Good advice for Ritchie and La Hodge here

But it have fallen into a pit that it dug itself. In the political climate that allowed the party to thrive, allegations are as good as verdicts.

Corruption has been demonised to such an extent that the public is no longer willing to differentiate between a minor tax infraction and the most serious criminal cases. That’s the danger of replacing the political discourse with a purely moralistic approach: politics allow for nuances and mistakes; morality doesn’t.

12 thoughts on “Good advice for Ritchie and La Hodge here”

  1. bloke (not) in spain

    “Ciudadanos, so far, appears to be making strides mostly among disaffected conservative voters, but the media is working hard to promote it as the “reasonable alternative to Podemos”. If they succeed, it will be a bittersweet vindication of the architects of Podemos. It will prove that you can swing votes if you put aside ideology and concentrate in the emotions of the electorate. Emotions indeed have no ideology. And that’s the problem.”
    OK. Now tell me which of the Spanish parties isn’t trading on emotion? As far as I could work out from their election material, our local PP’s core policy last time round was it liked children singing. I’ve still got the CD.

  2. I’m amazed that champion of openness and bringer of light to dark places of tax, Richard Murphy, is allowed to get away with keeping his own tax affirs so secret. His basic argument runs “all companies should be completely transparent about everything because i say so. I do not need to reveal anything about my tax affairs because I say so”.

    Are there really 25,000 people so stupid as to follow this idiot on twitter?

  3. To paraphrase an old joke regarding army officer evaluations – his men would follow him anywhere but only out of morbid curiosity.

  4. AndyC

    There are – in response to his absurd contention, oft repeated, that he is:

    ‘A friend of the truth’

    I think it was one of the blokes on here (maybe Costa Rica?)
    who countered with the immortal quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson.

    ‘The louder he talked of his honour, the faster we counted our spoons’

  5. He may not have taken our spoons but he is more than curious about how many spoons we have. Nor will he tell us about his own spoon collection.

  6. Jack C

    Based on his links with a charity that supports ISIS sympathisers, I am presuming he will be taking considerably more than our spoons should he and his twisted ilk ever obtain the power they so brazenly arrogate in the name of ‘civil society’.

  7. Let’s get real shall we. He has made no moves on your spoons, but he did invent the cutlery draw.

    Strange that you failed to mention that.

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