It’s been suggested that the British people have no stomach for a republic, or for the revolution, political or actual, needed to bring it about. I’m not so sure.
As a former, small-r, royalist, I’ve felt for some years that I’ve been defending the increasingly indefensible (when that deranged old bat signed away the welfare state and the NHS it was the last straw), and when you look at the bunch of borderline nutters and no-hopers in varying degrees of line for the throne, I think support for the monarchy will wither when the Queen dies. If not before – I think she’s only hanging on, instead of abdicating, because she knows what a bunch of losers she’s responsible for. Although I suspect Charles is probably bolshie enough to withhold the royal assent from bills he didn’t like the look of. Bit too late though – by the time he takes the throne, if he does, there’ll be nothing left to fight for.
One thing this country hasn’t had, so far, is a peoples’ revolution. We’ve had a variety of internal wars, but they’ve been one branch of the ruling classes attempting to wrest power from another, and occasionally succeeding. The Civil War, ending in Cromwell’s republic, was no different.
The people have never risen against the ruling classes, not in a serious, country-wide, way, there’ve just been a few spats down the centuries, and business has mostly gone on as usual.
But now the welfare state is in terminal decline and may soon be gone.
Ditto the NHS.
And, after last night’s farce in the Lords, nobody except those with very deep pockets will have access to the law, to even the most basic justice.
Also, the only way that the government can get the vast cuts from the benefits system that they’re still planning will be, as I’ve been saying for a long time now, to dump the benefits system and keep the chronically sick and disabled in camps and/or workhouses, which will be vastly more cost-effective than benefits, and I have little doubt that it’s already in the planning stage. What’s holding them up, in all probability is the question of managing a suitably economical death rate, though I don’t doubt that there are more than a few potential Shipmans around who would be ready to oblige, probably already working for Atos – it would explain a lot.
If the people of Britain sit still for any or all of this then, frankly, they’ll deserve what they get – and that will be a country modelled on mid-1930s Germany, with a government to match – let’s not forget, Hitler didn’t usurp power – he was elected – evidence, if it were needed, that democracy can get it wrong, and it has in this country. In fact, we don’t even have a democracy any longer, we have an elected dictatorship. Just like Germany had.
The propaganda machine was already in place, up and running within days of these arseholes assuming power, and is still spewing out lies. Cameron was on the BBC last night claiming that the petrol shortages of a few weeks ago were caused by the union calling a strike, which is a blatant lie – it was a direct result of Francis Maude’s big mouth. and I have no doubt that he was doing exactly as he was told. And the union STILL hasn’t called a strike.
The people of this country have to decide, and soon, whether they want Cameron’s Reich, or a democratic country, probably a republic, which looks after its own citizens, all of whom, regardless of wealth or privilege, will have the same access to healthcare and justice, and those who need it have the support of the more fortunate members of society.
It really is that stark a choice. Doing nothing is no longer an option.