Well yesterday’s post may not have been political but today’s sure as hell is. What in God’s name is going on? We have a group of people acting in such as way as one can only ask, what the hell are they thinking??? You start an ill-advised action, and when that doesn’t work you compound it with another one. Then, when that is declared illegal you use the funds of the group to appeal against the decision: an action almost inevitably doomed to failure. It’s as if they were on tramlines and once they’d started off, had no option but to go where the tramlines led.
It’s as if – oh, I don’t know. Let’s just – let’s –
I know. Let me tell you a story.
Once upon a time, a long, long time ago – some time last year in fact, there was a government. Now this government was voted in by a majority of the electorate. But there were some people who didn’t like the government, and so those people decided they wanted another election. ‘You’re not governing properly!’ they shouted. ‘We don’t have any confidence in you!’ It didn’t matter that the government hadn’t been in power very long; or that lots of people had voted for them: these unhappy people didn’t listen to anyone. So they called another election.
But in the meantime there were a lot of young people who had grown up; and these people were now eligible to vote. And the unhappy people were worried that the younger voters would support the government. So they decided that anyone who had turned eighteen in the last six months would be disqualified unless they paid some more money. Then they would be called ‘associate voters’ and they would be able to vote. The young people were very unhappy about this. Some of them paid the extra money but some of them decided to take their case to the judge at the High Court.
‘What is the matter?’ the judge asked.
‘We are very unhappy, kind Sir,’ the young people said. ‘For we turned eighteen last year and wanted to vote in the election. But now the unhappy people have told us we have to pay extra money in order to vote.’
The judge listened; then he thought, and then he said: ‘the unhappy people are wrong. You are able to vote in the election without paying the extra money.’
‘Thank you, sir,’ said the young people. And they went back to their constituencies and prepared for the election.
It seemed that everything would be fine. But then the unhappy people decided to go and see the judge. ‘We will go and talk to him,’ said the Chief Unhappy Person. ‘We will appeal to his better judgment.’ But then they found out that their appeal would cost a lot of money. We do not have enough money, they thought. What shall we do? And they decided to use some of the government’s money as if it were their own.
All this time the government was getting more and more popular, especially with the young people. So the unhappy people said that the young voters had all been bewitched by wizards called ‘Trots’. But the Unhappy People had done so many bad things that nobody believed them any more.
And still they went on being unhappy.