not what should be making the headlines. Political bloggers should be honest rather than remain stubbornly partisan for the sake of being . . . stubbornly partisan. And politicians should be focusing on the stuff that matters, not concentrating on how to spin a smear web and trap an enemy. Politicians should be focusing on their policies. If there is something we should know about an MP . . . if it’s in the public interest for the information to be revealed and it’s a truth that can be substantiated, then I have no problem. But I have no time and no respect for dirty tricks. That’s not what politics should be about. It is, but it shouldn’t be, and by saying stuff like . . . move along please, nothing new here . . . is just sitting back and tolerating the status quo of dirty, sleazy politics. And it’s blowing away any chances of decent politics finding a place in Britain.
I read that McBride was a poisonous apple in the Labour machine and many people within the structure desired to see his departure so it’s not hard to imagine an engineering of the whole thing, with that Paul Staines bloke used as a messenger boy. But listen folks, I don’t want all this crappery. I want elected politicians to do their jobs and govern. Is politics all about spin and smear and inhouse squabbling or is it about tackling the vitally important issues such as healthcare, housing, environment, economy, jobs, poverty, education, social justice?
Do you base your voting criteria on how much each candidate can smear their opposition candidate . . . or do you base your voting criteria on the actual policies and ethics of each candidate?
Vote Green. I mean really. It’s the only decent party remaining. It’s the only option. Hell, the future of this good and great Earth depends on it.