Mon Oct 25th, 2010 at 07:56:47 AM EST
And so the Coalitions Comprehensive Spending Revue has arrived, with all the subtlety of a Viking longboat, burning and looting the social provision in the UK. The greedy and stupid have been put in charge and the lacklustre and ineffectual are providing cover. Johann Hari in his article today has hit the nail right on the head.
Margaret Thatcher is lying sick in a private hospital bed in Belgravia - but her political children have just pushed her agenda further and harder and deeper than she ever dreamed of. When was the last time Britain's public spending was slashed by more than 20 percent? Not in my mother's lifetime. Not even in my grandmother's lifetime. No: it was in 1918, when a Conservative-Liberal coalition said the best response to a global economic crisis was to rapidly pay off this country's debts. The result? Unemployment soared from 6 percent to 19 percent, and the country's economy collapsed so severely that they lost all ability to pay their bills and the debt actually rose from 114 percent to 180 percent. "History doesn't repeat itself," Mark Twain said, "but it does rhyme."
George Osborne has just gambled your future on an extreme economic theory that has failed whenever and wherever it has been tried.
The cuts are a shopping list of the morally indefensible and stupid of which the worst is possibly the decision to time limit payments to those suffering from illness. Friends who are suffering from depression have been driven into panic, they knew it was going to be bad, but are now seeing that it appears that they are being blamed for the financial problems of the country. The Comprehensive Spending Review also announced that residents in care homes will no longer be eligible for the High Rate Mobility component of Disability Living Allowance meaning the most disabled people face a far bleaker future and significant loss of independance. Gideon should be whipped through the centre of every town for the unnecessary suffering he's caused to some of the most damaged and desperate members of our society.
Now if you've joined the Tory party you're irredeemably stupid anyway, so I'm not going to expect any apologies from them, but there are various hangers on and others who need to get out and say sorry.
The Liberal Democrats
Waves of people voted for fairness, not the lick-spittle cowardice that has been demonstrated in this fawning following of disaster capitalism that the senior party gets you to go along with. Is the watered down changes to the voting system that you have got for this betrayal of your constituents really worth the trip back to the wilderness that is surely coming your way in the very near future?
Scottish Labour MPs
Your petty rivalry with the SNP which led to one of your members announcing that
Coalition talks: SNP offers to join Labour-Lib Dem progressive alliance | Politics | guardian.co.uk
"There are fundamental differences between the Labour party and the Scottish National party and personally I can't envisage circumstances in which we would enter into agreement with the Scottish National party,"
Why should your feud be allowed to take precedence over the needs of your constituents? it's almost the most pathetic sell out of the voters of recent years.
However that title must fall to this man. The receiver of the letter that you wrote must have been dancing with joy.
The former chief secretary to the Treasury, Liam Byrne, has reignited criticism of Labour's stewardship of the economy with a note for his successor which said "there's no money left".
Byrne's note was discovered by David Laws, the Liberal Democrat MP who was appointed by the coalition government to succeed Byrne as No 2 at the Treasury.
You managed to make it so much easier for the barbarians to justify their savagery.
Anthony Charles Lynton Blair
Well I say it must have fallen to that man, but it's a close run thing, If we weren't pissing our economy and lives into the sand of the middle east to no obvious gain for anyone other than a single diary writer then the last election might5 not have gone so badly.
The Previous Labour Cabinet
Who disappeared on losing the election and left relatively minor characters to lead the fight back until the meandering election process for the new leader ran its course. The major figures should have been there from day 1 kicking back at those attacks, rather than abandoning the airwaves to the oily salesmen of the party of the rich. So Mr Brown, and Mr Darling, take your share of responsibility.
The UK population
Why are people not out on the streets as in France? A few pennies on the price of petrol caused chaos, but a thousand pounds removed from the average lower income family is met with collective apathy. (perhaps I should have added the Unions as a seperate group, yesterdays announcement that seemed to say if this happened they would be very upset, but promised no action appeared particularly spineless)
Ive probably got more people to add to the list, but will put it up at least temporarily while I find others to heap Ire upon.