Benedict Brogan, Deputy Editor of the Daily Telegraph has his usual op-ed piece in today's edition, one that is but another 'puff-piece' in an attempt to 'big-up' Cameron, in which he alleges that Cameron and Clegg are vying for position in order to promote their own agendas and that Cameron is winning. Brogan ends:
"It is said that the dead point in a marriage comes when respect is lost. Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg are perilously close to that moment. The Coalition will continue because it is in both their interests that it do so, and because they still hold to their core mission to rescue the economy. But expect the signs of an imminent political divorce to begin to mount as they discover just how different they really are."It is a reflection on the sorry state that our politics has become that it becomes reasonable to ask whether the Coalition will last because of the wish of two disparate political parties to rescue the economy of our country, or whether it will last because the top echelon of those two disparate parties wish to retain their individual positions of privilege and power - privileges and power that, in effect, they usurped following an inconclusive general election? (Is that not what all dictators do, usurp power - whether elected or not?)
That that question can be posed is the prime reason why I argue for a change in the system of democracy under which we live, a change to a system that negates personal political greed, that negates dictatorship (democratised or not) and, at the same time, requires those who stand for political office to actually manage the country for the good of the country - that 'good' being decided by the people and not by a collection of venal, self-serving careerists.