Nearly a month after Theresa May’s majority was slashed by the electorate the Tories have returned to their usual tactics of telling ordinary people one thing while doing something else entirely. Prime Minister’s Questions today was very telling in this regard. Jeremy Corbyn questioned Theresa May on lifting the public sector pay cap, particularly in the light of recent terror attacks and the fire at Grenfell Tower and the unflinching service given to the public by fire fighters, police and medical staff. Theresa May rattled off meaningless figures that bear no relation to reality of how many nurses and teachers have joined hospitals and schools since the Tories took office in 2007 when the converse is nearer the real picture. Nurses who are having to use food banks to feed themselves and their families, teachers who have been straightjacketed in their ability to do their jobs properly and have left to keep their sanity intact. Police numbers that were cut by 20%, fire services who have been decimated by 50%. The United Kingdom remains decidedly united at this point in time.
What is very obvious is that while canvassing for votes there were concerns about the money tree that was going to pay for all the investment the Labour party wants to put into the UK and UK jobs, it seems that its the same money tree the Tory government have been using to fund HS2 railway, renewal of Trident and £1 billion to keep the Tories in power. Its called the taxpayer.
The latest voices to wade into the argument has been the backseat PM David Cameron and the old stalwart, Ken Clarke, Cameron who actually called those wanting to end austerity selfish. What’s more astounding is that no sooner has Cameron spoken then reporters suddenly come to heel like well trained dogs and start questioning whether the pay cap to public services can be maintained.
To put the record straight. Public services have been paying for the greed of the bankers who caused the crash in the first place. Bankers such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and others who know full well that regardless of the mess they get themselves into, the government will always bail them out. In fact whenever there is a downturn in the economy its the public services that are made to pay for the failures of the private sector. I have argued that as many sectors of the economy rely on funding in some form or other from government and then bailing out when it all goes wrong, the paradigm between public and private sectors is a nonsense. The blame has been shifted over the years to various groups in an attempt to muddy the waters and confuse the electorate. Firstly it was the young, university fees went up, benefits were cut, benefits that would enable young people to qualify for a job in any sector were also cut; then it was the sick and disabled who had the hated bedroom tax foisted on them and the sick were sent on work assessments to see if they were able to work, many of those who were assessed by the company hired for this purpose were at the end of their life due to ill health but deemed to be fit for work, they died just a few weeks later.
The latest rumblings are that we are in austerity because people have the audacity to live longer and are being selfish in doing so, so in the election the Tories brought in the dementia tax where as people became more frail and unable to care for themselves they would have to sell their houses in order to get this care. They aren’t rich people, just ordinary people who have worked hard all their lives, paid taxes and the greedy politicians and business vultures want everything so that they can be even richer, and ordinary people are accused of being selfish for wanting to live a normal life. I just wonder what planet they think they are living on? The tories are weakened, David Cameron is not going to walk straight back in. If anything this whole exercise is showing what everyone has been saying for such a long time, ordinary people are being taken for a ride by these rich people who have never worked, don’t care about ordinary people’s lives and enjoy playing God with our lives. There has to be a discussion about the quality of person that is allowed to go into politics and wreak such havoc in people’s lives.
There is a school of thought that goes if someone is the son or daughter of a politician then they will do something similar either in politics or another “establishment” profession and doors will be opened to them regardless of their ability to do the job. There is another school of thought that goes give an outsider who looks promising a chance to come in and do the job, regardless of their ability to do the job. I wonder whether there are tests to weed out those people who are detached from ordinary life, who have a contemptible view of other people who aren’t as they are. I mean the psychopaths, the sociopaths and so on. If so, are they deployed and if so are people selected who test positive for such characteristics as there seem to be a great many of them in politics around the world at present.