Monday, 27 June 2016

Class Lines

I tend to look at life from a Marxist perspective. I believe that the world works along class lines. I am from a working class background and always will be.

I also have this strange notion that people are good. That people will work together for the common good.

I believe that the aim of a Tory government is to divide and conquer. To make life better for people who have money. I believe that Labour, by comparison to the Tory party, will generally make more of an effort to facilitate the advance of working class people.

Divide and Conquer

I believe that this Tory government (with the aid of the media) have effectively created a kind of sub-class. They have demonised the unemployed working class to create this "benefit culture" myth. TV programmes like "Benefit Street" add fuel to the fire.

So we have a sub-class.
For the working class to blame their problems on.

We also appear to have developed this mysterious middle class. Like an affluent working class (of which you could probably add me to but I don't eat avocados and I call my evening meal my tea.)

The "middle class" look down on the working class and abhor the sub-class. Whether these class lines are real or imagined, they are divisive and they are man made.

Working tax credits used to be an entitlement. If you were a single parent earning a modest wage for one, then you got your tax credits to "top it up." I mean, you pay tax, so you were only getting that back. Now working tax credits are "benefits." Even if you are working - you are "on benefits." It's only over the past couple of years that this notion has crept in.

Everything is eroded. People are demonised. Especially the poor. Phrases like "drain on society" are bandied about and we hate and we hate and we hate.

The Daily Mail

The Sun

Hate, hate, hate.

The bloody foreigners coming over here and taking all our jobs. Or all our benefits. Even this new "sub-class" can blame their problems on the outsiders, the aliens, the foreigners. Or are the immigrants part of the sub-class? Who knows, it depends which way the wind is blowing.

Power

Dividing people, giving them something to hate makes taking power easier. Give the people something to blame their problems on and away you go. Chuck them a big juicy bone. Scare them, distract them with big tellies. Big tellies with advertisements saying BUY BUY BUY and consumerism takes over, distraction engulfs them. They are apathetic sheep while chaos reigns.

Suddenly these divisions are real.

The Polish people working the same job as you are no longer part of your class, they are not your colleagues. They are the enemy. They are the cause of all the ills in your life.

The EU Referendum

I believed in people. I believed that ordinary working people - from whatever class, would vote to remain in the European Union. Mainly because:

a) This Tory government has worked hard to divide us. I thought that people would have seen past that. We are stronger together

b) Economically, the EU is a strong entity. Neither you nor I is an economic expert. Let's leave the decision to the experts


Instead, people voted against their own people. They believed the lies. They FELL for the same lies that divide and hurt our communities. The Tory government WANTS TO PRIVATISE the NHS. They always have done. False promises of money to the NHS were just that.

Leaving the European Union will not mean that we can "close the borders." It is not that simple.

You will not be able to "Take control." You have no power. That money that will be saved from the EU will have to be put back to plug the gap left where the EU funded. If it is not, then believe me, thousands of jobs are at stake.

EU laws protected the environment, women's equal pay, maternity pay, human rights... Do you think for one minute that a Tory government is going to create laws that mirror that of the EU? The same Tory government that has tried to divide us for years and years?

They have played us like puppets and we have gone like lambs to the slaughter. They have played such a blinder that even they are afraid of their own power.

The worst thing for me is that, I believed that in the end, people would try and help themselves. That they would see that the hate that has been peddled for years about immigrants, borders, poor people - I truly believed that we could pull together on this one, along class lines.

You know who will be hurt the most by this referendum?

The people who voted out.

And so I swing from angry to upset, angry to upset. At the people who did this, blindly, foolishly and with their heels dug in so far they don't even know what for anymore.





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