If one is going to go after sacred cows, one should really go after sacred cows. Most of the people in our society who get credit for "going after sacred cows" are just going after unfashionable ones. At least ones that are unfashionable in the circles they want to appeal to. We live in a world of iconodules posing as iconoclasts.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

Gordon Brown is accepting the inevitable in Britain. I wonder if I'll feel the same sympathy for BHO or Pelosi or Reid as I feel for Gordon Brown, when their time comes. I doubt it, because I'm too close to the mater while, howeverso much I admire and identify with Great Britain and wish it all the best and think neither GB nor Labour are good for it, really his situation is more tragic than anything else: A part of something, partly responsible, not apart from it, but none the less held nearly exclusively responsible for things everyone knew when he moved into No. 10 were almost bound to happen.
The real blame goes to Blair, but not for the reasons people dislike Blair, and neither is Blair entirely to blame for he two was and is part of a movement. But one he was more responsible for creating and leading than Brown is.

When Brown moved into the PM seat, pretty much everyone knew at the time that the sunlit days were over and the ship had entered stormy seas, and it would be very difficult for him to pilot Labour to another electoral success, given the difficulties that it was *already* *apparent* Britain was to face.

The fact that he's an unlovable man seems to have been at least as critical in the *dislike* people have for him as any responsibility he may have had as Chancellor (a job that, before the storm clouds appeared on the horizon just as he moved into the job he had always wanted, well until then all the opinion-leaders had praised him for how well he did. Sic Transit Gloria Mundi).

He didn't create the policies, though he surely supported and helped craft them. One man, even one Party, being held to account does not imply a solution if the institutions which are primarily responsible simply carry forward without being held accountable.

As that last link shows, these problems aren't just British in nature. We have them as well. Voting different politicians into office while these are not held accountable solves nothing.


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