Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Tethers, the end thereof.

Let me explain to you (although I expect that many of you may have some idea) why this man Cameron is such a complete pillock. A pillock from arsehole to Christmas, and back again.

He is trying to convince the rest of us that his idea of a “big society” is clever. He contrasts it to the “big state” which he sees as a not clever idea. The underlying philosophy of the big society is that the elected government should relieve itself of all responsibility for the welfare of its citizens, leaving all of the onus on those citizens to sort themselves out. By doing this, a large burden of tax will be removed from those fine fellows (bankers, entrepreneurs and other sundry twats) who support slimy Dave and his band of mendacious sociopaths. Freed of this burden, the theory goes, business will flourish, and, he would like us to believe, we will all be better off. I agree we will be better off, as long as we are not sick, disabled, less able, old or plain unlucky. The people who certainly will be better off are those who support slimy Dave, and whom slimy Dave supports, and who already are doing very nicely for themselves at our expense thanks to the efforts of slimy Dave and vast majority of the braying media who see things the way that slimy Dave does. 

Dave’s job is made much easier because there are large sections of the population who still associate the Labour party with left wing policies. They are helped in maintaining this mistaken view by slimy Dave’s friends in the majority of the media. 

Just in case you have not caught on, I feel I ought to make my position clear. There are surveys widely available, lots of them online, that will show you your political position in terms of left/right wing and authoritarian/libertarian. It shows some famous political and social figures to give you some idea where you stand. I stand in the corner. I am to the left of all of them, and more libertarian than any. I do not support the possession of power (wealth is less important) by a minority. I do not want a government telling me how to behave. But, in practical terms, I would like to be part of the process of choosing an administration that is responsible for the  provision of welfare for all, regardless of ability to contribute to the running of society. Education, health care, care for the elderly, care for the disabled and protection from abuse of power should be available to all and equal. Government should only exercise its power to prevent abuse of power and damage to the environment and damage to the well being of its citizens. This is a humanist view, in the broadest sense of “humanist”. It recognises that we are capable of attaining, and should strive to attain, the condition of being cooperative, caring and humble in our interactions with others. It is certainly idealistic, but I will not accept that as a valid criticism. If we cannot strive for the best we might as well all give up now. 

The alternative is the system that we are living under at the moment, which Twateron wants to make more radical by relieving the rich and powerful of the duty to contribute to the well being of us all. This is the system that takes us to war whenever the continued flow of wealth to the already overstuffed rich is threatened. The deaths of a million Iraqis is only one the consequences of holding that stance.  

I can do nothing about this. Although I sense there are thousands and possibly millions who are in broad agreement with me, I am disenfranchised. Every four or five years I get to cast a vote for one of three political parties who are almost indistinguishable flavours of self-serving environmental fascism. Alas, the majority of people are either too stupid to see or too afraid to admit that capitalism has never delivered the promises of wealth and security to all by lining the pockets of the few. 

To sum up, in a caring and well-thought-out way, I wish that Cameron would shove his big society up his big slimy arse, and fuck off.

17 comments:

Dave said...

Still, Dave's wealthy friends won't be getting child benefit now, so that makes everything right, doesn't it?

Rog said...

Have you thought of leaving your cossetted little haven in rural Hampshire and fucking off to North Korea you foul-mouthed twat?

(please excuse the tautology)

Richard said...

Er, right on, brother.

Vicus Scurra said...

Very astute Rog. If I find the Tories distasteful, then I must be a supporter of a repressive, state owned fascist autocrat, you stupid bastard.

Richard said...

Well, I don't know.

This is like listening to Nicky Campbell.

Scarlet Blue said...

Blimey.
*Keeps head down and goes back to reading The Enigma of Capital*
Sx

WV: ratted

Christopher said...

Just to change the tone before this descends into a vulgar brawl, I'm sure I won't be the first to observe that the 'Cameron' in Scots Gaelic ('camshron' but S is silent when followed by H, make of this what you will) means 'crooked nose'. The war cry of his clan (i.e. Cabinet?) is 'Sons of the hounds, come here and get meat'. A bit of a mouthful when you're tussling with opponents, but all to the good if it avoids black eyes, grazed knees and wounded amour propre.

Vicus Scurra said...

Scarlet. Be sure to let us know whether Prof. Harvey has a point.
Christopher. Thank you. I cannot guarantee that the tone will be changed. Of course, not all Camerons are like our David.

Richard said...

Re the Big Society on Welfare: It is quite obvious from listening to the fight between the screaming idiots and the one or two voices of reason on the relentless phone-ins that have been devoted to this over the past few days that the whole shebang is doomed to failure from the off. The reason being that the number of people who actually choose to live on benefits as a lifestyle choice - the tabloid fodder who give the system a bad name - is far outweighed by those who have little or no choice through circumstance or bad luck and are generally seen as the exceptions. In fact, the exceptions are the rule.

Concentrate on making recruitment attractive to employers and create an environment in which jobs are interesting and rewarding and not just a load of rubbish ones selling useless crap nobody wants (90% of the ones available in Crewe) and any benefit problems will resolve themselves. Believe it or not, the staff at my jobcentre believe there are positive things in the pipeline that will actually mean they will be able to help the long-term unemployed rather than just go through the motions and tick useless boxes like they've been doing for years. Which is how it should be, regardless of who's in power.

Geoff said...

I've already stuck my white feather up Cameron's arse.

Tax the rich!

Boggins said...

I read through all this, waiting in vain for any amusing remarks regarding the Duchess Of Cornwall.
I am almost 100% of your opinion my dear chap, and will say so in public. If you should choose or be forced to "fuck off to North Korea", let me know & my wife will knit you something.

Boggins said...

PS. Free the Kim Jong One.

The Birdwatcher said...

I must be pissed you made sense.

arwriter said...

well darling, if everything you write is true, i hope he fucks off as well.

english inukshuk said...

crikey, it's all happening over here isn't it! reminds me of being in a boilerhouse when the steam's up and the needle on the gauge is pushing into the "dangerously overheated" section

and that's just the comments about North Korea

I agree with most of what you write, apart from the rude words

but I think you knew that already

tom909 said...

I only agree with the rude words.

brokenbiro said...

...and another thing!!!