Austerity… So how’s that working for you?
My sister arrived from the UK on Thursday night, and one of the first long conversations I had with her was about politics.
As I have mentioned before, my sister was never one for talking politics, until recently, but her outrage is palpable, as she talks about the unfairness of the right wing nut jobs running the country since the last elections over there.
She talks passionately about the plight of the poorest in society, the elderly, the disabled, the sick. She told me how people are dying as a direct result of the austerity measures and how, before long they are expecting riots in the streets.
She told me that the Arrogance of the Tory’s, is infuriating as they slash spending on health, government services and social programs for the elderly, which are the only option for many of them to interact with society, all the while giving themselves pay rises and handing out tax breaks for the wealthy. She can’t even claim her pension for another year, as the age has been raised to save money, meaning that she has to start looking for a job when she goes back in two weeks
It’s my sisters birthday today, Saturday, and she is in Australia courtesy of her partner buying her the ticket.
When they have visited in the past, they have come out together, but this time they could not afford it, as things are very tight and the Aus dollar makes it even harder.
They, like many, overseas, look with envy at Australia, the strength of our economy, and the services that we receive, under a government that actually cares for its citizens and makes fair and equitable fiscal policy, and wonder WTF are we complaining about?
She is also disgusted at the way that Murdoch maintains a firm grip on his media interests in the UK and despite the fact that he has been widely condemned, around the world, as an evil, self interested megalomaniac, he is still wielding his power and has the politicians scared shitless of going up against him. Hence the watered down media regulations there despite the Leveson enquiry and the damming findings that they made.
The scary thing is that he has got so much money/power, that the GFC is not seen as even an inconvenience, by his ilk, but rather an opportunity to gain even more power. He is even willing to sacrifice a certain amount of his profits (readership) to take full advantage of said opportunity, and here in Australia we are being led like lambs to the slaughter, by Abbott and his puppet masters, all for the sake of Mogul Megalomania.
Make no mistake, Abbott stands for exactly what the UK, the EU and the USA are, and have been, dealing with since the start of the GFC, and if he gets the opportunity via the Sept elections, he WILL bring us into line with them as surely as night follows day.
And every Australian should take a good hard look at what we have, compare it with what the vast majority of the developed world has, and then ask the question of them… “Austerity… How’s that working for you?”
And then, for the sake of the future of our kids and this great nation, vote according to their answer, which in the vast majority of cases will be… “Bloody Awful!”