Expenses are only the tip of the Iceberg! YOU have the powers to bring CHANGE!
Posted by DeadAnarchistPhil on May 20, 2009
The Speaker of the House of Common-Criminals thank you Ian Hislop for that name!) will step down in June after a vote of no confidence from the same MPs that he were fiddling their expenses and wanted him to protect the expenses system and keep it out of the public eye so they could carry on milking it for all it’s worth. I find it amazing and laughable MPs can call for the Speaker of the House Michael Martin, to step down for daring to slap down numerous MPs for attacking the system. The same MP’s that fiddled it. The source(s) that leaked the details in the first place did so not because they were morally opposed to it like they may make out, but because they saw the writing on the wall or some advantage in doing so, and wanted to be seen as acting in our democracy’s best interests, as did the MPs later on. Since the freedom of information act was made law in 2004 this was bound to happen, so wanting to be placated from the future mess, or to capitalise on it, someone leaked details and MPs took advantage of it. The pure arrogance of the Speaker and most MPs in their ‘old boy clubs’ of yesteryear that think it’s some kind of right in the British Parliamentary democracy, I use the word “Democracy” very loosely, to legally and illegally milk the system is astonishing!
What was more astonishing was that all MPs were condemning what a rotten system in was, so rotten in fact that most had to take part in it before it was all exposed. My own local MP Hazel Blears was so appalled by her behaviour when she avoided paying capital gains tax when she sold her second home by ‘flipping’ her places of residence that she paid back £16,000. Oh well that makes it alright then doesn’t? If you did that wouldn’t you be done for fraud? You would also lose your job? Yet PM Brown says what she did was unacceptable and yet she still retains her job, while two other lower MPs have been suspended and another forced to step down. It’s the same with other MPs in the opposition Tory party, some MPs are more valuable than others because they’re in the shadow/opposition cabinet. I just find it amazing these MPs can call a vote of no confidence in a speaker when no one in the country has an iota of faith in any of the MPs.
I also noticed a curious amount of MP’s and members of the Lords waiting to be interviewed by numerous TV news channels outside of Parliament to say that we need change in the system and it’s essential to the health of our democracy. As I said before this was just a political tactic to distance themselves from the situation and make them look like they’re against the old system. The fact is they were all at it to some degree, some more than others and people keep telling me; “They’re not all the same, don’t tar them with the same brush!” Well I say and ask you this, if the freedom of information act hadn’t been made law would these MPs that now currently call for change be still calling for it? The answer is no because they couldn’t score political points by exposing it and they’d most likely lose their jobs by doing so. So their sense of what’s right and moral was overridden by keeping their jobs and further shows how far up the chain of command this “old boys club” went. For those MPs that haven’t committed the worse expenses fraud, I think it was only a matter of time, if the system hadn’t been opened up then all MPs would have continued milking the system and the public purse for all it was worth.
I’ve been saying for years the British Parliamentary system is bent from top to bottom and people kept telling me it’s not and that they are not all in it to gain, well this proves they are, even the ones that haven’t claimed for much are still implicated in it because they knew what was going on and never really attempted to do anything.
You know what pisses me off the most? The fact we’re at the point of such pinnacle change and the idiots in Westminster will not change much at all! They will fix the expenses system and that’s about it, expenses are just the tip of the iceberg, what about the way parties are funded? Unions, private donations, big business donations, Bankers donations etc, all these people and organisations expect a favour or two back for their kind donations and so dictate policy to a degree. So when these other outside sources influence policy and have their interests represented before that of voters it’s a two tire democracy, those with money and influence get their’s before the winder population get their’s. People actually accept this as part of politics, it shouldn’t be accepted or tolerated! It undermines democracy itself by giving people with money and business preference, I know business and the economy is important but not to the point where the government just bends to their will like in 1998 when Labour deregulated the financial system which let bankers take excessive risks with people’s money and lead to the economy being on its knees! As a result of that millions are out of jobs and small businesses are going under, that has damaged the nation and the peoples’ lives, yet it is still accepted as part and parcel of politics. The big fact is business and bankers get preference and You don’t.
We also have the highly politicised civil service which will pretty much kibosh anything it deems not right for their right-wing upper class Tory agenda. I’m talking about the permanent secretaries, the ones that stay regardless of which party wins office. I’m not saying they completely stop everything they don’t like but they can bog it down and slow its approach in to law. These people are another influence on policy in the UK.
