This is really beautiful.
Most politicians in rich countries are decent people, but most are also involved in the cronyism because its a way to secure their family’s future. The salary, benefits, and information they can sell is very valuable to people and cannot be replaced by the private sector. If you had the chance to do good in your country, while benefiting, you would do it.
Most people in the world want a myth, usually created by culture and history. But even “great” statesmen used the public purse to pay off debt. Look at winston churchill. People are angry and want to find solutions to better their lives. That’s why there is a growth in nationalism (both pragmatic and ethnic). The SNP/PC are pragmatic parties but also have tapped into the zeitgeist.