I’m not going to lie to you reader, I’m not exactly the most politically engaged of people. I follow politics at a rather need-to-know level because I’m lazy and apathetic. It doesn’t help that the few times I do make an effort to take stock and improve my understanding of the nonsensical beings that govern our country, I am quickly put off by pretty much everything I see.
Take parliamentary debates. For the most part, I would kind of assume that a government – an entity built up of some of the most powerful people in the country whose main concern should be nothing more than the betterment of our society – would be fairly good at debate. They’d reason their points somewhat eloquently, respect each other’s right to speak and generally conduct themselves in a fairly civilised manner. After all, they’re often discussing things that have such a huge bearing on our day to day lives that to treat them with the frivolity of a playground argument would be disrespectful to pretty much the entire constituency they’re governing over.
Then I remember that politicians have about as much respect for their position and country as a dog has to its vomit. Rather than make reasoned arguments, they construct shameless straw-men and claw for worthless scapegoats in order to justify their ludicrous, out-of-touch-with-reality viewpoints. They jeer at one another, making snide little comments about other people in the room, whilst they slobber away arguing that they should get more money from us to fund their ever burgeoning expenses and property development.
At least have the decency to put up a façade that you care about what will happen to the general public when you enact your next crippling ordinance, rather than treat parliamentary debate with all the grace of the drunken banter of public-school boys downing yards of ale. Until you can show that you actually carry out your unfortunately significant role in society with the due diligence it deserves, I don’t see how any politician can rightfully expect the public to respect them in any sense. If you want to be leaders, act like it – don’t act like 14 year olds playing ‘old boys club’.