The ‘I’ in IPCC looks increasingly inconsequential. An investigation into a decent enough, but highly overpaid cop who had already resigned has turned up no turnips. The real questions go uninvestigated and concern a criminal justice system not fit for purpose, with too many chiefs (providing inadequate supervision) and not enough Indians.
Problems with our institutions are taking place in the malevolent influence of debt and those who have cornered power through it, In all this, our language has collapsed. Debt used to be about the obligation to repay reasonable amounts borrowed against reasonable ability to repay – now I’d need to write an article to begin to explain. There’s one here - http://www.levyinstitute.org/pubs/wp_592.pdf - but most can’t be bothered. Good policing used to be about preventing crime and keeping the peace. This too has gone the way of all verbosity,
What we need is Dirty Harry – but you can be sure we’d screw up and arm himwith a blunted pencil! With democracy ripped off by some rich bastards we come up with IPCC investigations into trivia and what are really footling enquiries into the News of the Screws when we’ve been taken into wars we don’t want and don’t understand by utter chavs like Blair.
The awful reality is that nothing happened when Stevenson and Yates resigned and I suspect this is because they did remarkably nothing much because this is what life has come to be about – doing nothing much. None of us contributed much to the mad, religious economics that lets a few rich trouser most of the spoils, and the “brilliant” CEOs and the rest all turn out not to have known anything about what’s been going on when some glimmer of truth crawls out from under the carpet,
There’s plenty of stuff that needs doing, but instead of being able to organise that we engage in mad rituals as surely as Easter Islanders building statues and destroying the wood needed for boat building. I’m for sacking anyone ‘earning’ more than £80K a year and sending them on compulsory voluntary service overseas. I suspect we wouldn’t miss them, just as the Met won’t miss Yates and Stephenson – not because they weren’t decent men but because they were and were just doing their bit. The problem is that the gross injustice of the rich world has moved in on the solid values we expect and we have started to use all kinds of false justification for the vast salaries paid to the ‘gods’.
I think it’s time to get back to being ordinary – John Yates seemed a very ordinary man to me – and putting an end to celebrity through money. Good leadership is valuable, but we’re pretending we can get it by paying for it – and this is a myth, Someone at the IPCC should have stood up and stopped the investigation into the passing on of a cv in its tracks. But why should we expect anyone to show some decency and determination when our ‘great leaders’ pray at the feet of the gods of the free-lunch economy in which debts larger than all we transact ‘produce’ what we ‘need’? We’re in the hands of lunacy and need to be shocked out of it. This is clear when we can’t stop kids being bullied at school but can investigate an instance of nothing that wouldn’t matter anyway.