The Seven Deadly Political Sins
(Bless ConservativeHome for the graphic)
Thus does Andrew Rawnsley expound ‘the mind of the political class and those who observe them most closely’. He asks: ‘Does it matter any more if a politician has dabbled with drugs, slept around or is over-fond of the bottle? How much will the voters care if their MP spends a lot of taxpayers' cash on expenses or picks up wodges of speeding tickets? Do the public mind if their politicians don't practise what they preach when it comes to travelling green?’
But these results are not surprising at all when one considers those who were surveyed. PoliticsHome states: ‘the Phi100 panel is an expert panel of over 100 of the top political brains in the UK’, but when one looks at the names of those 30 who have agreed to disclosure, they are overwhelmingly ‘insiders’ in the 40-ish age bracket, and those that are not are irredeemably middle-aged or in an ‘anorak’ (political adviser, think-tank) or ‘lefty’ type of profession (charity, journalism, television).
This may explain the considerable deviation from the 10 Commandments:
You shall have no other gods before me: ‘Top political brains’ have given us decades of uncontrolled immigration and enforced multiculturalism; ‘other gods’ is a natural and unavoidable consequence, so they could not possibly concede this.
You shall not worship idols: ‘Top political brains’ always have idols, and if they include Margaret Thatcher, Cranmer can understand the temptation.
You shall not take the lord’s name in vain: Some of these ‘top political brains’ have just abolished the blasphemy laws, so they could hardly profess to acknowledge the sanctity of the name of the Lord.
Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy: They abolished this one as well.
Honour your father and mother: Well, they are in the process of abolishing the need for a father, and they have legislated for households with two fathers or two mothers, and the state pours out benefits on single parents and makes living apart more lucrative than living together. It is a wonder that many children know what actually constitutes a traditional family unit.
Do not murder: Unless it is sanctioned by the state, and even then one must be careful not to confuse murder with freedom-fighting.
Do not commit adultery: Committing adultery or pre-marital promiscuity appear to be pre-requisites for being a ‘top political brain’ these days. And this ‘relaxed view’ on sex goes hand-in-hand with a ‘relaxed view’ on drugs.
Do not steal: It is difficult to see what high levels of taxation and constant inflation amount to if it is not theft. And for those who do steal another’s property, there are courses, mentoring and counselling, because their circumstances drove them to it, and the state should have compassion.
Do not bear false witness: It is probably not possible to become a ‘top political brain’ if one does not lie; indeed, involvement in politics now presupposes the infinite capacity to cheat and dissemble.
Do not covet: We live in a material age and most of the Western world is built on a foundation of capitalism. The desire to better oneself has been fused with the desire to possess more, and to possess it before one can afford it, hence the present ‘credit squeeze’. Politicians have encouraged greed, and some of them are the embodiment of it.
And so Andrew Rawnsely concludes that the guide of the ‘top political brains’ to political sins goes like this: ‘Don't worry too much about dumping the wife or admitting to some youthful drug use. But watch the demon drink: it can destroy your reputation as well as your liver. And careful with those expenses: the voters really don't like spendalots.’
The nation’s 'top political brains' - among the most powerful and influential - have reduced the Decalogue to a monologue, and a shallow and self-serving one at that.