Ain’t no Justice any more?

There’s an old proverb, “Throw enough mud and you’ll get your hands dirty.” It’s from the same bitter school that came up with the other proverb, “Give a man enough rope and he’ll hang you with it.”

It’s just that over the last few weeks I’ve been intrigued by the sheer number of posts on Facebook ridiculing UKIP, or slagging off the Conservative party. Now I realise that a lot of people who read this blog are not UK based and don’t follow UK politics.

So in simple terms here is what is happening. In this country we have a cosy political elite which largely forms the leadership of all three main political parties. They’ve all got privileged backgrounds and take for granted a lifestyle that for many of us is unattainable. I well remember my disbelief when I discovered that the amount a Labour Prime Minster spent on his family’s summer holiday was more than I aspired to earn in a year.

It’s not so much as they’re out of touch, as they live in a separate world to most of us. Add to this the fact that the ‘party’ system is dying, with political parties having active memberships smaller than football supporters clubs.

In crude terms, issues that this cosy elite found too disturbing to deal with, or issues that they didn’t see as a problem, didn’t get dealt with. In fact they’d close ranks and brand anyone raising these issues as a xenophobe or a ‘little Englander.’ They might have been right in their assessment, but government by contempt and dismissive innuendo is no way to build community solidarity.

And UKIP spotted a gap in the market. They’ve hooked on to the issues the other parties wouldn’t touch with a barge pole. UKIP representatives are no more virtuous than those of any other political party, they’re no wiser nor are they more honourable. But by and large they’re new on the political scene, but even more important, they’re regarded with contempt by our cosy political elite.

But what the political elite hasn’t realised is that they’ve been regarding the opinions of the ordinary people of this country with contempt for years. They’ve never attempted to lead, to reach out and discuss and inform. They preferred to ridicule into silence. Who will forget Gordon Brown and the ‘bigoted woman.’

Personally I suspect that the more they ridicule UKIP, the more people will vote for them. Not because they agree with UKIP but because we suddenly have a chance to rub a lot of smug and wealthy people’s noses in the dirt and humiliate them a bit.

It’s the same with political parties pillorying other political parties as ‘out of touch’ or as being composed of ‘toffs’. I don’t think they’ve realised how out of touch that makes them look. Not only that but as the public has come to the conclusion that they’re all the same, what they are doing is throwing mud and getting their hands dirty.

So what?

What next?

It was Plato who said “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

It’s also been said by a number of people that, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

Some people now seem to run the country, the rest of us just watch from the sidelines, staring with growing disbelief and posting cute cat pictures to each other on Facebook.


Perhaps we can see a reflection of our priorities in the relative coverage given to the loss of a Malaysian airliner and the kidnapping of a similar number of Nigerian school girls!


Why do ‘They’ allow this sort of thing to happen?




Yeah well, what do I know. Just ask the dog


As a reviewer commented, “This is a delightful collection of gentle rants and witty reminiscences about life in a quiet corner of South Cumbria. Lots of sheep, cattle and collie dogs, but also wisdom, poetic insight, and humour. It was James Herriot who told us that ‘It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet’ but Jim Webster beautifully demonstrates that it usually happened to the farmer too, but far less money changed hands.

I, for one, am hoping that this short collection of blogs finds a wide and generous audience – not least because I’m sure there’s more where this came from. And at 99p you can’t go wrong!”

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16 thoughts on “Ain’t no Justice any more?

  1. M T McGuire May 9, 2014 at 6:27 pm Reply

    Wise words and I particularly love the Jesus cartoon at the end there.

    • jwebster2 May 9, 2014 at 9:16 pm Reply

      Somebody posted it on Facebook and I liked it with the comment, “I’ll doubtless have a job for this one” before saving it 🙂

  2. Rosemary May 9, 2014 at 7:25 pm Reply

    Great blog Jim as usual.

    I am afraid that come the independence vote later this year I shall be voting for whichever side has irritated me less over the preceding months. (in the absence of anything remotely approaching sensible facts and figures). At the moment it is a VERY close run race.

    • jwebster2 May 9, 2014 at 9:17 pm Reply

      We’ve only seen it very much at a distance, but I can understand where you’re coming from, the discussion doesn’t seem to have been at a particularly high standard 😦

  3. kimatsafkhet May 10, 2014 at 2:36 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on Safkhet Publishing.

  4. paul robinson-kamp May 12, 2014 at 3:31 am Reply

    Nice one, Jim, though I thought your article ended a bit abruptly, as if you’d been suddenly called away. Of course, everyone knows already that Nigel Farage has only one testicle, not that this is anything to hold against him but nevertheless is worth keeping in mind as the election hots-up.

    • jwebster2 May 12, 2014 at 6:20 am Reply

      I finished it abruptly because I’m not attempting to provide the answers, just ask a better class of question 🙂
      Interestingly apparently one in twenty-five boys has unilateral or bilateral cryptorchidism, most are treatable with hormones or manipulation as babies. Now they’ll use orchidopexy, which seems to be keyhole surgery to get the testicle to drop into place but a mate of mine at school had the problem and back then they just removed it entirely. I forget how many children and grandchildren he has but it doesn’t seem to have cramped his style

  5. paul robinson-kamp May 12, 2014 at 10:37 am Reply

    My eyes are watering just reading about it, Jim.

    • jwebster2 May 12, 2014 at 11:14 am Reply

      Yeah, he got more kicks than sympathy back then as well 😦

      You know where to find sympathy? It’s in the dictionary between sh*t and syphilis 😉

  6. paul robinson-kamp May 12, 2014 at 11:53 am Reply

    But getting back to the original topic of your article, what do you say about Nigel Farage? I’ve only seen him a few times, speaking at the EU parliament, and I thought he came across pretty well. He has a sense of humor, which is always a good first indicator I think. Living out of the UK I haven’t paid enough attention to UK politics for ages. Is Nigel going to be the next PM?

    • jwebster2 May 12, 2014 at 1:01 pm Reply

      I think he manages to touch a nerve with the electorates, in that the other three parties hate it which makes him well worth voting for in most people’s eyes 🙂

      But I doubt very much whether he’ll get a seat in Westminster, my guess is that the conservatives and labour will both grab his most popular policies and make them their own. Pretty much in the same way that the neutralised the green party.

  7. keirarts May 14, 2014 at 5:14 pm Reply

    Nice blog as usual! I’ve always thought the rot set in as soon as Politics became a career rather than a vocation.

    • jwebster2 May 14, 2014 at 5:18 pm Reply

      Yes, I think you’re right in that. The governing of the state is something that all citizens should give time to when not otherwise engaged in their own affairs.
      It is interesting that in cities like Athens you got very few ’employees’ as we’d understand them. A citizen had to be ‘self employed’ or at the worst a day-labourer who decided each day whether to come and work for somebody else, because as a citizen he obviously had to go and spend time listening and voting on the political issues of the day. Someone who was an employee could not do this without another person’s permission and was probably not much different from a slave.

  8. keirarts May 14, 2014 at 5:15 pm Reply

    And I would also like to add my wish for the return of the monster raving loony party. The sane choice.

    • jwebster2 May 14, 2014 at 5:20 pm Reply

      Screaming Lord Such is sadly missed

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