Roger M. Kaye
A retired physicist reinvented as thriller novels writer

They’d None of ’em be Missed

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It’s elections, again. The rather half-hearted attempt to pass an election prevention bill has failed and Israel is headed to elections in late March. These unwanted and unnecessary elections will cost Israel billions of shekels, at a time when the coronavirus is causing unprecedented financial hardship for both the state and its people.

Perhaps it is time for us voters, the people of Israel, to make our choice clear. We do not want any of the self-serving charlatans currently on offer.

As a matter of interest, I looked up ‘charlatan’. Was this really the right word to describe our political elite?
Quack, mountebank, sham, fraud, fake, humbug, impostor, pretender, masquerader, hoodwinker, hoaxer, cheater, deceiver, dissembler, double-dealer, double-crosser, confidence trickster, swindler, fraudster, racketeer, rogue, villain, scoundrel, phoney, sharper, sharp, shark, con man, con artist, hustler, flimflammer, twister, grifter, bunco artist, chiseller, shicer, magsman, illywhacker, schlenter, defalcator, tregetour.

Well, we can certainly find all our politicians in there.

We don’t want to see that defalcator back again, nor that tiresome tregetour. I am sure that readers know who I mean.

But how do we make our dissatisfaction clear. I have a suggestion; let us all turn out for the next election. We are all responsible citizens and are keen to use our democratic right to vote. But we should follow Shakespeare’s Mercutio and his call for “A plague o’ both your houses”. Let us write “None of the above” on our ballot papers.

We need politicians who are prepared to put aside their personal interests and look after the country. We do not need to watch endless fights over names and titles, numbers of aides, assistants, and hangers-on.

Of course, we the people, appreciate the difficulties facing our representatives. It is not easy to make do with just NIS 44,000 a month, that’s only four times the average salary for us common folk. Luckily, their luxury cars are an added incentive and do not have to be paid for out of their meagre earnings. And a politician not only has to do good, they must also look good. That’s why their NIS 4,000 a month wardrobe allowance is so important.

It is nice to know that when they finally leave the Knesset they will get an ‘adjustment grant’ (according to the number of years served) to help them adjust to life as an ordinary citizen – that means having to work for their living, a very difficult adjustment.

But this is not new nor just an Israeli problem. The UK’s Gilbert and Sullivan were wise to the ways of politicians back in 1885. They had a little list ….
And apologetic statesmen of a compromising kind
Such as — What d’ye call him — Thing’em-bob, and likewise — Never-mind
They’d none of ’em be missed — they’d none of ’em be missed!
(I’ve Got a Little List The Mikado)

If the upcoming election is anything like previous elections, we are going to end up with the same result. We will probably have the same fractured parties, the same failed policies, and the same self-seeking ministers.
The only thing we long-suffering citizens know for certain is  …..
They’d none of ’em be missed — they’d none of ’em be missed!

About the Author
The author has been living in Rehovot since making Aliya in 1970. A retired physicist, he divides his time between writing adventure novels, getting his sometimes unorthodox views on the world into print, and working in his garden. An enthusiastic skier and world traveller, the author has visited many countries. His first novels "Snow Job - a Len Palmer Mystery" and "Not My Job – a Second Len Palmer Mystery" are published for Amazon Kindle. The author is currently working on the third Len Palmer Mystery - "Do Your Job".
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