I’m old enough to recall when people were able to say what they meant without fear or embarrassment, however the creeping political correctness has meant that not only are people too scared to say things in case they are either misconstrued or labelled but that people have become too scared to have honest conversations with each other. Particularly in the age we live in where language has become so convoluted that what one person may mean is completely different to what someone else may mean and conversations at cross-purposes are all too common. No more so than in politics itself.
Politicians have long learnt the art of using soothing words that, on face value, imply that everything will be taken care of, people will have new opportunities opening up before them, the things that scared them silly wouldn’t happen and the electorate would not have to worry about ordinary day-to-day things that allow everyone to just get on with their lives. The most recent example is Tory Chancellor Philip Hammond has claimed that public sector workers are being paid “about 10% ahead of those in the private sector”. The main reason for this is that those in the private sector are paid no more than the minimum wage
Previously in this blog I have said that the economic drive of this country and, indeed across the world is to ensure that those people doing the main work that ensures companies make profits get paid no more than the minimum wage and, there is also a case for having a “living wage” which won’t do much more. The reason for this is that as the level of profits fall companies will do their utmost to ensure that their companies look good on the company listing of the stock exchange even if it means they have to break the backs of the workers who make it possible for the CEOs and senior management to have the positions they do.
The level of properly salaried jobs is now less than it was even 8 years ago. Teachers, doctors, fire fighters, even lecturers, legal staff are probably the only occupations that have salaries and those salaries have taken a battering in the last 8 years. The only salaries that have not just kept pace with inflation but overtaken it are those of MPs and the benefit handouts the Royal family get. Year on year MPs have voted in double digit wage increases and then bitched that they aren’t being paid enough for the responsibilities they have.
Most of the workers in the public sector do the kind of work where the level of responsibility is such that they have a real impact on the daily lives of those they care for, far more so than the incompetent, sleazy, heartless robots that fill the House of Commons who are only interested in furthering their own careers and filling their own pockets with our money paid in taxes.
Women are still paid less than men despite legislation to the effect that women should be paid equally for work of equal value and this is deliberate. Periodically there are articles in the media about this problem and the fact that in 50 years it hasn’t been resolved is not an accident. If women can be paid to do the same work a man can employers can get away with paying less and make more profit. Far be it for me to say that women should go back into the home, have babies and keep house, there is a case for women who have children to be able to stay at home and raise their children properly without feeling pressured that they should return to work because of employment practices or because of finances. There will always be women who have careers where that isn’t always possible and women who chose to continue with careers and have children, but there is a case for having more family friendly policies.
I really cannot understand how stupid those in the Tory party are, don’t they understand that if people don’t have enough money to ensure decent living standards the greater economy will not just stagnate, but will sink into a permanent depression. This isn’t good for man nor beast, or maybe that’s the whole purpose for the Tories who have shown themselves to be utter parasites, feeding like locusts on the labours of ordinary people.
However it goes, the writing for the Tory party is on the wall and it really is only a matter of time before we have another general election. The tories are showing that they are not up to the job of negotiating BREXIT, they are no better than the average football hooligan but with better accents. The economic policies they are pursuing will make the UK much worse off than it is already, but I cannot believe that people are still stupid enough to vote for them instead of ensuring that they, like the LibDems, are consigned to the rubbish bin of history.