Where is the organised and militant if not to say revolutionary industrial working class when you need it? The Labour Party sure as hell would like to find it. However, they are largely responsible for turning the second and third generation of unemployed industrial and agricultural workers into the so-called underclass…a group who lack both a voice and a reputation for militant class rebellion.
This happened because hapless Blair, Brown and Balls “globalised” the British economy exporting jobs to China where there were no trade deals but cheap labour and importing workers from the EU where they would benefit from the Brown welfare reforms of tax credits and “in work benefits” due to EU regulations. The resulting effects were to stimulate the Brexit debate as it became clear that the ex-industrial workers were not finding jobs of equal quality but were being largely overlooked by an economy that could find no useful role for them. The minimum wage didn’t really help. This was intended to “protect” the British workers from the downward pressure on wages that would result from opening up the labour market. It quickly became a maximum wage and with other costs associated with being in work, it deterred British workers from coming off welfare and getting a job.
Any intelligent government would have realised that this worker dislocation should drive policy decisions to correct the effects of globalisation but for Blair, Brown and Co as long as the free market generated tax revenue and these ex-workers could be paid welfare the system was tolerable. The free market was, however, trading in toxicity as became apparent in 2007/08.
The situation has changed little. The ex-industrial and agricultural workers continue to clutter up various public sector waiting rooms and the NHS, producing children with multiple disadvantages, whilst the exporters of their jobs enjoy super-profits that if not tax avoided generates nothing like the tax they should. So who are the revolutionary class now? Well everyone who pays for a Parliamentary system that has failed to reflect the expectations of the people and now simply reflects it’s own need to govern.
The British state and it’s institutions (Parliament, the Law, the military and local government) is bureaucratic slow-witted and out of touch. We have an eighteenth century legal and military system, a nineteenth century parliamentary and penal system and a twentieth-century education and welfare system. In view of this, it is time ordinary taxpayers embarked on a revolution to change for good what the British state does and how it does it and to drive down how much it costs so we can drive down taxation. The industrial workers don’t exist because mass employment in “industry” no longer exists, we have to reflect this in our next revolution by appealing to the new “working class”.
Let us start with the Conservative Party. Probably the only credible party of government in England and Wales. Whilst the Scots Nats are in Government in Scotland they can hardly be described as credible given their obsession with independence and lack of any grown up economic literacy. An independent Scotland would be bankrupt within five years but Sturgeon and co will have done Ok out of it before the collapse.
The Conservative Party is the party of the Nation State but a Nation State that still reflects the interests of those large corporations that are doing very well living off the fat of the nation’s debt. They can see there are problems with the way the nation operates, but they have no credible solution to solve the problems other than more of what has been tried before. More privatisation, more tax and National Insurance, more attempts by the public sector to cut services as it models itself on the private sector by simply creating more tax payer funded millionaires. The Tories aren’t going to be revolutionary but at least for the time being the engine of the nation state still runs.
The Brexit issue is also a bit toxic as there will be consequences following withdrawal from the EU. We argue these consequences might look bad, falling house prices (won’t that upset the banks), reduction in value of the Pound, and issues around migration. However, these are the issues that drive the debt and house price based economy and as such any change is in the long term going to be positive. The conventional parties will not want to see the economy contract and as now will simply tax us more to make up for reductions in the Governments income. The Tories like the other parties don’t recognise that it is we the people who’s interests they should serve and it is the cost of government, not our services that should be cut. But who is going to do that?
We think the Tories will win the election but with a small majority as now and a mandate to fudge and deplete the terms upon which Britain leaves the EU. Probably a fudge on the Customs Union to keep world trade out of the EU via Britain’s back door. That should keep the EU staffers happy.
Labour are schizophrenic with a Blairite wing who still hanker after the “third way” mumbo jumbo and the “hard left” who hanker after a class war long after the “revolutionary” industrial and agricultural classes ceased to exist in any revolutionary form. They have morphed into the sad spectacle of what is described as the “underclass” the second and third generation unemployed industrial and agricultural workers. A horrible term for a group for whom the Blair “third way” offered the loss of work, family, status, and “self-reliance” and ushered in a life of ignorance and idleness on the dole. Labour have become out of step with all the main constituencies the Blairite middle class will vote Tory or Lib Dem or Green. The inner cities with their “culturally progressively” Labour Party branches will continue to return most Labour MP’s
The Lib Dems all but annihilated in 2015 will make a striking come back with an offer that every well-paid state “staffer”, banker and Remainer will support. The Lib Dems like the Green’s are terribly well intentioned but have no grasp on the realities of how their policies drive an economy to the brink of failure. They like the Green’s and Labour believe in the transformative power of the state, yet experience tells us that the state is incapable of transforming anything because it can’t cut costs and can’t transform itself.
