Saturday, May 16, 2009

Book recommendations to put on your expenses

I have been following, at a distance, the Daily Telegraph's campaign that has exposed the ugly side of the "Mother of all Parliaments", also known as the Palace of Westminster. It would seem that the MP's Expenses exposé has awakened a sleeping giant otherwise known as the electorate.

Some essential reading for these troubled times:

Animal Farm, by George Orwell

1984, also by George Orwell

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

These tomes (well, Animal Farm is actually a very short read) all dwell on the premise that power corrupts. Furthermore, those in power will also do almost anything to maintain their status quo, including passing laws that keep them in power to the detriment of the people they are supposed to represent and serve.

As Yogi Berra might say "It's like déjà vu all over again."