I was listening to the news this morning and a reporter noted to an interviewee that voters don’t seem to trust politicians anymore. I thought to myself, DUH, obviously you plank (not nice I know) but I give up with the stupidity of presenters now. They were saying this like it was some kind of surprise and a shocking revelation, but it was the BBC I think.
The interview was in the context of the EU Referendum and the debates etc which have taken place so far. Anyone who went through the Scottish Referendum and the scorched earth approach of the Government, all its Departments, all the Unionist Parties, the Bank of England(UK), and of course the BBC adding in the mainstream media will understand why none of us trust politicians, in my case it is pretty much all politicians now. Politicians are pretty much the scum of the earth in my mind.
Politicians have robbed us blind through expenses fraud, politicians have taken us into wars on the basis of their lies, and politicians have promised to abolish the House of Lords and done nothing while adding to their numbers. Politicians are attacking the poor and vulnerable, politicians give tax breaks to the rich, politicians renew nuclear weapons, so is it any wonder Ipso Mori in a poll found that only 21% of people trusted politicians to tell the truth, this level of trust has been falling for 33 years.
Far too many politicians, in all parties, see power as something that is theirs and theirs only. Power that they are very reluctant to share, you just have look at the Smith Commission to see how little power Westminster are willing to concede to Holyrood and how much power Holyrood is willing to concede to local councils and councils to the community. The simple reality is that the politicians don’t trust the people in the main, with little reason to feel that way, while we have every reason in the world not to trust them.
In the book Ethics and Integrity in British Politics: How Citizens Judge their Politicians conduct and why it matters the writers state that Politicians are generally not liked. Politicians are generally not trusted in the UK. The fact that many feel, myself included, that Politicians lack integrity and decency results in a total disenfranchisement from politics and it’s systems. This disenfranchisement, caused by the politicians, can only lead to a democratically unhealthy skepticism of all politicians and politics in the UK as a whole. That will lead to a serious assault on our democracy through people choosing to not exercise their right to vote.
Now some of you will argue that I am being too harsh tarnishing all politicians with the same brush, but am I. When you think about some of the things I have listed above it doesn’t matter which party voted for what, or in Labours case, abstained. Politicians in this country make our lives worse not better, they make their lives better, they make their friends lives at the top better, and they enrich themselves at our expense while pontificating that they care. The simple fact is they don’t have to vote to renew nuclear weapons, they don’t have to vote for policies such as the attacks on social security and public services, they don’t have to vote for tax cuts for the wealthiest while removing social security from the poorest but too many do, and those that don’t sit and respectfully accept the system when they should be screaming at the top of their voices.
So basically, If politicians want to be trusted then they should stop fucking lying, stop fucking cheating, stop fucking stealing and stop fucking shafting anyone but their friends to stay on top.