Things we can no longer rely upon:
Ethics in public life
Truth in marketing
Interest on savings
Equality before the Law
A good education
A decent pension
Glance down that list, and two things are clear: we are forced to be more self-reliant today than 60 years ago…..but the equipment necessary for self-reliance has been gradually taken from us.
Both of these changes in British life since 1955 are the direct result of government action, inaction and incompetence.
But still our share of world trade shrinks, our national debt gets bigger, the gap between rich and poor gets wider, our salaries sink lower, our overpopulation gets worse, our Rights are eroded….and nothing is certain any more. From the availability of a qualified doctor on duty at the weekends to the word of a Priest, nobody’s sense of duty, honesty or competence can be taken for granted.
Think about all that, and then ask yourselves: what have the Thatcher >>> Blair >>> Cameron years really achieved? Why do people see neoliberal fiscal economics as a success?
One answer must surely be, “Because those offering more inclusive alternatives have failed to gain credibility, and refused to form a common front for decency”.
That’s it for Sunday morning. Enjoy your lunch.