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The hero in fiction and contemporary politics
free thinking, political satire, politics, hero
In many good stories the central figure is a hero, or more often the ordinary person finding themselves saddled with the responsibility of needing to become one. King Arthur, Aragorn, Merlin, Harry Potter, Gandalf, ...
I cannot help but wonder why such figures seem conspicuously absent from contemporary politics. In the UK we've lived through an oil boom, and any sane 'father' responsible for his family would have made sure that such a once-in-lifetime, maybe once-in-a-millenia opportunity saw at least half the windfall invested to provide a foundation for his descendants: in the case of government – all the people in the country.
What seems to have happened in the UK is that successive governments of all parties have taxed the majority to fund both executive greed on the one hand and paying an ever growing underclass to become entrenched in the view that work is for mugs, rented housing is organised mostly by crooks, and the government will pay for everything. This has led to post-oil boom UK having massive government debts, millions of passengers, and a very weary community of tax payers.
Worst of all, the three main political parties all carefully avoid even describing the scale of the catastrophe, let alone putting in place a plan to deal with it. Presumably this is part of their strategy to gain votes at any cost, so both fat-cats and the permanently idle feel they have someone worth voting for. Recently things have become so dire that the contenders for future Prime Minister have been dreaming up “policy” (inverted commas do seem appropriate) on the spur of the moment.
I hope no-one is fooled by the psychological naivety of the cranks who declare, in the face of all the evidence, that all “our” problems are due to immigration, the EU, flying saucers, ... The practice of projecting all our guilt onto a convenient “other” is plain to see in the above mentioned fat-cats and layabouts, both of whom invest energy in convincing themselves that they have “no choice”. It might even be EASIER to grow up than keep shouting their chosen illusions at all and sundry (mainly,of course, in an attempt to convince themselves).
The $64,000 question: where is the hero of British politics; someone who will spell out the scale of the problems and the work needed to solve them? All “children” (the psychologically needy), irrespective of their age, need parenting and are drawn to characters that fill the need.
In a bad relationship power and dependancy are symbiotic; a form of psychological sado-masochism; the time has come for something more conscious: for all those blessed with the freedoms of social democracy to forge a decent life despite the incompetence of those who seek power.
Questions: If government continues to plunge us into debt, in our name, what can we do?
Who are we in debt to? The public sector debt is £743 billion or (52.7% per cent of GDP) according to www.economicshelp.org (April 2010), so anyone who has bought government gilts is owed money from this enormous debt.
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