People who get elected must not be allowed to govern

How’s this for the Curajus State:

A former investment banker is considering a bid to lead the Treasury select committee, promising to end “banker-bashing” and to protect indebted households as the economy recovers.

Mark Garnier, a former associate director at Bear Stearns and then a hedge fund manager, is testing whether he has enough support to run against Andrew Tyrie, who has led the cross-party committee for the past five years. He will formally announce his candidature if enough MPs back him.

You couldn’t make its brazenness up.

I guess that and the sheer effrontery of Garnier’s belief that this might be acceptable is what makes this so repugnant.

So, people who actually win election aren’t allowed to take part in governance then? If they don’t have the right views that is…..

8 comments on “People who get elected must not be allowed to govern

  1. Funny, when people he likes get elected – say a.nuyjob Marxist in Greece- then he demands everyone respects democracy. Even if ‘everyone’ includes German taxpayers and ‘respect’ means handing their money over to the Greeks. He demands that all institutions should be accountable to Parliament. Then when someone he doesn’t like gets elected…

  2. Ironman

    Surely you have sympathy for his poor children having to live in a ‘neoliberal’ dominated Britain?

  3. It reminds me of this story I heard on Polish Radio’s English service a few weeks back (NB: the link is to a ~5MB, 5 min audio file):

    Hunters writing their own laws in Poland

    To some it’s recreation and tradition, to others – pure violence. As parliamentarians are working on amending the hunting act, activists call them out on ignoring their list of demands benefitting children, animals and the environment.

    Basically, the environmentalist extremists want to ban parents taking their children on hunts, which is allegedly psychologically detrimental or something. How kids survived on farm 100 years ago, or going fishing, is unmentioned. But the greenies are pissed that several of the members of the parliamentary committee are themselves hunters.

  4. Reminiscent of the first time in a generation that “Myanmar” (Burma) had even nominally free elections in 1990. Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won by a landslide so the Socialists put her under house arrest for more than a decade.

  5. I’m imagining an outraged Burmese general shouting “You couldn’t make it up”.

  6. @ Ironman
    Well, quite! Aung San was the founder of the Burmese army and of the Communist Party of Burma, so for his daughter to lead the overthrow of the communist-military dictatorship was a “You couldn’t make it up” moment for him.

  7. The Harrogate agenda, demand 3. Separation of powers:

    “The executive shall be separated from the legislature. To that effect, prime ministers shall be elected by popular vote; they shall appoint their own ministers, with the approval of parliament, to assist in the exercise of such powers as may be granted to them by the sovereign people of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland; no prime ministers or their ministers shall be members of parliament or any legislative assembly;”

    http://harrogateagenda.org.uk/

  8. john77 – “Reminiscent of the first time in a generation that “Myanmar” (Burma) had even nominally free elections in 1990. Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won by a landslide so the Socialists put her under house arrest for more than a decade.”

    When the West finally forced Cambodia to hold free-ish elections, the former members of the Khmer Rouge who had collaborated with the Vietnamese, led by Hun Sen, did all they could to cheat and murder their way into staying in office, but lost to the Royalists anyway. So they simply refused to go. They are still there today.

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