‘Are they blind to austerity’s impact?’

First published in Letters by

ARE the Tories’ eyelids sewn shut; is that why they can’t see the hardship they are causing through their ideological austerity?

As they appear in that long-running farce at Westminster... Let’s Pretend It’s Democracy, perhaps some pesky greasepaint has run into their eyes clouding their vision and sense of decency.

Victor Hugo could have written a contemporary novel about Les Misérable Tories... “Austerity”, adaptable as a West End musical extravaganza.

Stirring songs such as Pass The Food Parcel, Please Don’t Kick Me While I’m Down, Mr Osborne, Pay Me A Pittance Why Don’t Ya, and Eviction – It’s All We’re Good For. Even a seasonal song... Constituents Roasting On An Open Fire.

Or perhaps a film called Eyes Sewn Shut.

Even the Queen has experienced the Tories meanness on a personal level. Cabinet ministers had a whip round and bought her a set of... placemats!

Les Misérable lot!

Tom Scaife, Manor Drive, York.

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10:41am Thu 20 Dec 12

The Great Buda says...

They're not blind, they simply don't care.
They're not blind, they simply don't care. The Great Buda
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12:23pm Thu 20 Dec 12

inthesticks says...

Privately educated posh boys, they have no idea about the real world that most of us live in.
We are now supposed to hate the ex-Comet staff are we because they have their curtains shut when we go to work?
Ebenezer Osborne, I believe in karma and you have some coming.
Privately educated posh boys, they have no idea about the real world that most of us live in. We are now supposed to hate the ex-Comet staff are we because they have their curtains shut when we go to work? Ebenezer Osborne, I believe in karma and you have some coming. inthesticks
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1:12pm Thu 20 Dec 12

GotOutOfIt says...

Nice rant, but as usual with people who complain you do not suggest any alternatives.

As for placemats, get your facts straight. Buck house 'suggest' what should be given, and in this instance they 'suggested' placemats - so that is what was given.
Nice rant, but as usual with people who complain you do not suggest any alternatives. As for placemats, get your facts straight. Buck house 'suggest' what should be given, and in this instance they 'suggested' placemats - so that is what was given. GotOutOfIt
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1:16pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Buzz Light-year says...

I knew this was a T Scaife letter by the third paragraph.
I knew this was a T Scaife letter by the third paragraph. Buzz Light-year
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4:45pm Thu 20 Dec 12

E=MC^2 says...

There are plenty of alternatives available, but if one is only exposed to the UK's right wing media one is unlikely to learn about them. And no they don't care about the lower orders, or really the deficit, just aslong as they can role back the state and privatise wots left.
There are plenty of alternatives available, but if one is only exposed to the UK's right wing media one is unlikely to learn about them. And no they don't care about the lower orders, or really the deficit, just aslong as they can role back the state and privatise wots left. E=MC^2
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10:27pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Jam tomorrow says...

I wonder where some people get their information from. These are the relatively good times and no matter who wins the next election things are going to be much worse. When world interest rates begin to rise we will be bankrupt as a nation. We are not even paying the full interest on our debt at the moment (the deficit). The government is still borrowing billions to keep the nation living beyond our means so the debt gets bigger every month. Wake up. Lab/Lib/Con are broadly the same party who put on a Punch and Judy show to fool us all. They are all responsible for this mess.
I wonder where some people get their information from. These are the relatively good times and no matter who wins the next election things are going to be much worse. When world interest rates begin to rise we will be bankrupt as a nation. We are not even paying the full interest on our debt at the moment (the deficit). The government is still borrowing billions to keep the nation living beyond our means so the debt gets bigger every month. Wake up. Lab/Lib/Con are broadly the same party who put on a Punch and Judy show to fool us all. They are all responsible for this mess. Jam tomorrow
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4:02pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Zetkin says...

I'm glad Jam Tomorrow is enjoying good times, but the plain fact is that many hundreds of thousands of people are finding their lives spiralling downwards into poverty through no fault of their own.