MPs’ second jobs. I personally think MPs should have one job and one job alone, and that’s an MP representing their constituents. They shouldn’t have another two jobs or more as well as being an MP! This is another avenue of influence over policy, MP’s are supposed to declare their interests in second jobs so they don’t enter in to a debate and votes where they could be biased. I think many MPs don’t declare their interests and even if they did they call still push/influence other MPs to vote a certain way.
So as you can see, the MPs’ expenses pale in comparison to the true rotten pillars in our house of democracy. What the government and most MPs are hoping to do is change the expenses system and hope you will accept that as “radical” change and also hope you don’t notice the other rotten pillars in the House. They’re also hoping no one is going to print the corporate and banking donations they got and that no one connects the policy to the organisations donations. I really do hope they do, so the shit wont just hit the fan but it’ll break it and send shit flying all around the room so they’ll have no choice but to radically change the whole system and not one minor fragment of it.
What I’d like to see done is this:
(1) I want party donations to all parties stopped! That way we remove the influence from that source, if the heads of them businesses, unions and banks want to be represented then they better get out and vote like everyone else. Instead of using vast amounts of money from people who donate it to bombard the electorate with billboards, tour busses, PR and spin; there would just be a booklet campaign (which would be paid for by government for all parties), TV debates on major issues and policy and a extended version of party political broadcasts instead of the 5 to 10 minute slots we currently have. A lot of politicians wont like the 5 to 10 minute Party Political Broadcasts changed because it wont fit the 5 to 10 min attention span of the average voter, well that’s just tough, if they don’t get it without you throwing buzzwords, sound bites and slogans at them then they don’t deserve to vote. By funding the party this way and limiting the canvasing to TV and booklets we save on cost and cut out the business and other influences. Fewer people may not vote, but they’re stupid people who need someone or something to tell them to go and vote anyway, it’ll be a loss for most parties, but that’s the price to pay for a better system. All TV and radio work will be done by the BBC because they’re a publicly funded org anyway.
(2) Remove the politicised civil service and replace with an unbiased one that is monitored by an independent body and re-elected along with the government every 5 years. Also no more permanent secretaries.
(3) MPs having any other job besides that of an MP is to be banned. Also, no ex-leaders of businesses to be allowed to stand as an MP, become a member of the judiciary or the Bank of England.
(4) Government should only have anything to do with the financial system when it’s to make sure banks are not taking excessive risks, paying unfair interest rates on customers and or damage the economy. Furthermore there should be law that forbids the deregulation of the system under any circumstances.
(5) All bankers and politicians should be held directly accountable for what they do in government or as leaders in the financial sector or businesses. If they have found to have lost peoples’ money and jobs through negligence they are striped of any earnings made while in office, be it bank or politics, and banned from entering politics or any level of a business or banking ever again. Politicians and leaders of business and banks pay should be connected with their progress in their jobs, if they’re found to be lacking or not delivering what they said they would at the time of their election or appointment at the end of their term – or because of a vote of no confidence by the people – then they are removed.
I think that would do for a start. There are other areas that need work, but that should pretty much get the ball rolling. I know a lot of people are going to think that politicians/bankers/business leaders can’t work under that pressure. Well I think with the prospect of losing their lively hoods and chances of getting their money taken off them would make them do their hardest to not fuck up or be corrupt. Why should they be exempt from the reality of losing their job and lively hood like the rest of the population is? This is why they don’t do their hardest to change things and keep things in order, because they’re not really bothered if they fuck up or not, because they have a pension and future job doing something else. So basically their future is secured, I want to take that security away and make them do what they’re meant to do instead of doing it half-arsed like they usually do because there’s no repercussions if they don’t.
I know a lot of you reading this are thinking that this can’t be achieved? Well it can! You are more powerful than you think, without any riots or voting you have the MPs shitting themselves, scarred shitless and willing to change the system! You just have to keep pushing them and keep the public anger and outrage going so they change everything from top to bottom and not leave X, Y and Z unchanged because you all got bored and apathetic again. You are the key to stop voting being a mere formality for politicians and the businessmen men that back them and actually make your vote matter instead of it being an illusion of control.
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