Has anyone noticed a massive U Turn in Tory philosophy; during the wretched years of the last Tory Govt. British Industry and British companies were devastated and many went to the wall; it was all necessary said the hidebound ‘Laissez Faire’ zealots like Thatcher, Tebbit and the bug eyed crazed economic guru Keith Joseph. The market will decide; the market will regulate itself; this was their mantra; remove the dead hand of big Government from our entrepreneurs and businesses and the country will flourish; it was of course a massive crock of bulldung cheered on by the right wing media who vilified Trade Unions and ordinary working people. They; not the bankers, the shysters and the ‘Bullington Toffs’ like Cameron and Osbourne paid the price; the misery endured by those who lost their livelihoods is a price which is still being paid today.
Despite what happened we are heading the same way today if we don’t stand up against them, the Tory liars and the gutter right wing press who told us that business can run the economy better than Government are the same people who are now trying to damage Labour and Gordon Brown by implicating him and Labour in the industrial disputes which are happening just now, ‘the Govt. must act’ they now say; the same people who said the Railways, the Gas industry and British Airways ‘et al’ must be freed from Govt. intervention; they must be freed by privatisation. Well all 3 are privatised but were the Tories right? is this the biggest ‘U’ Turn in policy ever, now the Govt. must interfere right? is that a change or what?
Millions were made by friends of the Tories when these companies were privatised but; who was right are they better now? The trains? Air travel? Utilities like Gas and Electricity? There has been for a while a growing unrest among the public who are slowly realising that they were conned by the greedy Tories about privatisation and evidence has been piling up suggesting that the public would like to see more not less Govt. ownership; particularly the railways where it seems that the Marx brothers are in charge while James Cagney (with a Dublin accent) has been recruited by British Airways.
The lesson is a clear one for those who believe like me that the Trade Union movement along with the greater Labour movement and Labour Party has been the greatest force for progress in our country’s history; perhaps not for the Tory Bullington Boys but for the majority there can be no doubt. I will not turn my back on working people in struggle; I will not cross a picket line and I will not have any truck with these or any other companies or industries while their employees are on strike; it is the right and decent thing to do; Solidarity is a wonderful word and a wonderful concept. Think about the vile propaganda we are seeing; think also about the past; according to the media and the Tories there has never been a just strike they; the bosses are always right and we the workers are always wrong so don’t bother trying to appease them, support the strikers 100% they (the Tories) want to take us back to Thatcherism and the dark days of Tory misery.
When you hear the Tories and the media try to blame Brown and Labour and demand Government action remember these are private companies created by Tory dogma at great cost to all of us in morale; misery; lost jobs and shattered lives. Don’t fall for their lies don’t let it happen again back the workers in their struggle; perhaps in the future we can claim back these companies which should belong to the people not simply to the Tories and their rich corrupt friends.
They are again treating us the hard working people of this country with contempt by assuming we will not remember who took Government involvement away from such companies; don’t fall for their lies again.