Nietzsche announced the ‘Death of God’, Foucault the ‘Death of Man’ – both bored me until my slow brain got round to working out how much I had failed, dismally, to grasp just how much change we need in our thinking. I believe a programme of consistent thought is possible and that we do not have one. The complexities are beyond me here and I’m interested in whether others ‘feel’ the same.
I really want little part of a world that doesn’t try to escape ‘evolution’ – I once wanted escape from religion but know now this was a small and misguided part of a much bigger quandary about whether we are broadly an irrelevance waiting for the next big rock to hit us or other attack that puts paid to humanity in favour of other, more meaningful or random existence. I want a politics of this, not barmy ‘buggers’ hiring handsome young men with no particular qualifications to share bedrooms with them, or pratting about over an economics that only ever suits those in existing power. It’s pretty clear now we have technology that has changed work and how much of it we need to do. Politics is dead because it doesn’t address anything I want. This would be fine if I could believe it was just something about me. I could then just be pissed off and get on with my own life. I’ll probably do that anyway. I just sense we are on the route to war and politics needs to be dismantled. I know Chomsky goes on about this and have seen ‘radical politics’ in a number of forms.
Obama is clearly something we’ve seen before, and so is our dumb ConDem arrangement. We need much better ways to ignore them and our feeble media. It will be something like sticking flowers down gun barrels.
“Obama is clearly something we’ve seen before…”
And yet, 52% of the population closed their eyes, tugged the lever and hoped that this time, this time, they’d be wrong.
Turns out they weren’t…
I regret your choice may be limited to sticking your fingers down your throat or cutting it.
It seems easy enough for us to recognise we are being conned by some kind of ‘monster system’ – Julia sort of pulls this out of half-a-dozen bits of clown journoing a day. Asking Romanians and Poles what had changed not long after they had been ‘running towards bullets’ they said ‘the apparatchecks have become entrepreneurchecks’.
The Man has changed, but he is still the Man…
Humm, good blog
Do the sensible thing and announce the death of morals within police circles. There is still time to get Nietzsche in perspective and relevant to your blog rants.
This week’s contribution include the G20 murderer on ‘holiday’ the two Hale rally drivers representing GMP and the burly police sergeant who threw an innocent 5ft 2in woman on to a concrete floor, knocking her unconscious.
The rally drivers were on my old beat. Of course, in my day recovery wagons were more science fiction than reality and we regularly drove stolen cars home (oops! I mean back to a place of safety surely!). Quite often they were nicked again, as we rarely kept obs up on them – a possible defence for the two clowns who crashed this one. I found driving ill-maintained patrol cars dangerous enough. The drunk driver probably wasn’t twocking Shij, so my guess is the officers are doomed. Perhaps we should draw up lists of the dozen or so other officers we probably know did something similar? An unpopular inspector was dobbed in by his ‘mates’ for taking the Mayor’s limo for a spin once, and a superintendent for using a van and a couple of officers to move house.
The death of morals is much wider than in police circles Melvin. Incompetence may be the key to much of what is going on. It is very difficult to do the right thing. What we don’t get is much sensible case study of what is pissing off Shij and a variety of Gadget contributors and how this may lead to policing failures. Hogday has mentioned issues in trying to get the balance right over ‘travellers’ and such. Gadget and Copperfield do get into ‘dealing with nutters’ in their books, but not into how this leads to poor performance in freeing our society of crime. Both seem to see corruption as bad in the past and not really present now. I have a lot of time for what they are saying, but balance is missing. A lot of debate is constrained to clown notions of good and evil. We lack not only time in debate, but also screw most we have up because no real effort has gone into understanding how little regard we pay to evidence.
We don’t know each other Melvin, but I do wonder whether you can understand what it’s like dealing with scumbag women in violent situations (I have no idea of the status of the ‘5ft 2 innocent’). I am sure you can understand the potential problems – but such people often spit (one cop outside my house had about 50 on him and a bite on his arm dealing with a male clown, a female officer a dozen – both perps known to use knives), scratch and lash out at eyes etc. This makers officers likely to seem over-reactive to those who have never had a fight. I found these situations much more intimidating than Bradford Northern forwards playing at the edge of the rules. Our cops, in part, lie about the violence they use because they are concerned decisions on it will be made by Holy Joes and clowns basing their understandings on television. The official line, even on Rodney King, was the cops were using correct restraint procedures in their own protection. There is a line to draw, but it’s not easy.
What I can’t stand about the standard cop line is they have nothing to say about their failures and their abject cowardice in coming forward to explain the real problems. Gadget says ‘why should he risk his mortgage and retirement villa in Spain’ – and this is probably the key. Decent people are rightly scared to open up. This rather suggests ‘virtue ethics’ have already been discounted and can easily be dealt within our system. All that seems left to us is to throw eggs and shoes at the vile Blair etc. – or ‘rant’. Bureaucracy is the problem and our feeble understanding of it, especially just how violent it is.
Excuse my straying from topic to mention a serving woman police constable of the highest integrity. Had it not been for this brave officer, yet another miscarriage of justice would have been orchestrated – courtesy of her corrupt male colleagues.
There will be neither praise nor compliments for her on police blogs because she is PC Rachel Webb, the courageous woman who ‘dobbed in’ that piece of garbage, Sgt Mark Andrews.
As if his main deed was not bad enough, nauseating attempts to cover up his crime have emerged during his trial.
Collusion by officer ‘mates’ led to perjury in the witness box and these officers did all they could to compromise the case with deceit and lies. Their evidence obliged the trial judge to refer the liars back to their own Chief Constable.
We citizens have seen many attempts by rogue police to compromise justice and there are ‘no lessons learned’. In UK courts today, police officers will lie on oath to clear themselves and defeat Justice. Our entire Judicial System has been brought into disrepute by prevalent corruption.
In general we are no longer served by police, save for the brave ‘few’ and I express fears for reprisals against PC Rachel Webb. Moves may have already been devised to stain by any means, her shining 24 carat character and future career prospects.
I merely ask of our politicians, “When will the much overdue purge of uniformed criminals and traitors, begin?”
The officers concerned still generally believe in ‘noble cause’ MTG – I’m afraid this notion is now far more dismal than it once was and a lot of decent officers are in denial about their colleagues. It’s much more than corruption though and extends well beyond police officers.
I lied in court once to protect a fellow officer and on balance would repeat the action. Cops are lying about the job they are failing to do and this is not just SMT people.
You may be forced to grit your teeth and hold your head up or offer scorn but never offer evidence you know to be untruthful, ACO. It will plague you forever.
It has haunted me Melvin – but so would not having done it. Of course, the truth was the officer was just doing his job and being fitted-up, so I don’t feel bad about that, but the system that prevented the truth being told directly.