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Tory sleaze

So, they've been back in power a bit more than a year, and already we are mired in standard Tory sleaze. (Yes, I know other parties have their sleaze too, and Cherie Blair was friends with Ms Brooks.) Cameron has got away with a lot of stuff in the last year and pushed most of the opprobrium onto Clegg. But this time, he hasn't got the option.
Yes, I am enjoying this. What do you expect? I'm Old Labour.


Jul. 18th, 2011 01:28 pm (UTC)
I am torn on this one.

I think he showed lack of judgement in employing Coulson.

On the other side,at least this is a failing that might be generated partly by compassion and friendship rather than prejudice and fear.

I think Clegg was an expectation gap victim - people expected less of Cameron and were less disappointed.
Jul. 18th, 2011 01:39 pm (UTC)
You may be right about Clegg. On the other hand, I am rather enjoying seeing Cameron face the music.
Plus, if he's making this kinds of decisions out of friendship and socialising in those circles, what does this say about the influence such people have on him, even unconsciously? I am deeply unhappy about the closeness of many Big Business types to all our political leaders.
Jul. 18th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)
I don't think big business (or even politicians) are automatically bad.

But I do think we need a sensible middle ground for people in public life between "everything goes" and "screw up once and you must resign". The inevitable consequences are that a big mistake is no riskier than a small one and the most important rule becomes not to get caught.

Jul. 18th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
Yes indeed. The current culture makes that very hard to achieve, sadly.
Jul. 18th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
Agree on the dangers of demanding infallibility from those in public life.

Also agree that big business isn't automatically evil (though amused that Google needs to remind itself not to be so). But still feel it's corrupting to public life when our politicians get close to corporations and corporation men: the interests of big business are frequently at odds with the needs of the wider population. And in what still purports to be a representative democracy, I think politicians have a duty to avoid the temptation to feed their egotism by socialising with the powerful, and remain loyal to the interests of their voters.
Jul. 18th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
I feel rather sorry for Nick Clegg - he couldn't possibly win, no matter what happened. And he probably went into the coalition deal with at least some honest intentions, most of which have now been compromised beyond all redemption...

If politicians had souls - or at least some self-awareness - they would probably be traumatised by the thought that most (but perhaps not all) of their "friends" were only there for the influence. But since any successful politician couldn't have got there without selling his or her soul, that probably isn't an issue for them.
Jul. 19th, 2011 08:41 am (UTC)
I think he wore out my sympathy a few months ago, but yes, I think he meant well. He is, perhaps, a bit too comfortable with the whole 'old boy network' thing, and I still find the Lib. Dem. attempt to undermine the safety of rape victims in order to protect men repulsive.
Jul. 19th, 2011 10:01 am (UTC)
Trust me, a lot of the LibDems were repulsed by that one too. A friend of mine wrote this last year:

Jul. 19th, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the link: our local LDs seemed rather shifty about the whole thing.

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