Can you tell me what’s going on in this world please? Can someone tell me why our countries are filled with people who are devoid of compassion, full of egotism and also completely ignorant of any truth?
Last week I told you that I would be back to normal by the weekend, but I wasn’t at all. Instead I was still reeling with the shock of another five years, in fact in all likelihood a worse five years ahead of us with the conservatives (I refuse to capitalise, I know grammatically I should but I cannot give them that honour). Why am I reeling? I knew it was a very real possibility but when it happened I just found myself thinking “how?”
This isn’t actually about compassion and empathy. I mean sure, it’s fucking terrible that when Iain Duncan Smith saw more people were dying after being sanctioned he decided to stop collating that data. Thousands of people, it seems, may have died already. (All while spending £24 billion more.) Its terrible all the services that have been cut in the name of austerity. It’s terrible that A&E waits have gone up, probably due to being sold off to private companies who don’t give a shit. What they’ve done to the education system and our kids is pretty damn awful. Allowing so many zero hour contracts and sub-three pound an hour “apprenticeships” is horrid and not helpful for us out here trying to feed a family. Introducing workfare where people have to work in for-profit corporations, for free, is pretty fucking reprehensible.
But it’s not about compassion and empathy. The conservatives like to tell this little narrative about how they had to “make hard choices” as if they are the adults doing what needs to be done. But they’re not the adults, they’re the spoilt teenagers unable to compromise, wanting everything for themselves. The thing I’m pissed off at the Labour party for is their lack of balls. Why didn’t they take the matter by the horns and tell people how it is!? The fact of the matter is that austerity doesn’t work! The tories own think tank told them that so they let up on it a tiny bit before election time to make sure there was what looked like recovery (the slimy bastards). However, the IMF also told them not to do the 2% cuts they keep talking about because we’ll go right back into a recession.
I’m pretty damn sure they’re going to do it and as quick as they can because it’s not about fixing anything, it’s about an ideological war on the welfare state.
Paul Krugman, in The Austerity Delusion writes “I don’t know how many Britons realise the extent to which their economic debate has diverged from the rest of the western world – the extent to which the UK seems stuck on obsessions that have been mainly laughed out of the discourse elsewhere. George Osborne and David Cameron boast that their policies saved Britain from a Greek-style crisis of soaring interest rates, apparently oblivious to the fact that interest rates are at historic lows all across the western world.”
He goes on to explain the ins and outs of stimulus vs austerity a bit and then says,
“As John Maynard Keynes wrote in 1937: ‘The boom, not the slump, is the right time for austerity at the Treasury.’ All of this is standard macroeconomics. I often encounter people on both the left and the right who imagine that austerity policies were what the textbook said you should do – that those of us who protested against the turn to austerity were staking out some kind of heterodox, radical position. But the truth is that mainstream, textbook economics not only justified the initial round of post-crisis stimulus, but said that this stimulus should continue until economies had recovered.”
So you and I, we have been lied to and Labour did not find a way to explain this to the electorate. As far as I saw, they didn’t even try! I don’t know if it would have worked but at least we’d be able to say they stood up for the truth. At least then they could say that they stood for the people of the country and tried to make them understand. Instead they were too chicken shit to do anything but dance around and hand out crumbs to anyone who would listen.
Everyone seems to take it for granted that you know you can’t trust Labour with the economy. Well why fucking not, the whole world is laughing at the bozos we’ve got fucking up the economy right now and we just re-elected them!
Personally I prefer the Greens, though we’ll get none of that until we manage to get PR election reform. This time, Labour would have been a hell of a lot better than the conservatives will be.
Now, not content with letting poor and disabled people die Cameron wants to continue his foray into fascism saying, “For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens ‘as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone”
So now it’s not good enough to just obey the law, I have to hold the same values as you Cameron? Didn’t we go through this enough times already on this Earth? No? We didn’t?
I’m sorry but as I said before if you vote conservative we’re not going to get along. I may lose some followers on this but I do not care one iota. conservative (can’t do it even at the beginning of a sentence!) voters are either selfish and evil, or ignorant of the facts, or unable to understand complexity.
That’s it, there’s no difference of opinion, you just don’t get it.
Featured image credit Byzantine_K
First image credit Byzantine_K
Second image credit Teacher Dude