One of the things that has really done my fucking nut in this whole election campaign is the Conservatives fixation upon Brexit, as if voters are going to ignore all of the very real challenges that they face in their day-to-day life. Issues such as housing, education, health, transport, immigration, employment and the funding of public services to name a few. But the inertia of parliament has meant that domestic issues which will have a far more profound and immediate effect on voters than Brexit have been ignored. Of course a bad Brexit deal will affect all of these issues because if the economy takes a hit, tax revenues will be firstly impacted and then there will be less for the government to spend.
What a government spends our money on is a matter of choice. It can choose what spending to cut and what to increase, to withdraw altogether or to introduce new one’s? We are told, as a justification for cutting spending on public services, for example, that ‘difficult decisions’ and ‘hard choices’ have to be made. But who is it that bears the brunt of these ‘difficult decisions’? Who decides what are the choices to considered – and more importantly not considered – when deciding on these ‘hard choices’?
One area of government spending that is seemingly immune to austerity and government cuts is corporate welfare. Corporate welfare is exactly what you imagine it to be it is, although the sheer size of it might not. Estimated to be between£93 billions a year and £180 billions a year because getting an authoritative figure from the government isn’t as easy as say, finding how much housing benefit fraud there is. But means by which big and small businesses and corporations benefit massively from a myriad of state sponsored subsidies is of far more concern and therefore rarely discussed. Who is going to discuss it? Not the newspapers, which as I pointed out in a previous post, are owned by those who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.
You mean to say that tax credits are a way of the government subsidizing low pay from businesses? That can’t be right. Next your going to say that providing free nursery care for the under fives is subsidizing mothers to return to work more quickly benefits business. I mean, I know that your brain damaged and everything, but come on!
You don’t mean that the curriculum has been tailored in such a way as to provide more employable school leavers better able to meet the needs of business. Next you’ll be saying that the notion of graduates leaving university after completing Mickey Mouse courses with eye wateringly high levels of debt is a way of ensuring a more compliant workforce. No one questions any of this, its all taken as a given, the way things are. Like deference to the benefit scroungers in chief, or that having the right family, the right accent, right clothes, the right education, the right connections somehow gives you the right to govern
But hey, lets focus on Brexit and getting that done, because that’s the real issue here isn’t it.