There’s a sad story in the Guardian about how desperate Daniel Kawczynski whore himself to court money and a part time job in exchange for political support.
A clear case of someone trading our democracy for money from no less than the Saudis! You can guess that he’s a Tory. You can read the story here in the Guardian. It’s quite a side hustle if you can pull it off – really leveraging what you have got to get rich!
Even better, his response was along the lines of “I’ve done nothing wrong, followed every rule to the letter, this is how you do this type of thing, I should be praised for my hard work in lining my own pockets – and I didn’t manage to secure any work from desert dictators, so there!”
A long time ago in history class, GFF was told that the Houses of Parliament were stuffed full of landed gentry types who’d never done a days work in generations since their ancestors were mates with William the Conqueror. They had their Life Peerages, Rotten Boroughs and to all intents and purposes, the political system of the UK was set up for their explicit benefit. Progress & reform were slow and hard.
Back then, even getting the vote was difficult and even now, Universal Suffrage isn’t with us (as any non-UK citizen found out during the Brexit vote).
The Lords and MPs were above the riff-raff and got their positions of power from their position of wealth. Not a great system bit it was the British way.
How Times Have Changed
This story about Mr. Kawczynski highlights a big problem for UK politics. Instead of our politicians somehow being above money, they instead get into the business just for the scrounging sycophancy and back scratching sleaze that politics can bring. Whether it’s a career of egregious breaching of lobbying rules or offering mates backhander deals whereby they’ll win lucrative government contracts – it’s a slippery slope.
In Mr Kawcyznski’s case, he wanted the money to pay for private school fees for his kids – I suppose like many people he felt that this was a good thing and all he’d have to do to get it was prostitute himself to a sheikh or two. Much like a prostitute he’d have his pimp (or fixer), charge by the hour and if he was lucky he’d be trafficked around the Gulf and ideally he’d find a company that really loved him and would put him on a monthly stipend with only the occasional MP experience to do.
I didn’t know much about Daniel before this news came up. But he does seem focused on getting a job in Business.Development Sales and Marketing with anybody who has money and wants to buy an MP’s influence.
He’s done well so far from his “consulting” where he’s made over £250,000 from one company. That’s great work (if you can get it) but I had a quick look at his Wikipedia page and his own website and it says he worked for 10 years in telecoms as an account man. I’ve met account men and I can tell that there’s something off with him. He’s been an MP for 16 years and in that time he’s probably spent more time looking out for himself than he has for the people of Shrewsbury and Atcham. Now, he’s maybe sensed that it’s time to move on to bigger and better things – maybe if he plays his cards right he’ll end up in MBS’s harem of British eunuch’s?
A Rare Exception?
Sadly, I think not. I suspect that many MPs are on the take and they see their job as mollifying their constituents whilst searching for teets to suckle from. After all, can you imagine any constituent contacting Daniel about something and him saying this:
“You want to discuss local issues?? What time are you free in morning to discuss please?” then calling his secretary to book a table for dinner in the MPs’ private dining room in the House of Commons, saying he would take the concerned voter on a tour of parliament and “into the chamber to watch debate”.
This gives you an idea of his character and what is lacking.
Out of Touch with Reality?
When in the past the rich ruled for their own benefit, that was bad. Now we have a situation where those on the make or take are ruling for their own benefit and can be easily bought off. Cash for access or cash for questions or simply “we’ll pay you money and you put in a good word for us and we’ll make money” and the good old “after the election there’s a seat on the board with your name on it”.
No wonder people think that politics stink, that Boris Johnson oversees a culture of sleaze and corruption and politicians pay more attention to those that keep them in comfort than the voters who keep them in power.
Unfortunately, so long as we have 3 word slogans to numb us into voting Tory again and again, nothing will change. And even worse, like the old joke goes “it doesn’ matter who you vote for, the government always get in”.