Third live post in a row, wheeeeee.
So there was a bit of a political scandal here in Britain this past week or so. As is my understanding (and I've just checked the news to make sure I get this correct) three members of the House of Lords and an MP were found to have been taken money in return for lobbying and parliamentary favours. That is effectively they were taking money to bring things up in the house of Lords and Commons (basically our senate). People are decrying this and saying what a scandal it is. I agree with them but it's hardly THAT scandalous.
What you have here is people paying for legislation effectively. You have people influencing people in authority with money. This has been going on for quite some time. SOPA, PIPA, all of those nasty little things that result in internet censorship, do you know where they came from? The RIAA and MPAA personally bought them. Do you know why the NHS is being dismantled and privatised? Because David Cameron and his friends have financial interests and stand to profit from a private NHS. The guy in charge of either the MPAA or RIAA (they all have horns and smell like hellfire to me) actually said on national TV that if either SOPA or PIPA didn't pass then they would never ever fund a political party again. His exact words were something like "If we don't get this, you'll never see another penny of our money again."
To be honest I really thought people realised this was how the system works. Politicians should raise the issues of their constituents and they should do it without influence, but they don't. They haven't even been trying to hide the fact that they don't very well. Once again you have people hiding in plain sight and doing a fabulous job of it because apparently no one knew.
That to me is the true scandal; the fact that apparently people weren't aware as to how the system worked, and that they (the people) still aren't doing a damn thing about it. At this point I get the feeling if a politician kicked a puppy people would be outraged but still not do a damn thing about it.
Still I hate telling people to do something about it because I could probably be doing something about it too.