Saturday, 4 November 2017

Parliament: Misconduct and a Spreadsheet


One of the many problems with that spreadsheet  is that it trashes the distinction between real harm and imaginary offence. From the standpoint of any head of personnel, misconduct in the workplace is one thing and private activities which, if found out, excite prurient imagination and salacious gossip is something else. The spreadsheeter is having none of such liberal or secular distinctions and has used a format which suggests moral equivalence between very different things. In this they mimic both religious extremism and populist resentment and I guess that is a large part of the explanation for the spreadsheeter's current success. We live in a world of  zeal and grievance. 

I would prefer to see the government fall because its policies and incompetence are threats to the country's future, but I suppose that is too much to hope for.