Tuesday, 27 December 2011
The Season of Goodwill
Quite how long Cameron can pretend that the Tottenham riots, and similar events, are the responsibility of a small criminal element within society - rather than a substantial element that represents the nation's dark underbelly - is yet to be seen. However, some events over the Christmas period will make this imagery increasingly more difficult to sustain.
Although not the most serious incident, the mass brawl during a midnight mass by churchgoers at St Edmund's church in Southampton was perhaps the best indication of how far a bullying government, rather than one that tries to bring the nation together during these difficult times, has infected society. The stabbing and death of a teenager in Oxford Street, during the sales, resulted from rival gangs shop lifting at the same store was only surprising because it occurred during daylight - but followed a norm to which we now have become, sadly, accustomed. However, it was the shooting in the head, by a teenager, of an Indian student in Manchester, who had come here to study at Lancashire University that is likely to trouble Cameron the most.
Having removed the prospect of a university education from the ambitions of many British students, his plans to sell these places to the rich parents of overseas students is likely to suffer if there are too many repeats of this type of incident. Rich overseas parents value the lives of their children and if the imagery of Britain being a safe place to study continues to be undermined - he might find that these places are not filled and is obliged to offer them at 'knock down' prices to British students.
The government does seem to be unable to acknowledge that forcing unpopular measures onto the people in difficult times is not the way forward - measures that bring the people together is what are required. Unpopular measures are the certain way of ensuring civil unrest and increasingly darker crimes. The youngest in society if left unemployed and without hope of a decent future are the most likely to rebel. Those approaching middle age or retirement are far less likely to vent their fury against the government, or turn to crime as, apart from having less energy, they are the groups most likely to accept adverse changes and soldier on because they have have families, homes and a position in society - all of which are in jeopardy should they be convicted of any crime.
The unemployed young, in contrast, are far less likely to have anything that they value above their future. Apart from allowing the young to squander that time in their lives when long-term goals are being established, and difficult to redirect at a later stage, should opportunities arise. Cameron is set on a course of wrecking many millions of young lives before they have began, by not treating their plight as his priority.
Unfortunately, we become increasingly aware that his paymasters are the global corporations and these do not want to employ British youngsters whose background is rooted in years of employment law that oblige employers to treat their staff fairly. The global corporations want employees who are desperate for a job and will accept harsh treatment - so immigrants, either from one of the ex communist countries of the EU or a developing or third world country are much preferred. Also, by leaving British youth unemployed no doubt there is an expectation, that in time, they too will significantly reduce their career expectations and be as desperate for a job as the immigrants and, similarly, will learn to be grateful to their employer.
Although this may be the case for a significant number, it seems unlikely that the majority will, but instead gradually evolve into hardened political activists and join the 'Occupy Wall Street' protest movement. They will be determined that the indigenous people are not treated so shabbily in the future. Unlike the protestors in the US, who have their own unique difficulties, our membership of the EU restricts a similar movement developing here as has been shown by the 'Occupy' camp outside St Paul's Cathedral. Whilst members, workers from the EU countries can come here and fill vacant jobs, thereby undermining such a movements impact.
This is also the case for the UK's open policy of immigration. Apart from seeming an economic madness to allow immigrants into the country to do jobs that British youngsters could be trained to do - thereby reducing both the numbers unemployed and the amount paid out in benefit - this policy also undermines the potency of the 'Occupy' movement. It might be that many of the jobs available presently are not seen as an acceptable career to the British young. However, if the employers could not call on desperate immigrant labour, they would have to improve the terms conditions and provide a career path if they are to fill these jobs.
For Cameron, leaving the EU would fly in the face of the desires of his 'Corporate' paymasters and his economic strategy, of encouraging these global giants to sight the EU operations here, would be in tatters.
It seems certain that significant conflict is ahead. It remains to be seen if his carefully constructed police state is strong enough to contain the building outrage, that seems certain, in the coming years.