Monday, January 21, 2008

Politicians are "weak-kneed, political time-servers".

The Longrider fisks Jackie Ashley—yes, Longrider; one might expect journalists to check their facts, but Jackie does work for The Grauniad—and quotes a Monty Python sketch, every word of which rings home.
We would like to apologize for the way in which politicians are represented in this programme.

It was never our intention to imply that politicians are weak-kneed, political time-servers who are concerned more with their personal vendettas and private power struggles than the problems of government, nor to suggest at any point that they sacrifice their credibility by denying free debate on vital matters in the mistaken impression that party unity comes before the well-being of the people they supposedly represent, nor to imply at any stage that they are squabbling little toadies without an ounce of concern for the vital social problems of today.

Nor indeed do we intend that viewers should consider them as crabby, ulcerous, little, self-seeking vermin with furry legs and an excessive addiction to alcohol and certain explicit sexual practices which some people might find offensive.

We are sorry if this impression has come across.

Your humble Devil would like to state, quite explicitly, that he absolutely hopes that readers of The Kitchen get precisely the above impression of our politicians, because it's spot-on: they are scum.

Hang them all.


Anonymous said...

Scum yes. But they're worth it.

Longrider said...

At the time that programme was aired, Ted Heath was the PM - so, nothing changes...

Interesting that Jackie Ashley is starting to get it, slowly, slowly, but the right noises.

mitch said...

people who want power should never be allowed it and penalty's for corruption should be draconian for MPs and civil servants and im talking seizure of all assets,jail and barred from office for life.

Lee Griffin said...

Quite, and people wonder why voter turnout is down. Amazing really. What's your take on the piece in the Firstpost by Mr Cox?

anthonynorth said...

Politicians should be in it for political passion, not money. That's why we should try to popularise independents. No career structure, no whips, just pure representative Parliament.
Even if only a hundred independents made it to Parliament, they'd stop the parties in their tracks, and demand, through proper debate, proper, sensible leadership.

Lee Griffin said...

Shame really that such things can't really happen while the party in power is decided by number of seats.