Listening to David Cameron today reminded me of George Orwell’s 1984 book. The theory runs like this
Every society needs an apocalypse to keep its citizens in check (as it did in 1984). For years we had The Cold War, more recently we have had Islamic fanaticism and now we have worldwide economic melt down.
Basically polticians use scare tactics to keep its citizens complicit and push through ideologically driven changes.
Listening to Cameron today reminds me very much of Blair and the arguments for the Iraq war. Unless we back the Americans (and we know best about this because we know the full picture and you don’t) then we’ll have London nuked etc and we’ll all die.
So if we don’t massively cut our public spending (and we know best about this because we know the full picture and you don’t) then the country will be in economic melt down etc and we’ll all die.
I didn’t believe Blair and I certainly don’t believe Cameron. Both massively over exaggerated issues to scare the public to give them carte blanche into making decisions that are completely driven by ideology.
Yep, even die-hard Labour followers agree that there has to be cut backs to reduce national debt. However the Tories inevitably want a much smaller state with big parts of what it does now siphoned off to their mates in the private sector – and that is driving the cuts and keeping back bench Tories quiet (for now anyhow).
I remember Ken Clarke in the 90s. Sure he balanced the books, but education, health, life in general was pretty shitty. Britain was a toilet. It is easy to balance books if you are not spending money on public services. For all its faults at least the Labour party massively improved education and health.
There are lots of healthy signs for the economy at the moment. There is also evidence that the deficit isn’t as bad as we are being told. http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/finance/edmundconway/100006055/cameron-is-wrong-…
By trying to scare people we will see the stock markets take a knock (check), fragile consumer confidence collapse (check) and the economy slide into recesssion.
Sure we need to make cuts, but I think once again the public is being lied to for ideological reasons.