“They still don’t get it.” I don’t even know who the phrase belongs to now. Cameron and Miliband throw it at each other in parliament, but if there is one group that still doesn’t get it, it has to be our political class. Let’s take two of today’s morning papers, the Telegraph and the Sun. In the first we have an interview with London actor Larry Lamb and in the second we have Yvette Cooper trying to outflank the Tories to the right on crime.
(I hate to talk about principles and the Labour leadership, but should Cooper really be supporting the Sun? I guess the argument is that if she didn’t then Labour misses out their readership, but I don’t really buy this. Maybe a very public stand against writing or being interviewed by a paper sinking in cesspool of corruption will make Sun readers think twice about their regular source of news.)
Let’s start with Cooper. She thinks she gets it. She thinks she knows why the public turned their backs on Labour in the last election. Let’s listen to her.
“I know many readers were fed up with Labour by the last election. They felt we weren’t doing enough to stand up for those who played by the rules.”
“We’ve heard the message loud and clear. We know we have to work hard to win back their support.”
Now let’s listen to Larry Lamb. He knows he got it.
The people we’ve elected as politicians aren’t doing their job, simple as that. But they’re so deeply involved in the moneymaking machine, why would they rap the hand that feeds them, so to speak?
We’ve got a PM that’s a public relations man, but no one who has the balls to say: “The buck stops here. We’re going to stop you [the banks] abusing your powers, we’re going to rein in your bonuses and to hell if you use threats to go elsewhere.”
If more Western countries that are in the same sinking financial boat did the same thing, then these threats would be meaningless. The book by Andrew Ross Sorkin, Too Big to Fail, shows an incredible insight into this mess.
Our current British politicians are insulting our intelligence – they’re career politicians, rather than being driven to enact progressive change. Even though my career has flourished over the past five years, I just want to survive, and I’m worried about the bigger picture for this country.
I haven’t read the Andrew Ross Sorkin book so I can’t tell you if it’s that good though.