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So, The Strikes

Tuesday we got the Autumn Statement from Gideon Osbourne (a man who prefers the name George - a hideous insight into the mind of a fiscal madman). Seems to me he was happy to blame the current financial Defcon level on the global economic crisis - that is, NOT Labour, and specifically not Gordon Brown. This seemed to slip past Ed Balls (is that a real name, or a cartoon strip footballer?). So it's ok to blame the last government when it suits them. This has been the trend for the past few months: take credit for Labour's schemes, blame them for the current woes and revise history. The most disingenuous fact, it seems to me, is that had the Tories been in power during the banking crisis things would certainly have been no better. I don't recall Cameron and Osbourne suggesting alternatives to the very act of bailout that seems to be the reason for the current austerity (that the Tories happen to capitalise on very happily). I also notice that while Osbourne didn't increase Tax Credits, he did uprate benefits; I can't help thinking that's a deliberately divisive policy. Again the Sun reading taxpayer will feel that us claimants are getting the best of everything.
Then yesterday the public sector took to the streets, and good luck to them. The shrill self absorbed whining of Cameron in the Houses of Parliament was sickening. Are you seriously trying to convince me that these people are all deliberate agent provocateurs? All stereotypical anarchists out to wreck the society for hard working taxpayers? The whole notion is laughable - they are themselves taxpayers. Despite the push for the lowering of standards by setting public and private sector, it's the public that spends in the private sector just the same. There wouldn't be a private sector without people having money to spend, yet that seems to be what this insane government wants! Someone on the radio cleverly pointed out that, with private sector pensions being low, the public sector helps to subsidise that. This divisiveness is insane: it's ok to complain about the public sector, yet it's also ok for the private sector to have the potential to earn incredible wages (just ask Wayne Rooney or Jeremy Clarkson). The strike isn't just about the public sector it's a call for fairness for everyone. If they can strike, then why don't these hard done by private sector workers do the same. It's called Solidarity folks!


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