Another Winter of Discontent?
Posted by Mark on 19th Jul 2010
I am sure I'm not the only one who feels like we are living in a period of phoney war?
The ConDems have done the best to convey a feeling of impending doom; that plague and pestilence will follow this Autumn's spending review, but every week my rubbish gets collected, the dead are still getting buried, I am not blogging by candlelight.
At the moment there seems little chance of a return to the industrial strife of the late 70's.
But surely cuts promised on this unprecedented scale, potentially leading to 650,00 - 1,500,000 job losses (depending on who you believe), will see us descend into Greek style anarchy; although even the most militant members of the RMT would probably pull back from actually barbecuing a few bankers?
I don't doubt it's going to be difficult, but I can guarantee that it won't be as bad as when I was a child and it's all thanks to Mrs T. Of course, I hear you say, the trade union reforms neutered the proletariat's ability organise labour effectively; there will thankfully be no return to The Flying Pickets (and their close part harmony acapella). This is undoubtedly true, to an extent, and Willie Walsh can point you in the direction of some good lawyers if you don't believe me.
However it is a more fundamental and dare I say it deliberate policy that may prove to be the opium of the masses.
Have you ever wondered why such a disproportionate number of Anglo-Saxons own their own homes?
The seeds of this policy were sown in 1930's America in the aftermath of the Great Depression, as a matter of public policy home ownership was encouraged and to facilitate this two large public backed mortgage corporations Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were established (which to be fair in itself didn't play out very well 65 years later).
Terribly generous dontcha think?
Not when you consider that mass home ownership, as public policy, was only encouraged once it was realised that PEOPLE WITH MORTGAGES DO NOT STRIKE (as much), for fear of losing their homes. You can perhaps now see why Norman Tebbit et al. were so keen to see so many low paid, labour voting, public sector workers buy their own slice of heaven on council estates up and down the land.
Now we have gorged ourselves of a trillion pounds of mortgage debt when push comes to shove workers willingness and ability to man the barricades will be suitably curtailed.