Time For A New Kind Of Politician?

I would like to propose a new law. Preferably a law that would take effect internationally and apply to every nation on earth. It’s a simple law that states, unequivocally: “No person over the age of five years may hold, serve in, or in any way contribute to, any political office, either national or local, in any capacity whatever.”

It’s quite obvious that no-one over the age of five is politically capable of running a country fairly, rationally, and with the best interests of its citizens at heart. Politicians today are corrupt, narcissistic, power-crazed, and hand-in-glove with vested interests that reward them handsomely for services rendered against the public interest. In other words, they are completely unfit to govern, and their behavior in any other position would find them at best rapidly unemployed, and quite possibly, in jail.

Take the un-beloved British prime minister, Theresa May, as an example. Hellbent on forcing the Brexit issue to a conclusion that suits her personally, she’s totally ignored the advice of her greatest expert on Europe, Sir Ivan Rogers…

…to the point he’s decided to resign early from his position as British Ambassador to the E.U. – and go public with his criticisms:

Outgoing ambassadors often write valedictory notes but few are as explosive as this. Sir Ivan does not name names but his remarks do not need much decoding.
The clear implication is that the advice the UK’s ambassador to the EU has been giving has fallen on deaf ears in Downing Street.
And this is why he is standing down, depriving the government of one of its most experienced Brussels hands just weeks before negotiations over Brexit are due to begin.
His resignation took Downing Street by surprise, coming some eight months before his job was due to end or be extended…

…On the UK’s Brexit negotiations with the EU, which are due to begin by the end of March, he said “serious multilateral negotiating experience is in short supply in Whitehall”, adding this was not the case in the European Commission or in the European Council…

…Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator, tweeted: “Best Wishes to Sir Ivan Rogers, a much-respected UK civil servant in Brussels – who knew what he was talking about.” [1]

May’s loyalties have shifted swiftly from Europe (if they were ever there!) and across the Atlantic to the U.S.A. and incoming president, Donald Trump. She wants to develop a similar relationship with Trump as Thatcher had with Ronald Reagan. To that end, she was quick to denounce John Kerry’s recent speech on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, despite the U.K. voting in favour of UN security council resolution 2334 only last week.

Needless to say, the U.S. State Department was not amused:

The US state department last night reacted with some bluntness to May’s statement.

A spokesperson said: “We are surprised by the UK Prime Minister’s office statement given that Secretary Kerry’s remarks—which covered the full range of threats to a two state solution, including terrorism, violence, incitement and settlements—were in-line with the UK’s own longstanding policy and its vote at the United Nations last week.”

The statement also said: “We are grateful for the strongly supportive statements in response to Secretary Kerry’s speech from across the world, including Germany, France, Canada, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and others.” [2[

The move on May’s part was so obviously an attempt to ingratiate herself with the incoming Trump administration that it prompted a quote from the U.K.’s Ambassador to Washington, as the Guardian continued to report:

May is known to be keen to kindle a close relationship with the Trump White House. The UK’s ambassador, Sir Kim Darroch, has even said he hopes it will emulate the rapport between Margaret Thatcher and her US counterpart Ronald Reagan.

This woman could well become poisonous to the British, just like her predecessor, Margaret Thatcher. She might do well to remember that all was not rosy in the Reagan/Thatcher relationship. Thatcher once said of Reagan: “Poor dear, there’s nothing between his ears.”

What might she have said of George W Bush, one wonders? She’d probably not have been as scathing as John Nixon…

…the senior CIA interrogator charged with questioning Saddam Hussein after his capture in December 2003. Nixon was an expert on Saddam. He’d been profiling him since 1988.

