Coppers (C4) finally fizzled out with cops trying to keep two sets of clowns apart whilst protesting in Bolton. The series was ‘Gadget with pictures’ and just made me wonder what a hopeless plight we put them into. One could bicker over some of the police behaviour, but the key thing surely is we need to put society right, and its failures in that that lead to so much police time being wasted. The BBC’s ‘Accused’ series is making more telling comments on the legal system through drama.
WikiLeaks has been of some interest. The MadDinnerjacket has proclaimed it a CIA plot. One declines alignment with him, but it is deeply suspicious that the emerging gossip tells such obvious stuff as China wanting to get rid of North Korea and various juntas in the Middle East want Iran bombed back into the Stone Age – all somewhat in line with US foreign policy. We surely know already that diplomatic language has little to do with what the power-interests involved think and say behind the scenes.
A mate in the States tells me the only thing keeping the US going is the ability to buy Chinese crap in WalMart, and they have made serious acquisitions here since ASDA . How lucky we may be! I no longer buy much in shops and get what we need via Internet people, other than petrol for the car. My business comes that way too, and in a couple of years expect to have enough to live in a warm country as an ex-pat away from whatever happens here. I’d stay if I found more than a few bloggers interested in real change.
We’ve done the Dunkirk thing in the cricket. Pity the Aussie Dollar is so strong. I’d like to go and fly the flag. I can watch it on my laptop on deserted Portuguese beaches or bars, laughing at memories of politicians claiming to be pulling off economic miracles, before it all goes belly-up. ‘Think not what your country can do for you’ seems good advice, especially when it’s broken.
ConDoomed looks as bad as the last lot, and it must be clear they all sing from the same economic spreadsheet. Hang on for the private sector cavalry if you must. I’m private-sectoring my way out. With luck, England will get the World Cup and I’ll not have to pay extra tax. The Dutch have worked out it will be a net cost, not gain, and they always were better at commerce than us.
I wonder if the fact there is no proportional politics in Britain leads to lunacy like protesters being put into corrals a few yards apart in a Northern ghost town for a couple of hours, with 72 arrests and apparently few convictions. The town was shut to denizens for 24 hours. Even the Swedes have anti-immigration party representatives in their parliament. I guess you have to have suppression before protest on the street is ‘necessary’? And we have to ask where the public dialogue is and note how farcical it is to have to deploy massed police because we can’t manage a peaceful public forum.
I’d guess our public dialogue has reached the point Wittgenstein found in philosophy. The same old problems are defined and they are not solved. Maybe it’s time to dissolve them and try to find out what really needs doing? I feel ashamed we have to ask police officers to do the drunken mile and protests like this one. It was rarely part of the job 30 years ago and now seems routine.
The reason I want to go is to do with feeling no one really wants to change anything, just get into positions to control money, power and influence. FIFA may be a good metaphor. The questions on their corruption are put to those likely to be corrupt. I thought they looked like ‘The Sopranos’. The expenses scandal revealed more crooks per capita in Parliament than the general population. We have the technology for wide, public scrutiny and transparency, but instead allow secrecy, self-regulation and authorities so arrogant they dismiss criticism and don’t even deign to respond. Instead, we are abusing our police, putting them in a line of fire politicians should be taking and answering. The correct answer on corruption from FIFA would be, ‘here are our transparent accounts’, something Enron actually got away with because it’s so easy to produce bent ones that look OK. If we demand transparent accounting, firms just move to where none is needed, like FIFA.
Everywhere, of course, most of us are given no share in control of the means of production, or the investigation that could lead to fair evidence. This isn’t good.