The Bankers’ Party of True Working People (Rich Bankers)

Yesterday on the new, Cameron trotted out once again the line that his party was ‘the true party of working people.’ It’s the same line that was trotted out a few years ago by Grant Shapps, alias Mr Green. It’s supposed to appeal to the working classes, to show that the Tories actually represent their interests and aspirations, rather than the doctrinaire demands of elite Socialists like Ed Miliband.

I wrote an angry piece about it at the time Shapps first used it, making the statement that there was about the same amount of truth behind it as that Nazi’s inclusion of the words ‘Socialist’ and ‘Workers’. It was all propaganda, designed to give a populist appeal to a party which hated Socialism and the Trade Unions, and which represented the interests of the middle classes against the working class.

Unfortunately, there are some people, who will be taken in by it. The same people, who decided that Maggie was really working class, because of her tales of living above her father’s shop. I know people, who blandly believe that the NHS was set up by the Tories, rather than as it actually was, by Clement Atlee’s Labour party. These are probably the same people, who believe the Tories’ propaganda that they will find another £8bn for the NHS, rather than selling it off to their friends.

What actually came across most strongly was that this was a party of the usual Tory demographic – toffs, bankers and the minions of big business. Covering the new Tory cabinet ministers bustling to work, the BBC showed Javid, intoning that he was ‘the son of a busman’. This piece of working class cred was then qualified with what Javid actually does. He was, reported the Beeb, ‘an investment banker’. Ros Altmann, the new pensions minister? Banker. Lord Freud, another Tory stalwart, and the one who claimed that the working class should be more flexible than the upper classes as ‘they had less to lose’ from the recession? Banker. George Osborne? Toff and banker.

One of the major weaknesses of British politics is that ever since Thatcher, economic thinking has been geared to the financial sector, rather than manufacturing. One of the few high-ranking Tories under Thatcher noted that Thatcher had no idea how keeping the pound strong harmed British manufacturing by making our goods more expensive. The authors of Socialist Enterprise, as well as Ken Livingstone and Neil Kinnock, before he rejected Socialism for fundamentalist free trade, all recognised that the British financial sector was geared to overseas investment, rather than supporting domestic industry. They wanted to reform the financial sector so that it channelled more investment into the UK. The presence of so many bankers in the Cabinet represents the continuation of the present economic orthodoxy, so that we can expect British domestic industry to decline, no matter what the Tories will scream about being the party of business.

During the Revolutions of 1848, the revolutionaries in France, to show that they did represent the workers, included one – Albert – in their government. it was a token gesture, and the administration eventually fell. But it was there. There was not one solitary working man or woman in the Cameron’s new cabinet. Javid’s background is working class, but he long ago left that behind him.

There is actually no-one in the cabinet, who has actually done any kind of manual work, or who is a lower middle class employee, and certainly none from any working class organisations, such as the trade unions, which the Tories desperately wish to destroy. Cameron’s party is certainly not a party of ‘true working people’ by any stretch of the imagination.

I’ve no doubt, however, that some people will believe them, taken in by Javid’s supposedly blue-collar background, and Cameron’s endless refrain that ‘we’re all in this together’. The slogan’s empty, except for the way it reinforces the Tories’ anti-welfare policies. They claim to represent the ‘true, hardworking people’, who are threatened by the unemployed, who are, of course, all idle scroungers. It’s designed to play on the class insecurity and petty vindictiveness of a certain type of voter, who feels threatened by those just below them, and who feels they are already given too much. The average Daily Mail and Express reader, in fact, though the same line permeates the Sun, Star and Sport as well.

This needs to stop, and stop now. It needs to be shown to be the lie it is, a lie to justify putting further cuts and pressure on the working class, and demonise the unemployed under they’re starved to death under sanctions. We want a proper government representing the working class, with its members drawn from that class. A party, that believes in giving ‘hard-working people’ a living wage, proper free healthcare, and support to the unemployed, who are not idle scroungers.

A party, in other words, which is everything Cameron and his toffs and bankers aren’t.

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3 Responses to “The Bankers’ Party of True Working People (Rich Bankers)”

  1. sdbast Says:

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  2. Chris Says:

    …We want a proper government representing the working class, with its members drawn from that class. A party, that believes in giving ‘hard-working people’ a living wage, proper free healthcare, and support to the unemployed, who are not idle scroungers. …

    It is the working class who stopped voting Labour, a party now of the bourgeoisie middle class – the champagne socialists, but without the moniker of socialist.

    The lots of other left wing parties, including the 6th biggest party in the UK of TUSC, were communist too soon.

    Nationalising banks and businesses was a step too far.

    The Greens abandoned the poor altogether.
    The climate change levy on heating bills killing poor people by the shed loads each winter.

    If Labour had offered to pay us a state pension instead of leaving us to Work Til Die or starve if you can’t, to end sanctions and workfare, to shut the Jobcentres down and just pay benefit (as most people who can go and get a job), then we would have had a Labour in power now.

    Instead they just sounded more Tory than the Tories, and still do in the leadership stakes to run Labour. Saying they lost the election because they moved to the left.

    What a daft statement.

    Labour IS THE LEFT.

    Or it was.

    Not any more.

    The Greens are voted by well off young people with top wages.

    The working class are adrift in England.

    So we march to end Tory rule, by the hundreds of thousands, again and again.

    What do we then do with the victory?

    Now we are stuck only with the communists, but at least they are the professionals in marching and such like.

    Not all communists ideas are extreme.

    Russia, for example, has a flat rate 5 per cent income tax.

    The only way to get back into power, is by a multi party coalition anyway.

    It is all up to the trade unions to give such as TUSC and Left Unity the media coverage needed, to replace Labour.

    We need a new SYRIZA like party not a PASOK failed Labour.

    I can easy write up a SYRIZA’s English equivalent party,
    as I’m half Greek.

    But without the trade unions, whatever young feet give my little party legs is a non-starter as well.

    Will young feet make a new party have legs?

    http://www.anastasia-england.me.uk

  3. A6er Says:

    Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

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