reply to post by MissTiger
I can't help but think, at the moment, some people will feel they have too much to lose by protesting in this country. For example, how many
people would go 18 days without a wage (or even then have a job to return to), how many people could afford go more than a week without
Really? So the half mil public sector and half mil private sector workers losing their jobs due to the cuts have what to lose? you think a JSA payment
is really going to make that much of a difference to someone who has a mortgage they can not pay and are about to be thrown on the streets.. with the
best option being perhaps a grotty council B&B?
Now hold that thought of losing your job and ending up in a grotty B&Bs...
Have you noticed how cities like Liverpool are approach the cuts? they are putting ALL staff "at risk". so however many tens of thousands of people
that council employs ALL are under the same level of stress and worry waiting for the axe to fall on them, and for them to be the ones to end up in
that grotty B&B.
That fear will be a massive driver in the first wave of protests to try to get a u-turn on the cuts.. what Tunisia and Egypt have proven is that as
long as you hold out in the short term you can win in the long term.. and that'll give confidence to those fighting the cuts.
Now expand the potential 1 million workers who will lose their jobs to include those who will be at "at risk" over the next year.. I think it safe to
say that for each worker lost at least 5 more will be put at risk during the process.. that's a minimum 5 million very stressed and unhappy workers
(plus families) to recruit protesters from.
In the 1800's most people had nothing to lose. We are controled and seduced by what we have acquired and the promise of what we can
The Swing riots (1832) where driven by underemployment and a failing social safety net. I would actually say they had far more to lose, where more
controlled, and had less rights than we have today..
You might think so little of us that you think we are so easily seduced.. but I honestly think you are mistaken.. I believe people resent and hate
today's angry unhappy society.. and that resentment lies just below the surface, needing the something to crystallise those feelings into action.
The way things are going it is the youth who will have nothing to lose.
Nah, I think the youth are youth and are simply more militant as they want to make their own mark on the world.. growing with most of my friends on
one of Maggies YTS, I wish today youth luck in changing their lot in life
With regards to Clegg, I have never been a fan but one of the wisest things I have ever had said to me was "you have to get in first and then
change things from the inside". Who knows what his game plan is, if indeed he does have one.
Now that made me laugh
the liberals in parliament have had a sniff at power and are selling their soul to hold onto it.. I had high hopes for my MP
(Norman Baker) but his principled stand on things like the Dr David Kelly affair seems to have turned to dust now he has a ministerial position. very
But still the corruption, greed, economic distress, rise in under-employment and un-employment leading to a greater wealth gap in the early to mid
1800s led to people pushing for reform, which I what I expect to happen today.
I feel we are coming to the end of this iteration of our society.. in the 1800s it took 30 years of protests (Luddites, Swing, Tolpuddle, Chartists
etc) to get some of the reforms the protesters sought to change their society for the better.. and I feel that betterment will be the driver
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