Witch Hunts

Witch hunts are things that move in and out of fashion. It usually starts with a scandal which has carried on for several years and which is a serious perversion of the way in which a society is supposed to operate. Once the scandal is publicised society starts a witch hunt on the assumption that there are many other similar scandals that have been suppressed and which now must be brought to light. Continue reading

Nice Work If You Can Get it

The latest scandal affecting the House of Lords is nothing unusual nor is it in itself a reason to change the constitutional arrangements to reform this appointed un-elected body of cronies of elected politicians. There are plenty of scandals that affect elected chambers; humans are weak frail and full of hubris so it is not surprising when scandals emerge. The reason to abolish the House of Lords is that it is simply undemocratic.  Continue reading

Corrupt Politicians

Politics always brings us scandals; despite the press attention to corruption in the UK, politicians cannot seem to learn that if use their memberships of the House of Commons or of the House of Lords to feather their nests, they are likely to be caught, exposed and disgraced. The simpler course of action is to imitate the behaviour of Tony Blair. In office he was “Teflon Tony” – no dirt ever seemed to stick to him. Once out of office he has used the connections and fame he acquired as a result of being a politician to amass a sizeable fortune They is, of course, no hint of corruption if you use the information and contacts you obtained during office bestowed democratically, after your period in office has ended. It is as good a way to amass a fortune as any, but nevertheless leaves a bitter taste in the mouth for those that watch.