Stranger and Stranger

There is a lot of information coming together at this time that is disturbing for me.

This morning I was reading how one writer believes our parliament in Scotland is working, not unlike that in Stalin’s Russia, and he sets out very clearly why.

I received an e-mail today from Paul Lewis, Head of Investigations at the Guardian, who tells me they are investigating Uber’s astonishing rise, using material furnished by a whistleblower.

“The data showed the extraordinary lengths Emmanuel Macron went to in order to help Uber’s lobbyist in France. It showed how the company secretly hired a political operative linked to Russian oligarchs, despite concerns that paying the lobbyist risked bribes being paid to “grease the skids”. There were countless other revelations relating to the EU, UK, US, Canada, Germany, Spain, Finland, Hungary and India.”

Elsewhere I read: “Will the job skills we possess now have any relevance in a decade’s time?” scary stuff.   

Robert Watson – about American politics, writes:

“Public trust in government remains low, as it has for much of the 21st century. Only two-in-ten Americans say they trust the government in Washington to do what is right “just about always” (2%) or “most of the time” (19%). Trust in the government had declined somewhat since last year when 24% said they could trust the government at least most of the time.

The data clearly points to a disconnect between those who govern and the governed. If you wonder why those in political power were panicked by the January 6, 2021 ruckus. Our glorious leaders carry an omnipresent and rightful fear of “we the people.”

Robert, reminded me of a book I read, originally published in 1849, as “Resistance to Civil Government” by Henry David Thoreau, so I dug it out and the first lines tell us:

“I heartily accept the motto, – “That government is best which governs least;” …… The objections which have been brought against a standing army, may also at least be brought against a standing government. The standing army is only an arm of the standing government. The government itself, which is only the mode with which the people have chosen to execute their will, is equally liable to be abused and perverted before the people can act through it. Witness the present Mexican war, the work of comparatively a few individuals using the standing government as their tool; for, in the outset, the people would not have consented to this measure.”

Today in Britain the media is obsessed with the Tory party leadership contest, a contest that has little to do with the viewing public, for it is something they have no control over, so only gives the illusion that we live in a democracy.

Robert asked us: How does a very unpopular government stay in power?

Let me suggest sending checks to families. The federal government now pays monthly checks to about 88 per cent of children in America through the Child Tax Credit (CTC) program. Under the American Rescue Plan of 2021, advance payments of up to half the 2021 Child Tax Credit were sent to eligible taxpayers. 

Before the new CTC, only 28 per cent of the population lived in a household where the federal government paid monthly checks primarily to elderly and disabled people through the Social Security (SS) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. Now, it is 65 per cent.

What do we see here at home in Scotland the Green party bribed by bags of sweeties to prop up the council in Glasgow and even bigger bags of sweeties from Nicola Sturgeon to pass her government’s budgets?

Where does the voting public fit in?

Westminster, promising tax cuts, money off your next fuel bill, once more the Tory party have found the “horn of plenty” when:

“Our glorious leaders carry an omnipresent and rightful fear of “we the people.”

The Westminster governments (of whatever colour) still use these tried and tested tactics – like Margaret Thatcher, whom they hold in such high esteem, she gave us our council homes at give-away prices in her garage sale, as she, like a conjurer who diverts our attention from their sleight of hand, – stole the family silver.

Changing the leader of the Tory party in Britain is like changing the deckchairs on the Titanic, it will change nothing. The democracy we see in Braitain is only an illusion of democracy.

Stay safe.                                                                                                                           

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