Elsewhere in these ramblings this chronicler has droned on about how for the past forty years, while technology has gone forward in leaps and bounds, our quality of life has gone down the DUMPER. Political correctness, rules, more rules, restrictions, cut-backs, crack-downs, etc.
While science has been busy improving our lives, all measures involving social issues have made our existence more difficult. For every technical step forward, there has been a societal step backwards.
So what can be done? Well, don’t look to The Man At The Top to fix it.
The problem with being a National Leader is that it is far easier to f*** UP a country than it is to UNf*** it. And the reason is “executive power”.
Obviously, it is impossible to protect a country from an imminent THREAT, if its Number One has to push a motion through “due process”. By the time the pen-pushers have authorised your use of the military – the Other Side will already have them confined to barracks.
Thus, when The Monkey said, “Let’s bomb Iraq!” – America got dragged into another Vietnam. But when Barack Obama says, “Let’s have a National Health Service!” – he has to get the initiative past hundreds of hostile Senators and Representatives.
Hell, Obama is a smoker – but when he wants a puff, he has to go out into the GARDEN, like a naughty schoolboy. (If THIS reporter was in his shoes, he would put them up on his desk and light up in the OVAL OFFICE – and if anyone gave him grief, he would remind them that he is The Most Powerful Man On The Planet and if he wants a fag, he will goddamn well HAVE one!)
And it is no better in the U.K. While, unlike in America, the Prime Minister of Britain is at least guaranteed a MAJORITY in the Lower House – he still has to sell the Queen, the Upper House, appease his Back-Benchers (senior MPs who are not so easily bullied by the “Whips”) and convince his (theoretically) non-political Ministers.
And NEITHER Premier can make their desires a reality unless they can ALSO persuade various people at regional and local levels to comply (Governors, Councillors and the like) – particularly out in the sticks.
At least in the realm of Washington and Whitehall, The Elected Supremo can use SOME clout – “When you have ’em by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow” – but provincial politicians have their own LOCAL agendas and are rarely impressed by the aspirations of their national Lords and Masters.
All of which is why measures that F*** UP our lives are constantly coming down the pike – while measures to IMPROVE them are seemingly IMPOSSIBLE to implement. Discuss…