He’s not the Messiah; he’s a very naughty boy!


Look, I realise that you have deeply held beliefs, that these things are very precious to you. I realise that you may even have built your sense of self-identity around them, but frankly I’ve got to the stage where I don’t care.

We have politicians. You appear to be devoted to one lot and to kneel in awed wonder at their feet whilst abominating ‘the other lot’ as evil destroyers of all that is good and decent in society.

Yet further down my Facebook feed there is a post from somebody else who shares exactly the same deeply devout regard, only it appears that they give their worship, their loyalty, to ‘the other lot’. (Who are also worthy of awed wonder, whilst the lot you worship appear to be evil destroyers of all that is good and decent in society.)

Now then, it may be that you genuinely believe that the leader of ‘the other lot’ has sex with pigs, copulates with demons, bites the heads of kittens or whatever. This profession of faith you cling to might possibly tell the rest of us who don’t share your fascination with politics rather more about you than it tells us about ‘the other lot’.

Now I realise that the ‘the other lot’ are wicked evil people who are striving to destroy civilisation, but isn’t it time you just sat down in a darkened room somewhere and chilled for a while.


Right, let’s start from the beginning. We might have one of the least corrupt political systems in the world. (Somebody even wrote an article http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/12189003/Britain-has-most-honest-citizens-in-the-world…-because-politicians-are-less-corrupt.html) and the nice thing about it is that we, as the British people, are the decent honest lot we are, partially because our politics isn’t corrupt. So in reality, we’ve got a lot to the thankful for. Yes we had MPs fiddling expenses, but we jailed them. That doesn’t happen in most places.


Right and let’s look at the individuals. I will take Jeremy Corbyn as an example. In reality he is not the antichrist, nor is he the one honest man in politics. The fact that he’s frantically removing blog posts written in the past that recommended we got out of Europe is almost touching. Firstly that he’s as naive as to believe that merely removing a blog disposes of the evidence. But more importantly he’s starting to show political maturity, perhaps for the first time in his life he’s accepted that as a member of a political party, elected on the party ticket, he really ought to bend his opinions to fall in with the party line on major issues. The fact that he was probably right previously and is now wrong merely adds to the pathos of the whole situation.


So look, I realise you have your deeply held beliefs, but be a good boy or girl and try to understand that for a large part of the population your tribal and cultic posturing is merely a source of irritation. Not only that but it’s counterproductive.

Think about it, you’re slagging off the political leaders of ‘the other lot’, saying they are evil etc.

‘The other lot’ are slagging off your political leaders telling us they’re evil etc.

So for those of us who are agnostic in this debate, all we learn is, frankly, the two lots are both tarred with the same brush.


Now in an earlier, wiser era, politicians used to treat each other as if they were honourable (if possibly mistaken) individuals who could be relied upon to see reason. Indeed on many occasions MPs from all spectrums have worked quietly together for the good of their constituents, away from the sectarian howling of their supporters.

In this, our ancestors were wise. Because they realised that if you build your politics on hate and contempt, for the vast majority of the population, this just means you end up holding all politicians in contempt.


As you were.


Anyway, don’t believe me, ask the dog. (Wit and wisdom available in paperback and ebook format, what more could you want is these sad and decayed times)


As a reviewer commented, “This is another collection of blog posts from Jim Webster, farmer and philosopher. The first collection, Sometimes I Sits and Thinks, featured a great deal about the animals, particularly the border collies, that Jim has worked with over the years. This seems to me to be a more eclectic selection, a little more wide-ranging and political even, but nevertheless it shows a fascinating slice of rural life.”

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14 thoughts on “He’s not the Messiah; he’s a very naughty boy!

  1. willmacmillanjones March 10, 2016 at 9:23 am Reply

    I rather wish, Jim, you had included a quote from one of our wisest politicians, Tony Benn: You should look carefully at the way the Government treats refugees and migrants. It is how they would treat the rest of us if they thought that they could get away with it.

    And I am not sure that our politicians are anywhere near as honest and honourable as you suggest. In evidence, i would point to the number of Conservative MPs with serious financial links to companies who exploit their privatisation measures – and how about the Home Secretary awarding Government contracts to the firm in which her husband has a substantial financial interest, G4S? *

    *Footnote: I have no doubt that if any other party held the reins similar things would happen.

