From Sue Marsh, Blogger at Diary of a Benefit Scrounger, published here
*Caution : This article contains language some readers may find offensive. However, language evolves for a reason. Believe me, I find the issues it raises more offensive* Also : TRIGGER for some
The Revelation Period
You must excuse my history. Most of it comes through the prism of Shakespeare and my literature degree. So, for me, history is : The Middle Ages, The Renaissance, The Romantics and The Restoration.Lately, I very often find myself wondering how history will remember and reflect on Britain – and of course the wider world – at the turn of this 3rd millennium.Every generation thinks themselves the best, the most modern, the most advanced or enlightened. As human beings, unable to comprehend what we have yet to discover, we believe we’ve reached the pinnacle of what humans may achieve. Of course each generation, dripping with arrogance and youth are wrong, we know almost nothing.
There seems to be little doubt that we are on the brink of – probably already living through – one of the greatest periods of flux the world has ever known.
- Anyone working in TV or radio, or politics or the catholic church (and probably any other institutions in which the powerful may harm the weak) could fuck children at will if they chose, seemingly with no fear of punishment or exposure. As though they were choosing from a puberty-menu, we now seem to be witnessing the unravelling of schemes so established, so common-place, they had been causing harm, unchecked, for decades
- How about the media? They were deleting messages from a dead girl’s phone to get their “scoop”. Accused of paying off the police, attempting to influence politicians through bribery and blackmail. Lying in endless cruel stories in an attempt to feed the vulnerable to the middle classes.
- Priests raping little boys in the vestry.
- MPs, greedy and grasping, abusing their expenses so spectacularly and almost universally, that few of us will ever forget the “duck moat” or the claim for a husband’s porn viewing.
- Energy companies charging more & more for fuel, to pad the pockets of shareholders who must, of course, always see a profit. Preferably billions of it. Why waste all those precious 50ps crammed frugally into slots?
- Mobile phone companies charging hundreds or even thousands of pounds to make exactly the same phonecalls abroad as you would at home.
- Payday loan companies breezily charging up to 4000% interest on loans only the most disadvantaged would ever consider.
- Food that is so toxic from processing and additives, padded out with a little horse or insect or offal, we begin to wonder if eating might do us more harm than the starvation it exists to avoid.
- Sick and disabled people sent back a generation on nothing more than the assumptions of the hale, healthy and more able. Juggled by corporate giants, their fate so much less important than the truth.
- Politicians, who were never at the top of the honesty tree to begin with, lying daily and with ever growing confidence that “nothing will be done” or assuring us that “something must be done” when we all know clearly that nothing ever will be done. At least not by them.
- Global businesses paying their taxes in pennies that should be pounds. Billions and billions “avoided” perfectly legally by corporate giants while smaller businesses close daily in a futile attempt to compete.
- A housing market grown so bloated that rent now siphons off 40% of what we earn. Landlords who leave properties to crumble, confident they won’t be ordered to improve. No cap on what they can charge, an assumption that you will never get your deposit back however you leave the property. A buyers market that can no longer sustain itself, so overpriced, that in many areas you need to earn £80k to get a mortgage on an average family home. Not enough homes and even if there were, nowhere near enough money to pay for them
- Hospitals and care homes allowed to abuse the vulnerable or elderly unchecked, often bullying, cruel and inadequate. But that’s OK, because the health watchdog was corrupt too and almost never stepped in.
- Poor so much poorer, rich so much richer.
- Wages consistently falling and falling and falling again, eroding the parts of life we workfor. Unless you’re a CEO. Or a banker. Or a director. Or a….. you get the idea. The great and the good “invited” to police stations where the rest of us are dragged in chains.
- Crops grown & destroyed for nothing but subsidies while most of the world starve.
- Wars with ever more dubious justifications.
- Whistle-blowers damned, justice-seekers gagged.
- A protest slogan sweeping Europe “Bread, education, freedom” that surely popped up mistakenly from a Victor Hugo novel?
- Pension funds raided, entitlements that no longer entitle.