Nothing for 6 months from the panda. Why?
I’m trying to start a business during the worst recession in decades, and it’s hell.
I’m not helped by the welfare state which, despite my 20+ years of working is treating me like a scrounging scumbag. Through ridiculous rules and restrictions they are doing more than anyone to make my business fail.
So I have little time. But allied to that is a sense of futility. Apart from Owen Jones in the i paper, nobody seems to be protesting as we get nailed to the wall by both government and big business.
So why am I writing this? I don’t know. I’ve missed my WordPress friends, and apologise for my rude exit, but really I think I’m motivated by anger.
I’m writing this post (on my phone, so no pictures I’m afraid) because today’s headline, today’s story, is too clear, too perfect an example of how this government is going wrong not to write something.
There have been a number of stories recently about how some care workers are neglectful.
While people will sometimes be mean just because they can, I would dare to suggest that the main reason for neglect in care homes and hospitals is that staff are massively overworked and terribly underpaid. There are too many managers, not enough carers, and the service is governed by ministers with no knowledge or experience, who seldom if ever actually visit the services they legislate.
What care needs is more money, better protection for staff, better working conditions and all that jazz. But this would of course take time and effort.
So instead the government is making neglect a crime.
First make it impossible for people to do their job well, then make it a crime for them not to.
I dislike the notion of conspiracy theories, since I’ve always considered that conspiracies require a level of coordinated effort well beyond the abilities of our government (or any other). But it’s already clear that the Tories want to do away with the NHS, and probably the welfare state as well.
What the Tories have failed to realise is that you can only be rich if someone else is poor, otherwise we’re all the same. The welfare state isn’t so much offering riches to the lazy, as doing the bare minimum to keep the poor alive so that others can be rich, in their contrast to these poor. The rich are more or less paying for a sort of open zoo, where they can go to look at hungry animals, without whom the rich would not exist, and feel smug about how their hard work (read ‘ daddies money’) has insulated them from such hunger.
But failing to understand this, the Tories would see us all starved out of existence. Only then would they realise there was no-one left to clean their toilets and fetch their shopping.
Once the poor were dead it could go only one of two ways. Either the once rich would be seen as the new poor by the elite mega-rich, or a new standard for what qualified one as rich would be invented, the now homogenous wealthy would arbitrarily factionalise and turn on each other, and they’d start killing themselves for want of a common enemy.
Still, having plenty of greed but no foresight, Cameron pursues our extinction, and thus his own.
All of which leads back to the conspiracy, or lack of one. Nurses must do an impossible job or face prison. Is it coincidence that the poor have had their benefits cut, been forced into impossible living conditions and now face jail if they try and survive by other means?
Maybe, but it’s a remarkably similar scenario all the same.
When the government wanted to cut benefits the public were outraged. So over the next decade, through subtle policy and propaganda, the deserving poor were transformed into scrounging bastards. Now they can hack away at welfare and nobody makes a noise.
Cameron wants to sell the NHS, as the Tories have always done, with trains, the post office, energy companies… If it works the conservatives will sell it for their own short term gain. Then it will break. But public protest stops them selling the NHS. So, magically, all the proud success stories about our wonderful health service, unique in the world, are replaced by horrors such as bad nurses, viral outbreaks, bad management, and now neglect. Those in the caring profession have been shifted from kindly and praiseworthy, to negligent and cruel. Florence Nightingale has become Dr Crippin.
So just how many nurses will we send to jail before Cameron gets to sell our hospitals while we all applaud and say, ‘ good thing too’…?
Nothing for 6 months from the panda. Why?