Where the bloody hell is the frustrated, fearful, and entirely justifiable rage that all the cuts to benefits, and the pointlessly punitive sanctions for non-compliance with insane rules (or with no rules at all), the loss of access to justice for the poor, and the vindictive punishments for simply being sick, disabled, unemployed or just plain poor should be generating?
True, we bloggers and Twitterati fulminate about it on a regular basis but where is the rage in the population at large, in the many hundreds of thousands – soon to be millions – whose lives are being trashed?
Online rage seems to change little, and this government routinely ignores legitimate protest, aided and abetted in this by the right-wing press and the BBC (Bigotedly Broadcasting Crapola).
If what is happening here was happening in, say, France, there’d be bloody revolution on the streets.
In Britain the revolution will not be televised – not least because it has so far (and it’s getting bloody late, people), failed to happen.
Personally, I thought it would happen, as I’ve said, when Cameron decided it would be a good idea to toss out armed forces personnel of pension-qualifying age to save money, while at the same time recruiting unskilled and inexperienced cannon fodder from the ranks of the unemployed. After all, fucking with the people who have all the guns is traditionally bad news. And what happened? Rhetoric happened – and bugger all else.
This is the country which once laid claim to around a third of the world (kiddies, check out second-hand bookshops for old –1950s or earlier – atlases, and see the extent of the pink areas). The legitimacy, or otherwise. of empire is not my concern right now – that we had the balls to usurp a huge chunk of the world is, and we seem to have mislaid our collective cojones – today, we’d be hard pressed to lay claim to an abandoned hot-dog stand.
“Praise the lord and pass the ammunition!” seems to have metamorphosed into a talking shop which shows no sign of winding down. We will, unless something changes drastically, and soon, be completely and utterly under the thumb of the tyrant. And don’t bank on 2015 to save us – as I explained here, that might not happen (and it looks less likely now than when I wrote it).
That’s what apathy, and waiting for someone else to do something, gets you. By which I mean that the number of people actively protesting is but a tiny part of the total number affected and able to protest. And yes, I concede that I’m not either – that’s because I’m too ill. I’ve been out of my flat just once since September – I get breathless typing. There are a lot of people in my position – equally, there are a lot who are not.
It’s said that people get the government they deserve. High time we showed that we don’t deserve these corrupt, morally bankrupt, and evil bastards.