reply to post by Flavian
The thing is that every society has a desire for social mobility, that is every society has a divide between the have's and the have nots. In itself,
i do not see a problem with this
I understand the desire to improve things, gain a better standard of living etc - they are some of the most basic and primary motivators for the human
And I fully understand that there will probably always be divisions within society and a certain amount of flux between them is a sign of a
But what we have at present aren't merely divisions, they are huge gulfs and chasms and they are widening.
And we as a society should be working towards narrowing the gaps between social strata's and easing the flux between them not enabling or allowing it
All current policies are aimed at maintaining the current system which actively encourages the widening gulf.
Enabling social mobility without addressing some of the social inequalities etc is like recognising that there is a severe fire risk and then
providing more fire fighting equipment without reducing the risk of fire by correcting the core source of the fire risk.
However, why do people keep talking about Tory cuts?
The cuts are very real and are having a biting effect on many people.
My parents, who are both pensioners and the official carers of my handicapped brother, have been directly affected and will be anything up to £100
wek worse off with reduced services and support.
It's very worrying.
And they are far from unique.
I know lots of people whose jobs are under threat or are being asked to work for less.
Services are being drastically reduced all over the North East.
I actually thought public borrowing had gone up under the Conservatives? I believe the "cuts" that people actually refer to are more a reference to
the fact that this increase in borrowing is by less than forecast figures? May be off there but the figures clearly demonstrate more public spending
under the Coalition........
I honestly don't know about any of that.
I just know that there are many cuts that are affecting ordinary people in many varied but damaging ways.
Education and teachers are suffering.
Those alleged sacred preserves of The Tory Party The Police and The Military are both facing cuts, (any student of The Tories history will tell you
that's a fallacy fuelled by The Tories themselves and in reality they always target The Police and The Armed Services).
Whole thing is a load of rubbish though. We have allowed ourselves to be screwed over by failing to do anything about it for decades. In previous
centuries, people stood up for themselves when this gap increased too much and, in the UK at least, generally got improvements on the back off taking
Maybe we need to a proper public statement, something like a campaign for annual non payment of taxes until measures are taken to redistribute some
More and more people aren't paying tax as they are either unemployed or earn so little, (or they are the wealthy elite and are allowed to fiddle
their tax bill and come to some cozy agreement with The Inland Revenue that allows them pay a much reduced amount).
Maybe we just need to run this country in a professional but socially responsible manner and severely limited the amount of wealth that is being
hoarded or syphoned off abroad.
Obviously though, whatever action wee to be taken would have to be by the majority of the population - not so easy when people are easily distracted
by the latest "make Simon Cowell richer" programme or other drivel that seems to excite people.
Can't disagree with you there.
All part of the plan; produce a dumbed down and anesthetized populace who are far more interested in a bottle of Lambrini or White Star and BGT, TOWIE
and other inane nonsense.