Osborne stirs up more shit in which to bury himself in

Quietly and surreptitiously Osborne is marking out his pitch for the leadership,   The trouble is, it’s thoroughly bad pitch.   By denigrating opponents of privatisation he has set his face against the 70% of the population who earnestly want rail re-nationalised, a proportion so large that it must include nearly half who’re Tories.   Osborne must assume that the case for privatisation of rail, as for every other takeover or outsourcing of public assets, is done and dusted and nothing more now needs to be said.   If so, that is a very arrogant assumption, easy to make if like Osborne you don’t listen to what people are really feeling.   Rail privatisation in 1996-7 was an ideological exercise, never justified on the evidence.   A former Tory MP described it as “the poll tax on wheels”.   UK rail fares are now the most expensive in Europe by a measure of 40% and rail privatisation is now costing the UK taxpayer £4bn a year in subsidies, more than a third of the net cost of the EU to the UK.   And half of the UK taxpayers most heavily hit are Tories!   Well done, George.

It is extraordinary that not long ago the Tories were seen as the party of pragmatism and flexibility, and Labour was the party of ideology.   That has completely reversed.   The Tories now have an obsessive fetish with contracting the State, regarding the use of UK public funds for investment in British industry as taboo (though not paying Chinese and French State companies handsomely for investing  in British industry), generating the biggest white elephant of all time at Hinkley C because of their ideological aversion to renewable power.

There are other pitfalls that will come back to haunt Osborne.   He has shown no concern whatever, and frankly no pity or compassion with what he has already inflicted on a third of the population through 5 years of grinding austerity, whereas Thatcher’s Ingham did at least have the grace to apologise for the desolation she caused in the north.   But increasingly it is the middle class and Tories who are also now being hit – consultants, doctors, services for the elderly and infirm.

Then there’s the all-important issue of austerity as the government’s guiding principle.   Public opinion is clearly changing on this – it probably changed a long time ago, but Osborne’s tin ear blocked it out, and only the Jeremy Corbyn massive convulsion brought it to light.   If Osborne doesn’t now change his position on this, which will be seen as a deep political humiliation, he’ll be in serious trouble.   If he does change, the prospects for bringing down the budget deficit will all but collapse.   Over to you, George.


25 thoughts on “Osborne stirs up more shit in which to bury himself in

  1. Well the tories lie big time so why not their mates who just follow suite to sell their products to the peasants so did you expect differnt from them lies lies and more lies while we are sold off under ttip and the Canadian one to sold up the river by evefys ones lies jeff3

  2. Oh that man he’s crooked the books with his mate carney alls well alls well yet some believe them its unbelievable that they do they swindled billions and now they on about attacking the pensioners who they say get to much yes their tables overflow but anyone’s else’s well they want your share to those 24 percent who voted em in I wonder are they now kicking themselves has they come for them jeff3

  3. The king-makers have decided Osborne will be the next PM, so there is no doubt about it. Perhaps Camoron didn’t kowtow to the Establishment enough, who knows? but the Daily Mail and its ilk are seeing to it that he’s on his way out.

    According to the MSM (which I read when I fancy a laugh of utter despair), Osborne can do no wrong, and Camoron was left with Piggate.

    Aaaah, dontcha just love a ‘free’ press?

  4. I see iain the king of the liars blaming labour for esa back to work claiments who failed the atos test lima fit to work blaming labour for it hum didn’t the last time that a government culled the stock through their action t4 program be called Nazi and they were just taking orders hum sounds familiar jeff3

  5. micheal you was a true gent who listened to many who were being abused by this government you listened and helped were you could sadly labours going to find it hard to replace was has great has you rip jeffrey davies

  6. My sincere condolences to the family and the many friends of Micheal a true labour party stalwart.


  7. RIP Mr Meacher…you were one of the true gentlemen and I shall miss your honest unbiased opinions on the state of politics and the world today. Thank you for your unwavering passion to make the world a better place.

  8. So sad to hear of the demise of Michael Meacher. He will be sadly missed by those who care about the diadvantaged and disabled in this country Rest in peace, comrade.

  9. Thankyou Michael for all you did for me: for all you did for us. You will be greatly missed by many for whom you were their last and greatest hope. Bless you.

  10. A week now and still terribly upset by the sad news. The world is a worse place without Michael in it. But we still have his words here which are timeless and which live on after him. I was lucky enough to meet him once, and will never, ever forget what he said to me.

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