Thursday, June 15, 2017

Owen Jones - Britain's Conservatives: the party of chaos and disorder sells 'stability' and 'national interest'. Sounds familiar

when Teresa May was home secretary gay refugees felt obliged to film themselves having sex to prove to her officials – following her orders – that they were indeed gay, to avoid being deported to countries that would imprison, injure or murder them...she sent those vans emblazoned with “Go home” into ethnically mixed areas. Go home: a phrase that haunts the childhoods of many minority British citizens; a callous act designed to whip up bigotry...The Tories have presided over the longest squeeze in wages since the Napoleonic wars. Of the industrialised nations, only devastated Greece has suffered a worse decline. Figures this week show that real wages are once again falling. Meanwhile, the richest thousand Britons have enjoyed a doubling in wealth during one of the worst economic crises in modern British history. The Tories have promoted deregulation for big business, but imposed the most draconian legislation on Britain’s trade union movement in the western world

NB: A comment beneath this article notes: 'At last it seems people are realising the Tories are fighting a class war.. but we seem to be waking up.' Under the banner of 'national pride' the Sangh Parivar are also fighting a class war. All their orchestrated lynchings and communal propaganda are meant to deliver one message: Hate Muslims and Love Corporates. What a way to run a country - DS

Let us note the woes of Theresa May. But don’t waste time feeling sorry for her. Focus instead on the Conservative party, and ask yourself: does it have the capacity for shame? The Tories have spent the past two and a half years claiming that they are the only force that can save Britain from the chaos and disorder represented by the Labour party. But look at where we are. Britain has spent over a year embroiled in the worst political turmoil since the end of the war – and all because of this incompetent party and its partisan ruses. David Cameron offered a referendum on EU membership not because he believed it to be in the national interest, but because it would defuse the threat to his party from Ukip. The Tories then ran a tone-deaf remain campaign based on threats of economic calamity, having spent years stirring up resentment about immigration, thereby gifting the initiative to those who campaigned to leave.

In the political upheaval that followed, I suggested that Cameron – who, true to this arrogant type, now offers his successor advice – was the worst prime minister on his own terms since Neville Chamberlain. Historians reprimanded me: Chamberlain, after all, had presided over prewar re-armament. I actually had to go back to Lord North who, in the late 18th century, was prime minister when the American colonies were lost. But May may yet prove worse than him. This arrogance, this recklessness, seems rooted in the DNA of the Conservative party. They are not like, say, the Christian Democrats of Germany and other European countries; they are more like the US Republican right. They share the same viciousness, the same sense of entitlement, the same equation of dissent with treason and lack of patriotism, the same determination to smear opponents as dangerous extremists, the same demonisation of groups lacking power – whether immigrants or benefit claimants – for political gain.

Always have in mind what the Tory party is. It is the political wing of the vested interests that fund it: a way to protect their economic interests in a democratic system where everyone has the vote. That is why such suggestions as the idea from the Harlow Tory MP Robert Halfon that it should rebrand as the Workers’ party gain no traction. It would be no more than yet another deceitful ruse. And what of Halfon? May just demoted him. The Tories have presided over the longest squeeze in wages since the Napoleonic wars. Of the industrialised nations, only devastated Greece has suffered a worse decline. Figures this week show that real wages are once again falling. Meanwhile, the richest thousand Britons have enjoyed a doubling in wealth during one of the worst economic crises in modern British history. The Tories have promoted deregulation for big business, but imposed the most draconian legislation on Britain’s trade union movement in the western world... read more: