As the polls tighten in the last day of the race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to become the 45th President of the United States it got us thinking here about what us Brits think of it all and if ‘scandal’ is just part and parcel of politics and capitalism.
The presidential campaign has seen both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton dogged by a series of controversies. And, it’s fair to say, if we look at our own political system and multinational businesses, scandal is synonymous and follows closely in their footsteps.
From Jeremy Hunt’s resignation as a result of his closeness to Rupert Murdoch's media empire and alleged corruption, Andrew Mitchell and “plebgate”, MP’s expenses to subsidise their lifestyles and multiple homes to David Cameron’s “piggate” and yet more sex scandals involving Steve Double and Keith Vaz to name just a few.
And, what can be said of those who run the high street in the form of highly paid bankers and business moguls; from PPI, pensions and packaged bank account mis-selling to Consumer Credit Act breaches and unfair unauthorised overdraft charges to name just a few to Sir Philip Green and BHS, Mike Ashley and Sports Direct, Tesco’s accounting scandal and the supermarket horsemeat scandal, again just to name a few!!
We’ve really only covered the tip of the iceberg in all cases! A culture of power and greed is endemic and it’s the everyday, hard-working people who suffer and should be unanimously voting ‘no’ to any more unscrupulous antics.
It seems ironic that Donald Trump has attacked the media, describing journalists as being out of touch with working Americans, saying: “The media is entitled, condescending and even contemptuous of people who don’t share their elitist views” and that they are “Thieves and crooks”.
The Ivy League-educated Trump, who lives in an ornate penthouse on Fifth Avenue in New York, may well be right. But surely the same can be said of the politicians and greedy capitalists both sides of the pond?
His words ring ever louder when it comes to his comment that “They can wield absolute power over your life, your economy, and your country.” Again, we wholeheartedly agree – but when compared to our greedy politicians and company bosses, we’d favour the media any day and it seems so do you, with politicians trusted less than journalists and bankers by the British public, according to the Ipsos MORI Veracity Index 2015.
So back to our original question, how would you cast your vote, and does it make any difference in the grand scheme of life to actually changing anything for the better? Let us know your views.