Monday, May 22, 2006

Breach Of Trust

The UK is the founding High Trust society, and a survey today shows Brits no longer trust their political parties or the EU. Besides confirming Brit's good sense, this tells us that they're getting ready to throw the bums out.

The highlights of the survey are:

Five Least Trusted Groups

The number is % of Brits trusting the group:

(Real) Estate Agents (11%)
Tabloid Journalists (12%)
Senior EU Officials (16%)
Leading Opposition Tory Pols (19%)
Labour Government Ministers (20%)

Five Groups Losing The Most Trust Since 2003

The bolded number is the % change of Brit trust in the group since 2003

Senior EU Officials (went from 35% trust to 16%, a loss of 54%)

Managers In NHS Hospitals (went from 36% to 24%, a loss of 33%)
Estate Agents (went from 16% to 11%, a loss of 31%)
Leading Lib Dem Pols (went from 36% to 25%, a loss of 31%)
Senior Police Officers (went from 72% to 52%, a loss of 28%)

I'm guessing the collapse of trust in two big parties is caused by their soliciting hidden payments from big donors, and in the case of Labour, offering Lordships in return. Here was how Blair’s Labour did it (my ellipsis):
(Police) are concentrating their inquiries on the £14 million of secret loans obtained by Labour last year.

Of those who agreed to lend the party money, four were subsequently nominated by Mr. Blair for a peerage... All their nominations were later blocked by the appointments commission.

(The) Labour chairman...was asked while he was in hospital between two life-threatening bouts of heart surgery to sign certificates stating that Labour's nominees had no hidden financial links to the party.

He signed the forms - only to discover later that all four had loaned Labour money.
The opposition Tories used the same system of loans to hide contributors, although as far as I know did not give peerages in return.

Very yucky.

The EU Commission has lost Brit respect by refusing to accept voters' rejection of the EU Constitution – Brits are great believers in following democratic rules.

On past performance the next election is due by end 2009. That’s probably too fast for a new party to get established, so expect very low voter turnout, unstable coalition government, and then – with luck – a new broom government by 2012.