Letter: Steve Mackinder November 10, 2017
Once again Paul Firmage bangs his lonely drum and repeats his mantra that the nation is ready for and needs Jeremy Corbyn as our PM and also we need Ms Rust as an MP.
I’m sure he’s not alone in believing we can change the dire state of our finances and our national moral compass by sticking Jeremy in the hot seat, but I wonder at his dismissal of the whopping salaries he acknowledges his revered union leaders are trousering.
I can see how he regards the hefty incomes of the nasty “fat cat” businessmen as immoral but I’d ask him how he can consider his union heroes and not ask how they can look their members in the eye when they’re earning four times their members’ money? Socialism may well be his guiding light but the reality is that the people who he wants to run the country are as venal and hypocritical as any other political animal we are required to look up to! If you can remove those rose-tinted spectacles for a moment you would see your hated House of Lords riddled with ex-union bosses sitting alongside the money-grubbing captains of industry and feeding from the same gilded trough.
The ordinary people Mr Firmage champions in his usual epistles are the ones who voted in their millions to keep Mrs May and her cohorts in office. Your belief in democracy is admirable and, although I’m not one of those who perceive any benefit in party politics, I can see why many individuals have a need to feel they must belong to a group or gang.
All I’m seeing at the moment is a system that’s facing its latest crisis with every other MP being accused of sexual impropriety and expressing unbelievably dated attitudes towards the opposite sex and only a few years after we caught them all robbing us blind with the expenses scandal. What a way to run a country! Sex, money, power and influence are the drivers of our Government and their Opposition and I wouldn’t want to be seen to be offering any kind of approval for any of them. By all means keep plugging your cause but let’s keep both our feet on the ground and realise exactly what’s going on here. You may well believe they’re in those positions to help and support their constituents but the evidence suggests their prime consideration is their own self-gratification and promotion.