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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Cameron: The Mask Slips Further - The True Horror Revealed

After carefully positioning his party under the brand of “compassionate conservatism” before the 2010 election, little that David Cameron has done in office has demonstrated that he has any understanding of the concept of compassion, that involves empathy, consideration and concern.

Like the slick little PR man he was before his re-emergence as a Tory politician, Cameron guessed the benefit of the detoxifying the Tory brand to make it re-electable. Since then he has emerged as a highly ideological politician whose understanding of the world beyond his own Cotswold set is as limited as knowledge of economics, but matched by the odious prejudice of his class, best described as lacking any principles other than insatiable greed and contempt for the rest of us.

Our media are fond of describing Russian politics as a system of oligarchy defined as “Oligarchy (from Greek ὀλιγαρχία (oligarkhía); from ὀλίγος (olígos), meaning "a few", and ἄρχω (archo), meaning "to rule or to command") [1][2][3] is a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people.

These people could be distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, education, corporate, or military control. Such states are often controlled by a few prominent families who pass their influence from one generation to the next.” Why should we not use oligarchy to describe the Cameron regime?

This is a government that sees nothing wrong in the sudden growth in food banks to keep its people nourished, that ignores children coming to school hungry, that disregards the worst housing crisis since Britain was bombed to bits in the second world war, that has cut the incomes of the poorest, and created and continues to create unemployment condemning a million young people to a life without a future. We were never in this together. We are the subjects in a giant experiment to destroy our society.

Cameron in his speech at Bluewater shopping centre in Kent yesterday was determined to create a smokescreen to hide the utter futility of his economic policies, to distract rather than debate. But his intervention should lead to a clearer understanding of far this government will go to destroy the whole basis of the post second world war settlement , founded on the Beveridge principles designed to vanquish Want, Disease, Ignorance, Squalor and Idleness. Cameron seeks to vilify and denigrate those without the benefit of a trust fund behind them rather than building on those foundations in which a society was created in which we all have a stake.

He proposed removing housing benefit from under 25s, restricting benefits from families with three children or more, linking benefits to average earnings, as opposed to inflation, time-limiting some benefits, restricting access to benefits for school leavers, and increasing the proportion of benefits paid in kind as opposed to cash. Others have already begun the work of demonstrating how factually wrong (See http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/reality-check/2012/jun/25/is-scrapping-housing-benefit-for-under-25-s-a-good-idea)

For those of us on the Left however, this speech must act as a warning. Seeing the Tory oligarchs re-elected in 2015 will be a disaster for our class, our unions and our people. This is no time to get battle weary. We need to redouble our efforts. Resistance is the only way forward.