Over at OoL today

1. At 06:30: Beware politicians mouthing the word “reform”

Think about what it takes to be preselected – what sort of toady you actually have to be – and therein lies the seed of our doom as far as our “leaders” go. If we wish to speak of true “reform”, then reworking the set-up of parliament as a whole is the only way, as so many have been saying …

… but who will start the ball rolling? What sort of mechanism, short of a total breakdown of society, can begin this process and how dangerous that would be in the wrong hands.

2. At 16:00: The grand illusion

John Buchan again [1915]:

They won up to a point, but they struck a bigger thing than money, a thing that couldn’t be bought, the old elemental fighting instincts of man. If you’re going to be killed you invent some kind of flag and country to fight for, and if you survive you get to love the thing. Those foolish devils of soldiers have found something they care for, and that has upset the pretty plan laid in Berlin and Vienna.

And in Brussels. And at the UN. And in the offices of JPM and GS. And in the Scottish rite.

And so on.   The nation state, long past its sell-by date in the eyes of the global elite, is a most useful concept indeed to maintain for the survival of the species.

3 comments for “Over at OoL today

  1. August 8, 2012 at 07:53

    “Think about what it takes to be preselected – what sort of toady you actually have to be”

    Yes, that’s the big problem with dominant parties. Don’t vote for the big three.

  2. August 8, 2012 at 08:01

    The problem is really in any party requiring preselection as well. Somehow, there needs to be some sort of trawl of the local area for talent, maybe a committee of the party and for the process to be laborious.

    Wish someone would come up with a good idea and then how to push it through.

  3. August 8, 2012 at 09:49

    The trouble is probably the best people for the job are living their lives and don’t really want to be stuck with it.

    Thinking about “Reform” The house of Lords, when it had real proper Lords in it.

    I guess it averaged out. Those Lords were mostly rich and independant and not easily bought. Yes they had their own interests/agendas, but often to do with the land and the people also.

    They were raised with a view to making them reponsible, custodians, caretakeres in some ways with thier eye on how what they did might touch on their grand children.

    How many politicians think more than a term ahead?

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