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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