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I was watching This Week just earlier, and Stephen Fry was on there talking about the ugy side of politics. The hypocrisy, the double standards, and the insincerity.Not from politicians, but from us, the great unwashed. We put unreasonable pressures on politicians to be perfect, he claims. Politicians are people too, and they will make mistakes, but if they ever admit to having cocked up, then they get crucified for it. And in the meantime, we're sat here demanding cheap flights but reduction in carbon emissions; wanting a reduction in crime, while simultaneously ensuring the criminals' rights; wanting decreased tax and increased public services.

And I've been thinking about this, and he's not wrong. Governing a country of 60million people isn't easy. It can't possibly be easy, because if it was then someone would have managed to getit right already. There are a hell of a lot of compromises having to be made all the time, and there are bound to be things that get fucked up fairly frequently.

Why is it that we seem to demand something that just isn't possible? Now don't get me wrong, I don't think that politicians should be immune to criticism, but I think that restraint would probably be beneficial. I also suspect that it's probably better to try to shift responsibility towards the self and away from politicians.

I haven't really thought this through fully yet, but I want to post now before I go to bed, else I doubt I'll get around to doing so. Any opinions?

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Why? Because we're selfish - we don't think very much about the effects that our demands have on other people. Politics is very much about who gets what they want; ideally it should be about finding workable compromises. ("You can please some of the people all of the time...")

I would also point out we are asking too much of our politicians with regard to their expected standards of conduct. Althought it really does seem to prove that power *is* the ultimate aphrodisiac (Come on now.. John Prescott!). It could also be money, but I still say it's the power.

Anyway, John Smith down the road can have an affair and get await withit quite happily. Whereas Mr Prescott gets politically castrated because of it. Not undeserved in my opinion, but still..

Anyway, those are my random thoughts on this at this hour..

I suspect that John Prescott has done far worse things for which he deserves to be politically castrated than to have an affair.

I'd like to think that it isn't because people are stupid, but fundementally it is. Some politicians will lie and say that they can have their cake and eat it too, and because people are so keen to believe this, they switch off their common sense and vote for the liar, ignoring the person stating reasonable truth.

I'll tentatively blame Christianity, with an assumption that non-Christians in the US are apt to be strongly influenced by it.

Christianity tells people to seek moral perfection, not to figure out what's likely to work.

I don't think that really stands up. From what I can tell (and I'm well aware that there was never really a golden aqge where politics was wonderful) the state of politics is getting worse, while at the same time (in this country at least), religion is growing less and less important.

I'm not saying that there was ever a time when politics was wonderful, but perhaps this particular sort of craziness was less pervasive.

Also, I'm not talking about religion--I'm talking about an unexamined side-effect of a pervasive religion. On the other hand, I may have an untestable hypothesis.

Expecting politicians to do the impossible makes it much easier to pretend that inconvenient concepts like personal responsibility don't exist.

When the library's only open from noon to four, three days a week, it's a good deal more palatable to blame the government for not pulling extra funding out of thin air than it is to consider that your niece might actually have a place to go and study if you hadn't balked over paying five cents more in taxes a year, and voted down the library levee.


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