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One rule for the rich.

So the Tory peers who made fraudulent expenses claims on the public purse are being released early from prison, and from their very low sentences, doubtless to make way for those far below them on the wealth ladder who shockingly deprived a retail chain of a tea-shirt.

I've said it before: the wealthy and powerful are only supportive -- and forgiving and tolerant -- of themselves. Don't let the Tories con you into thinking they care about anything else. One year in, and they're handing the NHS over to the private sector, depriving low and middle income young people of fair access to education and giving the banks years and years before any kind of restrictions come into play.
Yes, the last Labour government wasn't perfect. It had its share of sleaze. Blair deserves to face the courts for getting us into an illegal, unnecessary and cruel war. But this lot are the hand of Big Capital and nothing else and supporting them will only make the rich richer.


Sep. 13th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)
Read both Oryx & Crake and Year of the Flood last year, and Atwood's visions of life in late capitalist dystopia seem all too depressingly real.

There was really good radio drama on last week - 'The Core', with Juliette Stevenson. Link is here, if you have interest (and time).
Very depressing - absolutely to the core of where the Tories intend to take education (and health care) for all but the lucky few with Cash Club membership.
Sep. 13th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
I heard it: it was good, wasn't it? Thank you!
Sep. 14th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
Thanks for linking to this - I wanted to, it was depressing but excellent.
Sep. 14th, 2011 09:20 am (UTC)
If we keep talking about it, maybe one day things will start to change.
Sep. 14th, 2011 10:21 am (UTC)
I am afraid that things will only start changing when the middle classes will have an interest in it. I'd rather not see it, since I am part of the middle classes myself, but it's when you can't pay your bills that you cease worrying about ID cards and start worrying about inequality.

Suddenly this morning I started thinking about Random Acts of Senseless Violence. I googled it and found a great review of Jo's that asked why it's not a classic. Well, my suspicion is that it cuts a bit too close to the quick for it. I know I found it unbearably haunting.
Sep. 14th, 2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
Well, I like to hope that better education and better levels of informtion can play into this, too. There are already people from the middle classes who worry about this and act to try and change it. But we have to stand up and be counted, to confront the self-interested, to flag the inequalities and shoulder our share of the burdens and the responsibility.
Sep. 14th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
For me, the conclusion was the most depressing thing - both protagonists have given up on change. Sarah's reduced her ambitions to a charitable gift, and Carly's desperate to get her kid into private school. I think Mike Bartlet has captured the psychology of the 2011 parent precisely: desperate to buy a little temporary safety for 'my' offspring, and everyone else's kids can just fuck off and die.

And in my work, I see intelligent students - who appear passionate about literature - when asked what they hope to get from their second year studying the subject, write: 'An A'.

People are too scared for solidarity. Which is why Fred the Shred and his mates will never hang from lamp posts.

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