yes ministerAn old friend used to say that politicians were the only people on earth who needed to conduct an official and expensive enquiry to discover that there was corruption in horse racing.

Unfortunately my old friend ‘Buster’ is no longer around, but he would be quoting himself hoarse with all the political enquiries, commissions and studies that are happening at present into the ‘bleedingly’ obvious.

Another quote, from Sir Humphrey of Yes Prime Minister – “Never set up an enquiry unless you know in advance what its findings will be,” sums the situation as well today as it did 30 years ago.

With the current ‘Phone Hacking’ fiasco in the UK, the British Government will surely spend a disgustingly huge amount of money just to find out that the Murdoch empire are indeed not such nice guys after all. Well, probably not too damning as the politicians will still need Murdoch and his family to help them get re-elected again in a few years time.

Then in the US, oh dear me. How much money and time needs to be spent on discovering that there’s no money left in the coffers? Only politicians could decide to spend more money to find out that they have no money. On the plus side though, US politicians are slowly coming to understand that wars are expensive hobbies, so there may be a silver lining on the black debt cloud at the end of the day.

Here in Switzerland we have a slightly different approach to the enquiry business. Our government don’t waste a lot of money on having their own enquiries. No, they spend an awful lot of money on advertising and propaganda and then letting us all vote on issues of the day. Same result I suppose. Money down the drain to come to the surprising conclusion that there is corruption in horse racing.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Let’s Have An Enquiry
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3 thoughts on “Let’s Have An Enquiry

  • 19/07/2011 at 4:27 pm
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    I heard a bloke say years ago that the only good politician is the one driving the bus full of his fellow politicians over the cliff.

    While Murdock sacrifices his lieutenants and the UK’s two most senior police fall on their swords, as sure as god made little green apples, no politician personally involved with Murdock will do the decent thing Derek.

    There are far worse people in politics than business. My old man used to say that the only reason anyone went into politics was because they were totally unemployable.

    :)

  • 19/07/2011 at 6:26 pm
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    Try beating us Indians in corruption. We’ve got the Commonwealth Games scam, the 2G spectrum scam. Years ago we had the Stamp Paper scam and yeah. Fodder Scam too. Go ahead. Beat ‘Fodder scam’ if you can! Lol :) Trust me. No country can beat India in this field. In fact you can’t get driving licence without ‘greasing some palms’. The only difference? Nobody cares. We’ve made it a part of our life :(

  • 20/07/2011 at 2:46 am
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    Derek, couldn’t have said it better. You’ve just about summed up the whole scam called ‘politics’ in a couple of paragraphs. Classic!

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