FROM “GOLDEN AGE” TO NOW.

This is guest article from a reader known to me who does not wish his identity to be known publicly. ECHOING NEIL TYE. There will be many people, born after 1975, who will wonder why anyone might bother to ask such a daft question i.e: “Is it any longer wise or safe to presume that politicians seeContinue reading "FROM “GOLDEN AGE” TO NOW."

FROM “GOLDEN AGE” TO NOW.

This is guest article from a reader known to me who does not wish his identity to be known publicly.

ECHOING NEIL TYE.

There will be many people, born after 1975, who will wonder why anyone might bother to ask such a daft question i.e: “Is it any longer wise or safe to presume that politicians see as their prime purpose, the welfare and well being of the governed?”

Yet, there are many of us who grew-up believing that to be, unquestionably, the case. And there was much evidence to support the view e.g. the NHS, the building of new and affordable public housing, the democratisation of educational opportunities and the revolutionary, job-creating, expansion of the public-sector. Expediently, in order to remain politically relevant: even the Tory’s would subscribe to this post-war consensus, building more public housing than Labour, for example. 

But this, for many, ‘a golden-age’, with its full employment, its working-class graduates and hugely increased expectations as people looked towards the future, would soon pass. The reemergence of the deep-seated, unresolved, ideological and class differences long at play behind the political scenery, would see to that.

With Labour rent asunder by internal ideological blood-letting, amidst the humiliation of being forced to call-in the IMF to bail out the economy, the inevitable Tory counter-revolution broke-cover and was met with little resistance from a Labour Party in complete disarray.

What an opportunity Scotland had at that moment, to make its own revolution and emerge to finally flourish as a sovereign nation with an untold wealth of natural resources. The tragedy resulting from our failure to make that easiest of revolutions at the ballot-box, needs no retelling. The welfare and wellbeing of the populace under the Tories, became, from there on in, a secondary matter, as the interest of the “entrepreneurial-class” was elevated above that of ordinary people and communities by a government of antediluvian idealogues hell-bent on denying history and dragging us all back to the 19th century.

Today in Scotland, instead of a Labour Party intent on lowering our expectations, we’ve ended-up with the SNP to perform that function. Instead of Thatcher and her Chicagoan economics and adoration of Hayak et al, we now see the millionaire banker, Rishi Sunak, genuflecting before the international  money-markets, imploring their approval of his economic policies.

It seems fair to ask: why bother voting for politicians when your country’s economic policies are ultimately decided by faceless, unelected speculators and spivs? Starmer, meanwhile, will go with the focus-groups and the economic orthodoxy he inherits, while also trying to keep-a-lid on the eternal cat-and-dog-fight within his fractious party.

Meanwhile, the SNP, bereft of any discernable ideas or ideological grounding beyond queer-theory, will attempt to keep our aspirations and expectations at the lowest possible peep, on into the future. A future that looks awfully like another five-year term of subsidised ease, iron-arseing it on the green, leather benches of Westminster. A gloomy picture, I’ll admit, but that’s what we voted for when we refused to exit the mad-house and become an independent, sovereign state.

Yet, despite all  that, I have no doubt that with real political leadership, Scotland will find its full-stature and voice, and before it’s too late,walk out of the unsustainable Bedlam that is Gt Britain, without ever looking back.       

MY COMMENT

I am of an age to recognise how true the above is. It may have been a slow process but it was pretty much possible to always identify social and economic progress for the earlier parts of my life. Not so the last eight years where the political force in power here in Scotland has been diverted onto a path that lacks any public support and where incompetents have been promoted to head up key parts of Government and have forgotten and abandoned the political priorities that got them elected.

I am, as always

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