Not so long ago there were some certainties in this world, certainties that people around the world could and did depend upon, for their well being, for their commerce and in many circumstances for their very lives.
It was once a certainty that the BBC was the voice of truth around the globe, speaking out for those who did not have a voice, speaking out in the name of freedom. In the darkest days of Nazi control in Europe, at the height of suppression in the Soviet Union people would risk their lives to listen to the BBC, sound in the knowledge that there spoke Britain, a nation to trust and aspire to.
It was also a certainty, with peculiarly few exceptions, that an Englishman’s word was his bond. In international terms that meant Britain, all of it. It meant that as a nation we were trusted and admired, upstanding and honest. Our businessmen could travel the world without the need to place large deposits on their transactions, for once their word had been given, it would not be broken.
Such were these certainties that business empires were built upon it.
Also certain was that our Parliament was once filled with honourable men and women, admired as role models, leaders of men who could be looked up to, whose actions the public would aspire to, and the whole world could rely on. A parliament of elected representatives who if found to be dishonest, dishonourable or broke the law would resign, cast themselves out, no longer able to hold their heads high in public office.
Yesterday saw that parliament disgrace itself on a nuclear scale. It finally laid those certainties which have been slowly eroding over time not only into a coffin, but it also covered it in lime, burning away and eradicating any remaining vestige of honour from its collective gathering. Never again will people trust the word of an MP.
The past 15 years has seen a demise in our politics approaching that of a third world country, with the everyday introduction and acceptance of sleaze, lying to the house, press and voters, double dealing, corruption and fraud, but yesterdays debacle tops all that.
Having not just made promises, manifesto commitments or rash and vague undertakings which some would say in politics it is normal to ignore these days, many MPs made written, signed pledges not to raise tuition fees, and they did so in order to garner votes.
A Pledge is different, it is a contract and it is enforceable in law. The pledge was written and signed in order to gain an advantage, a seat in the Commons, and for many that now means a Ministerial Post with all the remuneration and benefits that goes with it.
To break such a pledge is a clear unmistakable Fraud. That so many undertook to break the same written, signed pledges is without doubt Collective Dishonourable Electoral Fraud.
Now dont get me wrong, my own view on the subject matter is that I believe that government should not even be in the business of Higher Education. I would like to see the strings of State severed with Universities completely. Make them truly independent, and responsible for their own fund raising, their own courses and their own outcomes, let them compete for students.
No my beef is with the MPs. That they have lied, that they have not the courage to stand by the pledges they have made, that they have cheated their voters, that they have committed fraud and on top of that, that they expect to get away with it.
If the house cannot or will not cleanse itself of this stench, perhaps the next step of those campaigning should be to now consider legal action against those MPs who have failed to fulfil the pledges that they made.
As an Englishman, I am unreservedly disgusted with those who disgrace the title of honourable members.
I could not leave this post complete without also mentioning the Students. I have every admiration for the vast majority of those who sought to exercise their right of peaceful protest, although I see them as being used as the useful idiots in these protests, guided by the left-wing NUS leadership, backed and supported by other Unions and Communists to fulfil their own wider agenda, being masters in the art of Problem, Reaction, Solution.
The others however, those who were intent on some form of violence, those who took part in the damage and desecration of our national monuments I have no sympathy for at all. Described as Anarchists by the press & media, nothing could be further from the truth. Anarchists believe in no government, they do not protest to protect or increase government support. Those troublemakers were just that, troublemakers, the kind you find at every political gathering, except it seems, Left-wing ones. Draw your own conclusions.
And finally the Police. Yes they have a tough job to do and a fine line to walk, but it seems that the police have their own agenda also, their actions on many occasions spell that out clearly for those who wish to see it. There were many political forces at work yesterday, some overt, some not quite so. See beyond the headlines.