“And I quote “Governments are still resorting to doing away with human rights to protect the few most vulnerable. We need to push back “
The governments doing this have been doing it before Covid. They didn’t need an excuse because we elected them. And by human rights, some of us extend those to “the vulnerable”, and exclude the supposed right to expect service workers – amongst whom number such because poverty – to endanger themselves for our “human rights”.
I mean – cashless welfare …not a new idea?
Voter ID , late to that table , kids
Commodifying education ..oh do keep up
Privatising the NHS – sole purpose of Brexit , conformed by Vince Cable?
Repro rights ? Well, at least they know what we ladies are and we can have our own whatever they chivalry on us . How nice.
Press freedom …yeh I warned you about the BBC.Educational freedom …c’et un q’elle surprise. Not.
On and on. It’s amazing what the request to don a few microns of cloth reveal.
Go on. Caper about. No actual champion of the working classes expects them to stand into danger. I know , minor detail. I’ve got sweet FA to gain from any of this. Get mad at me because I pointed out the suave men in Saville Row hate women. Its not my inverted snobbery that has me swooning over them. I know them.
But one thing I will not do is entertain bargaining. What I’m hearing in “we’ve got to get used to this thing”, is “please orrend there’s nothing going on, so I can” . And that’s the charitable version.
“Few most vulnerable” ? That’s *at least* 45k such ON TOP of whatever else is taking said. And all people are being asked to so is wear bloody masks , wash their hands , and queue.
Everything else is NOT NEW.
And – amongst this – I’m seeing a lot of so called “leftists” and “feminists” returning to florid terms such as “terror” and “totalitarianism” to justify their triage of libertarianism and neo liberalism over the rights of the less privileged. Over the collective good.
Yes authoritarian governments love a disaster. Here in the U.K. , the Tories are in the belief that we won’t notice them breaking two international treaties , one – a peace treaty – that stood to be epoch making.However , they have a majority of 80. So they don’t really care who knows what , and would proceed regardless.
Where am I going with this ? I’ve said it before. Useful idiots. Look at Brexit. Nobody cared about the EU before 2010. People falling for the deliberate nudges of planted grudges. People nudged into the very hands of the far right , by the far right.People rebelling into the very measures the far right couldn’t justify otherwise, all the while revelling in their larping – of what ? – the Prague spring ? Dear lord.
Newsflash. They were protesting a regime already in place , and there were tanks. Not face masks. ACTUAL TANKS.I see no Hungarians here.
There won’t be tanks here. There will be weaponised austerity and the dismantling of the post war social contact. But there won’t be tanks. Protest against that? Too late , nudged into connipting about public health measures, nudged into terror of uncontrolled immigration and Turkey joining the EU , we have been played , played into giving up the right to protest against what we ARE losing , and permanently.If tanks do appear , it’ll too late. We’ll have connipted away our right to protest the loss of the NHS , because we didn’t like masks, and thought pathogen amelioration = fascism. As though capitalists wreck economies for fun.
There’s a right wing culture war happening at the moment, one they’re winning.They’re winning because of a post war phenomenon of an increasing population of kidults , always scared someone else has more , and unused to the full sentence “no”. So much so, they’ll triage their individualism over the collective good.And the people nudging them ? Laughing all the way to the bank.
Neoliberalism , florid fantasy, and libertarianism, have no place in socialism or radical feminism. I don’t believe in any totalitarian system, but what decadent* people think they’re protesting against , may yet bring about far worse.
As to rejecting liberalism? Oh wow.Ok- a lot of modern liberalism is rooted in the belief that most people are benign, and that none the vulnerable can never be egregious, or perpetrators.
Or – if they are – their victims must never speak out. This has brought about- on the back of such noble intention – a culture of aggressive cry bullying.
I am not a modern liberal , but a classic one. I don’t like people.Much as I care for them, I don’t trust them. My liberalism and socialism stem from what used to be called enlightened self interest. I am we. I have firm red lines. Thus far, and no further. I never punch down. And certainly NOT on behalf of one oppressed group against another.Therein lies madness. The madness that is the uber woke.
But I say this. A great deal of this rejection of wokeism and modern liberalism has one goal, to expunge all liberalism, entirely. There is a concerted populist drive to erase human rights, workers rights . Women’s rights? Oh , we’ll have our spaces, as long as they are attached to whatever the modern day equivalent Children , Kitchen , and Church is. One desired outcome of Brexit alone is that the resulting mass unemployment will drive women back into domestic servitude, thus reducing the care bill. And remember, all but child benefit are now paid to the higher earner. So women will be trapped. Just a few weeks ago the Tories tried to restrict an already extremely rare medical procedure that cannot ever effect men, late term abortion.
The bias of the BBC is not unforced. I have been consistent about this since 2010. The BBC has been under a sword of Damocles – since then – while you all carp about bias and the license fee. The BBC did not choose to end universal free licensing to over 75s, they were forced to.However, since anyone receiving pension credits will still receive one…this will effect few. And the disabled who receive this as routine , will not be effected. Never mind , the end result is the same, the propaganda coup against the BBC is almost complete. We are in Murdoch’s hands.
We have a government that – through planned disarray – has people rebelling into the very situations they rebel against, namely autocracy and neglect. The ONLY reason they’re pussy footing around herd immunity is they know there’s just enough of us left who reject the mass deaths of the vulnerable, and they’re scared an overwhelmed NHS just might wake a few more up. Terrified.
This is why the Internal Markets Bill was so important to them (and don’t wail about oppositions when there’s an 80 seat majority and weasel mouthed Tory “rebels” who are just the opposite) , it enables them to alter, repeal , or create whatsoever law or legislation they wish – should they see fit – without parliament.
By all means reject cry bullying and wokeism, I do. But – FOR THE LOVE OF HUMANITY – stop skipping along with populists and their culture wars. Their concessions are gateway drugs. Sops. Don’t be a useful idiot. Please. Because some of us have warned you, time and time again
*and yes. I said decadent. As a society we are. I’m poor. But I know there’s billions – far worse off than I’ll er be – looking the the US/UK , thinking we’ve all gone mad. Because we have. Explain it to the billions grateful for ALL vaccines, the objection to one that doesn’t even exist yet.