Why I don’t like politics

Author: Ben Kench

You know my problem with politics? The government always gets in. And to get in, souls are sold right left and centre. Money talks and it says ‘scratch my back.’

The coverage of the Labour leadership race has made me feel like I need to put pen to paper. It’s not that I support anyone in it – or any politician for that matter. I can’t abide party politics full stop, and it stems from a nagging idea that democracy isn’t the real deal.

Whether you turn to corporations or trade unions to power your campaign, selling your soul to the benefactors and the bullies is the entry fee to the corridors of power.

Every politician who takes control of a country – or a party – is compromised by the need to breathe momentum into their campaign. Winning an election requires cash, coverage and co-conspirators…

Lobbying is a murky world, particularly at the highest level, with clandestine meetings and whispered promises to push or stall whatever the donor’s agenda is.

Corporations see party donations as an investment. Of course they want something in return for the hundreds of thousands or even millions of pounds they throw into a party’s coffers.

Newspapers have been known to force government policy just to get an eye-catching sensational scoop for their front page. Yes, Gordon Brown, I’m talking about you. According to Nick Davies’ eye-opening book Hack Attack, PM Brown was bullied into changing the rules on NHS procurement policy during a routine meeting at the HQ of The Sun.

That’s the type of world we live in. A career politician is surrounded by people with their own agenda to push – and their chances of sustaining a career are dependent on keeping deep-pocketed allies happy. Which means money before morals, corporations before citizens and bottom lines before the public interest.

Regulations that should be passed in the interests of public safety are shelved, because some giant company has money to throw around so can effectively buy laws that suit them. Getting an inside man squarely in your pocket is the best way to do it. If they pick a winner – or one from each team- they’re absolutely laughing. At us, the ordinary people.

Fat cat non-executive directors flit between government and private sector positions, advising the government one minute and a behemoth corporation the next.

The boundaries are so blurred – these people must wake up in the morning and wonder whose side they are on today. It makes a mockery of democracy, because it gives companies more clout than real life people – a sad but true consequence of politicians being desperate for big money hand-outs to run a campaign.

I think the ‘interest payments’ on these ‘donations’ changes people overnight. It corrupts honest men into puppets for hire, once they see truly how rigged the whole game is. That’s why I don’t like politics – democracy is an attractive veneer for a deeply dirty business.

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