A column of soldiers marches past the Margaret Thatcher Museum. Each one salutes to the giant statue of the Iron Lady standing between the two enormous pillars, and her second in command but just as revered antecessor whose Little Blue Book is required reading throughout the UK. Big Ben is silenced on the anniversary of the Lady’s death – the dinging and donging of the clock would detract from the solemnity of the occasion and provide amusement to the critics of the Tory Ideal. The armoured vehicles and tanks cruise past skyscrapers with posters of the inspirational leaders’ faces.
David Cameron, otherwise known as the Young Leader, lies in a specially created section in the Margaret Thatcher Museum. “Adoring” members of the public come to view his body every year, where it is preserved using state of the art techniques. He and Thatcher are remembered as the Inspirational Leaders who transformed a nation, who saved it from internal and external enemies such as the unions and benefit scroungers.
Every public building has a portrait of the Iron Lady inside and usually outside the building as well. The Young Leader’s Little Blue Book takes up pride of place on most bookshelves and those who do not possess a copy are treated with suspicion at best. There are few pockets of dissent, except in the North of England and among descendants of former miners, and even they hesitate to speak their minds.
Does this sound like an unnerving vision of the future? It’s meant to be. The “preparations” surrounding Thatcher’s funeral are reaching North Korean levels of absurdity. Cameron does seem to want to create some sort of Thatcher leadership cult, which will be a difficult task given how divisive a leader she was.
I will write something longer about the funeral once it’s done. I apologise I’ve not been writing very much on here the last few weeks, I’ve been very busy as well as being tired having just started a new job. I hope to write more soon!
This is not a theoretical post just an observation. Not only have good friends of mine and loved ones been affected by the cuts to disability benefits and so on you can see the visible poverty even in relatively affluent areas like the one i live in, the large increase in the number of people homeless and seeking the assistance of food banks and the like. Despite what some people may think and what some bourgeois politicians may have us believe the economic conditions now affect all aspects of life in a profoundly depressing manner. This may be somewhat stating the obvious but a few things I have seen in the last few weeks (actually more than that but the other stuff is personal involving friends and family so I don’t really want to post it) have brought that point home.
Recently I was at a job interview in Slough for a teaching assistant position at a school, during this interview I was asked what I would do if one of the children had come to school hungry, which is a common occurence. We live in Britain ffs a first world country and there is no need apart from the so-called “logic of capital” for any child to go hungry.
The local synagogue run a service that provides meals for homeless people as well as items for needy families (without discriminating on the basis of religion) to cook themselves with, reading the newsletter I got from them this morning it said they were finding it impossible to cope with demand and the situation was expected to get significantly worse because of housing benefit cuts. Obviously the foodbanks and services provided by churches and mosques locally as well as similar services up and down the country will have undoubtedly seen a similar rise in demand. It is good that people are doing something but is it really a good thing that assistance that was provided by the state on a centralised basis is now returning to the realm of religion and small independent groups that dont have enough funds, and profit making “charities”?
It is something I dont usually like to write about or post about because I don’t even like thinking about the effects this stuff is having even though i can see it every day. Theres personal shit I could also post relating to this but I won’t. Not really comfortable with it. With the introduction of Universal Credit this will all get significantly worse with part-time workers being expected to look for jobs with more hours constantly. I think it is worth reposting Johnny Void’s excellent blog here which has links to anti-workfare and disability/claimants rights actions as well as lots of information about this stuff.
This post is not very long or very analytical because frankly I don’t like thinking about it at all but it does need to be pointed out that the fight goes on and people are trying to do something even if the victories are initially quite small.
For making fleeing domestic violence a financial impossibility for many people once again. At the same time as trumpeting progress by talking about things like the number of women in the boardroom.
Doesn’t it make you sick. Revolution can’t come soon enough.