We know it, they know it and they know we know it

We all make mistakes. No one is infallible, no, not even Pope Frank, although he has at least in recent years admitted to the Catholic church’s appalling failings regarding child sex abuse by priests.

Next to the God squad, politicians for as long as governments have existed, have been amongst the worst culprits for not owning up to their errors, preferring to argue that the sky is green rather than publicly accepting they were wrong and actually taking the steps to fix it.

The weaponising of the U-turn has turned what should be the automatic, common sense course of action to correct a cock up into something so terrifying that they would rather stay on the wrong course than appear weak.

Correcting something for the greater good is not a weakness, it’s a sign of true leadership which is why you will never see Donald Trump doing it. We know he’s at best an imbecile and at worst a liar and he must know we know, yet he will continue it brazen it out

Of course, some mistakes are so bad that no amount of changing tack or even an unheard of apology is going to put things right.

Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education may have done the unthinkable last week in using the S-word for the exams fiasco which has caused such anguish to students across the country.

But he was warned by advisors that the magic ‘algorithm’ wasn’t reliable and still went ahead anyway so sorry just doesn’t cover it.

This was incompetence on a grand scale which could have been avoided had he listened to people with far more knowledge of the subject that him.

It was born out of hubris and by the time the apology finally came the damage had been done.

How anyone can still be in their job after such an appalling lack of judgement would be unfathomable in any other profession.

One has to wonder when he realised his mistake and how much the fear of being seen to do a U-turn delayed matters further.

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How long do you think it will be before a couple of Russian agents are explaining on camera how much they enjoy visiting the historic landmarks of Omsk?

The poisoning of Russian opposition activist Alexey Navalny with the novichok nerve agent has the Kremlin’s signature written all over it. We know that, they know that and they know we know yet still they, like any other government with the possible exception of Jacinda’s mob, will look us straight in the eye and argue there is no evidence of wrongdoing.

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People are being played for fools. Mistakes are denied to our faces because we’re not considered smart enough for governments to bother with complicated cover ups anymore. All they have to do is deny everything.

Conspiracies are in plain sight and all that’s needed is a distraction to keep us preoccupied. It’s the equivalent of the dog in the cartoon Up stopping mid sentence because he’s seen a squirrel. We know it, they know it and they know we know it yet as long as we are kept busy worrying about protecting our loved ones, our jobs and the roof over our heads, or in the case of the really dense amongst us, sitting on a beach in the Agean or Mediterranean sunshine, we’ll continue to let them get away with it.

We didn’t take our eyes off the ball, we were never looking at it in the first place.

Stupid TV quiz answers of the week

The Chase – Q: The most northerly town in the UK is in which country?

A: Lancaster?

Rolling In It; the latest Saturday evening fayre for thickos – Q: Vermillion is a shade of which primary colour?

A: Green?

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Edward Case

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