Will 2015 be the year when the UK awakes to how disastrous right-wing economic, political, military ideology has been?

The end of 2014 has certainly brought home some hard economic truths.   Osborne told us he had a long-term economic plan and it was working because the UK had the fastest-growing economy in the G7.   Well, it isn’t: the UK economy is now growing at only half the rate of the US economy, and even Australia is now growing faster than the UK.   Worse, the UK economy is slowing,   David Kern, chief economist at the British Chambers of Commerce, comments that “the stark revision (downward) in annual growth confirms that the pace of recovery is slowing.”   The budget deficit, which according to Osborne’s long-term economic plan, was supposed now to be £40bn is actually £100bn.   Worse, the deficit is now beginning to rise, not fall at all.   The re-balancing of the economy, another key part of the government’s long-term economic plan, hasn’t materialised and in fact has got much worse.    Kern again: “the current balance of payments deficit has risen to an unsustainably high level….owing to the fall in net investment”.   Business investors clearly don’t believe Osborne either.

Then there are the political truths coming home to roost.   Cameron has announced with great flourish – part of that catalogue of wholesale mis-statements, dishonesty and denial of reality which is forever Cameron – austerity and the cuts are largely over and very little remains to b e done.   Osborne immediately contradicted this in the Autumn Statement by declaring roundly that he intended to take another £30bn in cuts in this next parliament, and that was just for starters.   Anyway the stark figures – a deficit of £100bn and rising – tell their own irrefutable message, that the political ideology of unrelenting austerity is now a busted flush.   It has laid waste communities in the north, made large parts of Britain into a third world country dependent on food banks, and generated a sense of utter insecurity and abandonment by all three main political parties until Labour has the guts to propound the real solution which is sustainable economic growth.   But the biggest illustration of the collapse of right-wing ideology had its roots in the Scottish referendum, now consolidated by the SNP surge and wholesale repudiation of the the right-wing-driven Westminster Establishment.

Right-wing military ideology has led to the disasters known as the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.   They were dishonestly begun for the wrong reason – to discover non-existent WMD in Iraq – but actually to enable the war criminal Blair to proclaim that Britain (he) was standing shoulder to shoulder with Bush – at the expense of course of several hundred British soldiers’ lives.   Too much of what was done was driven, not by military need of political justification, but simply to impress the US.   And it didn’t succeed even in that.   General Jack Keane, former vice chief of staff of the US army, put it succinctly in 2013 speaking at Sandhurst about the twin debacles of Basra and Helmand: “Gentlemen, you let us down; you let us down badly”.

7 thoughts on “Will 2015 be the year when the UK awakes to how disastrous right-wing economic, political, military ideology has been?

  1. I’d add the fact that Iain Duncan Smith has wasted £millions on his failed plans for Universal Credit, computers, ATOS, appeals and tribunals, all to persecute people who are too ill to work and who in any case are unemployable. They’ve also massaged the unemployment figures by not counting a million or so people who they’ve unfairly sanctioned. Not forgetting all the deaths these policies have caused.

    However, the economy is the fundamental issue, as it is the foundation for everything else, and the message that Osborn is handling it badly is now being disseminated:

    David Kern went on to say “The most concerning aspect of these figures is that the current deficit has risen to an unsustainably high level – due to the fall in net investment.”

    William Keegan in Sunday’s Observer makes the point that Osborn is obsessed with “the wrong deficit” and that he should be concentrating on the balance of payments.

    This of course ties in with improving the economy, so our exports will increase and balance out what we pay for our imports. I expect they’re currently well out of kilter.

    Seumas Milne in The Guardian: “Deficit mania and balanced budgets are a political fraud”

    David Laws and Danny Alexander have also recently spoken up against Osborn’s policies of cuts and more cuts, so they are ganging up on him. The Independent’s headline read: Danny Alexander savages George Osborne over ‘destruction of public services’ and The Guardian: “George Osborne public spending plan ‘a political suicide note’, says David Laws”

    Apparently, we’re now the “5th largest economy in the world” having recently overtaken France. However, I’m not at all sure that the general perception isn’t still that the country is broke and that there isn’t the money to pay for even essential services, which is why people still believe that we need to have all of this austerity.

