By: Hari Kumar, Red Phoenix Correspondent
How stupid do the British ruling class think we are? The Tory party hidden masters knew perfectly well what they were doing by enabling Truss to become Prime Minister. No attempt was made to disguise her vicious polices. Even a very placid working class would find it difficult to swallow the astonishing tax-relief for the upper-crusters that she and her Treasurer inaugurated. Let alone as led by the rail workers, a newly militant one facing a bitter “restraint” on real wages – after inflation that is. Her rival in the leadership campaign made clear – the slimy Sunak – she was destined to alarm the financial elites. They would worry about under-writing upper-crust bonanza while falsely promising relief for the new winter of discontent to the working class. Something did not add up, nor does it now! Can we really believe this was all a mishap…?
We know Marx’s famous words on “personages in history” that “once is a tragedy, the second time is farce” (The 18th Brumaire). But five times in six years…! Cameron, May, Johnson, Truss … and now…? Well, what is going on?
The mean, opportunist climber ex-Home Secretary Suela Braverman smeared Guardian readers as “tofu-eating wokerati smear “. But as the writer Polly(-Anna) Toynbee blithely boosts Starmer and Labour (Polly Toynbee), she seems ‘woke’ – if this is read as a falsely aware person. I surmise the ruling class want the disemboweled, sanitized of leftists and exorcised of Marxists party – Labour in power.
Three years ago in Berlin Left I suggested that “the UK ruling class was sorely divided about which direction to go. (Shown by) tensions between the industrial sector ruling class (declining) and the trading and speculative financial sector ruling class (dominant)… The Conservative Party was hijacked by the section of the ruling class whose mandate is to tie the apron strings of the UK back onto the (Trump-ite) USA. A significant part of the Labour Party hierarchy seems to have bought into this.” But the best laid plans of these mice are fouled….
After their “success” of Brexit the lies and machinations have fallen apart. The major matter for them is that the USA under Biden, and pushing at Germany to ‘spine-up’ against Russia, finds the UK of far less relevance than did Trump’s USA. And things are dire in the UK for workers.
As Toynbee rightly says, inequality has grown. The “Living Standards Audit 2022” states: ” the UK’s Gini coefficient for disposable income was 0.37, lower than that in the US’s (0.39) but higher than all other G7 countries, and higher than every country in Europe other than Bulgaria.”
At the same time the former Bank of England Governor Mark Carney says: “Put it this way,” he said. “In 2016 the British economy was 90% the size of Germany’s. Now it is less than 70%.” The Economic and Social R research Institute states ” ESRI shows reductions in UK to EU goods trade by 16% and trade from the EU to UK by 20% relative to the scenario in which Brexit had not occurred.” So much for Singapore-on-Thames….
The ruling class wants to trim sail, as the working class gets more uppity. But their rightwing was rather noisy still. What better way to disillusion them of their pretenses that the UK could still rule the world, than allow Truss and Kwarteng show how dependent the UK actually is? This is a Suez moment for the most right-wing upper class ideologues who seized the UK by the neck. I believe a smoother operator – Starmer – will be relied on to strait-jacket the working class.
Truss was no mistake…a hypothesis that I believe true. The working class needs its own party and not a social-democratic façade for the ruling class.
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