If you were around in the 80s you will realise that whilst it may exclude people from stating their views cracking on the poor and public sector workers even on the basis of crazy economics will not cost the Govt votes. Saying The Tories This and That is not going to get you anywhere bar a tower of self righteous conceit at the awfulness of your fellow man.
In the end however empathic pushing hapless victims of tax credits will just reinforce the Govt themes regardless of whether these cuts are necessary or provable as un-necessary – seriously who is spreading that message the execrable BBC? Maybe in a program watched by people who already know this!
Equally the Govt needs credible opposition to change itself if nothing else but we must be skeptical about this. What can Corbyn Labour do that Miliband Labour did not? He’s already surrendered on Austerity. Will he target Corporate subsidy AKA welfare even if it means accepting the closure of say Steel MIlls?
In many ways the soft left [hard ‘soft left’ for Overton viewers] views of Corbyn and his ilk have never tried to be elected before as they both recognise the primacy and hate Capitalism. I can forgive the initial confusions of taking over a party where 80% of MPs are sheep who could support, however de facto, the budget and would be in a worse position to complain. However, stepping from his Islington sinecure is poor preparation for leadership long term. The desire to be self righteous may be too strong.
Put on the spot or caught in public most people will be generous and pleasant. This is not true in private. People also will watch X Factor and Bake Off and any amount of shit judged shite to see others taken down. What is the thrill of The Apprentice as Sugar spends weeks with talentless gobshites gradually whittling them down for things he spotted weeks ago? It certainly is not watching hapless venal cunts perform stupid tasks beneath the dignity of a pant sniffer.
Equally people who claim to be nice people who want to do nice things for people can become in total a rabble of bigotry and prejudice. One that had Labour MPs after years of Lib Dem bashing conceit talking of immigrants as vermin and voting for austerity package even some senior Tories are suddenly balking at. However nice most Politicians think they are they have spent most of the last 18 years unleashing political violence often bureaucratic in nature. Take NHS ‘reforms’ killing 1000s silently to transfer funds to friends or wars to transfer funds to arms manufacturers.
High minded nonsense about fairness etc will get short shrift in the voting room too. Even surely knowing their tax credits were toast millions did not vote against the Conservatives. Equally by the next election the min wage rise will make that most tedious and hormonally challenged of creatures the single young man living with his middle class parents richer try appealing to those drooling misogynists.
Labour and Liberals should be prepared to put on the agenda inter generational robbery from our children, no false bonhomie. A generation who decry death taxes and Inheritance tax (even though most do not qualify for it apparently it matters to them) and do not pay taxes whilst alive. They decry immigrants too, you know the people who end up looking after them!
The totality of the Boomers legacy is here ‘my’ children have some money and remember us in the sick world we poisoned to leave you this wealth.
It’s clear the Prime Minister’s speech was delivered by a benign actor capable of emotion. The real leader Osborne’s strength is his ability to sit back and set an agenda and let simpletons explain it. His gift for politics is what you say and the image created is reality.
Thus rather than cripple a struggling economy with Austerity give the impression of deep austerity and make high profile cuts in welfare whilst writing cheques for whoever: Oil: NFL: George Lucas: Upper Middle Class home buyers: Pensioners: Landlords: Farmers: Banks and all the ‘deserving’ who vote. All whilst those taken from, hard working families, get the rhetorical praise. Thus voters think they are supporting something they are not – it does not matter what those affected think. Can you guess the deficit he claimed to have been trying to close by the time of the 2015 election? My best guess 80 Billion. Will it matter at the next election if we are nowhere near the promised surplus? No. Can you seriously tell me the difference between £50Bn and 0 or even £100Bn?
The key is to fool enough people that aspiration matters to a Govt composed mostly of entitled. As Cameron himself said this country has lousy social mobility. And it will have in 5 years time.
Theresa May had the shadow of a point when saying foreign workers could cut wages. Evidence that does exist is for people in the bottom decile and is marginal. However with the rise in minimum wage and the end of tax credits you’re about to either get a bigger wage rise or a bigger income fall.
So why does May lie? Is it to become leader knowing that the pensioners who support her are dominant members of the Tory party? Is it because she is a functioning moron? Is it cos she is a weak gallery player as she showed when releasing Gary McKinnon cos the Mail took pity on his mum? Is it just to cheer and be cheered by the morons in the hall? To troll the decent?
Her last big lie was about the Human Rights Act something post election her party seems to have forgotten as the full ludicrousness of position is revealed. It does seem it will be ramped up as an issue for tabloid readers 2019…
We cannot be sure of Mrs May’s motivations or intelligence but we can say that one hopes all she leads is the sack race. Regardless of viewpoint a lying or really dumb politician should not hold major office.
In all the cobblers about England failing to win 2 games of rugby, one against a vastly superior team, is the knowledge that for all the talk the essential point of UK sport will be missed. Winning is an option.
Sure everyone will say they wanted to win. However, this is not at all costs. The FA or ECB or RFU have greater things to uphold like image with sponsors. The punishment beatings of barring players for criminal actions no matter how petty or irrelevant, not including drink driving funnily, or unfunnily, enough. Backed by a media happy to have serial domestic violence offenders like Gascoigne and Bruno on their media.
We then get to upholding the domestic game so the devastatingly effective even if only off the bench Steffon Armitage is not considered for the considerable crime of playing his club rugby in France – Kevin Pietersen was forced to play, or not as the case was, for a County too.
The people running these organisations also have to hold up the bastard children of UK Tabloid culture and Etonian lore. Hierarchy, obedience and conformity. This is that sports people should be a certain way and accept victory and defeat like a good chap. That arrogance and belief are enemies. That style and substance unrelated. That winning with swagger is worse than losing. No better way to minimise talent than to remind it not to show pride or show less than complete deference to men in suits. UK sportspeople and fans can marvel at Warne or Campesi or Messi or Lara or Ronaldo but never under any circumstances copy them.
The great philosopher Keane said of Ireland’s adventures in the Far East “Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail”. This is not relevant here though the worst part of the Cricket and Rugby World Cup failures is that they were well prepared. They showed the required deference, lack of arrogance, behaved impeccably and lost well.
Media should applaud.