“The society which has abolished every kind of adventure makes its own abolition the only possible adventure.” Paris, May 1968


Friday, 26 March 2010

Hoon gets it wrong. Caught with fingers in tuck shop till.

So Geoff Hoon "got it wrong" the implication being that his blatant attempts to use public office in order to feather his own nest is just "a mistake" and on a par with the rest of us getting a crossword answer wrong or making a massive bollocks of decorating the spare room. To get wrong. To do wrong. Are they the same thing? Discuss.
There will always be corruption as long as we have the kind of political and social structure that makes it possible. I'm a bit long in the tooth to have many illusions about politicians but surely there used to be some idea of public service. Most sickening of all are those Hoon apologists who suggest that it is only natural for him to be considering his post-political career. It's all part of the middle class obsession with career, aspiration, to have - rather than to do. Family success rather than social well being. Given this kind of outlook it is indeed "natural" to be sending young men to their deaths in Afghanistan in the morning and using your position to line your own pockets in the afternoon. According to this view of the world, Hoon and his ilk only get it wrong by getting found out.

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