    Articles are also now appearing regularly in some newspapers and people reading these blogs (which are being shared around on Facebook) now know differently, but this message needs to be spread to a much wider readership. So, everything must be done to ensure that 2015 WILL “be the year when the UK awakes to how disastrous right-wing economic, political, military ideology has been”!

    William Keegan went on to say:
    “Despite his affable manner on big occasions, David Cameron seems to have lost the confidence of most people I meet. But until recently, people entertained a reluctant admiration for George Osborne’s perceived political skills. No longer, it seems. His relentless attack on the public services, with promises of lots more to come, has frightened the horses and offered an opportunity for Labour. For, whatever Ed Miliband and Ed Balls may feel it necessary to say to appease the Conservative press, they are emphatically not intent on a policy of damaging public services to finance even more tax cuts for the rich.”
    “Quite apart from the questionable morality of what he’s up to, Osborne has exposed a flank to a Labour party in need of a new line of attack.”

    This sounds very promising, however Labour must also convince people that THEY have the answers! I trust you have made Miliband and Balls aware of your views on how this could be achieved, without excessive borrowing?

  2. When they give us private firms who take over from councils dip into the tax payers pot flitching monies for work not done not one but two all these companies are failing just like in America fraud claims it seems tax payers pot was to easy for them but they hafved the people working there so making more profits but this was taken offshore not benefiting britain yes these firms only goal was to make profits wasnt it better have many in work paying tax this tory way not only robbed you of monies but jobs now we now the failed banksters from canada is in the bank of England fiddling figures for his mate George outside while george manipulates a bit more yes its looking rosie in their garden austerity was just for those plebs who paid dearly for the crimes of the few it seems greed took once proud britain to the edge are we now going to see the ninty nine percent who aint rich wake up and put back the jobs and spending back to that ninty nine percent who took this austerity jeff3

  3. Nothing will change until the people of this country wake up and see the reality of what is happening in front of them. Unfortunately people are too busy watching xfactor, strictly come dancing, eastenders and coronation street to be bothered.

    The Rothschild Zionist’s which include most of the government and Ed Miliband have not finished ripping this country apart and making the poor even poorer and sick even sicker if not dead.

  4. It seems I’ve grossly underestimated the amount that IDS has wasted on his bungled welfare reforms (by referring to it as £millions here above).

    Johnny Void of wordpress has done an analysis based on a report from the Major Projects Authority (May 2014) and concluded the “At the very least the budgeted costs of welfare reform exceed £25billions!”

    Yikes! Just think how much better it would have been if this money had been paid to people who really need it, and also used to create real jobs.

  5. Wanda to save £8 million on suspected benefits cheats in DLA New labour spent £8 billion the DWP stated that fraud within DLA was one of the lowest in the country at 0.05% yet Blair believed people like me with Paraplegia were in fact cheating by breathing.

    Wasting money on checking welfare is nothing ATOS a labour party mess use to see people with a medical and then send them to appeals because the appeals paid more, so they sent people to worthless appeals to earn more.

    We have not yet found out the total cost of this company bet it will be bigger and better then IDS.

    I watch labour and the Tories sadly over paid people who are in politics for the money they can make, not for the help of the poor the sick the disabled.

  6. I’d add the fact that Iain Duncan Smith has wasted £millions on his failed plans for Universal Credit, computers, ATOS, appeals and tribunals, all to persecute people who are too ill to work and who in any case are unemployable. They’ve also massaged the unemployment figures by not counting a million or so people who they’ve unfairly sanctioned. Not forgetting all the deaths these policies have caused.

    However, the economy is the fundamental issue, as it is the foundation for everything else, and the message that Osborn is handling it badly is now being disseminated:

    David Kern went on to say “The most concerning aspect of these figures is that the current deficit has risen to an unsustainably high level – due to the fall in net investment.”

