(Contains strong opinions, she's angry today, you have been warned!!)
I am angry today, very, very angry, about bankers and the whole austerity package that has been dumped on everyone, everyone that is, EXCEPT bankers and tax-dodging millionaires and billionaires.
I watched the news during the week about Greece, and it really upset me to see people in such distress, and to hear how the suicide rate is soaring. This part of Ireland had the dubious honour of the highest suicide rate in Europe at one time, and if you had to live here, believe me you would really understand why, but it's Greece and the banks we're on today, we'll get back to Ireland (North and South) another day.
What I don't understand about the whole austerity/economic crisis is this.
The bankers lent money recklessly, to people who couldn't really afford to be borrowing on the scale that they were allowed to, BY the banks. Then the banks failed, and they were bailed out of the public purse. Now the 'public purse' is your tax money, which I am sure you all know because I'm sure anyone who reads this blog is intelligent, knowledgeable AND politically aware!!!!
So when they failed, we bailed them out, (by the way do you remember anyone asking you, if you wanted to bail them out, no, neither do I). So the banks lost all the money, were given all our taxes to 'save' them and they still get to keep all the defaulted property. And now, they are busy throwing people out of their homes, and taking back properties that rightly belong to us, THE TAXPAYER!!!!
And here's another thing, why are they not paying back the money they received in the bail out FROM THEIR PROFITS? WE all have to pay our loans back so WHY DO THEY NOT HAVE TO????? This is wrong morally, ethically, politically and logically.
So why is no-one else asking these questions, and challenging these bail outs? Why are the left and the socialists not screaming from the rooftops????
I'll tell you why?? It's because the, so-called party of the left, sold it's soul under Tony Blair and dumped the working classes. Tony Blair was no child of Labour, he was a Thatcherite, born and bred!! And if you’re expecting Ed Milliband to do any better, then forget about it, because he really needs to grow a pair, and start standing up for something more than trying to out-soundbite bloody Cameron. (Wasn’t it great to watch him squirming at Leveson this week??? The whole thing, to quote Baby Herman, ‘STINKS LIKE YESTERDAYS DIAPERS!!!’)
And how did this whole rotten mess begin, well it wasn’t with Gordon Brown as the Tory party would try and have you believe, it began with Thatcher. She smashed the working class political power base, the Unions (I know they needed some reform but they have been annihilated, helped in no small measure by the whole rotten Murdoch media empire, and those other right-wing rags, you know of whom I speak), and then brought in the so-called Free Market Monetarist policies, which of course led to the opening up of the markets so we all could get rich, lifted all the banking controls and let the market take care of, AND regulate itself, and we all know how that turned out now, DON’T WE??!!! Yes, because now we’re all rich and happy, aren’t we??? Oooops!
(Just on the subject of the Murdoch rags, it’s amazing how many ‘Irish Republicans’ buy The S** (it pains me to even mention it) and have the satellite dish up on the roof. They are quite happy to contribute to the media empire of Maggie Thatcher’s old mate and staunch supporter, funny that, but politics is a funny old game, innit?)
Anyway, back to the bankers, and the spineless politicians who won’t stand up to big business, and do the job WE ARE PAYING THEM TO DO. Remember that, AS LONG AS YOU ARE PAYING TAX, DAVID CAMERON IS YOUR EMPLOYEE, YOU PAY HIS SALARY, maybe, we all need to remind THEM of that.
So, what can we do about it all anyway, Greece, the whole mess? Well, here’s an idea, to help the Greeks, why don’t we give them the Olympics, to keep. Instead of this faffing around the globe every fours years, let the games stay in Greece where they began. I wonder do they have a copyright on them, or even if you can copyright them?? and give them back the Elgin Marbles while we’re at it.
And why should we?, (I can hear Thatcher’s children cry) well again, I will tell you why, because they are HUMAN BEINGS and they need help. They didn’t cause this mess, just as most of you didn’t either, but they are paying for it, big time, and let’s be thankful, the REAL Labour men of the past who set up the Social safety net, (so despised by the Right and which Cameron and co.desperately want to get rid of) which just about, keeps us from being completely crushed by austerity.
And let’s start talking politics again, turn off that drivel, X Factor, Y Factor, who gives a crap factor, and lets start DEMANDING that OUR EMPLOYEES start governing this country for ALL the people in this country, and not just for their friends and cronies, and REMIND your Labour politicians of what their party used to stand for, before they were infiltrated by the Thatcherites, and REMIND yourself daily, (or at least monthly) of the working class struggles of the past, RE-DISCOVER the writings of ORWELL, (read Animal Farm and dare to challenge the myth that it doesn’t apply to capitalism) find out about PETERLOO, TOLPUDDLE, the CHARTISTS, teach your daughters about the SUFFRAGETTES: remember the Miners and the Liverpool dockers, and the UNIONS who used to fight for the working classes, and how and why they began.
And if you do all that, you can be sure that when the revolution comes, you'll definitely be on the right side.
And finally and MOST importantly, when you have done all that, put on a black beret with a star on the front, and shout out loudly and clearly while punching the air -
POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!!!
(And if you don't know what that means, make it your business to find out, or else, just ask someone who lived through the 70's!!)