Thursday, November 07, 2013

Paxman, heal thyself!

I see in the UK that the arch-inquisitor of Politicians, Jeremy Paxman, has said that he too is rather disillusioned with British Politics

Paxman treats politicians as self serving creeps who are only in it for themselves. His view seems to be that if they are not actually criminals, they are fools.

Paxman is paid a £1,000,000, plus generous expenses, a year- a back bench MP earns £66,396 a year and has to account for every penny of their expenses, from which they are also expected to employ several staff.

The fact is it is not politics or politicians we should be disillusioned about- the vast majority of MPs are hard working, decent human beings who are in politics because they believe it makes a positive difference to other peoples lives.

Russell Brand, whose absurd call for a revolution has hit the headlines this week, is a drug taking womaniser with dubious morals and even more dubious opinions, but hey, he is a celebrity- a film star no less. In the vacuous world of BBC celebrity, perhaps we should not be too surprised that Jeremy Paxman feels more sympathy with the glamorous life of the wastrel millionaire Brand than the low-paid drudgery of most political lives.

The world of the media seems to have things 180 degrees wrong. If Paxman is disillusioned, perhaps it is because he believes the poisonous bile with which he has been unfairly tarring all politicians in the last 20 years. 

The current trial of Rebekah Brookes et al is already showing the disgusting depths to which the news media have stooped to in the past 20 years. It strikes me that the arrogance of Paxman is also something that has reached the limit of public toleration.    

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