Apart from the car crash that is Charlie Sheen, the news of the moment is about a secret organization uncovered by the state ombudsman, called (pause for dramatic effect…) The Brotherhood.
All I could think about was the Homer the Great episode of the Simpsons and the secret society he joined, then ruined, called The Stonecutters. My immediate mental picture was of The Brotherhood merrily toasting their successes with oversized beer steins, wearing airy robes and singing ‘WE DO!!!’.
This real life organization supposedly has members in powerful positions in society such as senior public servants and high-ranking police officers and operates in order to further their own interests. Isn’t that what power is all about? It has been suggested that they have been using their influence to do things such as; wiping off $2000 worth of speeding fines for a member, passing on information regarding tenders and unlawful information trading.
BORING! Why is it that anyone with power uses it in such an unimaginitive way. You always hear of powerful people doing things like getting caught with prostitutes or trying to corrupt trials. Imagine if you had power like the type they have been alleged to hold. What would you do with it? I would so be going the way of The Stonecutters, secret passages to avoid traffic jams, free use of the vending machines and the like.
There will now be a huge amount of finger-pointing, accusations and reputations ruined for us to find out something we already knew about people who have spent some time in power. They look after themselves at the expense of everyone else. They make more money than they know what to do with. They help out their mates. They are not adverse to using their influence to their own advantage. Do you really think an enquiry will tell us anything we didn’t already know?
If I could find a way to gain ultimate power I would start with more episodes of Firefly, three-day weekends and that terrible busker that tortures us at the shops will have to get some lessons. I will also be taking requests from those of you that have treated me favourably in the past, as is tradition.
Maybe we should replace every member of The Brotherhood with monkeys just like Homer did. There are a few public servants in the mix so it might be some time before we notice any change there….