The banality of evil

One needs to be a little bit careful, methinks, to take a story such as this:

‘Heartless’ council threaten to take Violet, 100, to court on Christmas Eve over £9,000 nursing home fees 

… at face value. As one reader said, this sounds fishy as there are mechanisms for the aged, even in our increasingly heartless society.  With all that offspring, grandchildren etc., where are they?  Why aren’t they chipping in to save her?  It also sounds as if someone signed something and now comes the comeback.

Having said all that, we’ve seen it is not beyond councils and utilities companies to demand the last pound of flesh at heartless moments, e.g. just before Christmas.

I’ve two comments.  Firstly, there is a new element in councils these days, seen first with the “wheelie-bin crime” and prosecuting an old lady for planting flowers in a garden bed at a road junction and this new element is called Common Purpose.  Cressida Dick, Julia Middleton.  Cold, heartless people going by what they calculate is the letter of the law.

The second thing is that this is a form of evil.  You remember Hannah Arendt’s comment about the banality of evil – well this is it.  Not pantomime evil, with the monster in a black cape with red lining, carrying a pitchfork but the faceless bureaucrats of Terry Gilliam’s Brazil.  Nothing personal in this but you’re about to be tortured to death.

To me, this is true evil – people hiding behind their keyboards in an office and snuffing a person’s life out over threepence halfpenny.  And it’s not even dealing with a person, a human being.  It’s dealing with a roll number with a human name – she hasn’t paid, take her to caught.  Type in the details, press Enter and there’s the demand sent out, along with the hundreds of other demands as council attempts to get in maximum cash just before the Christmas sign-off.

The question, to me, was just who chose the days leading up to Christmas as a good time to extort something out of people?  Sure they have to pay for what they use by why demand it right now, in his week before Christmas?  Could it be that Christmas is an irrelevance to a computer and to Them above?

8 comments for “The banality of evil

  1. Brightside Bob
    December 21, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    The Unholy Trinity: Cressida Dick, Julia Middleton and Joyce Thacker.
    Tut tut James, in Public Sector Land, it isn’t Christmas it’s Winterval.

  2. Flyinthesky
    December 21, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    You pay and pay all your life and then some more for inferred security, then you find out, near the end of it, there isn’t any.

    • December 23, 2014 at 7:26 am

      Because it was a Ponzi scheme all along…

  3. Errol
    December 21, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    It is ironic that the system simply does not work. It provides a shelter for the coward, the venal and the despotic.

    When you speak to a bank after a relative dies, for example, taking all record of the passwords with them and they won’t talk to you at all, ignoring your problem or the simple reality, simply stating they must talk to the account holder.

    Then there’s if you die in an accident and the insurance company doesn’t want to pay out a penny, doing everything it can to avoid any cost to itself, but happy to soak up the premiums. Heart attack in the bathroom? Oh, no. We are sorry for your loss but that’s not covered. Could have fallen on water so that’s not in the policy… Then they wait months for toxicology, hoping against hope to find failure there. Someone sat at a computer happily waiting for a report to come back from a functionary who doesn’t work Wednesdays.

    Then there’s just big government. Sat there, obese and farting on your doorstep, not moving but happy to shit in your house, taking your property because it’s for the’cheeldren’ despite 11 of those ‘cheeldren’ taking home over £100,000 of tax payers money. You notice how fewer councils now respond to freedom of information requests for the TPA Townhall rich list article?

    It shouldn’t be a question of refusing to respond, we shouldn’t evven have ot ask how much *our staff* are being paid. We should know. Their every cost and expense published and signed of by a majority of the electorate through a simple web form.

    The power has been taken from us and we must take it back.

  4. Viscount Rectum
    December 21, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Common Purpose is a NORTH KOREAN style operation posing as a charity totally subversive, it is a social cancer.

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  6. Furor Teutonicus
    December 23, 2014 at 5:38 am

    If I was 100 and got this, I would tell them to fuck right off, and see what happened.

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