Tuesday, August 10, 2010

If your head buttons up the back don't read this

Here we go again, Tories saving the world by catching benefit frauds. Few would deny that there are those on benefits who do not deserve much of what they get, but organised criminals aside most people even with “extra benefit” still have a relatively poor lifestyle; any job they may qualify for could even reduce that poor quality of life – the system is rotten.

Anyway, that aside we have now been introduced to new headline capturing measures, more business for the private sector. They will be paid by result so the incentive to heap misery on even the perfectly innocent will be great. So all of us who may find ourselves on the dole (and it is coming to many, many thousands of us) you will have these guys to put up with to add to you misery.

“We need to cut the budget”, says prime minister Cameron, “ we need to save £1billion lost to fraudsters”. He then goes on to outline what £1billion could pay for.

First of all quite a lot of that money is lost by mistakes made by civil servants, but it is easy to victimise the vulnerable; it’s what the Tories have always done.

Now, let us ask two questions:

1) Why do we need to slash the national budget by so much money?

2) Why are so many about to lose their jobs?

Well, the hundreds of billions of pounds Britain has had to underwrite due to greedy and fraudulent bankers stealing or losing it is the reason. Now, part of that greed was selling loans to people they knew fine can’t pay for them and then selling those loans on to other banks disguised inside what look like lucrative deals. Now forgive me if I am wrong, but that is fraud, isn’t it? How many investigators were employed to investigate these guys? How many of those greedy fraudulent bankers have been arrested and thrown in jail? Answer: none and eh, none.

Let’s put this in perspective. In relative terms the benefit fraudsters are an insignificant blip in the economy. The greedy fraudulent bankers have caused more devastation to British society than any number of political terrorists – I do not say this lightly.

Aw come on, terrorists kill people. Yes, they do, but go back and read you newspapers over the last two and a half years and put together all those who lives have been devastated by this criminal debacle. Last week a man killed himself and his family in a fit of despair. If you found that your life is destroyed or ended would it matter to you if the person who brought you to that juncture wore fatigues, a kaftan or a suit? I think not. We have spent billions destroying two other countries to "protect" us from the first two, and gave billions of pounds to the suits and allowed them to carry on as before.

So if you find yourself out of a job and try to get a wee bit more so you family don’t starve, Cameron’s Commandos will come and get you. If you bring the country to its knees through greed, fraud or just incompetence the British government will reward you. Mind you, successive British governments, not just the Tories, have been complicit in all of this, but then so have all of us, for we have never demanded that these banking fraudsters be brought to book. Oh well, that's the global economy for you!

1 comment:

Baron Von Squalor said...

Here I sit, in the States watching "Shameless" on Netflix, wondering what the phrase,"button up the back " means. Wouldn't you know that curiosity on the internet always leads me to more than I had bargained for. I realize this is an older post and all, but we don't receive much news about GB unless it is scripted by our perverse version of your Tories.
Much of the drive to make the poor even more so is being carried out by the religious right wing of our political arena. So, the people who feel themselves to be pious, and the ones who wish to be seen as pious (regardless of their personal debauchery) carry the banner of religion to convince the world that since they are the righteous then naturally they must be right in all things.

Religion is big business here in the US, a con aartist makes millions by telling the desperate and the greedy exactly what they want to hear creature on the tv can live handsomely if they lie well enough.
The most ruthless of our politicians claim to be the most fervent and pious among us, all the while they are making back room deals to kick Granny into the street.
I don't have a point to make, just chatting really. I have a few Brits as facebook friends but they never discuss politics.
Your post is so spot on to what a debacle we have here, and we were told that your David Cameron was such a good guy, I suppose I can thank the Rupert Murdoch empire for the mistake.

Oh yes, would you mind explaining that phrase for me? If you have the time that is.

E. Scheinert