Being the Party of the Working People, as of course the Conservative Party is, brings with it many responsibilities, not the least of which is to stop them going on strike. It’s for their own good anyway, because if they strike they’ll only be fired anyway, and then have to live on benefits, which The Party will withdraw after a while anyway.
A couple of days ago – and before the Election – I took a pop at Sajid Javid. Said ‘keep your eye on this jerk’ or words to that effect. Well, the new Business Secretary didn’t take long to get going. He said two days ago that the Tories will not “hide away from the changes we want to make” as the Government prepares to introduce a raft of new anti-strike laws. Public sector strikes will not be able to go ahead unless they are supported by 40% of workers who are eligible to vote.
Isn’t that a cracker? At the Election, the Tories got 24.4% of those eligible to vote. Now they’re in government, demanding a 40% quorum for strike action. You see, those who want double helpings always have double standards.
This is not a political issue. In a liberal democratic State, the Citizen has the right to withdraw labour from capital. It is actually there in the Treaty of Rome….which, being EU members (for now) we sign up to. Or not. We might as well not: nobody else in the Eunatic Asylum does.
While Culture and Media Secretary, Javid allegedly did some of the groundwork for the rise of Murdoch from the ashes. Having perverted politics, football, the police, the Rule of Law and mass market newspapers, Mr Murdoch now requires only the BBC in order to have the full set.
Attacks upon the BBC began within twelve hours of the Election result. Wherever one sits in British politics (and I don’t sit anywhere these days, as nobody cleans the seats any more) the Beeb clearly cannot be biased to the Left and Right at the same time.
This is not a political issue. In a liberal democratic State, the Citizen should be able to go to an apolitical TV or online broadcasting source for information. It won’t happen overnight, of course: but the BBC nag will be given a lead saddle while the Murdoch stallion gets free dope, the BSkyB bid will make a return, and a clone of Fox News will be spewing out Conservative non-violent extremist drivel 24/7 sooner rather than later.
Veteran Sloggers are probably bored by now with the number of times I have said to the BBC knockers, “Be careful what you wish for”. All those of you Righties who see the news desk as a den of Commies, all you Lefties moaning about pro-Tory coverage, and all you deranged paedo-hunters who see Beeb DJs as guilty of trumped up charges, congratulations: you just gave the Corporate Dictatorship an advance to Mayfair.
Please, please, please Left-wing persons, don’t now indulge in an orgy of 1970s fancy dress parties formerly known as demonstrations….which then become violent thanks to three nutters in the crowd. It plays into their hands.
Do something more subtle and constructive. Do what Kate Hoey did yesterday: set out your views clearly on how to create a Common Front. Engage with everyone who supports Citizen Rights as a democrat. Kate increased her majority – complete against the tide – by 20%. Not by being popular but by being genuine.
And if you want someone to chuck bias at, you can start with Google: Kate’s missive to the Labour Party seems to have become an unletter. I can’t imagine why. No doubt some smartarse will now find it….but if you type in ‘new Kate Hoey letter to Labour’ and get nothing, then what’s the point of Google? Do no evil. Oh no. Don’t do evil, just do what you have to. Comme il faut, as we say in this neck of the woods.