Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Thatcher Dead But Thatcherism Very Much Alive

The most interesting aspect surrounding the debate after the death of the former PM has been  the reason behind how polarising a figure she was. I suspect that much of that is because of the increasing erosion of political identity among the British electorate that have had to endure an evolving but diluted version of Thatcherism for the past 30 years. Under Thatcher people could still define themselves by their politics in a way that is no longer possible. Under Thatcher you were either a socialist with a capital 'S' or subscribed to the 'nasty' party which was very much winning the ideological battle on a global level given the collapse of the Soviet Union. In the context of the Cold War, politics was very black and white. If you had any romanticised notions of the merits of Marxist ideology,
you could just visit East Berlin and enter a deprived parallel universe where the people's desperate
and poverty stricken lives begged for the very clothes you walked around in. Those days are gone
and so too with it have the justifications for the most intolerable aspects of Thatcherism. In economic terms Thatcherism was the implementation of the teachings of Milton Friedman and the Monetarist school of thought. Britain was the first major industrialised country in which this experiment was conducted and its legacy much like that of Thatcherism is the failed catastrophe of unrestrained capital markets that have led to the current economic mess. Thatcher's standout error was to assume that heavy industry could be replaced with a service economy without any long term consequences.
Deregulation was a mere consequence of trying to make the financial sector more attractive.
With greater dependency came greater deregulation and the opportunity for a kleptocratic elite of financial institutions to privatise profit and socialise loss. Market manipulation suited Thatcher's short term approach as it allowed her to manipulate highs and lows in the economy to suit the British electoral cycle. This manipulation got hijacked by big financial situations to such an extent that they could buy out British and American politics to a large extent with the vast profits that they were accumulating.
 In Thatcher's time 'The hallowed ground of the centre' in British politics due to Labour's intransigence
was only occupied by joke parties such as the SDP. Changing times and the evolution of Blair blurred everything. Socialists took the bait as well as everyone else in a way that no socialist will feel comfortable voting Labour again probably in the same way that no conservative or liberal will feel comfortable voting Tory or LibDem again after the current lot are voted out. Why? Because people now see politicians for what they have become; a glorified civil service to meet the needs of the corporations, banks and any other lobby that will indulge them in their self advancement at the
cost of society.


Sunday, 7 April 2013

Working People (Skivers) Are Bearing The Brunt For Cameron's Financial Sodom And Gomorrah

As the MP's are considering whether to ban the 'HBOS 3' who managed to lose the bank over £50 billion through bad lending (not even casino banking) the punishment for those who had nothing
to do with causing the financial mess is stigma, shame and in some cases suicide. Somehow  MP's
do not see it fit to bring criminal charges against these bank bosses as part of what can only be described as a feudal pact. George Osborne's muddying of the waters by somehow linking the Philpott tragedy with the welfare bill is a prime example of instant headline politics with no respect for the tragedy or the facts of the case involved. Perhaps Cameron would like to hear from one of
our reader's Steve. Steve is not in the cabinet but he makes a damn good case about how people
in his predicament are being maliciously and grotesquely misrepresented by the coalition.
The only punishment for these 3 HBOS financial gangsters is they may not get a job in the financial sector again

Good afternoon sir,
I am a skiver.
Although, in fairness, I don't actually feel too much like a skiver.
I'm married with 2 sons (17 and 22, thank you for asking, one at uni and one at college), I'm 51 with a disability. I work (2 jobs) for 33 hours a week and care for my 80 year old father who has cancer and is housebound. He lives an hour away and I'm the nearest to him.
I only earn £13,500 p.a and don't qualify for any disability benefits as I am not disabled enough (?)
However, I am a skiver - I DO receive Child Benefit, Working Tax Benefit and Child Tax Credit.
According to your mouthpiece, the press, I am lazy, addicted to drink or drugs, not really poor(!?), cheat the system, have an easy life(ha ha lucky old me) AND I've also caused the deficit!
I wish I had something more than a 20 year old car to show for it, maybe a 2nd home or a duckpond!
As a lifelong supporter of your party I've defended the cuts and the rhetoric from this coalition as something we have to live with due to the last governments mismanagement.
However, after listening to the rubbish coming from Mr Hague and the ill informed comments from my local MP, Mr Ruffley, I've decided to say farewell.
This will mean nothing to you, it's just one vote from a skiver, but I just felt that I needed to let you know.
I don't expect a reply,
Time to go and cheat the system again, oh no I'm can't I busy at work. Maybe another day.
Yours
Steve