Britain will be hit by waves of “Greek-style unrest” if a Tory or Labour government narrowly wins the election and then tries to push through draconian spending cuts, Nick Clegg warns today. In an interview with the Observer, the Liberal Democrat leader says he fears “serious social strife” would break out on the streets if a government with limited support at the election on 6 May then raised taxes, laid off public-sector workers and froze wages. We need an hung parliament but not the kind he is asking for, but if there are riots and an uprising without one for now we are happy to let the prospect of a hung parliament go..
As the main parties prepared to launch their election manifestos early next week, Clegg said it was “stating the obvious” to say that a hung parliament, in which the main parties were forced to work together, would be good for the country. The alternative would be to have a government that lacked support across huge parts of Britain, where the fuck is the man he needs to come round to see the people of Sheffield a little more to understand a few facts.
The new proletariat as a homogeneous class first came into existence in the last 10 years. And it is by no means an exclusively German phenomenon: An underclass is emerging in every self-described leading industrial nation. The modern political economy clearly has nothing to offer to those who possess little knowledge.
It is no mere coincidence that the rise of the new underclass is happening in tandem with the erosion of industry jobs. In Europe, the process of de-industrialization may end up being more influential than the common currency or the effort to forge a shared constitution. The disintegration of society threatens the West today more than international terrorism, even if politicians are focusing on combating the latter.
National Equality Panel confirms that class is the main issue
Once again the IWCA’s analysis of class in modern Britain is spot on…
Despite every effort to hide it, a recent report by an independent panel set up by the government confirms that class is the most important factor determining inequality in society.
The National Equality Panel published An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in the UK in January. At first glance the 460 page report tells us nothing new – economic inequalities, high both in relation to other countries and previous historical periods, reinforce themselves across the lifecycle and across generations.
The first sentence of the executive summary suggests the usual focus of state-backed investigations into inequality has been adopted. It informs us that the objective of the report was to ‘examine how inequalities in people’s economic outcomes are related to their characteristics and circumstances.’ Tellingly, it highlights three examples of people’s ‘characteristics and circumstance’ as gender, ethnicity and age – the holy trinity of liberal concern with inequality.
To begoverned is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so.
To be governed is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorised, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the public interest, to be placed under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolised, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonoured.
That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.”
– Pierre Joseph Proudhon.