The Plastic Hippo

January 1, 2011

We`ll take a cup of kindness yet

Filed under: Education,Politics,Rights — theplastichippo @ 3:59 am

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? At the turning of the year, any brave soul that reflects on what has gone before and what is about to come must shudder with trepidation. As 2010 becomes history and the reality of government motivated by corrupt ideology begins to inflict its spiteful misery, there is precious little to celebrate on 1/1/11.

There can be no doubt that the parlous level of sovereign debt is alarming and has to be tackled if the UK is to avoid becoming an economic basket case. The previous government were clearly complicit in converting the debts run up by banks into a national debt that now has to be paid by all of us. Well, maybe not all of us. The new coalition government have decided that the poor, the old, the young, job seekers, people with disabilities and public sector workers who provide vital services are the ones who should reduce the deficit and guarantee the vast bonuses expected by the idiots who run the banking system.

Given the need to reduce public borrowing, it seems strange that the coalition government borrowed more in November than any other November in history. After raising university tuition fees, scrapping EMA and BSF and laying waste to social services, banking bonuses have been defended as a necessity in order to retain talented, successful bankers. There might be many young people denied an adequate education that will wish that these greedy incompetents would sling their hooks and bugger off to Switzerland, Dubai or Wall Street. Vulnerable people and people with disabilities currently being targeted by coalition cuts might be happy to see the back of both the useless bankers and the useless politicians who are determined to create a new dark age of a divided Britain.

The economic crisis is just an excuse to impose a savage and unjust reduction in public services. The conservatives in the coalition have been very clever in imposing an ideological agenda that even Margaret Thatcher would not have dared to attempt. Millionaire public schoolboys now in cabinet talk of “fairness” and “progressive” reform. The bottom line is that the poor will suffer the pain and the rich will be allowed to avoid paying tax. The really clever part is that the Liberal Democrats, especially Clegg and Cable, will be the fall guys. Being two faced is no longer the exclusive prerogative of the Roman deity Janus. The Liberal Democrats, including Simon Hughes, are deservedly doomed and should not receive anything but our utter contempt.

The year ended with serious incidents of civil unrest that saw parliament itself being protected by riot police who beat and kettled children and young and disabled people who had the nerve to challenge the regressive and unfair self interest of a government that lacks a mandate to govern. As the state is deliberately dismantled in the name of dogma and the failed mantra of free enterprise, things can only get worse.

On the last day of 2010, Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would support armed intervention in Cote d`Ivoire to oust President Laurent Gbagbo and replace him with Alassane Ouattara. Gbagbo, it seems, is under the illusion that he won the recent election in spite of clear evidence to the contrary. The obvious violation of human rights in that unhappy nation means that international intervention is both necessary and urgent. One wonders how Cameron and Clegg will react when soldiers from Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Senegal and the Cameroon march along Whitehall and into Westminster to restore order and meaningful democracy.

For the sake of auld lang syne, we can only hope that those we once oppressed will come to our aid and save us from catastrophe. A happy new year to one and all, especially those that as a result of unnecessary cuts in social services will not be around to welcome in 2012. But before you die of neglect, remember that your vote counts.

That is if you believe in democracy.

1 Comment »

  1. […] so often, the Hippo locates nail, and smacks it firmly on the head… We’ll take a cup of kindness yet. If you don’t already link to the Hippo, do so now, trust me, you will be well rewarded. […]

    Pingback by Arise…. | Councillor Bob Piper — January 1, 2011 @ 12:30 pm | Reply

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