Wherever these latest tales of corruption involving the British political parties may go, can we all please try to avoid falling for the old ‘one-off’ scam in which each successive incident is portrayed as a unique, isolated, exceptional development. There will be efforts to divorce the nascent ‘dark money’ scandal from all the other scandals that litter the history of the British political system. From recent examples such as Cambridge Analytica and Jeremy Hunt’s property dealings through innumerable expenses scandals to Cash for Access, Cash for Influence, Cash for Honours, more dodgy property dealings, more expenses scandals and countless other instances of ‘irregularities’ relating to party donations – the story of British politics is a story of avarice, venality and immorality. And that’s only going back a decade or so.
As related by the British media, each of these scandals is a ‘one-off’. It’s the same with the serial failures of the capitalist system. Each such failure is carefully compartmentalised. All links between and among the accounts are severed or, at least, blurred into invisibility. The public must not be allowed to discern a pattern. They must be prevented from recognising the continuum of corruption. They must not be permitted to see systemic corruption; only a few ‘bad apples’ and the odd ‘exceptional occurrence’.
Let’s not be fooled any more. Let’s recognise that the British political system is rotten to the core. Let’s accept that the only way to make a better politics is to make a fresh start. And the best way to do that is to #DissolveTheUnion.
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