I came across two articles on breitbart today. The headline above the first was:
Town Mayor Beaten Unconscious By Locals After Announcing Plan To Welcome Migrants
and above the second was:
Former Mayor Suing Townspeople For Failing to Welcome Migrants
I wondered at first if they were about the same mayor in the same town. But in fact they were stories from two different towns in Europe.
Somehow or other these two stories seemed to summarise the state of modern politics in Europe, where the political class has ceased to represent ordinary people, and is increasingly at odds with them.
The European political class, right down to the level of mayors, seem to believe that it’s no longer their job to merely represent ordinary people, but to instead to cajole and bully and shame them – in this particular case to “welcome migrants,” which neither town seemed particularly disposed to do.
The same is true in the UK, where – as I reported yesterday – Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the government plans to reduce the nation’s waistline. It’s no business of the government to attempt to reduce the nation’s waistline. It’s not their job. It’s a role that they have arrogated to themselves.
Politics now, across the whole of Europe, is governments versus peoples.
But people don’t want to be cajoled and bullied and shamed. It shouldn’t be any part of representative democracy for governments to engage in this – whether it’s about smoking or waistlines or migrants.
The principal task of the peoples of Europe over the next few years or decades is going to be one of ridding themselves of this arrogant, bullying political class, and replacing them with politicians who see their first duty as one of listening to the people they represent rather than lecturing and coercing them.
And the more the arrogant, bullying political class tells people to stop smoking, drinking, eating, and tells them to go Green, accept hordes of migrants, and cut their “carbon footprint”, the sooner this will happen.
I am beginning to understand why the French people overthrew their government in 1789, and cut off the heads of many of the ruling aristocratic political class. That may be the only cure for such arrogant, bullying people. I hope they have a few guillotines in their museums that they can get working again, should this expedient prove necessary.
Today is the start of Octabber, a month when people are encouraged to smoke twice as much tobacco than usual. Regular commenter DP today wrote:
Having seen a
‘stoptober’ (he must surely mean Octabber) advert on Facebook, I shall now smoke an extra four cigarettes this month. My second regular smoke of the year (National Smokers’ Day – 1 July) produced an interesting appreciation of the experience. Perhaps all those cigarettes (up to 6 a year) I’ve smoked under extreme provocation from the anti-smokers, are beginning to kindle an addiction. Who knew that ash et al were such an effective marketing tool for the tobacco industry?
I commend DP’s principled stand. Perhaps next year he’ll reach 7 a year?