It’s time politicians learnt some respect


A letter a day to number 10. No 1,485

Wednesday 06 July 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Well it’s good to see the new kind of politics that MP’s are laying out for us, so that we can act accordingly.

I have been remiss in thinking that your party was fairly unique in its paternalism and sneering disdain for democracy, accountability and integrity.

In the finest traditions of Imperialism, it seems a great many politicians are now coming out of the closet to make their mark as autocratic throwbacks to a bygone era. If only people knew their place as in the good old days, eh, Mr Cameron?

With the release of the Chilcot report immanent, it seems, once again, that Tony Blair will not be held accountable for the invasion of Iraq, against which the largest protest in UK history took place with a million people taking to the streets. Lord Butler, the UK’s top civil servant between 1988 and 1998, has said of Blair, “He wanted to be in helping the US because he thought Saddam Hussein was a dangerous person to the world and to the Middle East and the world would be better off without him.”

In order to get rid of this man who Blair had decided the world would be better off without, UN figures show that ‘1.7 million Iraqi civilians died due to the West’s brutal sanctions regime, half of whom were children’ and from 2003 onwards around 1 million Iraq’s have been killed and a nation devastated to this day.

Let’s not forget that Madelene Albright considered half a million child deaths (more children than died in Hiroshima) as a result of sanctions was, ‘A price worth paying’. It’s not just democracy that’s being trashed, it’s civilisation itself.

From Thatcher onwards the rise of autocracy has gathered pace until today, so inured are many politicians to the arrogant assertion of their sovereign will over the people, that we, the people, are regarded and treated as the enemy and like dirt. It is long overdue that the insufferable arrogance of those who presume to power learnt their place and that you all hold your positions on the sufferance of the people. It is time that the ingrained deference to those in authority was eradicated, if you want respect, earn it. It begins with respecting democracy, not destroying it.

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