The United Kingdom has never quite got over losing the Empire, to be honest it hasn’t ‘not quite got over it’ but is exhibiting total denial. I am not a psychologist – and never will be – but the UK has formed a delusional self-denial that tacitly accepts that the sun does set on the old Islands we still have, but relives its glory by talking about the war, we love the war, it was the last thing we did as an Empire, we relive the glory each day even though it was 70 years, and it comes as no surprise that when the Government, well a Tory Government, wants to do something unpopular it will invoke Churchill.
Quoting Churchill is a cypher for ‘we really want to make you believe that we are in this together, and that it really hurts us to say this, but we are going to use the current crisis to ensure we make this a country fit for exploitation. Churchill was invoked today, by Cameron, to basically there are too many nasty rules and regulations which we really should get rid, stuff that hinders growth like Health & Safety Legislation, Welfare Rights, along with Human Rights. The spirit of Churchill, is misquoted and misused to feed into the national lack of self-confidence. I live in a country that according the OECD, is third easiest economy to sack someone, and yet more Workers Rights are be brushed away.
The line in the text is:
“When this country was at war in the 40’s Whitehall underwent a revolution”
“Normal rules were circumvented. Convention was thrown out. As one historian put it, everything was thrown at ‘the overriding purpose’ of beating Hitler. Well, this country is in the economic equivalent of war today – and we need the same spirit.”
New legislation to be introduced in this Parliament will enable the Government and Local Authorities to ask for Internet Data at will, and it will also introduce ‘secret courts’ which evidence, as defined by the State, can be used to convict someone without the evidence being heard in Court; it will be the State that defines what is ‘secret’ without and judicial oversight.
That’s right David, invoke Churchill, fly the flag, and dismantle the freedoms this country fought for, enact laws that Hitler would be proud of.
This recession was not made my working people who have taken massive pay cuts in this country, or by sick people using Hospitals it has been made in Number 10 Downing Street, or more accurately No 11 Downing Street. The people who are suffering are being made to suffer more, I read this evening of the Elderly having to eat in Food Kitchens, this should not be the case. The elderly have fought this country – for Europe – and worked hard and they should not be made to suffer, and if they haven’t fought for anything and not worked hard then as Pearl S. Buck wrote in ‘My Several Worlds’
“Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members”
This Government has systematically attacked the weak and vulnerable, and it seeks to attack and punish everyone for not being rich.
The United Kingdom is drifting inextricably out of the EU, vote by vote, soundbite by soundbite, retreating into a utopian dream. I look at Germany, that has posted several years of growth, and wonder if it the UK that is wrong or is it the EU? The Workers Rights in Germany are superior to our own, yet they have fought for them through hardship after WW2 to construct a thriving nation that has been based upon cooperation, it has done this whilst paying Holocaust survivors (and has recently extended the Pensions to survivors not only in Germany, but everyone who survived the Nazi Regime, in the midst of the Euro Zone Crisis). I see a country that is not only looking after its vulnerable, paying back its debts, but also looking towards the future, not harking back on a glorious and inglorious past, but moving forward.
I do not understand how Workers Rights, and Safety Legislation, has hindered German growth, or France’s or Italy’s (all bigger economies than the UK).
Instead of embracing the new opportunities of Europe the UK is retreating into isolationism of a madman that cannot cope with reality, instead creating a story to tell itself.
I feel dismayed that my defence against my own country seems to the European Court of Human Rights, a body that this Governments want to leave. In it’s defence it has said it would introduce an Bill of Rights, but this is a government that would write it, and change it at will, as much as it would countenance ‘secret courts’.
The very ideals Churchill espoused are being eroded, and whilst we are not a communist regime, I will quote Churchill on his assessment of Europe 1946, the problem is I feel like I am on the wrong side..
“From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent”