Monday, 3 June 2013

This Is Hardly That Scandalous

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.

13 comments:

  1. ha. that is how they have done it here in america for years....the rich make the rules and make it look like we chose it...its called democrazy...smiles.

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  2. I have had it up to here with our government too Mark, they're just so incompetent and I'm absolutely tired of it buddy, nothing surprises me any more in Politics.

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  3. A dirty politician? But that's unheard of!

    Ah yes, a wonderful reminder that we have rich elderly people telling us all what to do. Because, as SOPA and PIPA clearly demonstrated, what we really need is old people running our Internet (aka the big e-mail box they don't understand all the fuss about).

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  4. Scandals are everywhere in every government it seems. It drives me insane!

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  5. Politicians always have financial interests above those of their constituents. Boris Johnson earns somewhere in the region of 150,000 for being the mayor of London. However, he has a second job on some directors board somewhere where he earns 250,000, which he describes as "chicken feed". Why are we paying him to concentrate on an important job like running one of the world's major cities, when he earns so much more doing a second job? It's crazy.

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  6. The only shock was they got found out!

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  7. Ahh, in Illinois our former governor Rod Blagojevich is going to prison for many years for doing this sort of thing. Though it seems like he really didn't do much that other politicians do... He just seemed to butt heads with the wrong people, and was a bit too brazen about what he did. It is a pretty thin line between doing things legally and illegally.

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  8. Paying for legislation? That IS how it works.
    As long as people don't shoot their mouths off.

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  9. We got something like that happening on the other side of Canada too! I wonder if it's a sign of things.

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  10. I agree it is not that much of a scandal it has been going on for as long as there has been a government............

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  11. I have no idea what you are talking about because I don't watch the news and I live in America. But good job on the podcast with Addman.

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  12. Government and politics. Best to stay out of it. It's just a circle of diplomacy which I fail to understand!

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