Monday, August 22, 2011

Morality and Humbug

I am not sure whether or not the UK can blame a general moral collapse for the riots that convulsed the country in early August, although that is what Prime Minister Cameron appears to believe.

I am, however, pretty sure that any comments about morality from Tony Blair should be treated with disdain, if not actual contempt.

As Peter Mandelson helps himself to the point where he can now afford an £8 million house, and Mr. Blair himself continues to collect ever larger cheques from various international investment banks, it seems pretty clear to me that at least two of the new Labour triumvirate have parleyed their public service into private profit.

Mandelson, of course, was a notably indifferent minister, being forced to resign on two separate occasions for reasons directly concerned with a rather careless attitude to money. It remains to be seen how history will judge Mr. Blair, but given the aftermath of his policies in Iraq and the economic catastrophe that hit the UK shortly after Mr. Blair departed from office, it is hard to see how that judgement will be particularly positive.

What I find most revolting is the nakedness of the greed of these erstwhile public servants. They are filling their boots by working for institutions that themselves have a pretty questionable view of morality. As it is revealed that students are being put off entering the City because of the stigma banking is now getting, I also note that John Le Carre has highlighted this issue in his latest novel, "Our Kind of Traitor".

Perhaps more interestingly there are barely disguised references to the Mandelson /Osborne /Deripaska affair. Those controversial meetings that took place then, must- we hope- have had a less sinister intent than the fictional meetings on a similar yacht.

Whatever happened in the riots, the idea that morality prevails unsullied in British politics is not one that John Le Carre shares, and -as I have noted before- Russian money in Britain is indeed being used for purposes that undermine our own freedom.

Any politician who promoted such business would certainly be involved in activity that, if not actually illegal, would most certainly be immoral.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The problem is less that Mandelson was 'a notoriously indifferent minister' - the problem was, and remains for Labour, that in spite of everything he was still ten times the politician and minister of the rest of Gordon Brown's cabinet put together.