The Plastic Hippo

February 3, 2012

Financial privilege

Filed under: Politics,Rights,Society,Walsall — theplastichippo @ 3:46 pm


Lichfield`s most famous son, Dr Johnson, said: “Where a great proportion of the people are suffered to languish in helpless misery, that country must be ill policed, and wretchedly governed: a decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.” Boswell described Dr Johnson as an “arch-Tory”.

Dear old Lichfield Sam, for all his arch-Toryism, would be dismayed at the antics of the current Tory government and their compliant Whig servants. After suffering no less than seven defeats in the House of Lords at their attempt to pass the deeply flawed Welfare Reform Bill, Cameron`s government ignored the noble Lords and Ladies and overturned all the ammendments in the Commons. Not content with simply dismissing the scrutiny and proper investigation of new legislation, the millionaires in cabinet now evoke the obscure “financial privilege” clause of governance to avoid any further scrutiny.

Financial privilege is a term that seems strangely apt. Cameron, Osborne, Clegg and the rest are financially privileged thanks to inherited wealth and have never done an honest days work between them. These public schoolboys now talk of the undeserving poor with such vehemence that even arch-Tory Dr Johnson would have parodied and dismissed with a witty one-line metaphor.

Sadly, this humble blog is not of the calibre of Samuel Johnson. Let`s just say that the current coalition cabinet is a bunch of self-serving, greedy, arrogant, bigoted rectums that deserve to be consigned to the deepest, darkest and most painful pits of Hell. How`s that Sam?

To take away benefits from disabled children and those dying of cancer proves that this nation is wretchedly governed. To describe disability and terminal illness as a “lifesyle choice” goes beyond all common decency and is beyond satire. To promote anecdotal evidence of benefit fraud is a hate crime worthy of Joseph Goebbels or Adolf Hitler. To blame previous governments and then state that we are all in this together is insulting, dangerous and untrue.

Ed Lester is all in this together. The boss of the Student Loan Company avoided paying tax with the permission of David Willetts and Danny Alexander. Fred Goodwin is all in this together. The former RBS boss continues to receive tax payers money for destroying the ecomomy. He might have been stripped of his knighthood, but the crooked bastard won`t care as he enjoys his retirement in his villa in the south of France.

Chris Huhne is all in this together. The millionaire owner of eight homes was forced to resign after being summoned by the beak to stand trial for attempting to pervert the course of justice. Huhne, apparently, is one of the good guys and one of the few Liberal Democrats equipped with a spine strong enough to stand against the government in its policy of destroying society and civilization. The Tories will breathe a sigh of relief if Huhne is banged up. However, Huhne`s grasp of responsible capitalism did not stop him, along with Ed Davey, Norman Lamb and the odious David Laws, from voting with the government to abandon cancer patients and children with disabilities.

John Terry is all in this together. Having been summonded by the beak to stand trial for racial abuse, this dubious role model has again been sacked as England captain. With a premier league manager up before the beak on charges of tax fraud and given the state of Britain`s overcrowded prisons, one can only imagine how Terry, Rednapp and Huhne will react to having to share a slop bucket. Terry, however, will be spared the indignity of a trial until July when the football season and the European Championships are over. Tories and Liberal Democrats in the Commons and the Lords who stand accused of hate crime by supporting the Welfare Reform Bill and the destruction of the NHS will not, as yet, be required to face judge and jury. That is, of course, until the next election.

Even as the coalition ran roughshod over the democratic process, the reaction of our local politicians was, to say the least, interesting. One Conservative councillor tweeted about football, the leader of Walsall Liberal Democrats tweeted about misleading ads for beauty products and from Labour came the usual implacable silence. Even as parliament was being misled and decieved by an avarious and mendacious government, our local elected representatives stuck their fingers in the their ears and went “la la lalla la, can`t hear you”.

The “savings” made by denying the basic human rights of the most vulnerable will do nothing to reduce the deficit as the sums involved are tiny compared to the tax avoidance, corruption and fraud perpetrated by the already wealthy and privileged. These “reforms” are nothing more than ideological dogma and an attack on a fair society and an insult to civilization.

Our mothers, fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers fought and worked to make the world free. They returned to homes fit for heroes based on the Welfare State. If we are lucky enough to survive the dismantling of a society that they fought for and deseved, will we be able to tell our grandchildren that we stood by and did nothing as a government shoots fish in a barrel in the name of financial privilege?

The time for opposition is over, the time for resistance has passed. It’s time to stand and fight.

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1 Comment »

  1. It is strange isn’t it, that the Welfare Reform Bill should be passed back SEVEN times and still Camoron persists.
    The beauty of our creaky, old bicameral system is that the upper house provides a second opinion on the lower; the message here is quite clear – the legislation is flawed, go away and don’t come back until you’ve done it properly.
    Call Me Dave obviously hasn’t got the message so he’s sending back the same old piece of crap.
    How do you get through to a millionaire of limited intellectual ability?

    Comment by martin — February 6, 2012 @ 3:25 pm | Reply


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