Child’s view of politics

I got sent this today and though it worth sharing.

A little boy goes to his dad and asks, ‘What is Politics?’

Dad says, ‘Well son, let me try to explain it this way:

I am the head of the family, so call me The Prime Minister..

Your mother is the administrator of the money, so we call her the Government

We are here to take care of your needs, so we will call you the People. The nanny, we will consider her the Working Class.

And your baby brother, we will call him the Future.

Now think about that and see if it makes sense.’

So the little boy goes off to bed thinking about what Dad has said.

Later that night, he hears his baby brother crying, so he gets up to check on him.

He finds that the baby has severely soiled his nappy.

So the little boy goes to his parent’s room and finds his mother asleep.

Not wanting to wake her, he goes to the nanny’s room. Finding the door locked, he peeks in the keyhole and sees his father in bed with the nanny..

He gives up and goes back to bed.

The next morning, the little boy say’s to his father, ‘Dad, I think I understand the concept of politics now. ‘

The father says, ‘Good, son, tell me in your own words what you think politics is all about.’

The little boy replies, ‘The Prime Minister is screwing the Working Class while the Government is sound asleep. The People are being ignored and the Future is in deep shit.’

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3 thoughts on “Child’s view of politics”

  1. Good for a laugh – but can’t avoid thinking it betrays a cynical, blinkered and unconstructive point of view: or is it simply posted as a joke? The trouble is some people actually ‘hear’ these ‘jokes’ and believe they are founded on fact rather than prejudice. It is said – with some truth that all parties of whatever colour would all do pretty much the same thing in Government as one another. Yes there are anomalies and it DOES seem the rich can get away with ‘murder’ (in proportionate tax responsibility terms). But in any policy a line has to be drawn and on either side of any such line there are anomalies. I wish like anyone that tax ‘avoidance’ could be far better controlled and the ‘unpatriotic’ (individuals and companies) compelled to pay according to their REAL means. But the fact remains that, like it or not, the less well-off are in the substantial majority and collectively their contribution is critical to the financial well-being of the country. But yes, we would all feel a whole lot better if those unpatriotic wealthy were seen to contribute appropriately and feel equivalent pain. Shame they don’t all have the morality of those many wealthy philanthropists who HAVE used their wealth for noble causes – not least of all like Bill Gates who has given I believe 28 billion USD to date. I have to say I believe the real fault is the parasitic lawyers and financial advisors – and the banks who support such ‘avoidance’ schemes who are the worst offenders. On the positive side it is really nice to learn that the infamous Swiss banking industry is finally succumbing to global – and specifically – US aggressive legal and punitive actions against such banking institutions and tearing down their veil of secrecy. Unfortunately it is the majority – you and I included – who will have to fund the billions in penalties which the complicit high street banks have to cough up.
    In short: yes let’s have a go at those who avoid paying their fair share but don’t let us delude ourselves into thinking for a moment it is unfair for us to pay our share (can’t help thinking that many of us and i suspect myself included would be sorely tempted to lessen / minimise our own tax liability if we could afford the same lawyers and advisors. But I believe most of us would be tempted because life is really tough rather than out of pure greed. I could go on – but you will be relieved to hear: I won’t!

      1. Glad I laughed then – but took some added pleasure in indulging in some cynical speculation as well! There needs to be a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ emoticon maybe? Have a nice day in the Custody lounge!

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