I’m getting beyond exhausted with fighting the tide of people who continue tell me these “austerity measures” must be maintained because we have a duty to pay back what we owe. Even now, even after seeing what is being done to our public sector-still the stoic chant of “pay back what we owe”.
OK, then let’s forget for one minute that “we” don’t owe anything and actually the Powers That Be decided to build up a nasty old deficit and allow banks and other financial institutions to buy bad debt, bail them out and continue to allow them to operate on a profit basis-keeping their shareholders happy.
If we forget that, let’s consider the idea that this government isn’t doing anything of any real weight to actually “reduce the deficit“. Has everyone forgotten the decision taken in November 2011, to charge Vodafone 1.25bn, as opposed to the 6-8 BILLION it has been estimated they ACTUALLY owed?
Or, how about this then? I suspect I’m personally responsible for most of Starbucks Profits, so I hold my hand up here, but the following is taken from a BBC article by Robert Peston;
“Starbucks has paid £8.6m in corporation tax in its 14 years of trading in the
UK, and nothing in the last three years. The company had UK sales of nearly
£400m in 2011 but has reported a taxable profit only once in its 15 years of
operating in the UK”.
Seumas Milne, wrote in The Guardian at the end of last year;
“At the other end of the spectrum though, things are going swimmingly. The richest 1,000 people in Britain have seen their wealth increase by £155bn since the crisis began – more than enough to pay off the whole government deficit of £119bn at a stroke. Anyone earning over £1m a year can look forward to a £42,000 tax cut in the spring, while firms have been rewarded with a 2% cut in corporation tax to 24%”.
Going on to point out; “Revenue and Customs’ own last guess of £35bn has been widely recognised as a serious underestimate. But even allowing for the fact that it would never be possible to close the entire gap, those figures give a sense of what resources could be mobilised with a determined crackdown. Set them, for instance, against the £83bn in cuts planned for this parliament (including £18bn in welfare) – or the £1.2bn estimated annual benefit fraud bill – and you get a sense of what’s at stake”.
People-very smart, educated people, people who have done their research, are pointing out to us EVERY DAY that we are being conned, we are being robbed, we are being treated with the utmost contempt.
Twitter was awash today with commentary on “The bedroom tax”. In real terms, this is who this change brought in via the welfare reform act actually impacts;
- Separated parents who share the care of their children and who may have been allocated an extra bedroom to reflect this. Benefit rules mean that there must be a designated‘main carer’ for children (who receives the extra benefit)
- Couples who use their ‘spare’ bedroom when recovering from an illness or operation
- Foster carers because foster children are not counted as part of the household for benefit purposes
- Parents whose children visit but are not part of the household
- Families with disabled children
- Disabled people including people living in adapted or specially designed properties.
Not bankers, not large corporation tax dodgers, not non-domiciled tax evaders, not wealthy lords or politicians. Arguably it effects, impacts and harms the most vulnerable in our society.
My biggest question is why is anyone surprised? This is a government who are comfortable with accepting that in this country; this established first world country, food banks are to become the norm. Vouchers for the poor. What next? Work Houses? No, I’m not being even slightly flippant. Here in black and white I am predicting a work house economy in the next 5 years if something is not done to unseat these awful people ruling our roost.
Every single day another reform is pushed through parliament which targets the weak, the poor and the needy and every day I see a hoard of commentators claiming that “yes, THEY should be incentivised to go back to work”. Those shirkers, those malingerers, those scroungers. Why is the rhetoric not being swung back to focus on where the money ACTUALLY resides?
I would MUCH rather we had 2% of the BILLIONS sitting with the wealthiest businesses routed back into the economy than 10% being taken from those who barely have enough to FEED themselves. It’s just morally wrong-on SO many levels.
The men at the top at the moment, the ones who tell us they are trying to get “Britain back to work” are lying to us. I do not accept that any of them truly thinks they have the moral high-ground. I don’t think they are even trying to get re-elected. I firmly believe they got into power with a decision to carve up what little assets still existed. They are doing this with our NHS-and be under no illusion-it is OURS, the probation service and security. I’m sure there is plenty more going under the radar.
I will be lobbying my local MP to fight the cuts to public spending, what little there is left, I really hope more people do the same. If we don’t, I can’t even bring myself to think about what battlefield will be left for the victors in 2015. The dead and dying will be too many to count.