The political system is rotten to the core and the coming election isn’t going to provide the purge we need to put it right.
An investigation by the BBC has found 400 occasions where MPs have broken their own rules on declaring gifts of travel and hospitality. Four hundred breaches by just 22 MPs, all of which were from the LibLabCon.
Three Liebour MPs have been suspended today for offering to take bribes from lobbing firms – it might have been more but the Channel 4 Dispatches investigator was rumbled at least once.
All this a couple of weeks after 3 MPs and a Lord appeared in court on a charge of false accounting relating to their fraudulent expenses.
The whole rotten lot are corrupt beyond redemption. They hold the entire population – 60 million people – in contempt.
Stephen Byers thinks that referring himself to the parliamentary authorities makes everything fine. It doesn’t. He offered to take a bribe. He bragged about taking bribes in the past. He likened himself to a taxi for hire for fuck’s sake. If he wasn’t an MP he’d be in a cell now waiting for a bail hearing – bribery is a common law and criminal offence, the first act of parliament criminalising bribery dating back to the 14th Century. Byers is a crook, no better than a petty thief and should be treated as such.
The election is weeks away and what change will it bring? A probable rotation of Prime Minister from one faction of the LibLabCon to another but ultimately more of the same. More corrupt politicians. More tired politics. More sleaze.
Vote for change? Nothing’s going to change. A future fair for all? Where’s the fairness in a corrupt political system that allows the people entrusted with the fate of 60 million people to lie, cheat and steal with impunity?
It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonoured by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.
“Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter’d your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?
“Ye sordid prostitutes, have you not defil’d this sacred place, and turn’d the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress’d; your country therefore calls upon me to cleanse the Augean Stable, by putting a final period to your iniquitous proceedings, and which by God’s help and the strength He has given me, I now come to do.
“I command ye, therefore, upon the peril of your lives, to depart immediately out of this place! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors. You have sat here too long for the good you do. In the name of God, go!
An election isn’t going to fix politics, nor is a shuffling of the deckchairs. We need another Cromwell, just without the God thing.