Why Aren’t There More Rewards for Being Right?

A Conservative friend of mine has a favorite exasperated phrase for our political class: “There just aren’t enough bullets.” He doesn’t mean it literally. Like me – more or less – he’s a peace and love kind of guy. What he’s expressing is frustration that the fools in power who make mistakes which impact on all our lives never seem to pay any real price for messing things up.

In this week’s UK Spectator, political journalist Peter Oborne gives a good example of this. He names the Guilty Men who, not so long ago, were urging Britain to scrap the pound and adopt the Euro as its currency. Hindsight tells us with absolute clarity that this would have been a disaster. But there were many of us who knew that perfectly well at the time – and often said so.

And how were we treated? As completely lunatics, that’s how. We were called “swivel-eyed” and “Little Englanders”. We were dismissed as reactionary eccentrics completely out of touch with the real world, that’s how.

Here’s just one example, taken from the Observer columnist Andrew Rawnsley’s column on 31 January 1999: ‘On the pro-euro side, a grand coalition of business, the unions and the substantial, sane, front rank political figures. On the other side, a menagerie of has-beens, never-have-beens and loony tunes.’ Most of Mr Rawnsley’s ‘substantial, sane, front-rank political figures’ came together 12 years ago at the launch of the Britain in Europe campaign to take us into the euro — Tony Blair, Peter Mandelson, Michael Heseltine, Ken Clarke, Charles Kennedy, Danny Alexander.

Guilty Men takes its name from a pamphlet published in 1940, naming the myriad Establishment figures who’d pursued a policy of Appeasement with Hitler. Needless to say, those who wanted to stand up to him – and who warned that war was inescapable, in much the same way an apocalyptic collapse in Europe is now – were of course treated “those in the know” as dangerous loons. Foremost among those dangerous loons was Winston Churchill.

Today we see exactly the same thing going on with Climate Change.

As someone who has been on the right side of these arguments (I’m sure you can all suggest plenty of US examples of similar instances) I hope I don’t sound too peevish when I ask: “Where’s my reward? How come the bad, wrong guys always get away with it – and the good guys get nothing more than the satisfaction of being right?”

Sure being right is nice. But I do wish you could monetize it.

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3 thoughts on “Why aren’t there more rewards for being right?”

  1. Bernie says:27th September 2011 at 9:09 pmDon’t call the fools in power fools. What about that genius Gordon Brown who as Chancellor of the Exchequer sold off half of England’s gold supply at $275 the ounce. How do you like that for forward vision?
  2. Nige Cook says:29th September 2011 at 8:23 pmWatch Brown refuse to admit to making an error by selling gold at rock bottom price: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDm8zGwcdZ4He claims it’s the Conservatives fault he made a loss by selling off that gold, because the Conservatives were selling off assets, and he just “diversified into gold”.

    This kind of obfuscating dishonesty is what you get all the time at the lower levels of society, such as the rock bottom state comprehensives and universities. Nobody every makes a mistake. They’re all educated enough to be able to come up with some convoluted excuse or explanation that allows them to fail to learn from their error. Would he have felt differently if it had been his own personal money he flushed down the lavatory? :)

  3. John Fourie says:20th October 2011 at 11:14 pmJust came to your website to say that you are the lowest form of life. Lying and over exaggerating without even understanding the basics. Dont read anything this man says people he only wants you to go to his website to get some click, he is what we call an internet troll and does not deserve a second of your time. Please die so that the world can be a better place.

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