Well, it seems that coalition are selling off the post office. I can’t belive how angry this has made me.
In the worst rececession for years, the Conservatives have finally managed to sell off everything that was publically owned. The NHS is gone, the Post-Office is going, all because their ideology is that business will do more for the public.
Because that works.
It’s based on this bizzare idea that, because the businesses will make more money, that will obviously be good for the consumer.
The problem with that is that you need money to consume. On a country that’s for years worked towards the idea that everyone has a right to live, the Conservatives are busy undoing all of that with a clever use of rhetoric.
They have labelled everyone on benefits as a scrounger. You even see other people who are claiming some benefit excusing themselves as in greater need, and blaming the mythical scrounger because they can’t have nice things.
They have put forward the rather bizzare idea that the NHS, which is a behemoth, and in huge need of reform, is better off when it’s competing against businesses who’s model is entirely designed around paying customers. The plan being to show that the NHS can’t compete, and so it should go. Missing the point that the NHS is meant to be there for everyone, so we don’t end up in the crazy situation of America where you get ill, go bankrupt, and loose your job because you went bankrupt.
The Con-Dems seem to think the American Model is the way forward. More money for the rich, because it will “trickle down” to the poor. That the rich will spend their money, and that he poor will get a grubby slice of it. This then makes us all working for the people who have money, and when they say jump, we say how high, or we’re facing the dole. We can’t protest, because that right is being lost, we have to keep our jobs because there is no right of appeal in the first year (so we can work for a year, get sacked on our last day, and we have no recourse). Apparently that’s to make it better for the employer.
It all points in one way, that the Con-Dems are serving their own pockets.
The worst thing abuot it, of course, is for all those who voted Liberal Democrats, hoping they would give what they promosed, or when they formed the astound coalition with the Conservatives, they would keep the excesses of the Conservatives in check have been betrayed. Those that voted Conservative are getting what they voted for. Less power for the poor, and more for the rich, all sold on the same mythical “American Dream” that we too can be rich if we work hard enough.
Those of us that voted Liberal Democrats because we belived in a change have been shown that promises mean nothing to a politician.
We don’t even have the voice from the wilderness calling for a stop for this insanity. The Churches are quiet, presumably because they are still the Conservative party at prayer, the Labour opposition are just whining about it, not offering any real solutions, or even credible opposition.
So, I take my hat off to the Conservatives.
The country knew what it was like under Magaret Thatcher, and they voted in a younger, male clone. They have managed to pull the magic trick again.
They say they want a Great Britain. They don’t. What they want is a Britain where they can make money for themselves, and demand that everyone else shut up, and do as they are told.