... except that it is a salutary reminder that politicians hold you in utter, utter contempt.
Like my peripatetic yet impecunious Greek friend, I also have the urge to yell "we told you so".
There's no point in writing about "Bigotgate" since it's only been 24 hours and it's already been done to death. (I'm sure I can't be the only one, by the way, who is tired of seeing the suffix "-gate" attached to every minor flap or scandal everywhere in the world every day—though given that the Watergate building is in the Foggy Bottom district of Washington, I suppose it could have been worse.)
Suffice it to say that it merely reinforces what most of us have been saying for years. Consider the evidence:
These people are pissing your money up against a wall. Bollocks, spake the grandees of the "progressive" media, there's plenty of money to go round. Remember this classic from Polly Toynbee, discussing how to "abolish child poverty"?What will it take? Notionally, another £28bn a year if it were to be done entirely through direct redistribution in cash through tax credits. How much is that? It is the cost of buying, perhaps, a new Trident replacement every single year forever. Or look at it another way, it would still only be 2.5% of GDP, not at all unaffordable.
One could only goggle at such drivelling lunacy at the time; four years on, it stands as a monument to the dishonesty and stupidity of an entire governing ideology. Well, the grotesque public debt bequeathed to the next Prime Minister by these bastards has blown a hole in that. We told you so.
These people are crooks. Bollocks, the commentariat said. Don't listen to hyperventilating bloggers—there are only a tiny handful of bad apples. Well,
ExpensesgateExpensesbottom blew a hole in that. We told you so.
These people have complete contempt for you. Bollocks, insisted the media class apologists. They are suffused with a deep sense of public service and strive daily for our betterment and well-being, we were assured. Well, fuck that; Bigotbottom has blown a hole in such limp-wristed naivety, too. We told you so.
One lifelong Labour loyalist breaches the cordon sanitaire round the gordon insanitaire, and has the temerity to raise the kind of boilerplate concerns that politicians of all stripes affect to be concerned about, and what is our Prime Minister's reaction?Should never have put me with that woman... whose idea was that?
Actually, it was the Greeks' idea, Gordon. We called it democracy.
Suck it up.