Corrupt politicians are common characters in satire and story-telling and have been since the first governing administrations millennia ago. Orators and writers take their inspiration from how politics operates. Corruption is depicted as resultant from financial greed, limitless ego, and desire to impress. Most compositions provide tendential back stories for their characters that explain the necessity of and describe the development of their venality by showing it grows from psychological preferences or is inculcated in upbringing and schooling. Satiation of the venality is presented as inevitable.
Apart from a misplaced popular indulgence of writers to rehabilitate and reform their nefarious characters, story-tellers’ accounts of corrupted politicians are true reflections of behaviour of governing administrations.
Current governance in Westminster is criticised by opponents as having some politicians who are corrupted. Such criticisms are very mild. Behaviour of government and politicians in UK is far beyond corruption.
The sole purpose of conservative politicians is to use parliament, government or councils as tools to direct flow of money to politician’s paymasters who are previous, current or future. Working for financial gain (for selves, family, friends, business associates and the wider exploitation community), paid in advance of, during and after political career and against interests of British public, is the whole unvarying modus operandi of every conservative politician. Actions to assist a politician’s employers can be specific to one person or business, beneficent to an industry or in favour of wealthy people generally. It is not a side-hustle or an occasional deviation. It is why they are in parliament, mayor’s office or town hall.
The paragraph above describes conservative politicians in any epoch but the Tory government elected in 2019 enacts corruption as a profession.
Tory MPs arrive at parliament after elections as employees of beneficiaries of future Tory policy. Selection of candidates for winnable parliamentary seats is from a pool of think-tankers, graduates of courses that teach how to focus on ensuring distribution of wealth to the wealthiest and how to present that as mendaciously as possible, holders of senior executive positions at huge international businesses, and some very wealthy people.
As the occupation of conservative politicians is to ensure wealth is transferred from the public to the politicians’ employers, criticisms of politicians’ “second jobs” misdirect focus. Their “second jobs” are their jobs.
Every conservative politician is paid to act against democracy. Every corporate plant in a governing administration acts in the interests of its industry. There is no separation of think-tanks and MPs: Think-tankers become MPs (or peers); MPs and peers found think-tanks, write papers and give speeches for them and sit on their advisory boards.
Potential future conservative politicians are identified, or identify themselves, by what they are willing and able to do to perpetuate flow of wealth from the people to the wealthiest. The skillset of each contains
- Utter disdain for democracy
- Relentless commitment to falsehoods, deception, obfuscation and evasion
- Direct connections with corporate world
- Affiliations with right-wing think-tanks
- Eagerness to use racism and other prejudices as tools
- Erasure of awareness of humanity
- Perception of staying within the law as an option not an obligation
Some conservative MPs are adept at recognising decisions and policies that assist wealth concentration (for example, Rishi Sunak, Steve Barclay) and others are adept at using distraction techniques to divert attention and to shift blame (Suella Braverman, Michael Gove) but all enjoy the capability to lie persistently, shamelessly and aggressively.
All of them know what their shared objective is. All know that direction of flow of money must always be from the people to the wealthiest. All know that presentation of their actions must hide intent and hide mechanics of the work they are doing. All know there must be constant distractions, truth-twisting, blame-shifting and creations of faux enemies.
If politicians, activists, political organisations, trades’ unions, charities, lobby groups or individuals defend themselves and others from conservative criminality then conservatives describe them as enemies of the people.
To describe the current Tory government’s MPs as “corrupted” is to suggest that at some point in time of their political career they were pre-corrupted. That is not the case. When they arrived in parliament for the first time they were employees of exploiters. They were not corrupted after becoming MPs. They were educated, trained and prepared prior to being an MP.
We don’t have a government.
Will Black for Medium: This Stench of Tory Corruption Must NEVER Be Forgotten
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