I am in Surrey Royal County Hospital. I was nil by mouth for two months all over Christmas, my birthday, Angela's and David's birthdays and New Year. Now I await the verdict on a pesky fissure in my gut.
The local MPs are Conservatives to a man (no sexism there then) and the Trade Union Bill will not change that.
However what it will do is to severely limit the ability of working people through their unions to influence the political process. I am a proud member of a trade union which is not the lickspittle of any political party but uses a political fund to influence all parties.
The venom the Tories have towards the working classes is understandable. The working classes gave Margaret Thatcher a bloody nose over the poll tax and Tories have long memories if nothing else.
It is undermining the basis of democracy in the UK. It will do nothing to prevent the rich, the tax dodgers and the spivs from using their dosh to influence (shall we say bribe?) politicians but it will keep the lower orders in their place.
More than anything else, the millionares fear a movement like 15 now spreading across the world. This movement has even forced the McDonalds union-busting anti-working-class company to make concessions.
Dickens was not a Socialist. Indeed in
A Tale of Two Cities he
portrays the plebs as a bloodstained mob who would have all decent
people decapitated. So far so Tory.
yet it is a paradox that more people have been brought to Socialism
through Dickens than through explicit Socialist writers like London
and Orwell. It is Dickens' heart which appeals to the heart of those
who want a better world. Reading Oliver Twist or Hard Times gets the
most mild-mannered reader ready to tear a strip off the next
hypocritical Pecksniff they come across. Be they Cameron or Blair!
can read Hard Times and Nicholas Nickleby without wanting to take
Wilshire, Gove or Morgan aside to ridicule their outdated educational
thinking. It is strange to think Dickens never even met the Gove when
he can read the mind of the hypocrite so clearly.
takes things to extremes. While Bumble the Beadle, Josiah Bounderby
and Wackford Squeers dine in luxury, they decry the greed of the
plebs who dare ask for more. He cannot have realised that this is
mild compared to the behaviour of the British cabinet who dine on
caviar and champagne while three quarters of those paying the bedroom
tax are cutting back on essentials and endangering their health.
appealed to the conscience of the rich. In Chrismas Carol, Scrooge is
a version of Ian Duncan Smith until he sees the light. One percent of
the population hog the wealth and make sure they use the power of the
state to keep their wealth. Anyone who breaks ranks to help the poor
can wave goodbye to all that.
Ostentatious charity matched by private
penny-pinching is the best you can expect from this canaille.
would have approved of the “trickle down” theory. Capitalism is
fine but the poor need help from the rich so perforce the rich must
be generous. The rich have no such scruples. In their view -enforced by the state -the poor and
disenfranchised must be kept that way.
user of a food bank in Horsham once shared this with me. “Any
trickle-down is the effect of being peed on from a great height.”
Dickens' host of characters and caricatures have been a source of delight and enlightenment. This is true of the books, which had a genuine working-class following through "Household Words" and did not confine their audience to the novel-reading middle class. It is equally true of the television adaptations although the temptation to emasculate the social message of Dickens and focus on the humour is too much for the spineless BBC to resist. Oliver Twist asked for more. The ruling class usually need more than asking. Lord George Brown used to say that "no ruling class in history has given up its position without a fight and that usually meant a fight to the finish with no holds barred."
Why should the poor be content with a piece of the cake when they could take over the bakery?
Nick Robinson is doing his best to oppose Kuenssberg's Conservative
agenda but his is a lone voice. There is more joy in heaven over one
Nick Robinson who repenteth than over an hundred righteous though.
Ewen MacAskill in The
broken ranks with the media to do an analysis of the changes in the
Labour Party. Unsurprisingly it gives the lie to much that the BBC is
saying and everything that the Prince of Lies, Mandelson, is saying.
has the tail wagging the dog, saying “Leader’s hopes of
remoulding the party boosted as Guardian survey shows surge in
members, huge support and shift to the left”.
Any sane person would say
that it is the surge in members seeking a new kind of politics which
thrust a socialist into the leadership of what was a capitalist party
hell-bent on war and privatisation.
The article explicitly
gives the lie to Mandelson.
figures are a controversial issue, with the former cabinet minister
Peter Mandelson, who is opposed to Corbyn, telling a Labour meeting
in the Lords last month that “30,000 long-term members have left
the party, real members, tens of thousands”.
“But the newly
released figures undermine his claim, showing a total of 13,860 have
left since the general election, some of them having resigned while
others have gone as part of natural churn. The increase in membership
is continuing, with just under 1,000 having joined since Christmas
“The Guardian survey
shows a shift to the left among the new members while those deepest
in the counsels of New Labour have obeyed the instruction of Blair,
Mandy and "dodgy dossier"Campbell to be more Tory than the
Small wonder that
grass-roots members are fed up to the back teeth with squabbling MPs.
The system of election was supposed to prevent anyone on the left
becoming leader. It failed. Now instead of kicking themselves the
Blairite rump are kicking Jeremy Corbyn.
This is a golden
opportunity for Socialists in the UK. Our ideas are have been deeply
rooted in the working class movement since the days of the Chartists.
Now is the time to build the momentum for a movement against the cuts
which can drive this Tory canaille from power.