In the space of several months the Government has proposed abolition of the Human Rights Acts, the National Health Service (with the Secretary of State not being obliged to provide health care) scrapping Health and Safety legislation and banning demonstrations during the 2012 Olympics amongst some of the proposals made. Reformation of Employment Law, most notably removal of Workers Rights is on the cards, the worst being ‘no fault dismissal’ and scrapping, or radical reform, of the Tribunal system; in fact the wholesale decimation of the Welfare State that has been accepted by the State for the past 70 years.
Let’s not go onto the assault on people with disabilities.
The Government’s scandals so far this year have included Theresa May, the Home Secretary, basically telling a ‘tall tale’ with that ‘cat story’ and also alleged blunders with the UK Border Agency which someone else took the fall for, the Defence Minister resigning and David Cameron telling the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury to ‘calm down dear’ – and of course Andy Coulson with the bombshell revelations about phone hacking; and also the allegations that the Chancellor of the Exchequer had taken drugs with ‘a woman of dubious character’.
The changes and ineptitude are very disturbing from any Government, but more so from a Government without a mandate.
The coalition does not have a mandate for radical changes, some reforms – such as radical reformation of the NHS – go contrary to their Manifesto pledges “we will not undertake any major top down changes to the NHS’ was an election promise – already broken in spectacular style. Using the preferred ‘first past the post’ system favoured by Cameron not enough people voted for the Conservative Party to form a Government, no-one voted for a coalition and certainly no-one voted for radical reform.
The Conservative Party is being sustained by the Liberal Democrat Party that dare not face the electorate for fear of annihilation; such is the price when you dance with devil, but neither with a mandate for radical change.
The reforms are being made to structurally alter society in such a way that it cannot be reformed, this by a Party that could not get enough votes to command a majority.
The moral audacity for this revolution comes from a clique that has shown itself to be rich, arrogant and uncaring.
A quite town in Oxfordshire, the home of Rebekah Brooks, one time Chief Execuitive of News International and Jeremy Clarkson, all form a circle with one David Cameron, Cousin to Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister, it is these people that seem to be shaping, not only our politics, but also our media, in the manner and culture, of a 21st Century elitist parody of Prime Minister Harold Wilson‘s ‘Kitchen Cabinet’
Jeremy Clarkson recently made remarks, I cannot call them a jokes, when the Public Sector Workers went on strike to stop the assault on the working man that he would ‘he would shoot them in front of their families’ – the sheer brutality of the remarks (which were allegedly humorous) reflect the contempt he has for ordinary people who pay his wages at the BBC. What is worse is the contempt not so much by Clarkson, but others of the ‘Chipping Norton Set’ which include Rebecca Brooks, Jeremy Clarkson and Andy Coulson, which was shown in the Prime Ministers defence of Clarkson, the lack of outrage at Rebecca Brooks, and the blind defence of Andy Coulson.
The smell of privilege pervades the current Government and takes form with sneering attacks, not on policy but on personality and denigration of the weakest groups in society, thus confirming a total lack of moral fibre; the Government front bench is an advert for the Upper Classes and the Bullingdon Club. It is this Upper Class arrogance and rudeness that is permeating through this Parliament, the relentless rubbishing of consensus or even pretending to be interested in alternatives. It is rude and crass, but this is what Cameron’s Britain will become, just as Thatcher’s became greedy.
It is the arrogance of privilege which characterises this Government, it is the total lack of concern, epitomised by glib remarks and policies disadvantaging the disadvantaged, and the total lack of humility that shame this Government, if they had shame of course. Two Million people went on Strike and all the Prime Minister could do was rubbish the march of people nearing the end of their ability to live and provide.
This Government is not of the people, it is of power, privilege and vested interest.