Is this a joke? Wow, now I’m depressed, concerned and worried – all at once! I have to hope that Polly Toynbee is wrong when she says that:
Historians will see [Monday 1st of April] as the day that defines the Cameron government. An avalanche of benefit cuts will hit the same households over and over, with no official assessment of how far this £18bn reduction will send those who are already poor into beggary.
If only I was a benefit fraud, or could find some other way of maintaining my income rather than asking our bloody useless government for money. Or anything. At all.
I stumbled upon the newest Polly Toynbee article. Polly Toynbee is a writer I highly respect, and her picture of our future is grim.
As usual. it makes good reading, but the content just makes me want to find more things to read. Things that’ll take my mind off the shitty state of the economy today.
Maybe that’s why I haven’t read her articles in a while, for better or worse.
She does sum up what I think of the tories, though. A cross between “utterly useless” and “totally malevolent”.
I know I’m a full three days late with this, but going through Polly Toynbee’s feed made me realise something hideous: that this week is the tory conference.
And there’s only so much right-wing, sometimes insubstantial, sometimes misguided, mostly malevolant posturing crap that I can bear to read about.
Luckily I don’t actually have to be there*, otherwise I don’t know how I’d cope. Probably with a bottle of whiskey on drip, and my lips nailed shut to hold back the obscenities. And my ipod on loud, all the time. Playing MEGADETH.
Anyway, whilst reading, I found this, which pretty much sums up my opinions about the current government:
Voters have much to be cynical about when they look back at Conservative promises in the run-up to the election. Osborne called PFI “failed and discredited”, but now he’s signed deals worth another £17bn. David Cameron said there would be no VAT rise, and on child benefit he said: “I wouldn’t means-test it.” On scrapping EMA, Michael Gove said “we won’t”. Liam Fox promised “a bigger army”, but now 22,000 are cut. Of the promised 3,000 more midwives, there’s no sign. People remember Cameron saying, days before the election: “Any cabinet minister who comes to me and says ‘Here are my plans’ and they involve frontline reductions, they’ll be sent straight back to their department to go away and think again.” None have been sent back so far – while a third of police stations close, 8,000 nurses are losing their jobs, and so on.
And in case I needed another reason not to turn up, just after that, she mentions how she was called a “tory cunt” for wearing a press pass at the event. I have to say I find that amusing, that whoever they were failed to understand what was going on so magnificently, and yet managed to capture something of the party.
Now, when I have my breath back, I may even start reading Andrew Rawnsley’s responses. God help me!
* Not that I’ve been invited or anything.
Increasing marginalisation of students. Riots in the capital and beyond. Unemployment* rates through the roof.** We can all surely agree that we’re in a bit of a state here
Well, that’s not the entireity of the article. Maybe I’m simplifying it a bit too much. There’s very little beer, and very much talk about the loans required to make beer on a large-ish scale. Apparently, such loans for such fledgeling companies as The Fun Fair Brewery are incredibly hard to get at. Even brewers, which I don’t need to be told are stable sellers,*** are having trouble getting hold of the money to set up pubs and the like.
I can’t help but think that this is a bit of an overreaction to one of the causes of the recession. You see, in my feeble, unfinancial world, the recession happened because banks were loaning people too much, and couldn’t recoup their losses. And now we’re in a situation whereby the economy is incapable of recouping it’s own losses and digging itself out of this mess caused by these banks because the very businesses that would get us out of this don’t have the loans to get started. They just can’t seem to get the balance right.
Seriously, it’d be nice to one day read an article with the headline “Financier Saves Kitten From Tree” or “Banker Exposes Fraud And Incompetence”. Anyone hoping to go into banking or accountancy, please make that your aim. You know, while you’re employed, yet cannot find a decent pint.
* Including my own, but that’s either beside the point or a central part.
** And yet still grossly misread by the news and politicians alike.
*** Can you think of a time, recession or not, when people don’t need vast quantities of beer. Recession? Drown your sorrows. Business boom? Celebrations are in order. I’m sure that career-wise, brewers are about as stable as farmers and snipers.