The Road to Ruin – With No Good Intentions

George Osborne, whose arrogance and ambitions know no bounds, talks in terms of ‘turning a corner’ – unfortunately it is into another blind alley for us. He says there is no alternative to Plan A, and in reality Labour’s Plan B is no such thing, just a variation of Plan A. Osborne and his clones have no answers – only more and more austerity for ‘hard-working families’, the phrase that Cameron and his clan use ad nauseum in all of their speeches.

The Chancellor says Britain is now enjoying its fastest growth for fifteen years, which wouldn’t be that difficult considering its very low base level. The worst of the cuts are yet to come but Osborne declares that a ‘broad and sustainable recovery’ is under way. Meanwhile, living standards continue to plummet for most people. Of the G20 nations over the last three years only Japan and Italy had recorded lower growth than Britain.

Governments are well used to massaging unemployment figures; this regime is crowing about an increase in jobs, albeit that many are part-time and on zero hours contracts. Neither do most governments learn from the past. This government’s ‘Help to Buy’ scheme can only fuel a house price bubble. The bedroom tax will cause considerable inflation in renting privately. Private landlords will make a killing. No British government has built a sufficient number of houses to satisfy our country’s housing needs.

Lending to business and industry is actually falling. A plunging pound has done little to boost exports. Another mistake of the past will see a repeat of a consumer led boom with cheap money. Contraction in regions outside London continues. Real growth can only occur when living standards are rising, not by merely boosting private debt. Are we condemned to repeat the Past?

All of the above, taken together with a broken banking system and financial and political corruption, mean that they have no answers for us.

 

 

 

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In dealing with Covid19, Collectivism and Science have shown the way world wide; in Britain it's been Trade Unions and the NHS. Capitalism has shown itself unwilling & incapable of dealing with this crisis.

Caractacus Mann@CaractacusMann

From Yemen saying "Communism saves humanity." https://twitter.com/CPBritain/status/1308301456051597314

Neo-liberal managerial approach, from a neo-liberal political party. More evidence for ending the illusion that the Labour Party can ever be socialist which is based on a deeper illusion that the Parliamentary system and existing state can be reformed in the interests of workers.

Paul O'Connell@pmpoc

The British Labour Party ending its own furlough scheme a month before the national scheme, and letting employees go, in the midst of a global pandemic and on the cusp of an economic depression - under new management indeed:

In the USA we see a contradiction between aspects of neoliberalism; i.e. between authoritarianism of the state repressive apparatus and liberal economics of cuts in public services. Both aspects end up damaging workers.

Miles@UnitedLeftist

HUGE federal overreach here. https://twitter.com/kylehooten2/status/1308051304846065666

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