Corporate Capitalism has replaced democracy

Todays election talking point (Image source)

A few of you may have noticed we are to elect a new government in less than a month. Election fever in the media is building to a climax as politicians of all parties and political pundits of all shades of self interest spout endless empty rhetoric about British values and democratic principles and who is best placed to save the NHS.

So far all of this has failed to inflame passions in the national psyche, the three main parties, Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat are utterly discredited and have totally lost the trust of the voters. Supporters of each are clutching as straws from the straw polls to try and claim their party is surging forward while support to the others is crumbling.

It is not so, more important than what the published data from polls tells us is what they don’t tell us, i.e. how they allocate the votes of people who have not made up their minds, say they do not intend to vote or simply decline to answer the questions.

To further complicate matters there is the question of upstart parties such as UKIP, SNP and the Greens, in previous elections just bit part players but now looking set to play a significant role.

The nature of our ‘first past the post’ voting system, which has ensured many people – myself among them – have never had the prospect of somebody we actually supported being elected as our Member of Parliament, also means that the only parties with a realistic chance of winning enough seats to enable them to form a government without minority party support are Labour and The Conservatives. As in the outgoing parliament, the party most likely to achieve third place, the Liberal Democrats, might hold the balance of power in a hung parliament.

In the campaign so far, leaders of the three main parties have hogged television and newspaper coverage and embraced a cosy consensus based on the need to continue with ‘austerity’, open the borders to more immigrants, give high priority to all issues related to gay and ethnic minority rights and support all military interventions in poor nations launched by the USA. They quibble over the nature or speed of cuts to the public sector and public services but none can suggest how the government deficit might be brought under control without far deeper cuts that any will talk about, or corresponding tax hikes which is another topic that is off limits.

All three main parties are pro-big business, support Britain’s further integration into an increasingly federalised European Union and are aligned with the neoliberal economic agenda set by the financial cartel based in the City of London and on Wall Street and by the major transnational corporations. Thus all are committed to signing the iniquitous “Free Trade” agreement being pushed by the corporate puppet Barack Hussein Obama and his corrupt administration in Washington, the Trans – Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TTIP), which will free global corporations from the tiresome obligation to obey national law on trading standards, consumer protection or workers rights.

Think Tanks like Chatham House, Centre for Policy Studies, Foreign Policy Centre, Reform, Institute of Economic Affairs and the International Institute for Strategic Studies, which are really slush funds for academics and failed politicians and which most British voters have never heard of) determined long ago the pro-corporate and generally pro-Washington policies that the main parties will sell to the public.

Bullying tactics in the world of party politics, powerful lobbying groups funded by corporate money and the revolving door between private corporations and the public sector (government departments and QUANGOS) have also helped shape the pro – corporate, pro – globalist agenda.

In 2012 veteral Labour MP Austin Mitchell, who is not seeking re – election, described the UK’s four biggest accountancy firms as being “more powerful than government.”

Mr. Mitchell said the companies’ financial success allows them privileged access to government policy makers. Of course the case for similar ‘privileged access’ could also be made about many other sectors, not least the arms industry and global agritech companies which armed with their poisons, unsustainable model of industrial agriculture and fraudulent claims for their products have been working hand in glove with government to force GMO’s into the UK despite most people holding the view that potatoes will not benefit from having the gene that makes them die when exposed to highly toxic to humans herbicide sprayed on them.

The power and influence of think tanks, lobbying firms and cronyism means the major parties provide the illusion of choice and democracy, but in reality offers the public via propaganda spread by the toothless and supine corporate media the choice of being governed by A, A or A. The knockabout, name calling, schoolyard squabble level debate of party politics serves as entertainment for a public that is increasingly disillusioned with politics, but does not effectively mask the reality that whoever wins the election, for the next five years the same people will be running the country as have run it for the past five, and the five before that.

The main parties have all accepted economic neoliberalism and the financialisation of the British economy and all that it has entailed: weak or non-existent trade unions, shinking manufacturing base, an ideological assault on the public sector, the offshoring of jobs, deregulation, privatisation of essential industries (and worse, the removal of laws that prevented foreign interests owning certain essential industries, and an economy dominated by financial services.

In Britain, long gone are the relatively well-paid manufacturing jobs that helped build and sustain the economy. In its place, the country has witnessed the imposition of a low taxation regime, low-paid and insecure ‘service sector’ jobs (no-contract work, zero hours contracts, macjobs, call centre jobs – much of which soon went abroad), a real estate bubble, credit card debt and student debt, which all helped create the illusion of a functional economy in order to maintain demand during the debt – led boom years under Labour Prime Ministers Blair and Brown.

Levels of public debt spiraled, personal debt became unsustainable and the deregulated financial sector demanded the public must write down its own gambling debts.

The economy now relies on a banking and finance-sector cartel that specialises in rigging markets, debt creation, money laundering and offshoring profits in various tax havens. The banking industry applies huge pressure on governments and has significant influence over policies to ensure things remain this way.

The economy, and the need to solve its problems will be glibly discussed throughout the campaign but there will be few words spoken about why or how the top one percent in the UK increased their wealth substantially in 2008, while the economic crisis was wiping out savings, destroying pension funds and sending unemployment figures rocketing. Even less will be said about why levels of inequality, under both the Conservative and Labour governments before 2010 and the Conservative / Liberal Democrat coalition have sky rocketed over the past three decades.

Above are some of the reasons why my vote will be going to the upstart Libertarian party UKIP (for the benefit of University Brainwashed politics and social science graduates, Libertarian does not mean “Extreme right wing” is actually means “opposed to the authoritarianism offered by Labour and Conservatives,) the only party that offers a way to smash the political metastasis the two parties of government have led us into.

UKIP are also the only party that can save the NHS because they are the only party that understands the NHS is in crisis because of a bloated and incompetent management structure. SO BLEAH, you hand wringing, wailing, teeth gnashing left wing idiots.

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