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The dignity of the House - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
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The dignity of the House

Imagine, if you will, that under the premiership of Clem Attlee or of Winston, post-War, a Fleet Street baron of the Rothermere or Astor stamp, and editors as venal as Geoffrey Dawson had been before the War, were to be examined by a Select Committee of the House.

In those days, the House of Commons was the House of Commons, not a glorified PCC subservient to unelected foreign masters skulking in Brussels. Accordingly, its hon. and right hon. Members were the best Britain could return to office; and they were even so late as the 1950s not, in the main, career, professional politicians whose lives had been spent ascending the greasy pole – or polls. They included officers, City magnates, keen-minded silks skilled in the examination of witnesses, decorated soldiers, and gentlemen.

In those days, also, the Met were apolitical, honest, and led by men of the calibre of Sir Harold Scott and Sir John Nott-Bower: cautious, perhaps, narrow, certainly, but wholly incorruptible and dedicated.

Rather than an awkward squad composed of dubious solicitors with form when it comes to bung, bullying, and dodgy expenses, chick-lit novelists, and fat-faced expenses-troughing buffoons, the Select Committee of this imagined enquiry should have included a Captain Bellenger, say, or a Richard Crossman, a Quintin Hogg or a Hartley Shawcross, a Derick Heathcoat-Amery, a Stafford Cripps or a Selwyn Lloyd.

No MP of that era – even the handful who may have secretly wished it – should have called for ‘regulation’ of the press as a result. The Met of that era should not have been tainted by complaisance – if not worse – in the issues before the Select Committee; and it should have provided security to the Members and the witnesses.

Whereas today.... Change and decay in all around I see, yes; but worse than that. Clowns, crooks, and liars sitting in judgement, fools and incompetents with warrant cards: the moral authority of the House and of the police, as well as their dignity, are so far from being vindicated as to put the House and the police on a level with those summoned before them, charged with grave misconduct.

It is farce; it is also disaster. We deserve better, and must demand it.

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being_here From: being_here Date: July 19th, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
We deserve better, and must demand it.

Sadly we won't. Or maybe that is just the cynicism talking - God knows I wish it was.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: July 19th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

You're likely right.

Bugger.
being_here From: being_here Date: July 19th, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You're likely right.

Yes. Sorry about that.

Not considered running for parliament yourself, have you? Cos Tory or not, I would vote for a man (or woman) of sense in a second.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: July 19th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Me? Stand?

As Mrs T once said on another issue, 'No. No. No.'
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shezan From: shezan Date: July 19th, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Neil Kinnock asked for press regulation. He's no longer an MP, of course.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: July 19th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ah.

Arrests having taken place, the matter is sub judice under Section 2 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981.

Also, my post two or so back dealt with calls for regulation; in addition to that ass Kinnock, whom Shezan names, other, current MPs have gone out on that limb.
pathology_doc From: pathology_doc Date: July 19th, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hear hear.

(Icon naturally directed at appropriate targets.)
wemyss From: wemyss Date: July 19th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Quite.

Thankee.
shezan From: shezan Date: July 19th, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
But wasn't the Magnificent Wendi straight out of Gillray?
wemyss From: wemyss Date: July 19th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Indeed yes.

'Straor'n'ry.
pathology_doc From: pathology_doc Date: July 20th, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Indeed yes.

You would, however, be distressed to see what some people are saying about her. Much of it is racist, misogynist filth. Go take a look, if your brainbleach levels are sufficiently high.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: July 21st, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Not necessary.

I see where the link goes. Those are the sort of people who keep my detestation of and despising of the Left at its usual high level.
absynthedrinker From: absynthedrinker Date: July 19th, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
GWM you would have been so proud when my agent called to say that she'd found a house in Twickenham that suited my needs perfectly.

The only thing I could think to reply was " Oh no darling that will never do. I fear that VC himself would arrive to soil my doorstep."

Silence. Either she's a Labour girl or just missed the point.

Peace,
Bubba

Edited at 2011-07-19 08:49 pm (UTC)
wemyss From: wemyss Date: July 19th, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Worse still...

... it's haunted by the ghost of Pope.
absynthedrinker From: absynthedrinker Date: July 19th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Inevitable.

When to mischief mortals bend their will,
How soon they find it instruments of ill


I thought the US Congress the only ones capable off such shameful theatre. But.........

Welcome to the jungle.

Peace,
Bubba
wemyss From: wemyss Date: July 19th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

We're used to jungles.

We appoint a District Commissioner, drill the natives, and have curry for our chota hazri.
absynthedrinker From: absynthedrinker Date: July 19th, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh!Calcutta!

It's eerie but I suddenly hear Rule Britannia playing in my head while I look for my tiffin.

Peace,
Bubba
wemyss From: wemyss Date: July 21st, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Why look? Just call

Just call for your khitmutgar, if you're really finding yourself in the days of the Raj.
absynthedrinker From: absynthedrinker Date: July 21st, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Why look? Just call

His exertions of last night are all I dare burden him with.

Peace,
Bubba
wemyss From: wemyss Date: July 21st, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes, well, I'm fortunate.

I suppose you've been through every syce and punkah wallah on strength as well.

Not altogether pukka, that.
absynthedrinker From: absynthedrinker Date: July 21st, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes, well, I'm fortunate.

Yes, well, I find myself positioned comfortably between the raj and the bhangis. I tell myself it's the gin and the heat. I've not gone truly native but am making my stay bearable.

Peace,
Bubba
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