Time For A British Change

There comes a time in everyone’s life when old prejudices need putting aside, life-long loyalties rigorously examined, and the beliefs of years cast to the wind.

Most Americans have no interest in British politics. Indeed, it’s safe to say that Americans in general have little concern for any politics outside the USA, unless of course those politics interfere in some way with the well-being of the Homeland.

As both British Labour and Tory governments have passionately wooed America since the latter days of King Charles George III, and bent over backwards (and, on occasions, forwards) not to upset the former colonies, it’s hardly surprising the intricacies of British government are not considered vitally important when the education of young US citizens is being pursued.

Consequently, the following will prove of little interest to those born outside the United Kingdom. So, if you’re an American, nip off and grab a Starbucks, or order a Big Mac at….wherever it is that sells them, while we focus on Sparrow Chat’s British contingent.

For years, the Conservative (or Tory) Party was beloved of the British aristocracy, who still viewed the working man (and woman) as servile creatures useful only for fetching firewood, or gracing the master’s bed chamber when the mistress of the house was elsewhere.

The Labour Party changed that attitude (at least, so far as the working man and woman were concerned) by providing a socialist government which created the National Health Service, safety nets for those unfortunates without jobs or other forms of remuneration, and a plethora of benefits for the working classes that caused long-dead Tories to spin in their graves.

It was all very clear-cut in the heady days pre-Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Quite simply, the Tories looked after the rich and Labour fought for the workers and downtrodden.

In the 1990’s, all that began to change. Under the leadership of Tony Blair the Labour Party swung away from representing the workers of Britain and became hand-in-glove with corporate interests. Blair and Brown were fascinated by the ‘American model’ and went all out to change the face of, not only British politics, but the very fabric of UK society. Privatization, though begun by the very Tory, Maggie Thatcher, was the order of the day.

The effect of privatization on Britain is well documented, but there was another spin-off, less obvious but growing insidiously, as a cancer, pervading the whole of British society and creating problems it will take generations to correct.

The Jewel in the Crown of Labour Party achievement is undoubtedly the National Health Service. Blair and Brown’s tenure as Prime Minister and Chancellor resulted in those jewels ripped from the crown and sold to the highest bidder, but the Blair/Brown government achieved a more sinister purpose. In its efforts to still appear as ‘the party of the workers’, it introduced a whole conglomeration of legislation that neutralized authority and gave the underclass a carte blanche to demand rights that previously they would never have entertained.

Those who have perused the excellent British Channel Four documentary series, “Hospital”, (available to expats on the internet, if you know where to look) will note that where once the medical profession were masters of their NHS domain, the patient – or, more correctly ‘client’, or, ‘customer’ is now able to decide the course their treatment should take, even if it conflicts with the advice of those who gave seven years of their lives to learning care of the sick.

One has only to read such excellent websites as the Police Inspector’s Blog[1] or, “The Policeman’s Blog”[2] by David Copperfield, to realize how much the authority of law enforcement has been eroded in Britain over the years, under the pretext of protecting ‘individual rights’.

While Blair/Brown’s ‘New Labour’ was hobnobbing behind the scenes with corporate cronies, selling the nation down the river to the highest bidder, it covered up its crimes by pandering to the underclass of criminals and hooligans given the right to wage mayhem every Saturday night on city streets and in town centers, while removing the ability of police officers to deal adequately with their menace.

Much has been made of the recent death of a protester at the G20 summit in London. The police have been condemned for undue violence. Yet nothing was said of the stressful conditions under which those officers were forced to work, the fact they were outnumbered ten to one. It’s always unfortunate when someone dies, but this man died of a heart attack, not from police brutality. Yet the media, the government, and the police hierarchy themselves were quick to condemn the officers concerned, perhaps more to absolve themselves from blame than from any evidence of serious wrongdoing by the officer involved.

The sad state of teenage drunkenness and pregnancies in Britain today is highlighted by the Channel Four series. Kids of sixteen and seventeen are dictating to doctors how their out-of-wedlock pregnancies should be handled. The cost to the NHS of underage alcohol abuse – a problem paralyzing A&E departments throughout the country – is astronomical, yet does the government move to curb it?

No. To do so would be seen as a move away from championing individual rights.

