The Illusion of Power

We live in such an uncertain world that it is understandable that many people feel helpless. The political elite, police and media have sleepless nights too. You cannot blame them for they know how vulnerable they are. Former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson expressed the view that ‘a week is a long time in politics.’

Very few people actually manage government. Their larger congress and parliaments are far from being the power houses they would like you to believe. Such forums are merely advisory and street theatre for venting frustrations.

The actual political elite are too few in number to take up the seats in a bus. Their modus operandi, a phrase used by police to describe a criminal’s way of committing a crime, is to run government on an illusion of power. To this can be added a sprinkling of self-delusion inherent in both politicians and the people they govern.

The police are under no illusions because they part of the illusion. The vulnerability of power can be illustrated by two typical British cities. Wrexham is a town of 100,000 souls. In the 1950s its police station was a converted Victorian home. Today, the size of the town’s police station suggests omnipotence. The cathedral close by is dwarfed by this skyscraper block. I believe the building’s underground doubles the police station’s size. A replacement is said to cost £13 million ($17 million). A friendly police officer confided in me that on a typical afternoon’s shift there are only three policemen on duty; one on the road and another doing paperwork. Police stations have taken the place of cathedrals in projecting state power.

Rhyl is a modest sized town in the same police authority. On a typical night Rhyl has just one police car patrolling. This creates the illusion that there is a high police presence. Llay is an urban village that in the 1960s didn’t merit a police station. Today, its police station is much grander than a city college.

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Llay village police station

Government is vulnerable and authorities powerless to manage insurrection. The media are under no illusions and is a pig’s tail wagging a wolfhound. Few people of influence draw on media for their information. The population are not quite as discerning. Nevertheless, 70% of mainstream media users know their news is spun as a means of mind control.

Vladimir Lenin said:

had only a few people in St Petersburg known what we were about to do we would never have succeeded.

The self-illusions of the political elite are of little consequence as they cannot be changed. What can be changed are the perceptions of the people. Once it is realised that true power lies not in Washington or Brussels but in the people there will be a revolution.

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