With all the political goings on, the actions of our gvt, the shenanigans of the Labour leadership quest and historical cases of varying kinds I have been musing upon the title Right Honorable and what it signifies to a simple soul like myself. I have discovered that I don’t think it can be a completely blameless person, as to be blameless one would have to be inert, of course pedants might be able to asign a blame of sorts to inaction (note to self: inaction may be one of the most perverse qualities I’d attribute to an MP).
I have discovered that it signifies to me a person who is able to accept when they are found to be or have committed an error, willing to accept responsibility for that error and then to try and address the issues caused by this error to the best of their ability whilst making sincere apologies. If it was not possible to address the issues, they would step down from their position as an act of contrition. Historically this was a hallmark or accepted standard to aspire to for most folk whether from the gentle classes or of more lowly origins, it was generally called integrity, or good character. Have we become so accepting of the spin and excuses of individuals that we no longer expect this standard to be enacted? What does it say about the houses of parliament that this behaviour is almost extinct, it seems. What does it say about us as a society when we accept the inaction of an individual without consequences that would be applied in other walks of life?
To my mind the passivity of the public in swallowing this has contributed slowly over the years into organisations and our own personal lives. It feels as if it is far more common for a person to try and hide their errors, shift blame for them to someone else or even make excuses as to why this behaviour was deemed necessary. I’m no angel by any means yet I would like to see more integrity around especially in those who by definition of the title Right Honorable are the leaders whom we *trust* (cough cough, that was difficult to write!) to make decisions for our communities and our nation. Change is needed on all levels, I’d better start with myself!