joey_big_nose Posted April 1, 2008 Share Posted April 1, 2008 I was going to post this on the main board in response to something the drog said but realised that it was so off topic I couldn't justify it. So I am reposting it here. Drog said: From that article..... "Gordon Brown has joined the calls for footballers to respect referees - saying captains should be booked for failing to control their players." And what about party leaders who cannot control their party members? What a plonker!.... Sexual and financial scandals dog our members of parliament yet he recommends that footballers need to set an example to our youngsters! Substitute 'footballers' with 'members of parliament', 'captains' with 'party leaders' and 'referees' with the 'speaker' and the irony is superb! Does he not realise how effin stupid he sounds? Anyhow this is waht I was going to say: "I always find this a bit daft. There are 500 MPs. Some of them take the pee and are out of order. Most of them do a decent job and have done little wrong. Yet they are subjected to a level of vilification as a set of people (as "politiicans) which is completely out of order. I would wager that the average MP is not any seedier than a Chief Executive of a company, a newspaper editor or a contributer to this board. I am absolutely certain if the same media glare was directed an the "respectable" population at large the same proportion of stories would come out the wood work. Adultary, bizarre obsession, financial irregularities, down right stealing. However Gordon Brown does set a pretty decent example. He is hard working, polite, diplomatic, intelligent. As was Tony Blair. As is the person who could be the next PM- Cameron. As was Menzies Campbell. As was Major. By all means give Archer, Blunkett and Mandelson a kicking but give credit to these individuals who did a decent job in difficult circumstances when the slightest blemish magnatised to a hideous degree. I would hazard they have given a million times more to the country in terms of service and hard work than you have, for all their failings, and for not - in the grander scheme of things - outlandish compensation. We go on about our kids having no respect. I would guess it is because we don't respect anything either. We tell ourselves its all a crock and we are just victims despite the massive evidence to the contrary. This system which everyone hates, guided by these idiots who everyone reviles, who con the country out of millions and crucify the people on taxes, has made us amongst the wealthiest people ever to have lived on the planet. Pretty pathetic." While I am posting this I would just like to expand that on a larger level. I have been thinking that maybe the reason everything in life seems so sour to so many people is that we just wallow in self pity all the time. Kind of like petualent, spoilt, wealthy teenagers who have every opportunity laid on for them by their parents (who are, in reality, 1940-50s Britain and the welfare and education system brought about by that period). We try and paint ourselves as victims, because it is a lot easier being a victim than it is to actually take a full and thorough part in life. The main problem is not the system itself, which functions well enough as a structure, and has done for two hundred years, but the fact that everybody is so apathetic and self pitying so as to rob it completeley of vitality. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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