Finally the Green’s and Ukip. The Greens will offer socialism with a solar panel or two. Completely missing the point that the aggregate demand they seek to stimulate through “anti-austerity” simply allows the west to illegitimately gobble up more of the planet than in reality we should be able to afford. They do nothing to challenge the debt based economics that funds our consumption and lifestyles. It is possible the Greens might get a seat or two.
Ukip were a one trick pony. Great trick…..we have seen it now it’s time to **** ***. We don’t anticipate any wins for Ukip, the Tories will keep most of their seats with a bit of shuffling around between the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems. Ukip will experience their first existential crisis.
Sir. The notion that the British left is in any way “progressive” needs to be challenged. They have highjacked the word for too long. Nicola Sturgeon and others are a little like Canut trying to hold back the tide of actual progressive change by defining progress as a retrenchment of costly state and municipal interference in ordinary people’s lives. A culture of dependency on state largess funded by taxpayers and government debt is what is really meant by Sturgeon, Labour the Lib Dems and the Greens as “progressive”. In a world where people increasingly demand freedom and democracy backed by a safe, efficient, cooperative and importantly affordable state, the left is like the bloated capitalists of yesteryear.
Letter to The Spectator Week commencing 10 April 2017
Sir. Ian Acheson’s piece was illuminating, highlighting as it did systemic and managerial failings in the running of British Jails. What baffles us, however, is the notion that there is no effective counter narrative with which to address Islamist ideology. Clearly advocating “British Values” has had limited effect in our culturally neurotic age. However, all democracies that are capitalist in origin, and some that are not, rely to some extent on the principles of contract, choice and consent to underpin their rights and freedoms. Is this not the “ideology” with which to beat the brutal, ignorant and unforgiving Islamist death cult, and re-educate their lost and misguided disciples who are in our prison system. No one should feel any shame promoting consent and choice irrespective of the colour of the person’s skin.
on behalf of ABlueRevolution.com
Written week commencing 10 March 2017
Street lighting is far more complex an issue than Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) has to date considered it to be. A bit like library closure perhaps. Whilst some rural areas and town centres may either benefit from lights out, allowing the night sky to re-establish its prominence or don’t require it as there are sufficient shop lights to illuminate the area, there are those areas where the lights out is clearly a hazard. Most noble amongst which is Woad Farm estate.
The complexity of the issue must not be used to justify us swerving it, as it affects some of the most vulnerable communities in Boston. It is simply not acceptable for LCC to increase Council tax and then claim it is necessary to make “essential” cuts whilst paying some senior managers six-figure salaries with pensions to boot. This situation has built up over many decades where general tax payers and council tax payers are increasingly funding wage levels that lift too many government workers into the financial fist division.
This wage structure owes more to the nineteenth century than the twenty-first century and governments and local authorities need to stop and think about the people on average wages and lower who pay them and thus the majority the people they are supposed to serve.
LCC should be shamed into adopting a more considered policy on lighting, switch off where it adds value to communities and switch back on where the same thing applies. Like Woad Farm Estate in Boston.
We pay for and consent to lighting our streets, I don’t think we have consented to six figure salaries for officers. Like life before Brexit we have never been given an opportunity to comment. Like all County and Borough Council services where communities need it and pay for it communities should get it……or give the job of providing it to someone else. The communities themselves perhaps.
On behalf of ABlueRevolution.org
If you are a working person in the public sector at a tactical or operational level or you work in the private sector or you are self-employed you will be the sort of person we are looking for to become members of, and involved with, A Blue Revolution.
We are a party for those who work for, or pay for, a malfunctioning state system that creates millionaires at the top and dependence at the bottom. Whilst our best jobs were exported abroad, a sad but idle class of welfare dependent second and third generation unemployed industrial and agricultural workers has been created to drain us of tax revenue via welfare.
This system doesn’t function on our tax alone, it requires debt to subsidise the state’s earnings. All sorts of market distortions have been created to ensure the system delivers debt based money to the rich and supports the government. Market distortions like inflated house prices caused by family breakdown, immigration and student indebtedness. Or alternatively, the minimum wage that drives down wages, to a government “minimum. This quickly became a maximum for many working people.
So, the state goes on cutting back services to the people and cutting public sector jobs. At the same time, they talk of increasing taxes and National Insurance to working people.
We have an eighteen-century legal system, a nineteenth-century political system and a twentieth-century health, welfare and education system. It’s time for a real progressive change.
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