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An astounding version of democratic responsibility. The ordinary, lower-income, least powerful citizens are entirely to blame for the corrupt wealthier classes and for the successive governments of different parties - and their guilt is such that they should be punished.

Nonsense, of course, but so's the opposite position: that voters who vote for those who court their dark sides have no responsibility for what they do.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Feb 15th, 2012 at 01:04:16 PM EST
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This would be true if there wasn't an astounding unanimity of fuckwittery among pols, and if they didn't lie like pigs just to get into power - before conveniently throwing all their very important publicly-held principles into the bottom of the nearest cess pit.

If you can think of anyone in mainstream politics in the UK who actually represents the interests of the voting majority, instead of pretending to in a rather half-hearted way but very serious way, let me know who they are.

I promise to vote them for them next time around, if you can convince me it will make a useful difference.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Feb 15th, 2012 at 01:11:13 PM EST
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But that's largely a closed loop: politicians run on the basis of what people will fall for and act on the basis of what they'll get away with.

Satisfy enough of enough people's dark side and you'll get away with a lot.

Run on the basis of people's good side and you tend to not get elected - so even originally well-meaning politicians don't and that's an awful slippery slope. Once you're inside the machine you end up being swallowed by it.

Labour tacked to the right partly because they decided it was the only way to get elected.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Feb 15th, 2012 at 01:15:39 PM EST
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