When over-used, They becomes a lazy, flippant word. They aren’t with you… They are over there somewhere. You can pass the buck to They. They are in the overspill bucket beside you… where everything you don’t really know, understand or take responsibility for goes:
They say it’s going to rain.
They say red wine is good for you.
They need to get the trains sorted.
They need to protect the countryside.
They should be building more houses.
They shouldn’t have let us take so much credit we couldn’t afford.
They really ought to be sorting out the burden on the NHS
They should be feeding, clothing, and educating my children
They say they’ve found a cure for cancer
They say we’re feeling the effects of climate change
They say climate change isn’t actually happening
They‘ve blown up more civilians
They haven’t won the war on terror yet
They could do this… They musn’t do that… They haven’t done the other for us yet…
They should have done more
They should have protected us
They should have learned from the last time
They screwed up
They did this
It’s all Their fault
They are quite a force…. this seemingly all-powerful, dirt-free, 100% reliable and integrity-filled superhuman They. This faceless entity here on earth to do everything for us and protect us from ourselves. Well, how can anything be your fault if you take no personal responsibility? Just suckle from and rely on Them and everything will be fine.
It’s worth noting that in the instances where They refers to an elected government, THEY translates as WE
It’s easy to forget that… when you’ve got it easy
In fact if We took the petty pressures off They, They might be able to concentrate more comprehensively on the important matters… ok rational idealism isn’t realistic in this case but I live in hope…
So here’s to They… long may we sit back, do nothing and blame it all on Them