Hazel Blears delivered a speech today in which she criticised political bloggers for being one of the causes of political cynicism in this country. Blears berated said bloggers for “unearthing scandals, conspiracies and perceived hypocrisy” and of being written by “people with disdain for the political system and politicians”.
One wonders whether she would be making such claims if there were more left wing blogs… In her speech she managed to particularly annoy Guido Fawkes who she described as a, “pernicious nihilist.” I can’t help but feel that whilst Guido isn’t the most positive blogger, it is muppets such as Recess Monkey or Guido Fawkes 2.0 she should be focussing on. Whilst sorting out Labour’s pathetic spin-based politics might also galvanise a few people back into the political world.
She did however raise an interesting, if obvious, point about the political class; namely that there are too many career politicians in the House of Commons these days. (A dig at Mr. Milliband, Mr. Burham and Mr. Purnell perhaps?) I never thought I would say this, but I agree with Hazel Blears. So many people are now simply entering into politics for the prestige rather than the belief that they are going to make a real difference.
In a speech to the Young Britons’ Foundation two weeks ago, John Whittingdale MP re-iterated this point and I hope that all people in this society feel the same way. Whilst I have no problem with the occassional young person going into Parliament – Hesseltine and Ken Clarke being the sort who have got away with it – we need far more people to get some real life experience under their belt before charging into the commons. How else are the members of the commons to really know the intricacies of business, the tribulations of an average family life or the real troubles of teaching? It is easy enough to see problems in society but to know how to fix them one must know the deeper causes of them. Perhaps this is why, after 11 years and career politicians coming out of their ears, New Labour has failed to achieve a positive lasting impact on Britain. Just remember that Mrs. Blears.