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Sneering at hoi polloi

BBC NEWS | Politics | Web 'fuelling crisis in politics'

Tony Blair's outgoing chief strategy adviser fears the internet could be fuelling a "crisis" in the relationship between politicians and voters. ..

"We have a citizenry which can be caricatured as being increasingly unwilling to be governed but not yet capable of self-government," Mr Taylor told the audience....

...rather than work out these dilemmas in partnership with their elected leaders, they were encouraged to regard all politicians as corrupt or "mendacious" by the media, which he described as "a conspiracy to maintain the population in a perpetual state of self-righteous rage".

Whether media was left wing or right wing, the message was always that "leaders are out there to shaft you".

He went on: "At a time at which we need a richer relationship between politicians and citizens than we have ever had, to confront the shared challenges we face, arguably we have a more impoverished relationship between politicians and citizens than we have ever had.

"It seems to me this is something which is worth calling a crisis."

"The internet has immense potential but we face a real problem if the main way in which that potential expresses itself is through allowing citizens to participate in a shrill discourse of demands.

"If you look at the way in which citizens are using technology and the way that is growing up, there are worrying signs that that is the case.

"What is the big breakthrough, in terms of politics, on the web in the last few years? It's basically blogs which are, generally speaking, hostile and, generally speaking, basically see their job as every day exposing how venal, stupid, mendacious politicians are.

I'm happy to take that condescending sneer as a badge of honour. Harking back to the good old days when hoi polloi - "not yet capable of self-government" tugged their forelocks at the master's of the universe and their superior knowledge isn't much use - the world has moved on and now simple yeomen like me can do our own research into the claims of the MotU and publicise when they are talking bollocks!

Hat tip Guido

Comments

Well, the way I read that is "If we could regulate it, and shut them up, we would"

It used to be the case that government feared armed insurrection, so it disarmed its citizens.

Government now fears the power given to citizens by the internet, and fortunately the international nature of the internet makes it impractial for any national government to excercise total control over it.

Hopefully, this means that the future will eventually become more democratic.

Actually, we are not citizens we are subjects. But not of the the civil government but of the Crown. That's where an important difference lies. The centre of legal and moral authority is HM Queen Elizabeth and it is to her we owe our loyalty and to her we look for protection, not to any government in Downing Street. Significantly, HM Forces oath of loyalty to the Monarch not a politician. NuLabour is beginning to "remedy" that. Its initial.sinister move, is to have officers of S.O.C.A. swear their oath to the Home Secretary. Citizens live in republics and that is why NuLabour (constantly and knowingly) erroneously refers to us as such for that it what they desire, a Presidential government.

"A richer relationship with politicians", does he mean they are going to pay us, I wish. Talking to politicians is the most fruitless exercise known to man, speaking to a brick wall has more effect. Still the sleazbag will get a peerage no doubt.

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