A recent article by Agnes Poirier got me to thinking. She suggests that right about now would be a good time to seize the opportunity (of Lords reform) to do away with the artistrocray once and for all.
At first I regarded Ms Poirier’s comments as a good old-fashioned wind-up and judging by the comments she recieved I was probably not alone; but having subsequently read, by mere coincidence, Victor Hugo’s tale of redemption in nineteenth century France (“Les MisÃ©rables”) I am now given to thinking that she was absolutely 100% right.
Never before had I considered myself a republican; is this what France does to a man?
What changed my mind? Three words: LibertÃ©, Ã©galitÃ©, fraternitÃ©. [freedom, equality, brotherhood] These are the founding principles of the constitution of the Republic of France, and sound principles they are too.
We have nothing like this in the UK, because we believe that our politicians have the moral disposition to govern us justly.
How naÃ¯ve we are! Think about it:
- Freedom: Out of the three this is probably the only one that applies with any real truth in the UK, we have the most outrageous press/media on the face of the planet – who seem to get away with just about anything. That, I suppose, is freedom of speech – whether we like it or not.
- Fraternity/Brotherhood: As long as the NHS still exists you could argue that this just about applies, but you only have to look at Britains attitude to public transport and schools to know that we care little for the wellbeing of our fellow man.
- Equality: Nope. While the the artisocracy still exists, no-one in the UK can ever claim to be ‘born-equal’. If I cannot become a King, a Duke, a Viscount, an Earl or a Baron (which I can’t, just for the record) then I am not as equal as say Rupert Charles Ponsonby, 7th Baron de Mauley.
If you ask me the three words that describe the guiding principles of UK government right now are Celebrity, Money, Property.
Vive la rÃ©publique! Off with their heads!