Keep the Aspidistra Flying
by Eric Malthouse
The state of politics in the Western world is of concern to most of us.
political paradigms have changed dramatically under our noses; our political classes have sorely failed us save in one respect, our expectation of their rapacity and arrogance; our belief in and respect for our democratic and judicial institutions is crumbling
daily towards the abyss and we, the supposed font of political power, feel increasingly disenfranchised and alienated from the political system. No matter whom we vote for, we end up with a politician we are facing a crisis in our political culture.
For too long have we fiddle-faddled, content to let our elected representatives run loose in the farmyard. It is, I suggest, nigh-time that we, the people, took charge, round-up
the chooks and cleanse the House of its filth.
Now is the time to say enough! Now is the time to declare war on the political establishment! In doing so I am strongly
reminded of the words of Oliver Cromwell, as he dissolved the Rump Parliament in London on 20 April 1653:
"It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting
in this place, which you have dishonoured by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice. Ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government. Ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for
a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money. In the name of God, go!”
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