Since 1980, the British people have been the victims of a giant swindle

bullingdonmorons commented on George Osborne papers over the cracks.23 Mar 2013 11:14am
The Guardian

Since 1980, the British people have been the victims of a giant swindle. We were never given any choice, no-one ever put it in any manifesto, we never voted for it, but we got it all the same. The bankrupt ideology of Neo-Liberalism, with its mantra of economic liberalization, free trade, privatization and deregulation, and its dogma that all human activity is a market from which a profit can be made.
So lets see where 30 years of this bullshit has got us. The ruling elite now have our land, gas, electricity, railways and water. They already own our politicians, our media and our Police. They are now coming for our pensions, our NHS, our roads, our schools and our green spaces. Despite that we keep cutting their tax rates, they still avoid paying billions in taxes, and hide billions more away in tax havens. Their pay is now hundreds of times more than their workers. The top 1,000 people are worth £414 billion, whilst the richest 10 per cent are now more than 800 times wealthier than those in the bottom 10 per cent. It seems some people have done very well.
But what have the rest of us got in return? A bankrupt economy caused by criminal bankers, leading to austerity, recessions, huge debts and deficits. Millions now condemned to worsening living standards, with poverty wages and zero hour contracts. Under the pretext of ‘austerity’, they are making it easier to sack us, making us work longer hours for less pay, forcing our kids to work for nothing, raising the retirement age whilst cutting our pensions and weakening our health and safety laws. Meanwhile, our Government conducts a systematic assault upon the sick, the poor and the disabled, slashing welfare budgets and forcing people off benefits. .
And all so a handful of people can be immensely rich.

Frankly it’s sickening.

Yet, despite how disgusting and immoral this is, the greatest damage Neo-Liberalism has done is to destroy Democracy itself. Because all our politicians are owned by, and members of, the 1%. They are part of the problem, not the solution. None of them represent us, none of them speak for us, they only have contempt for us. We are disenfranchised. The depressing truth is that we have allowed ourselves to be governed by rich, corrupt politicians who’s only agenda is to make the poor poorer and the rich richer.
So, It’s time to get angry, and we need someone to express that anger, because none of our politicians are going to do it. Someone to speak for the millions of hard working people who only want a decent life for themselves and for their kids to have a decent future. Someone that speaks up for all of us, not just a privileged few. Someone that tells us that our worth is not measured by our wealth, but our value as human beings. Someone that tells us that compassion and empathy are not bullshit. Someone that tells us that ordinary people can expect to have a decent job, a decent house and decent healthcare. Someone that tells us our elderly can live out their final years in a degree of comfort. Someone that tells us our sick and disabled should be allowed to exist with a shred of dignity. Someone that tells us that the most disadvantaged will not be looked down upon as scum.

Someone that tells us that our kids can still have hopes and dreams.

We should all be born equal, with an equal chance to develop, to achieve, to succeed. But far too many are now condemned to a life of struggle by a system that creates so many losers for the benefit of so few winners. It is not only unfair and unjust, it is unsustainable.

We simply cannot carry on this way.

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