After the recent announcement that: “… UK unemployment rose by 49,000 to almost 2.5 million in the three months to the end of November 2010, according to the latest Office for National Statistics figures.” – we are starkly reminded that the prospects are a million job losses over the next few years.
The ConDem cuts are estimated to cost 500,000 jobs in the public sector and a knock-on effect of 500,000 jobs in the private sector. Some commentators estimate 1.2 million jobs lost.
But the cuts are unnecessary. The Greens have been saying this for some time – we all stood against them in 2010.
If we tax fairly we can halve the deficit by 2014 and even create a million jobs and training places.
In the last year the 1000 richest people in Britain INCREASED their wealth by £77 billion but yet the deficit is only £85 billion. Will they be taxed at a greater rate? No.
Adding insult to injury, over vthe past year, HMRC have failed to collect the 50% income tax due to the Treasury from those on £150,000 OR OVER! Due to being unable to process tax codes in time or some such feeble-minded excuse. This is scandalous.
Now, instead of a Robin Hood Tax, where a micro 0.1% tax on international finance trades would WIPE OUT the deficit, we get the Sheriff of Nottingham.
The ConDem millonaire-bankers plan will be the “tax heist of the century” where profits made abroad will no longer be subject to tax here. This favours the banks in particular. This will cost tens of billions to the state and guess who will make up the shortfall?
This major attack on British civil society has been contrived by propagandising the deficit as a god that must be satisfied at all costs. By our sacrifice.
The high priests of all the major religions – Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat all agree on this. They just disagree on the “scale and pace”.
Of course, as usual, the élite are exempt.
Belief in “mammon” isn’t a new religion. Today’s gods are the banks and “the bottom line”. Profit clearly comes before people. Wealth comes before “the wealth of the nation”, goods come before the Common Good.
Cast out are pagans and heretics such as the Greens and socialists, who dare to question these clearly self-evident truths.
But as Egypt shows us, if you exploit and sacrifice people mercilessly for years and decades, they will “rise up like lions” and your days of selling pyramids will be over.
The point of life is not to enrich the banks! Or to make the rich and powerful more rich and more powerful! Nor to believe in these self-serving religions of money, banks and power, nor their priests, acolytes and altar boys.
It is to live in harmony with others, with other states, with the physical world and its limited resources. And the chief enemy of this is selfishness.
But the days of believing in money for the sake of money are over.