I have tried to avoid jumping on the "Political Bandwagon". After all, it seems to be too easy to sling accusations at our "Representatives" in Westminster. However, I feel the Mainstream Media are missing the bigger story.
When the news broke about Jeremy Corbyn not singing the National Anthem my first thought was "good for him". My second thought was "at last - a Politician who stands by his principles".
Then the story started to get bigger and bigger. Ex-Service personnel - World War 2 Veterans - implied that (to paraphrase Mark Twain) they would "send orders for him to be shot without time to pray" for disrespecting the Queen by not singing a song which goes against his views as a Republican.
I could understand the furore if Mr Corbyn had decided to perform a striptease during the "Battle of Britain" Comemoration Service with the National Anthem used as a backing track. However, he stood in respectful silence.
Mr Corbyn's next trick was one that I am not in total agreement with (only because I don't feel it went far enough). He decided to ask for questions from the public for "Prime Ministers Questions" - and fired a selection of said questions at the Prime Minister. I think he should have invited the people who sent the questions to fire them at the Prime Minister themselves. Now that would have been "inclusive Politics".
On the other hand you have David Cameron, who is starting to look more and more like a characature of himself with every "revelation" which the Mainstream Media chooses to emit about him.
I have always thought Mr Cameron was a kind of mutant chameleon - trying to pretend he is something he clearly is not. My impression of him every time I see him or hear him in the media is that he holds everybody else in contempt - unless he is breathing air with them at that present moment. Oh - and if he had his way - I think he would ressurect the Workhouses and Poor Law Hospitals from years ago - just to tidy those who do not match his expectations out of his sight.
You may think I am a fan of Mr Corbyn but you would be wrong - I respect the fact that he has stood up for his principles on one occassion but I do not think he will be able to do it again. If only for one major reason.
The next furore surrounding him will probably involve red and white. If he wears a red poppy at the Cenotaph in London on Remembrance Sunday he will blend in with the rest of the crowds - if he follows his heart and wears a white one he will probably be condemned as a traitor.
But how many of the people who will be wearing a poppy of any description on Remembrance Sunday will be wearing it because "it is the done thing" or it is what is expected of us??? How many of us see the Two Minute Silence as a once a year "duty"???
Yesterday evening my Dad and I were watching the news when the item about Princes Harry and William helping "DIY SOS" refurbish some homes for ex-Service personnel came on. Dad wondered aloud about what had happened to the ex-Military bases which had been decommissioned - and whether or not the ex-Service personnel could be housed in them. He does have a point.
However, I digress.
Politics just seems to be a way of making hypocrisy socially acceptable - in this country anyway.
I have been watching news about the EU debate on the "Migrant" "Crisis" with something approaching amazement at how differently the separate countries have approached it. (The live "NOS" broadcasts about whether or not they were going to back the recent Greek Bailout was tame compared to this.)
Don't get me wrong - I don't agree with what Hungary has done with its borders. However, their Prime Minister specifically stated his views on the subject of the EU's attempts to resolve the "Crisis". His words were along the lines of "Don't blame us - we cannot cope. If other countries played by the rules we would not be in this mess. One last thing - Would it not be better to tackle the problem at it source???". Funnily enough, only three other countries have dared to stick their necks out in the same way. (I wish Slovakia every success with their legal challenge against the EU "Migrant" quota,
I just wish we had MPs over here with the real courage to tell the (sometimes unpalatable) truth. As well as stick to their principles.
After all, I did hear someone say that when you start to tell lies you have to keep your story straight - when you tell the truth your story is already straight!
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