Mr Nixon is particularly scathing of President Bush, saying – as one of few people that have shaken the hands of both him and Saddam Hussein – he would rather spend time with the latter.
President Bush, he says, was “isolated from reality”, with advisers that would “rally around him regardless and nod in agreement”.
“I used to think what we said at the CIA mattered and the president would listen, but it doesn’t matter what we say, politics trumps intelligence.”
Mr Nixon says he is “ashamed” of what has happened in Iraq since the ousting of Saddam Hussein.
He says the Bush administration gave no thought as to what events might take place after Saddam’s removal, and – in light of the rise of extremist groups such as the so-called “Islamic State” – believes the region would have been better off had he remained in place.
Such claims have been dismissed by former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, who led the country at the time of the invasion. [3]

Ah, yes, let’s not leave out ex-British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Here we have an individual so narcissistic, not to say corrupt, that he still believes he might be welcomed back into U.K. politics. This is the man who collected a personal fortune of over $70,000,000 (60,000,000 GBP) and TEN homes, just by supporting the Bush administration over its invasion of Iraq.

Finally, for now, there’s the next president of the United States himself. If those who voted for this man believe he cares about them they’re sadly mistaken. They should ask David and Moira Milne, or Susan and John Munro. They live at Balmedie in north-east Scotland and had cottages with magnificent views across the dunes to the ocean beyond.

The Munroe’s had a beautiful view of the Scottish coastline from their kitchen window until Trump blocked it

Now the only view they have is of an earthen wall and a row of mature trees, courtesy of Mister Donald Trump:

President-elect Donald J. Trump has already built a wall — not on the border with Mexico, but on the border of his exclusive golf course in northeastern Scotland, blocking the sea view of local residents who refused to sell their homes.

And then he sent them the bill.

David and Moira Milne had already been threatened with legal action by Mr. Trump’s lawyers, who claimed that a corner of their garage belonged to him, when they came home from work one day to find his staff building a fence around their garden. Two rows of grown trees went up next, blocking the view. Their water and electricity lines were temporarily cut. And then a bill for about $3,500 arrived in the mail, which, Mr. Milne said, went straight into the trash…
Susan and John Munro…also refused to sell and now face an almost 15-foot-high earthen wall built by Mr. Trump’s people on two sides of their property…
As many Americans are trying to figure out what kind of president they have just elected, the people of Balmedie, a small village outside the once oil-rich city of Aberdeen, say they have a pretty good idea. In the 10 years since Mr. Trump first visited, vowing to build “the world’s greatest golf course” on an environmentally protected site featuring 4,000-year-old sand dunes, they have seen him lash out at anyone standing in his way. They say they watched him win public support for his golf course with grand promises, then watched him break them one by one.

A promised $1.25 billion investment has shrunk to what his opponents say is at most $50 million. Six thousand jobs have dwindled to 95. Two golf courses to one. An eight-story, 450-room luxury hotel never materialized, nor did 950 time-share apartments. Instead, an existing manor house was converted into a 16-room boutique hotel. Trump International Golf Links, which opened in 2012, lost $1.36 million last year, according to public accounts…[4]

It all begs the question, have the people of the world been fooled for long enough or are they going to continue allowing these political parasites to walk all over them and keep them in poverty forever?

“Ah,” but they cry, “what can we do about it?”

Well, how about heading down that local day-nursery and pledging support to little Torin Weston. He’s only four, but I reckon he could do a better job at running things than May, Trump, Blair and Bush combined. And, he wouldn’t demand ten houses and a multi-million dollar fortune.

Though he doesn’t look too happy at the idea. Perhaps a bag of candy would suffice?

[1] “UK’s EU ambassador tells colleagues to challenge ‘muddled thinking'” BBC, January 4th 2017

[2] “Theresa May’s criticism of John Kerry Israel speech sparks blunt US reply” Guardian, December 29th 2016

[3] “The ex-CIA agent who interrogated Saddam Hussein” BBC, January 4th 2017

[4] “In Scotland, Trump Built a Wall. Then He Sent Residents the Bill.” New York Times, November 25th 2016

3 Replies to “Time For A New Kind Of Politician?”

  1. It’s a plague on the earth RJA. We’ve got them here too out on the Edge. Lying and thieving their way around the island.

    The behaviour is writ larger in the USA & UK. But really it’s all the same.


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