This fraudulent smokescreen only serves to mask the true purpose behind the Blair/Brown doctrine. While pretending an interest in Old Labour’s worker manifesto, it sells itself to corporate capitalism like a whore to her bejeweled pimp.

There comes a time in everyone’s life when old prejudices need be put aside, life-long loyalties rigorously examined, and the beliefs of years cast to the wind.

There comes a time when the British working man must seriously consider voting a Tory government into office.

[1] “Police Inspector Blog”

[2] “The Policeman’s Blog”

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3 Replies to “Time For A British Change”

  1. Can I wink and be pedantic – we’ve not yet had Charles III (I don’t even think our own Charlie will be a Charles when he finally gets to be king – I seem to remember seeing somewhere that he was going to be another George – Charles is supposedly unlucky, given what has happened to 50% of our monarchs named that…)

    WWW is right – Ian Tomlinson, who was killed at the G20 protests (who wasn’t even a protestor – he was a newsstand man on his way home from work) died from internal bleeding (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8004222.stm) The video of the assault (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/apr/07/ian-tomlinson-g20-death-video) shows him being pushed from behind whilst his hands were in his pockets – he would have had no way to protect himself from hitting the ground, and as a consequence of the new p-m, the officer who pushed him is facing a manslaughter charge. His condition was not helped, though, by protestors preventing the police paramedics from getting to him, and even throwing bottles whilst they were carrying out CPR. (Shown on the video linked above, and also commented on at: http://theparamedicsdiary.blogspot.com/2009/04/people-with-issues.html)

    From friends who were at the G20 protests, most of them were peaceful; the “rioting” was almost all staged by the press; the footage which you might have seen – I don’t know if it travelled over the Atlantic – of people smashing a window was completely set up – one large set of windows which were not boarded up (unlike the rest of the windows in the street) with a ring of paparazzi around it just waiting for someone to throw a brick…

    The process of containing protestors is known as “kettling” – information on the Beeb about it here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8000641.stm Some very interesting viewpoints from both sides of the argument – my thought on it would be that if I, like the reporter, had wanted to “show my face” at the protests (stand up and be counted as it were) for a short time, and then got herded into a group for seven hours without food, water or toilet facilities, I would be having a panic attack!

    There is no way that Labour will get in in the next election – they have shown that their policies are more right wing than the Tories. Not sure whether I’ll have the right to vote (we’ll hopefully be in New Zealand) next year, but I’m certainly not voting Labour (don’t think I could bring myself to vote Tory, either, though! Where’s Screaming Lord Sutch when you need him? 😉 ))

  2. WWW – I believe society both in Britain and the US is now in such a sorry state as to make questions of police brutality and the like difficult, if not impossible, to fathom. The media attacks any institution under government control at the slightest provocation, whipping up public concern and anger in the process. Time may eventually tell us if the death of Ian Tomlinson was solely due to police actions. Personally, having studied the videos, I’ve seen nothing that would have seriously injured a normal, healthy person, though why this man was even approached by the police is questionable. Frankly, I take my hat off to most police officers today. They have the most difficult of jobs, with little or no support from those who control them – the bigwigs at the top of police management, and ultimately the government.
    Police brutality in Britain is nowhere near the levels of the US. I just hope it remains so.

    Jo – Oooops! One of those senior moments, I’m afraid. You may definitely wink and were not at all pedantic. Given that I wrote a short history of the American colonies only a few months ago (see Bits & Bobs – 4 in the right sidebar, if you haven’t already done so) I really shouldn’t have made THAT mistake.

    I’ve already touched on allegations of police brutality in my response to WiseWebWoman. Some of the footage made it over here, but nothing that isn’t widely available. I’m not sure the smashing up and firing of the RBS could aptly be described as a ‘set-up’. If it were, the protesters took good advantage. I’ll keep an open mind on the subject of Ian Tomlinson until more comes to light. I understand he was an alcoholic, and certainly didn’t look a well man, in which case he may have been suffering from internal bleeding prior to any police involvement. No doubt all will be revealed, or whitewashed, in due course.

    It’s a truly warped process to vote as an expat. You’ll find out, but make sure you apply for the forms in plenty of time. They have to be in ridiculously early.

    Lord Such has, sadly, screamed his last, so we can no longer rely on him to save us.

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