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Do politicians have the right to privacy?

16 August 2013, 09:30

Let me tell you something about politicians: they like to claim their right to privacy every time they want to hide something that could damage their standing and force them to step down.

Privacy, I need my privacy, I’m entitled to my privacy, you hear these hypocrites scream the moment they get caught with their pants down or their skirts up, or found out to be seriously devoted to alcohol or some powdered substances, or revealed to be spending too much time enjoying the trappings of high office and accepting brown envelopes with cash. All of a sudden we are all told by these weasels that they need to enjoy their privacy just like everyone else. Even though everyone else does not get paid from the public purse.

Politicians like to insist that what happens in their private lives has no impact on what they do in office. You know, like saying: OK, so I hang out with hookers and do drugs, but what’s that got to do with me carrying out my duties as minister for children? Or: Sure, I abuse my position and suck up to filthy rich lowlifes, but deep inside I’m a religious person and care for others. Or: Yes, I fiddle my expenses and allowances, but it’s only because I’m not getting paid properly for my hard work. Or: Yes, I did help my close friends and associates make loads of money on government contracts, but I see nothing wrong with it as they are all good decent people and are doing a great job. Or: OK, I’m corrupt as hell, but I’m striving to become better.

Here’s the deal, people: elected politicians have no right to any privacy, none at all. They should lose it the moment they enter politics and start existing on taxpayers’ money. They can have their privacy back once they retire, if they are lucky enough not to be caught committing something illegal, but not before. The voters need to know every tiny detail about their miserable lives, both past and present: did they drink too much or use drugs, did they cheat at school or at university, did they marry for money, were they known for some perverse practices, like touching hedgehogs’ privates, and were they ever prosecuted and found guilty of any crimes?

The taxpayers, who pay politicians their salaries, have the right to be kept in the picture. And they need to know what these creeps are up once they get elected – in detail. How much time do they actually spend on their direct responsibilities and are they getting too chummy with undesirable people like bankers, big businessmen, property developers and so on? Voters need to know how their elected representatives treat their families and whether they show too much interest in the opposite sex or the same sex. Are they drinking too much, are they healthy mentally, do they have serious disabilities that hamper their work? (And screw the disabled lobby because the taxpayers are paying for these shits.) And people need to know what politicians’ next of kin are up to and whether they are not using their position of spouses or children of elected ‘servants of the nation’ to make their life that much better. And voters must know what friend’s politicians keep and whether they are not connected to the mob nor have large stakes in companies that get juicy government contracts.

In other words, voters need to know the whole bloody lot. And journalists must monitor elected politicians, night and day, and investigate them and not believe a word they say. Not one bloody word! That’s what the press is there for. It should not be getting chummy with politicians. It should be a dog and the lamp post situation, hacks pissing on politicians, in a metaphorical sense but with all the nasty implications.

In other words, voters need to know the whole bloody lot. And journalists must monitor elected politicians, night and day, and investigate them and not believe a word they say. Not one bloody word! That’s what the press is there for. It should not be getting chummy with politicians. It should be a dog and the lamp post situation, hacks pissing on politicians, in a metaphorical sense but with all the nasty implications.And only then can voters sleep peacefully, well, sort of peacefully, in the knowledge that they’ve got our elected politicians covered. And to hell with their privacy. They knew what they were getting into when they entered politics.


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