Wise men say, and not without reason, that whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past, for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who have been, and ever will be, animated by the same passions, and thus they must necessarily have the same result.
It amazes me how soon politicians forget Machiavelli’s “oh, so true” philosophical statement above! And, how often they make the same mistakes as other politicians in the past.
Personally I am glad Blunkett’s resigned. Not because of what he has done as I secretly believe that although his “crime” is considered heinous amongst his peers, helping someone you love – at the time – providing that, in the order of things, it doesn’t amount to too much, isn’t as bad as some of the things politicians do. If Blunkett has to resign for doing what he has done, what should all the politicians who have sold our children’s inheritance to faceless bureaucrats in Brusssels do? Be shot at the Tower of London for treason? As an aside, it is interesting that Blair repealed that statutory death sentence as soon as he came to power!
It is not because he is Labour – from a government who squeeze the pips out of individuals and small companies by hidden taxes which deplete our standard of living and take us to war without a well thought out plan to fight the peace afterwards.
It is because of his using the excuse of 9/11 to bring in ID cards, something totally un-British, through the back door, in the guise of protecting us from terrorists!. Especially when, if the USA had ID cards, it wouldn’t have affected the terrorists who were involved with 9/11 in the slightest. They were all over there in a legal capacity and would have been issued documentation by the American authorities.
Machiavelli, in his statement, was referring to the longer term past history of countries but when Blunkett reflects in his woe, he will come to learn that perhaps Machiavelli’s statement can refer to the shorter term past history as well.