The Infantilising of Politics

In the grown up world, two people may have an altercation. There will be harsh words exchanged. Later, when cooler heads prevail, one or both may well apologise for their intemperate behaviour and that is the end of it.

Not in today’s politics.

The Police Federation and Labour both want an inquiry, while some Lib Dems were unimpressed by the statement.

Okay, so anyone who has read my witterings here and at my own place will be aware that I hold no torch for politicians –  hang the lot and I won’t shed a tear –  but for fucking fuckitty fuck’s sake already; Andrew Mitchell may be an arrogant arsehole, but he has apologised. Any grown adult would accept that as this was no more than a minor altercation, that should have been the end of it days ago. But here we are still going on, and on, and on about it. And some lackwits want a fucking inquiry? As if we have the money to waste –  oh, yeah as it’s our money they are perfectly happy to waste it as there’s always more where that came from. Silly me.

Jeebus! Look, two people had an argument. Who gives a flying fig who was right and who was wrong? It was a non–incident. There are important things going on in the world. This isn’t one of them, yet the media is making a meal of it, political parties are trying to make capital out of it yet at the bottom of it all, someone called someone else a silly name and may or may not have used naughty cuss words.

FFS, grow up, people.

20 comments for “The Infantilising of Politics

  1. Derek
    September 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    We do not of course know what the policeman said to the MP, or why he stopped him from riding his bicycle into Downing St. Until the MSM ask these questions, it is obvious that they are playing party politics.

    • September 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Ultimately, none of it really matters. Even if the policeman was officious (what, really?) it’s all a storm in a teacup.

      • September 24, 2012 at 6:17 pm

        And meanwhile, as all media eyes are on the Chief Whip who might have spoken disparagingly to a policeman, no eyes are cast towards a lesser Tory who has actually been arrested!

        • David A. Evans
          September 26, 2012 at 10:31 pm

          Well I was actually arrested!

          Who’s to say it wasn’t a malicious complaint? I was never even charged but they’ve got all the DNA, prints & mugshots they want.

          You can’t have any bias in this. He may be a vicious bastard. on the other hand, he may be innocent.

          If he’s innocent, I wish him well, otherwise, may he rot in Hell.

          EDIT:Seems to me as if you & Mrs. Angry want him presumed guilty before he’s even charged!


  2. ReefKnot
    September 24, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Agreed. This is all media hype and just goes to show how cretinous our media has become. All that matters is whether Mitchell is any good at his job.

  3. September 24, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Yes, well. Just you try using such language to a police officer and see what will happen….. Send us a blog from the slammer. Actually, the whole thing is a very jolly piece of pantomime and I hope it goes on for a bit longer. Beats the heck out of the media coverage of the LibDem thing and those to come!

  4. plod peddle pleb
    September 24, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    even more boring than royal tits. šŸ˜ˆ

  5. September 24, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    but he has apologised

    So, I believe, did John Terry, for any offence which may have resulted from his misunderstood words. Since the complaint from an ‘off-duty police person who saw it on telly’ was enough to raise a police investigation and a CPS prosecution, dragging the man through court for months, endangering his career and leaving him subject to a second professional association hearing which should have been allowed to deal with the matter in the first place, my question to the panel is:

    If it’s good enough a footballer, why isn’t it good enough for a cabinet minister.

    Then again, if it’s good enough for a twitter twat, then it’s good enough for a cabinet minister. If it’s good enough for a shouty woman on tube….you get the pattern.

    I want to see a full investigation and I expect to see the CPS bring a charge of something or other, because that’s the way to make sure they either apply the rules consistently or stop applying them in situations which were never the intended target of the legislation.

    • Peter Whale
      September 24, 2012 at 7:10 pm


    • September 24, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      None of these should have resulted in prosecutions – and Mitchell’s fracas should equally be a non-event.

      My irritation is more with the media feeding frenzy over something that doesn’t matter. Their behaviour and that of those making political capital belongs firmly in the school playground.

      • September 24, 2012 at 11:12 pm

        I agree that none of them should have resulted in prosecution. I just want the same law for them and us. To the extent that it shows the government thinking that the law is for little people, not them, there could hardly be a more important subject for the press to become frenzied over.

        • September 25, 2012 at 5:39 am

          Hear hear!

        • September 25, 2012 at 5:39 pm

          And the likelihood of them joining the dots is?

  6. John
    September 24, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    I don’t care that they want to set up an enquiry. What I do care about is that it will be paid for with my money.

    If Yvette Cooper wants an enquiry she should get her own fucking money out and pay for it. We’re supposed to be living in a time of austerity and yet these cretins still party like it’s 1999 – using my taxes.

    Drowning is too good for them. You’d think they would have learned something out of the expenses scandal wouldn’t you?

  7. Den
    September 25, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Either two or more police officers are liars or a Chief Whip is a liar. In either case it is illustrative of the country’s problems that this is not noteworthy.

  8. Greg Tingey
    September 25, 2012 at 8:01 am

    It is all bollocks – but the PLOD are driving this – they sense an opportunity.

    Mitchell, by his actions, has merely pointed out what the rest of us have to suffer under.
    The supposedly-Peelite “police” have become our masters, ordering us around in fits of arrogance, jobsworthiness, and petty spite.
    This was especially obvious during the fascism, oops, olympics.
    Now, they are moving in on the politicans, as well as the rest of us mere plebians.

    MetPlod need a sharp reminder of who is actually supposed to be in charge!

  9. September 25, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Interesting your take and MW’s in the cartoon. šŸ˜‰

  10. Tatty
    September 25, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Concentration on the word “pleb” is a laughably transparent attempt at political point scoring with “toff” tories and they don’t give a shit about the policeman concerned here.

    I seem to remember a judge somewhere saying swearing at policemen was ok and there was none of this fuss from labour or the lib dems then.

    It’s all very boring and predictably hypocritical twaddle. šŸ™„

  11. Maaarrghk!
    September 26, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Perhaps just another way of burying bad news.

    Hey! Don’t look over there! Look over here!

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