Meanwhile, those at the top of society are taking full advantage of the depression to increase their profits. The Tory cabinet is up to its neck in this process, so theyre not blind to the suffering, but deliberately and bloody-mindedly causing it.
I'm glad Jam Tomorrow is enjoying good times, but the plain fact is that many hundreds of thousands of people are finding their lives spiralling downwards into poverty through no fault of their own. Meanwhile, those at the top of society are taking full advantage of the depression to increase their profits. The Tory cabinet is up to its neck in this process, so theyre not blind to the suffering, but deliberately and bloody-mindedly causing it. Zetkin
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10:53pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Jam tomorrow says...

Zetkin wrote:
I'm glad Jam Tomorrow is enjoying good times, but the plain fact is that many hundreds of thousands of people are finding their lives spiralling downwards into poverty through no fault of their own.

Meanwhile, those at the top of society are taking full advantage of the depression to increase their profits. The Tory cabinet is up to its neck in this process, so theyre not blind to the suffering, but deliberately and bloody-mindedly causing it.
However bad things are for anyone now it will be worse as time goes by. Who are you blaming Zetkin? Mr Brown was for years at the helm when all this mess hit us, but to be (ever so slightly) fair to him, no one from other parties screamed out the danger we were sailing into and it is all obvious with layman's hindsight. They weren't laymen though.
The three main parties are all the same animal and if you want to help us plebs take the rose pink glasses off and stop the ad hominem distractions. the National Debt is £1,000,000,000,000 and the population is 63,000,000 divide that and it says every man,woman and child owes £16000 What do you not grasp?
[quote][p][bold]Zetkin[/bold] wrote: I'm glad Jam Tomorrow is enjoying good times, but the plain fact is that many hundreds of thousands of people are finding their lives spiralling downwards into poverty through no fault of their own. Meanwhile, those at the top of society are taking full advantage of the depression to increase their profits. The Tory cabinet is up to its neck in this process, so theyre not blind to the suffering, but deliberately and bloody-mindedly causing it.[/p][/quote]However bad things are for anyone now it will be worse as time goes by. Who are you blaming Zetkin? Mr Brown was for years at the helm when all this mess hit us, but to be (ever so slightly) fair to him, no one from other parties screamed out the danger we were sailing into and it is all obvious with layman's hindsight. They weren't laymen though. The three main parties are all the same animal and if you want to help us plebs take the rose pink glasses off and stop the ad hominem distractions. the National Debt is £1,000,000,000,000 and the population is 63,000,000 divide that and it says every man,woman and child owes £16000 What do you not grasp? Jam tomorrow
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12:32pm Mon 24 Dec 12

ColdAsChristmas says...

Spot on Jam T, someone not out of touch with reality. We kept bringing more and more people into the country, not even applying limits from new EU members when we could have. Now we have record numbers of people, many in the downturn requiring state help.
While the economic situation was world wide, some states fared better than others, Canada for example.
As said, the Government are still borrowing above target and adding to the national debt and hence interest paid to service that debt. My last update was £120 Million per day, it can only be more than that now. Then consider the fortune either wasted or given away already.
As Jam T says, when interest rates rise we will be really in it, then what?
Our AAA credit rating already under threat will start that process of things only not getting better. Borrowing more is not the answer, neither is taxing more. The only answer is cuts to fund infrastructure investment and job creation.
The problem is, if you look at our political leaders, we the people elected, there is little to choose between them and they all lack experience in the real world.
It is the same cake, albeit a shrinking cake and just a matter of how you cut it up. If only there were six quarters!
Spot on Jam T, someone not out of touch with reality. We kept bringing more and more people into the country, not even applying limits from new EU members when we could have. Now we have record numbers of people, many in the downturn requiring state help. While the economic situation was world wide, some states fared better than others, Canada for example. As said, the Government are still borrowing above target and adding to the national debt and hence interest paid to service that debt. My last update was £120 Million per day, it can only be more than that now. Then consider the fortune either wasted or given away already. As Jam T says, when interest rates rise we will be really in it, then what? Our AAA credit rating already under threat will start that process of things only not getting better. Borrowing more is not the answer, neither is taxing more. The only answer is cuts to fund infrastructure investment and job creation. The problem is, if you look at our political leaders, we the people elected, there is little to choose between them and they all lack experience in the real world. It is the same cake, albeit a shrinking cake and just a matter of how you cut it up. If only there were six quarters! ColdAsChristmas
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