October 14, 2012
You don't have to have been a library campaigner for long to learn how extraordinarily incompetent and deceitful the civil servants, public officials and politicians involved are.
We all have seen over and over again that local and national government protect themselves and their incompetence from proper public scrutiny
In the field of libraries there used even once to audit of what goes on, but there is no longer any of that
When we watch the same kind of nonsense go on at the BBC, in banks, among retired generals, in the newspapers and in other large corporations of all kinds both public and private, one has to wonder about the integrity of all our institutions, and by that one means the current generation of those who lead them.
These people are my generation and it is very sad- but I think it is time for profound scrutiny, so that at least our children and grandchildren stand a chance of re-establishing some kind of honour out of the moral wreckage
We need our own version of the upheavals of other countries.
In the sixties I would never have included myself among those who called for revolution - I didn't understand them then-- but I would like to see revolution now. I would like to see turbulent and painful upheaval of the houses of parliament and all the bodies of state.
I do not trust the civil service one step -and I have watched them for years.
The test is simple - if you place your own interest above those of the body for whom you work - then you must go now and quickly, even if it hurts
Posted by Perkins at October 14, 2012 10:59 AM
It's funny how the monarchy is becoming one of the few institutions that commands much respect. Similarly, it's noticeable that the City of London Corporation (an undemocratic body) have been given various public assets to manage over the past 30 years because they are seen as more trustworthy than the various elected bodies who previously held the assets.
We live in strange, strange times.
Posted by: Sympathetic at October 15, 2012 12:50 AM
You know, I wasn't really joking when I suggested we marched on London from time to time on this blog. Now it's beginning to look like we'll really have to!
Would give me something new to write about... Seriously.
Posted by: James Christie at October 16, 2012 12:27 AM