Entirely glorious

What then are the modern evils that threaten social well-being in the UK, it’s constituent nations and , of course, elsewhere? I tentatively (because I think this list by no means definitive) suggest the following:

Populist politics, for undermining the principle of truth in politics, and so threatening political narratives of progress;

It’s the obliviousness there that’s so wondrous. What is a political narrative other than an attempt to tell a populist story? It’s fiddling with the facts to get them into the narrative which then gains public support. Populism.

Press barons who control the political agenda and the messaging many people receive in ways that distort political truth;

Note the qualifier there. “Political” truth. You know, the stuff that runs contrary to the populist narratives.

Police not willing to hold politicians to account for their breaches of the law, making them believe any abuse acceptable, so undermining democracy

Umm, OK, although I struggle to think of all that many criminal – rather than civil – offences done by politicians. Or is he suggesting that Hancock should be arrested for that snog – as also would be true of Ferguson, necessarily?

Political patronage that seeks to control and limit those from amongst whom the appointments to positions of influence in public offices are made, so undermining any vestige of impartiality in their operation;

Gissa job, go on, gissa!

Or, alternatively, isn’t this rather what we expect a democracy to do? Elect people and then ask them to do government as they were elected to do?

Public underfunding fed by a narrative of austerity that seeks to deny opportunity.

Both government spending and government revenue are above long term averages. What austerity?

But what’s really fun. These five are put forward as the equivalents of Beveridge’s five evils. And if what’s left descends to being no quango appointment for the P³ then I think we’ve probably solved the biggies….

13 thoughts on “Entirely glorious”

  1. “ And if what’s left descends to being no quango appointment for the P³ then I think we’ve probably solved the biggies….”

    But we’ve not solved the biggie for Murphy.

  2. A lot of these are kinda right, if for the wrong reasons. Quangos, for instance. It isn’t that the wrong people are appointed (although that is a problem) but that they exist at all.

  3. Tim

    Glad to assist on this one! A jot of sympathy for a man with a disabled ex wife to support living in rented accommodation in his sixties would be welcome, as would a sinecure funded by the taxpayer…

  4. What then are the modern evils that threaten social well-being in the UK, it’s constituent nations and , of course, elsewhere? I tentatively (because I think this list by no means definitive) suggest the following:

    Populist politics,

    The biggest threat to social cohesion, political integrity, institutional and interpersonal trust is non-White immigration and always has been.

    Press barons who control the political agenda and the messaging many people receive in ways that distort political truth;

    He must mean the BBC, because the BBC is the largest and most influential media organisation in the UK.

    Police not willing to hold politicians to account for their breaches of the law,

    Members of the Establishment rarely suffer the consequences of their actions. This is not a new phenomenon.

    The biggest problem in reducing trust in the Police and Judicial system, as well as the media, is their obvious reluctance to pursue and punish Asians and Africans for the daily crimes of violence they commit against the English.

  5. Constituent nations threaten social wellbeing? That’s a new one. Independence For England, Shake Off The Shackles Of The Porridge Eaters!

  6. See, that just reads to me like “All this free speech nonsense is undermining the propaganda.” And for some reason I’m supposed to regard this as a bad thing?

  7. A little known fact about Murphy I learned was that he nearly had a career in Hollywood. in 1973, as an unknown Thespian he was in line to play the character in the Western film ‘High Plains Drifter’ when Clint Eastwood made the decision to both direct and star.

    Forced to seek alternative employment, Murphy went for a ‘B’ Movie alternative – ‘Fenland Grifter’ – it’s actually in the Guinness book of World Records as a film that has lasted for nearly 50 years. In it a self-proclaimed academic with no understanding of any topic whatsoever embarks on a quest to get a publicly funded sinecure which precludes him from needing to work. It’s a true tale of derring do, with the lead character foiling ‘trolls,’neoliberals’, ‘fascists’ and ‘populists’ – at the last count it had around 6,000 views on Youtube, in line with an accompanying ‘introduction to economics’ video…

  8. “it had around 6,000 views on Youtube”

    He wishes. Some of his videos have had no more than a couple of hundred views (Didga the skateboarding cat has had 5,555,817 views)*. Every now and then he’ll pick a Pavlovian title such as “Why Scotland is the wealthiest country in the world” or “Why Tories are demons from Mars” and he no doubt gets the usual dribbling response from those who want to believe such things but for the most part, no one is interested.

    *I have suggested he delivers his talks whilst skateboarding around town but he won’t respond.

  9. Political Patronage that ….
    AKA giving the Grauniad the monopoly of public sector job adverts so that only those reading, or at least buying, the Grauniad can obtain an appointment of influence in public office.
    Take a bow Anthony Blair (or, more likely, Alastair Campbell)

  10. People buy the Guardian, John? Seems unlikely.
    I thought they were all paid for by the public sector.

  11. If Murphy’s grifting is not providing the lifestyle to which he aspires, he could try working as a greengrocer. He’s certainly adept in the use made of the apostrophe by members of that trade.

  12. Andrew_C

    I did think in 16 years 6,000 views was feasible given the number of sycophants on his feed. But you could be right! I might be overstating it!

  13. @ bis
    If they want to apply for a cushy life or even a working job in the public sector then they have to buy one: it’s only the BBC and a few other public sector employers that provide the Grauniad free to employees. Of course a lot of libraries stock it but most workers can’t get to one in their lunch-break.

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