To be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus..

21 Oct

Macbeth knew a thing or two about ambition and how precarious the top job can be if you have illegitimately won the prize. The UK was once respected as a global standard for honesty and integrity in politics, secure and trustworthy in trade and economics. We have cascaded down reputation’s snake so far. Laughing stock.

As Liz Truss stepped up to the lectern a demonic smile played on her lips. She seemed to enjoy launching herself at the sword of self destruction. Her endgame had been satisfied by shaking the purple hand of a dying monarch and a nightmare curtsy to the Queen’s bewildered successor. Vaulting ambition was complete when she engineered the sick celebrity of being the shortest-lived PM in our history. With Kwasi she rushed towards a grisly infamy with insane relish.

The Tories have been in thrall of those whose personal ambition and short termism have trumped integrity, service, long term planning and..truth. Parliament, the Party and the People have been secondary to personal conceit and ambition. Of course there are plenty of honourables in Westminster but so many have been blown off conscionable course by the the sound and fury of reprobates. It’s hard to watch Johnson, Rees-Mogg et al without shouting at the TV: You lying, cheating, self-serving, stuck up, shambolic bastards. Liz Truss’s parliamentary pension alone will be at least half her PM salary for the rest of her days – indeed all the disgraceful Tories will be laughing all the way to be bank while our National services crumble and our economy tanks.

Of course it is regrettable that decent MPs get tarred with the same brush as those at the helm. Strange that Jeremy Hunt appears to be the adult in the room as he sipped from the poisoned chalice of Chancellorship. The fast-track leadership election will be a desperate attempt to save a Conservative Party on a ventilator. If Boris Johnson gains any traction they are doomed. As with Macbeth he is ‘…in blood/stepped in so far, that, should I wade no more/ returning wee as tedious as go o’er.’


3 Responses to “To be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus..”

  1. rocket1101 October 21, 2022 at 10:40 am #

    Spot on and one of your best imo – perhaps because of how timely it is and what a desperate state we’re. I’ll share as much as I can because, disenfranchised as we are from this tawdry affair, it’s all we can do. Keep up the good work, as Percy would have once said.

  2. Sue Barnard October 21, 2022 at 10:40 am #

    Great post Paul. Heaven help the UK if this doesn’t get sorted soon. Sue B

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