    • jwebster2 March 10, 2016 at 10:53 am Reply

      Tony Benn would have had a more successful career if he’d never been in charge of energy. But what I’m saying is that it isn’t that politicians are all honourable, it is that ‘the other lot’ is not composed of thieves, wife beaters and monsters. During FMD a very senior Labour politician had family links to the company that got the lucrative contract for hauling away carcasses, it does happen. I’m a great believer in forgive less and jail more when it comes to that sort of thing.
      But those who have an interest in politics ought to realise the truth of the saying, ‘Throw enough mud and you’ll get your hands dirty.’ All they do by blackening the names of the members of one faction is, in the eyes of most reasonable people, blacken the names of all. That isn’t good for our democracy.
      Jail an MP because that individual breaks the law. But don’t try to destroy that person’s reputation merely because they chant a different sectarian creed

  2. The Story Reading Ape March 10, 2016 at 9:54 pm Reply

    Well said Jim, I suspect all politicians start their ‘careers’ with what they perceive to be ‘ideals’, but then reality, opportunity and downright temptation kick in to make them lose touch with their constituents and the reasons why they were voted into office in the first place.
    I don’t have bias towards any party or MP’s, I distrust them all 😎

    • jwebster2 March 10, 2016 at 10:26 pm Reply

      too right, if they were any good they’d have proper jobs 🙂

      • The Story Reading Ape March 10, 2016 at 10:41 pm

        I’ve often opined that they need to work for 4 years in anything they’re going to be put in charge of in Government (and live only on that salary) 😄

      • jwebster2 March 11, 2016 at 6:46 am

        At least four years! I’d ban anybody from standing for office until they were fifty, or had spent ten years in paid employment, and no more than two of those years could be for a local government, charity, quango or for a political party.
        Obviously if you did want to dedicate your life to charity work or working in local government then you would be too busy until you were in your fifties to take time out from your invaluable duties to run for office

      • The Story Reading Ape March 11, 2016 at 12:07 pm

        Agreed Jim 😀

      • jwebster2 March 11, 2016 at 12:56 pm


  3. M T McGuire March 10, 2019 at 10:24 am Reply

    I think Will make a good point but I also agree that the American style of personality politics doesn’t suit Britain. It may be easier to sling mud than debate the actual issues but we start to distrust then all. Personally I think making politics a career has a lot to answer for. If you expect to govern a country you need more than theories and good practise manuals as to how it’s done. You need to have experienced living there in the real world, with the normals at whatever part of society you operate in. Not in the protected bubble of government and civil service work but in a proper job in the real world.

    In my own experience, far and away the best managers, were the people who started at the bottom and worked up. It’s a pity more of them don’t go into politics.

    • jwebster2 March 10, 2019 at 12:44 pm Reply

      Plato would agree with you, he said “No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.”
      At the moment I’m seeing a dangerous growing distrust of the political class and I’m worried who is going to step in and take the votes

      • M T McGuire March 10, 2019 at 1:19 pm

        Yep, tell me about it. You can’t deify these people because they’re humans and they can’t be perfect. That’s why I get irritated when people so impossible standards for them. At the same time, I think a few WYSIWYG people who have no skeletons in their cupboards by din’t of the simple fact they are too lazy and too big mouthed to bother with secrets. A few of those would be good in politics.

      • jwebster2 March 10, 2019 at 1:43 pm

        I heard a phrase once, it may be a translation from the French, where they said about somebody, “He still puts his trousers one, one leg at a time” 🙂

      • M T McGuire March 10, 2019 at 1:48 pm

        That’s great. I was thinking, on the tribal front I read a great quote about propaganda but I can’t remember who wrote it. It was about how to persuade humans to harm one another, ‘the art of propaganda is convincing one group of people that another group of people is inhuman.’

      • jwebster2 March 10, 2019 at 2:44 pm

        I always remember the Terry Pratchett quote from Small Gods, “There are hardly any excesses of the most crazed psychopath that cannot easily be duplicated by a normal kindly family man who just comes in to work every day and has a job to do.”

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