Politics and scandal go together, it always will, it’s about power and the interpretation of the use of that power and the press will always turn anything into scandal and the abuse of power because that is how they sell newspapers but if you cry foul continuously people do cease to take notice!
Take the Daily Telegraph article of yesterday ‘Tories given millions by property developers’ this article is trying to insinuate that the Conservative Party are taking large donations in return for an unfair influence of government policy, which is rubbish otherwise nobody would be able to donate to a political party. Further reading
If we join and/or donate to a political party we do so because we believe in the basic principles of that party and at election time the basic thrust of the party manifesto, the party, in or out of government, may be proposing legislation/spending which would boost a personal interest but to insinuate that they would get serious influence other than giving informed opinion is mischievous and miss leading.
It is essential that government talks to interested groups, businesses, influential individuals to fully grasp the full extent of their policies but the press is adversely effecting the way our government operates and indeed the country’s ability to attract talented individuals into politics by its constant occupation of the gutter.
The method of private and business contribution to political parties and causes is far more acceptable than a public funded political system and a far greater protection of our democracy than ever the press will be.
Now lets look at another Daily Telegraph revealed scandal, the expenses scandal which was hyped up as if politics and our whole political was corrupt which is and was nonsense, although a large number of the expenses claims were well outside the MP’s code of conduct most had been cajoled into claiming for the items by the expenses department in parliament, you tell me one journalist who would not claim for something after being told he could!
There are 650 MP’s in parliament, in any organisation of that size you will always get a few rotten apples and without the hype to sell newspapers that is what we had and they are in or have been to jail but our whole political system and politics in general was tarnished as a cheap way of selling newspapers.
We have probably the least corrupt political system but although it wasn’t corrupt the 1997 – 2010 Labour government took us pretty close and one thing springs to mind, although the press never picked up on it because they were in love with the left-wing Labour government, one of the first things the Labour government did was to enshrine the Human Rights Act into British Law and then Mrs Blair created a business that made many