I see Iain Duncan Smith, the UK's Work and Pensions minister, this morning on the BBC News, was wittering on about "making work pay" again. Making work pay is only part of the problem for the majority of us. The harder we work, the harder he, and his elite cronies will just rip it all back off us again - with their usual arsenal of tried and tested ploys.
'Cheat me once', as the saying goes, 'and it's your fault. Cheat me again, and it's my fault'. I suggest that before we all start investing our time in the UK economy we need to ensure that it'll be worth our while. If we're to rebuild our economy, we need to start with a sound foundation. There's not much point in us working our cobblers off to rebuild a manufacturing base just to see it all outsourced again. This time the scoundrels wouldn't even have to take the trouble to crush the trade unions and privatise everything first; that's all in place now - because we, the people swallowed their BS the last time. They'll just let us get on with it, while they scour the globe for the cheapest, most abject competitive labour force they can find, and then ship it all out again. If we carry on this way, before we know it, it'll be as regular as clockwork. On the other hand, they might just stay here now that conditions are almost third world standard already.
Another very important piece of BBC news today was that we're to have Sir Winston Churchill's phizog on our fivers, starting in 2016. "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat." The Bank of England informs us quoting the words of the late, great wartime leader. Still, so far, there's no info about how fractional reserve banking works. They could put a short synopsis of that along the bottom where they used to "promise to pay the bearer" something or other - or, it might just fit in under Winnie's double chin. "We make money out of thin air; you lot pay interest on it." It's funny how they never have much to say about how the debt-based economy works either. I suspect it's responsible for most of the world's "blood, toil, tears and sweat".
Sir Mervyn King the outgoing Governor of the Bank of England said, "Our banknotes acknowledge the life and work of great Britons. Sir Winston Churchill was a truly great British leader, orator and writer. Above that, he remains a hero of the entire free world." He might remain a hero to some Mervyn, but I'm wondering how you would define "entire free world", these days. You can't be referring to the UK I know. Maybe you're talking about the tax havens your pals in the city know.
It's a bit ironic too asking us to revere Winnie as the great, vanquisher of fascism at a time when fascism in the form of multinational behemoths is the only game in town. Now we have to lavish the beasts with blank cheques whilst dealing with austerity because the very banknotes on which they print their jingoism are going out of fashion due to the forthcoming hyperinflation they're going to use to smash what's left of the democracy that Sir Winston championed so well.
Well that's maybe so, Mr Duncan Smith, but they'll probably have to flit to the Philippines because that's where much of the manufacturing plant ended up the last time your buddies sold the family silver.
"This is the first step on a long journey and the pathfinder is our opportunity to get Universal Credit right. We will bring in this radical and vital reform in a careful and controlled way."
Yes, "careful", as in "softly, softly catchie monkey' - and "controlled", as in Big Brother is watching you - and he won't tolerate idleness where there's a killing to be made from eternal peonage.