Saturday, 24 September 2022
Not Trickling Down, But Rising Up
Kwasi Kwarteng was coked off his face at the late Queen's funeral, and no one voted for the madness of this Budget, or so few people as to amount to the same thing.
Everyone else is expected to wait for money to trickle down from tax cuts and what have you that will not even kick in until after the already exorbitant energy bills had reached lunatic levels next week. In the meantime, there is to be further kicking of Universal Credit claimants, two in five of whom have jobs. Apparently, they need better-paid jobs. They already knew that.
Kwarteng and Liz Truss have waited 35 years for this. Truss has never been left-wing. Her speech against the monarchy as a youthful Liberal Democrat was Thatcherite to the core. She now leads a party that would behead the King if that were the only way of implementing economic measures such as Kwarteng has just announced.
Or, at least, that is the Conservative Party in the country, in large enough numbers to secure her the Leadership, although she won that by a lot less than had been expected. Even in the final round, only 50 MPs voted for her. If those for seats that were won in 2019, the ones on whom the party depended for its majority, had any sense, even only of self-preservation, then they would have nothing to do with any of this, and would bring about another change of Leader early next year, procedurally avoiding the party membership as was done in 2016.
After all, the loss of those seats would install in government the faction that Al Jazeera's The Labour Files has exposed as everything that some of us had always known it to be. Those people, including at least one of the same individuals, stitched me up in order to send me to prison, where, having already tried to murder me many years earlier, they put a hit on me, but the hitman took such a liking to me that he gave them their money back. That series ought to be the end of the Labour Right, and thus of the Labour Party, which fundamentally and ultimately has always been the Right, and the Right has always been like that.
As it is, that defeat is going to have to be electoral. But the likes of Truss and Kwarteng neither could nor should deliver it. To strengthen families and communities by securing economic equality and international peace through the democratic political control of the means to those ends, including national and parliamentary sovereignty, we need to hold the balance of power in the next Parliament. Owing nothing to either main party, we must be open to the better offer. There does, however, need to be a better offer. Not a lesser evil, which in any case the Labour Party of the The Labour Files is not. Even compared to Truss and Kwarteng, Keir Starmer and his circle are still the greater evil.