Significant truths are now beginning to ‘kill’ the mainstream parties
The cycle of mistrust between people and politics ratchets up. Matthew Whittaker, chief economist at the Resolution Foundation, has warned that “currently we are facing a candour deficit as well as a fiscal one”.
In the Guardian recently, Polly Toynbee wrote:
- “Never – probably – in the history of political conflict will so many be misled by so few as in Wednesday’s autumn statement . . .
- “George Osborne will be the wolf in sheep’s clothing, bearing sham gifts to the NHS, road users and, maybe, orchestras . . .
- “He will trumpet 3% growth and falling unemployment while rattling past rising debt and deficit – targets missed by light years as benefits spending shoots up due to housing costs and low pay”.
- His raising of the personal tax allowance and higher rate thresholds will give £35 a year to the bottom tenth and £649 to the top, with most money going to the top half.
- ISA limits are up to £15,000 a year – and yet who, on average UK wages of £26,500, can save that?
“Labour is trapped by staying in the me-too rhetorical territory, agreeing with the Tories and the Lib Dems that the public can’t take much honesty . . . The truth will kill those who try it, they fear”.
But the really significant truths now beginning to ‘kill’ the mainstream parties are not those political manouevrings noted above.
The clues to the real distrust are in points four and five above. As a reader emailed: when politicians have relatives, friends and investments in all the corporate and financial sectors they are hardly likely to do otherwise”.
Another Anglo-Saxon attitude: see America’s Progressive Cynic cartoon caption:
Increasingly aware of this connection, the British public is turning to several small parties who are, in the main and as yet, untainted by such ‘success’.
The unconvinced should turn to the register of members’ interests and see how much wealth is being amassed by many prominent politicians in the two main parties.
Posted on December 8, 2014, in Corporate political nexus, Democracy undermined, Economy, Finance, Government, MPs, Parliamentary failure, Public relations, Vested interests and tagged candour deficit, corporate sector, Financial sector, ISA, Labour trapped, mainstream political parties, Matthew Whittaker economist, NHS, personal tax allowance, Polly Toynbee, Register of members’ interests, Resolution Foundation, Small political parties. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.