As you may have gathered from previous articles, I am not a fan of the right wing or of any right leaning ideologies. I am also not a fan of any capitalist strategies that put the working classes at risk of sinking further into poverty and financial obscurity whilst at the same time securing the fortunes of the wealthy minority.
It should come as no surprise therefore to discover the anger that is on the verge of erupting deep within me as daily revelations of the latest ConDem cuts reach my ears. And to think WE, the electorate, invited these people into power! That the UK is in debt is an unavoidable fact, as is the majority of the Western world due to the recent economic crisis. The instant and savage cuts that are being imposed on the nation by this illogical and unreasonable Government are in direct defiance of respected economic evidence, many reports suggesting the large debts are not immediately crippling and can be managed in a more practical and structured method than the dramatic and sudden way it is being implemented at present.
The last month has seen continuous cuts across various services, primarily in the Public Sector. Whilst some have been dedicated more column inches and considered more newsworthy than others, ALL will have an effect on the working class majority of this nation. Many jobs within Public Sector are at severe risk as the Government embarks on its cost cutting exercise; surely adding to the unemployment and thus benefit numbers is not sound governing from the nations leaders?
Local councils across the country are also being ordered to slash spending and also cut costs across a myriad of their operations. I have previously reported on how Carmarthenshire County Council is unable to find a paltry £20,000 to repair a local community hotspot in Brynaman Lido. Stories like this are becoming more common as the pockets get tightened in Town Halls across the land.
There are certain cross sections that are going to be hit by these cruel cuts. The first is pensioners, the most vulnerable of us all and the people whom always take the brunt of politicians mismanagement. Pensions are being cut and benefits are being cut thus making the living conditions of our grandparents even more reprehensible. How much longer in our so-called civilized country can our elders go through the winter months without sufficient heating. How about the disabled children and their parents who will now be at risk of losing much-needed respite care and help as these vital services get canned due to lack of funds.
With the public sector at risk, the general public will also feel the effects indirectly as thousand’s of nurses and teachers lose their jobs. Crime is also expected to rise as the police force has been instructed to cut jobs by 40,000, almost a third of the entire officers. In a similar vein, the military is also threatened with extreme cuts despite being at war and on top of last years controversy over the condition of current military equipment and its part in the deaths of hundreds of serving men and women.
Once again, to reiterate, with the country in debt certain cuts or taxes are inevitable and to be expected. Even the most fervent anti-tory will have to concede this. However, it is the manner and plethora of cuts that is galling. What the ConDem’s are proposing is the biggest cuts this country has seen since World War II and totally unnecessary. All it will serve to do is to once again burden the working classes who will again have to suffer through difficult circumstances and become the victims of the government’s lust to increase the widening gap of inequality between rich and poor.
My own possible solution? Surely with the banks and their insurmountable greed being partly to blame for the global economic crisis the adoption of the much heralded but possibly impractical “Robin Hood Tax” would be popular with the people if the scrooge of the influential multi millionaire bank directors. Supporters claim that a form of levy on the banks could potentially raise £250bn a year, more than enough to aid in the fight against poverty and jobs.
Ofcourse…this is a sensible and popular solution to our brittle economy and can increase the quality of life for many. Which means it will never happen.