Are all our MPs ‘Burkes’?

The question is asked in view of a statement attributed to Edmund Burke, namely:
Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion. Another quote attributed to Edmund Burke is: By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.

In answer to the first statement attributed to Edmund Burke perhaps they are not ‘Burkes’ in that they have not,  where Brexit is concerned, applied their ‘industry’ to the greatest advantage where our country is concerned; and their judgement cannot be considered as such because they haven’t a clue about the subject matter with which they are dealing.

On the other hand a large number of MPs (for example Cooper, Boles and Grieve) appear to be extending a great deal of their ‘industry’ being ‘Burkes’ in that they are ignoring the opinions of their constituents. Paraphrasing Burke it could also be said that, collectively, 650 rats gnawing at Brexit will surely drown our nation.

It has been noted elsewhere – and on this blog – that the House of Commons behaves in a similar fashion  to an unruly kindergarten class when in the presence of an ineffective and weak teacher. It has ‘come to a pretty pass’ when the Mother of Parliaments is regarded with ridicule. Courtesy of Richard North (eureferendum.com) we are able to read comments from other nations, such as:

Ireland: … the parliament of Oliver Cromwell reduced to Benny Hill….

Netherlands: …On one level it’s entertaining, great spectacle. A pantomime you can’t stop watching. As you know, we love British comedy. Except this isn’t Monty Python, it’s your politicians…

Spain: …Spaniards, who have long viewed British politics as an ancient beacon of democracy and informed debate, are struggling to reconcile their ideal with the realities of recent days, weeks and months…I think most people see it as chaos – and that’s very strange in a country whose people have such a strong reputation for being disciplined and well-organised…

France: …There is little gloating, much genuine concern, and massive incomprehension….Did electors really vote Brexit to allow the haughty aristocrat Jacob Rees-Mogg or the demagogue Boris Johnson to challenge Theresa May … or for Jeremy Corbyn to get into Downing Street without saying what he will do about Brexit?…

Czech Republic: …The infantilisation of politics, to say ‘if it’s not my way, it won’t be any other way’, reminds me of Czech politics…We ascribe it to the fact that Czech democracy is so young, and recovering from communism. To see an established democracy like Britain descending into this chaos and irrationality is really disheartening. It’s a very comprehensive defeat for British politics…

Germany: …the overwhelming emotions were sadness and disappointment. A diplomat likens his melancholy to that of being dumped by a girlfriend. “I still have her jumper and I go round wearing it, hoping her scent will linger,” he says. He clings to the positive aspects of a Britain he cherished – from punk music to humour – and almost breaks into song: “They can’t take that away from me.”…

Poland: …Resentment eased during the cold war thanks to Britain’s role as a key adversary of communist Poland’s Soviet overlords, and the emergence – incongruously, for many – of Margaret Thatcher as a heroine of the Polish proletariat…

To read such comments from nations which are indebted to my nation – for one reason or another – fills me with sadness; and just makes the anger which I feel towards our politicians that much greater; and, in that emotion, I know I am not alone. Of all the comments from the nations of Europe, the one that really hurts is that from Ireland; second comes that from the Netherlands; – consequently, our current crop of politicians should hang their heads in shame.

When we consider how our nation is governed and the system of democracy we currently endure, one can but think ‘there is a better way‘; so why do we, the people, not adopt it? It sure as hell would have negated the mess in which we now find ourselves. To be at the behest of a Prime Minister, who to quote the comment from the Czech Republic, maintains that ‘it is my way or no way’, begs the question: wherefore democracy?

Have we not become a nation of sheep led by collie dogs who have lost their sense of purpose?

 

 

 

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