Grumpy Accountant

Turkeys need to vote for something better than Christmas

As, I suspect, many others in this country, I’m disillusioned with politics and politicians. We have two main political parties following broadly similar agendas and a rash of politicians seemingly more interested in gaining power than actually taking care of business – why wouldn’t loads of us feel fed up? But, as Johann Hari explained in the Independent:

“Martha Gellhorn, the great war correspondent, said: “People will often say, with pride: ‘I’m not interested in politics.’ They might as well say, ‘I’m not interested in my standard of living, my health, my job, my rights, my freedoms, my future or any future.’” Be serious. It might seem remote; it might seem difficult; it might be a world away from the arcane mumblings of Brown and Cameron; but unless you are a psychopath, you care.”

Johann asks us to recognise that “Far from being some dreamy call to kumbaya, collective political action is the single biggest reason your life is incalculably better than that of your great-grandparents.”

And to remember that “Politicians respond to the pressures put on them. The banks and oil companies and billionaires never stop putting on their pressure, waving their cheques, and making their threats. We need to make sure our collective voices talk louder. The only way to do that is to give your time and energy and dedication to demand genuine democracy.”

It doesn’t much bother me which political party is saying it but the one that pretends, despite the collective opinion of respected economists and commentators who predicted the hole we’re in now, that cutting public spending and thereby putting hundreds of thousands more people out of work is asking those “turkeys” to vote for Christmas.     The tragedy is, that whether through frustration or misinformation, it seems that the electorate is planning to do precisely that.

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17/08/2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. May I suggest that anyone who found the above post interesting grab themselves a copy of Noam Chomsky’s Understanding Power.
    Its a real ‘veil lifter’!

    Comment by Accountant | 19/08/2009 | Reply


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