I’m watching Question Time, the weekly political panel show, on the BBC. I probably shouldn’t blog while watching. I’ll probably write something I’ll regret. But here goes anyway…
There seems to be a theme. It’s all Gordon’s Fault.
The world economic situation was him.
The situation with MPs defrauding their expenses system is his fault.
The ‘young people’, you know, those aliens that roam our streets, stab each other and generally causing havoc, that’s his fault too.
We’re happy to blame others. We’re happy to lay responsibility at the feet of the government.
But it’s just as much our fault as Gordon’s.
I think it’s fine to have a go at the government, but it’s not fine to abdicate all responsibility for every part of our lives to our elected representatives.
It’s interesting that the discussion has turned to a TV company’s duty of care to participants in reality shows. There’s an outcry about how Susan Boyle was treated, mostly from the same people who bought the newspapers and watched the TV shows who dragged her through the mire.
Big Brother starts tonight. Another chance for people to watch people be systematically abused for our amusement.
No-one forces us to watch, but we do. No-one forced us to borrow more than we could afford, but we did. No-one ever said that MPs shouldn’t be watched, but we were happy to put an X in a box as though that somehow ends our responsibility in a participative democracy.
There are reports that voter turnout could be as low as 28% or as ‘high’ as 50% in today’s elections for the European Parliament. So, rather than taking action when we are dissatisfied once again we have chosen to disengage.
Why on earth do we think that things will change if we do and say nothing?
Silence is consent. Shhhh. It’s ok. Someone else will sort it out.