We are all in this together – really?

I think it is the gross inequality which really annoys me most.

The country is in a mess, though I am not entirely sure if things are really as bad as a semi-hysterical media would have us believe. The cynic in me thinks that this, the 3rd or 4th – or even (shock, horror) the 5th – richest nation on the planet is possibly not on its’ collective “uppers” yet. We will find the money if an American President tells us to support his invasion of Iran, of that I am sure.

The “mess” – unless I have missed something – is a direct (note: DIRECT) consequence of the, apparently essential, bailing out of the Banks and the Financial Institutions. They speculated; they did dodgy deals; they invented new games of chance and they – excuse the bad language – buggered it up. They did it spectacularly too. BILLIONS, not millions.

Now, the same “mob” are telling Political Select Committees barely months later that the time for blame and remorse is over. We should be allowed to repeat our ways of business as if nothing has happened, and we should be able to reward ourselves with these obscene (yes: OBSCENE) amounts of perks. Sorry, I beg to disagree.

The current Conservative led/ Liberal Democrat coalition government espouses the slogan, “We are all in this together” – but that’s simply not true. How is the disabled benefit recipient, who is now terrified of the loss of their already meagre income, in the same situation as the City finance manager eagerly awaiting his or her £100k perk?

I have read some heart-rendering blogs in recent days; none better than the excellent and always articulate @BendyGirl, whose blog “Benefit Scrounging Scum” is now required reading. The internet is alive with others too, but the simple truth is that this country has fallen into a trough of despair and the bankers will get away with it again.

Mr. Cameron, you are – effectively – the chief shareholder representative for something like 84% of RBS shares; the nation-state holds other substantial shares in major banks too. It has also acted as guarantor for many more, which allowed them to take risks otherwise deemed too risky. You shouldn’t be asking these people to reconsider; you should be DEMANDING they do.

Grow a pair David, not for Gods’ sake but for OUR sake.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lescromps on January 13, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Watched Bob Diamond giving his “evidence”to the select committee,what a “snake oil salesman” that one is slick oily, no one questioned who was standing guarantor for the billions of toxic debt that still hangs around the necks of the banks and financial institutions,well the taxpayer stands guarantor Mr Diamond.I seriously think it would be better if Mr Diamond and his ilk took there banks ect and let someone else take on there debts.They are not operating in the UK for our benefit,if they could make more money elsewhere they;d be long gone by now.UK is the easiest place to avoid tax,it;s encouraged.


  2. Thank you so much for taking part in OMBH “Alone we whisper. Together we shout”

    Guardian article link http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/joepublic/2011/jan/13/disability-living-allowance-benefit-cuts-protest?showallcomments=true#end-of-comments

    BG Xx


  3. “We’re all in this together.”

    ….and I’m Worzel Gummidge.


  4. Posted by Lynn on January 30, 2011 at 7:23 am

    ‘We are all in this together’ ??? One of the most ridiculous statements ever! What does Cameron care if the local swimming pool closes? He’s probably got membership to a private health club. So what if we lose our libraries? Plenty of book shops around; you can get a really good paperback for less than a tenner a time (read slowly enough it’ll last you while). I don’t often quote the Royal family, but will make an exception in this case; ‘all in it together’ MY ARSE! Good blog Paul!


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