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….