The fog produced by ‘supposed knowledge’

I think this article/blog post demonstrates real excellence:-

Isabel Hardman has an article in the Independent in which she questions whether we know how much it costs to become a Member of Parliament – cue crocodile tears?

On that particular point, we have John Redwood, on his blog, rather grandly announcing: Mr Redwood’s contribution to the debate on Devolution in England...

At the time of the ‘original’ Expenses Scandal, the public (given their head) would no doubt have ‘cleared’ Parliament of far more than those that ‘voluntarily’ decided to end their journey on the ‘gravy train’ on which they were more than willing passengers; and not just the ‘sacrificial goats’ that were offered up to the ‘altar of legal retribution’. Mind you that did not stop Tim Yeo continuing to milk the ‘gravy train'; nor did it stop Charles Hendry, nor John Gummer – aka Lord Deben.

Then, continuing this ‘fog produced by supposed knowledge’ we must not lose sight of ‘independent’ think-tanks such as Open Europe and Business for Britain.

It is impossible to let pass without mention ‘that programme‘, aired on BBC4 (Sunday) without a comment. Like Daniel Hannan I ‘switched off’ after about 35 minutes; and the Newsnight Debate which followed received the same treatment.

Writing in the FT, Janan Ganash would have us believe that a ‘change’ election is unlikely as voters seem to want the country tweaked, not turned on its head, continuing that those who are fatalistic believe a society decides for itself how and when it wants to change.

Another example of what I term the fog produced by supposed knowledge comes from Brian Binley and Dr. Lee Rotherham with a paper published by Civitas, one entitled Hard Bargains. It beggars belief, even were it possible, to reclaim certain powers which have been ceded to the European Union

There is a side issue too in that which Redwood writes; namely that by reclaiming powers on important matters he believes politicians will be able to say to voters once again their parliament can respond to their wishes and get things done as they want. This is also a further extension of the fog that is enveloping us where political statements are concerned.

Of late much has been made about the costs and benefits of the UK’s membership of the European Union, but as I mentioned to an audience recently what is the point of any cost/benefit analysis when the two most important matters – matters which, it could be said, are ‘priceless’ – are omitted; namely sovereignty and democracy, neither of which we presently have.

In what ever area one looks, when considering that which the political class tell us, it is hard to dispel the feeling that we are being lied to – and the process is not rectified by a media which, in general, accepts everything it is told without question.

The pea soup fog of our modern politics and media.

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