    William Keegan in Sunday’s Observer makes the point that Osborn is obsessed with “the wrong deficit” and that he should be concentrating on the balance of payments.

    This of course ties in with improving the economy, so our exports will increase and balance out what we pay for our imports. I expect they’re currently well out of kilter.

    Seumas Milne in The Guardian: “Deficit mania and balanced budgets are a political fraud”

    David Laws and Danny Alexander have also recently spoken up against Osborn’s policies of cuts and more cuts, so they are ganging up on him. The Independent’s headline read: Danny Alexander savages George Osborne over ‘destruction of public services’ and The Guardian: “George Osborne public spending plan ‘a political suicide note’, says David Laws”

    Apparently, we’re now the “5th largest economy in the world” having recently overtaken France. However, I’m not at all sure that the general perception isn’t still that the country is broke and that there isn’t the money to pay for even essential services, which is why people still believe that we need to have all of this austerity.

    Articles are also now appearing regularly in some newspapers and people reading these blogs (which are being shared around on Facebook) now know differently, but this message needs to be spread to a much wider readership. So, everything must be done to ensure that 2015 WILL “be the year when the UK awakes to how disastrous right-wing economic, political, military ideology has been”!

    William Keegan went on to say:
    “Despite his affable manner on big occasions, David Cameron seems to have lost the confidence of most people I meet. But until recently, people entertained a reluctant admiration for George Osborne’s perceived political skills. No longer, it seems. His relentless attack on the public services, with promises of lots more to come, has frightened the horses and offered an opportunity for Labour. For, whatever Ed Miliband and Ed Balls may feel it necessary to say to appease the Conservative press, they are emphatically not intent on a policy of damaging public services to finance even more tax cuts for the rich.”
    “Quite apart from the questionable morality of what he’s up to, Osborne has exposed a flank to a Labour party in need of a new line of attack.”
    This sounds very promising, however Labour must also convince people that THEY have the answers! I trust you have made Miliband and Balls aware of your views on how this could be achieved, without excessive borrowing?

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    It seems I’ve grossly underestimated the amount that IDS has wasted on his bungled welfare reforms (by referring to it as £millions).

    Johnny Void of wordpress has done an analysis based on
    a report from the Major Projects Authority (May 2014) and concluded the “At the very least the budgeted costs of welfare reform exceed £25billions!”

    Yikes! Just think how much better it would have been if this money had been paid to people who really need it, and also used to create real jobs.

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    Robert –
    Although Labour originally came up with the WCA (Work Capability Assessment) the original idea was a good one. When Thatcher closed the mines and caused many people to lose their jobs with not enough jobs for them to go to, Job Centres were encouraged to shift people onto incapacity benefits rather than JSA.

    Many would have been capable of working, had there been jobs available that they were able to do. So, when Labour took over, in times of greater employment availability, it would seem they decided it wasn’t right to leave so many people to “rot” as it wasn’t good for them nor for society. People who had spent years in occupations that no longer existed were to be helped to find other work. They intended to trial this in some areas, to iron out any problems but then came the election and the Tories took over.

    Instead of first trying it out, the Tories released it countrywide and then put pressure on ATOS and the DWP to fail people. This they went on to do, even when they were obviously very sick and even dying!!

    I’m sure this is not what Labour had intended, and had they not lost the last election the system would have been tweaked until it served the purpose for which it was originally intended, i.e. to help people who could work get back into employment.

    BTW: ATOS eventually lost the contract, due to all the inaccuracies and complaints and much campaigning. However they have now been replaced by Capita, a company that’s just as bad, if not even worse, and which is run and operated by the very same people who worked for ATOS! Anyway, it’s still the DWP that’s pulling the strings, so even ATOS was something of a scapegoat.

    PS
    I trust you’re not including Mr Meacher in your last paragraph, as he’s definitely one of the good guys!

  7. Oops, sorry – I accidentally included my previous comments in the above.
    Hope someone can delete them!!

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