I think all our society is run by insane people for insane objectives… I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal means. If anybody can put on paper what our government and the American government and the Russian… Chinese… what they are actually trying to do, and what they think they’re doing, I’d be very pleased to know what they think they’re doing. I think they’re all insane. But I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.
John Lennon in a 1968 interview
To begin with, the 2007/2008 economic crash was blamed on the poor and disadvantaged. There were a plethora of tv programmes showing fat and lazy people living on huge amounts of social security. It’s the welfare scroungers, innit! As more and more people became poor and disadvantaged the emphasis shifted towards blaming immigrants. This was neatly tied into Islamic terrorism. The immigration issue is shamelessly used by politicians of all stripes to deflect attention away from the economic crash, a crash which was caused by a bunch of spivs and barrow boys in Wall Street and the City of London. These spivs and barrow boys have never been held to account for their crimes, because they own most of the politicians. Instead, the banksters get bailed-out and the plebs get spoon-fed ‘austerity’ and are told about the ‘recovery’.
Nye Bevin once famously described the Tories as being “lower than vermin”, because of their callous disregard of the poor and disadvantaged. Bevin said those words at a party rally in 1948. Almost 70 years later not much has changed. Last Tuesday there was an extraordinary exchange in the House of Commons between Labour MP Frank Field and Tory MP Heidi Allen. In all my years I’ve never seen anything quite like it in Parliament…