Who Is To Blame?

In this week’s Question Time, Farage and Brand squared off, each making it clear whom they thought was to blame for the nation’s woes. Like the broken record he is, Farage blamed immigration for every conceivable ill that might have befallen Middle England. Brand, on the other hand, blamed the politicians for letting the rich stash away large amounts of cash whilst the poor live hand-to-mouth.

Who is really to blame? In such a complex society as ours, are we really able to single out one group and place all the blame upon them? It’s easy to see that Farage’s rhetoric is hollow – he is scapegoating a minority to further his career as a populist right-winger.  But does Brand really mean to say that the political classes are the only ones to blame, and that no-one else could change our ailing society?

That is the self-fulfilling prophecy at the roots of our corrupt modern politics – if we all believe strongly enough that there is nothing we can do, and that everything is the fault of ‘the bankers’ or ‘the politicians’, then it becomes a reality. If we allow it, then our political establishment will run away with itself, unchecked, unjust, and unstoppable.

The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

These remarks from the very quotable Edmund Burke are all you should need to convince yourself that there is another way. Our society has been through so many changes, moving from feudalism all the way to universal suffrage. It is in our genes, in our very lifeblood to be the ‘good’ of which Burke speaks. It is for us to rail against any system which deprives individuals of their rights and liberties.

To do otherwise would be to accept a share of the blame.

So, dear reader, I put it to you: do not seek simply to blame others for what is happening to our society. Do not fall into the illusion that politics is for other people, and that you might merely watch from the sidelines. Stand for what you believe in, or else share the blame for its failure.

4 thoughts on “Who Is To Blame?”

  1. Yep. The electorate are to blame – by allowing the professionals and the parties to do the job of politics for them….

    Those professional politicians who can be bought will continue to be bought, party apparatchiks will continue to put party before the public – and the cosy little Westminster Village will continue to play their own little ego-driven, tit-for-tat power games, divorced from real people’s lives UNLESS people are prepared to mobilise behind locally-based, independent MPs. . UKIP for all their ghastliness, have proved that the established parties have feet of clay IF the electorate are prepared to get off their backsides and work at it. This is why Brand is so wrong about divorcing form the system we have. The system works – but ONLY if people are prepared to put in the work, mobilise and act within it.. If not, and we leave the self-serving or dogma-driven parties to do the job for us, we will continue to get the governments we deserve – and will have no-one to blame but ourselves…….

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  2. It suits the system as it stands to see Brand and Farage as equivalent outliers, leaving sensible folk to run the country through the “sensible” means of Labour, Tory and LibDem parties. Far from it.
    Russell Brand is acting as an amplifier for some very important truths that rarely make it through the filter of the mainstream media, about a very real and alarming rolling back of power from the majority to a tiny minority. Not just to the comfortably off, or even to the minor millionaires, but to the billionaires and huge corporations who want the world run for their benefit and who place no value on democracy, humanity at large or even the long-term survival of our planet.
    Drawing attention to the actions and successes of this minority is not scapegoating them or avoiding group responsibility. Share power equally among us and we are all equally responsible when thing goes wrong. Hoard power in the boardrooms and conclaves of the wealthy and when things go wrong, expect to answer for it.
    Check out Brand’s focus on the NHS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs4Few3CbIw that has gained more the 150,000 views in four days and see if he is focusing only on “the political classes”. He is saying that the “the political classes” are the paid lackeys of big business rather than our servants, effecting our will, as they should be.

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  3. Does it matter who is to blame?
    The blame game (aka the House of Commons) is what got us into this mess, it is time we moved away from that.
    The question we need to ask is: “how do we fix it?”
    Is it not time for a little bit of joined up thinking on a global scale?
    If *ankers are the problem, it is not just our *ankers, it is the whole global economic system.
    If immigration is a problem, it is not because our country is so far ahead, but because theirs is so far behind.

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