2012: the year the world broke free from the tyranny of greed for the sake of greed. 2011 gave us the Arab Spring, Occupy worldwide; in Britain a dawning awareness that The City is not London, not the people, and that if we stand together we hold the power, not the financiers, not the career politicians, not the media moguls or lobbyists.
Watching police violence in Tahrir Square – or Oakland, or UC Berkley – hearing the almost desperate fear-fuelling rhetoric of the GOP or the ConDems (“Scroungers! Immigrants! Terrorists!”) one could imagine a new era of human decency, honesty and integrity building – new movements based on true democracy, not the façade of representation sold to hidden highest bidders.
Obviously, Labour, representing our salt-of-the-earth-every-day-people, would support freedom, representation and fairness.
Not a bit of it.
New Labour were old politics even as they took the limelight – uplifting song, though, at the time.
And now Miliband (in the Daily Mail – I won’t add to their ratings by linking) has shown himself to be no evolution by denouncing benefit “cheats”. What of The City’s minimal taxes? What of deals behind closed doors allowing corporations to walk away without paying? What of off-shore havens? Instead he’s playing the divide and conquer card: make the poor fear and hate the even poorer. “There But for the grace of God …”
Shame on Labour.
Who or what will fill the void?