A CORROSIVE INFLUENCE is at work in modern society. ‘Nothing is black or white’ is an expression we constantly hear, usually linked with that other excuse of weak-kneed politicians: ‘You can’t put the clock back’. Both of these statements are demonstrably foolish. You can put the clock back – both literally and metaphorically – although it may hurt to do so. Most things are very much black and white, right or wrong, and many sensible people in this country are fed-up with being told otherwise.
Three stout pillars – the Judiciary, the Established Church and the Services – support our Constitutional Monarchy ¬ (The Crown in Parliament) – the protective walls of British society. These are buttressed by the Legal Profession and supported by many other institutions that we should be entitled to look up to as solidly based on high principles of devoted service to the people of this the oldest established democracy in the world.
Today, every one of those supports is under attack. The architecture is crumbling and the underpinnings are sinking into a morass of corruption of the worst kind – the bullying self-righteousness of the wrong-headed official. This attack is fed insidiously by the Fourth Estate – the press and the broadcasting media, which have arrogantly seized upon the right to relay into our homes every piece of often-unsubstantiated dirt they can find about the people running these institutions as their undisputed role in life.
Those in politics must today live their lives in the constant glare of publicity. Everything they do, every gaffe they make and ever have made, is flashed across the airways and is on screen and in print within minutes. The ever-present press or television camera has exposed many of our politicians to an un-asked for and usually undeserved limelight. It has made it impossible for politicians to protect their private lives from the gutter press.
The saying goes: if you’ve nothing to hide, you’ve nothing to worry about. Sadly, the media today is ruled by the only maxim they believe in – money. They are out of control. They consider themselves to be reporter, investigator, judge and jury – all rolled into one. Principles have been cast aside. If it’s bad, it’s news. If it’s good, no one wants to know. Good news doesn’t sell newspapers or increase audience ratings. Why wait for facts when rumour will do? If there is no dirt to be found, make it up, print it, comment on in great detail to your captive audiences and don’t, whatever you do, go back on a word when shown to be in the wrong. Denials are sometimes printed in the seldom-read back pages, after the editorials and before the sport. Retractions are made in the dead time when the original audience is no longer tuned in. The inference is always left in the mind…there is no smoke without fire.
No wonder highly qualified and experienced men and women are not prepared to subject themselves and their families to such treatment.
The slide towards slack discipline, on to no discipline can be seen quite clearly by anyone with half an eye to what has been going on in schools. With that slide has gone even the surface dressing of respect for authority. With that slide has gone every last shred of acceptance of moral duty. This decline has been matched by the steady climb in the demand – not the request – the demand for more and more rights.
Why has this situation been allowed to come about? Why is the press now so vitriolic about everybody in high places? The answer lies in the debilitating disease it has caught – the Ebola of politics – the corruption of uncontrolled and unlimited power.
As time goes by, more and more, poorly educated, brainwashed bureaucrats – products of our long-since corrupted public education system – are rising to positions of authority. Fewer and fewer are getting their silly ideas knocked out of their heads by serious experience of life at the grass roots. The age of managers is decreasing as the demand for paper qualifications rises. Men and women of experience find themselves on the scrap-heap of redundancy, unable to find rewarding work and powerless to fight the hydra-headed system around them, a system that has no room for principles of honesty, loyalty and trust, a system that has jettisoned traditional religious – not just Christian – standards of morality and self-reliance.