The World Turned Upside Down

Dominic Turner @dominic_turner

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In the week that yet more fraud in the banker’s paradise, called The City of London, was exposed, we find the media establishment closing ranks, bemoaning the destruction of trust between the British people and the corrupt iron triangle of politicians, journalists and the financial sector. Indeed, a recent poll revealed only ten and thirteen percent of the public trusted bankers and journalists respectively (and I’m surprised the figure is that high). I can hear it now, the political class crying into their next bottle of Jacobs Creek about the tragic decline of trust in British public life, before trotting out the same self righteous protestations that most people enter public life for noble causes such as cutting taxes for the super rich or slashing benefits for the disabled

I for one find solace in the fact that ordinary people can see these institutions for what they are. Instruments of entrenched privilege almost always inherited or attained through brutality. Why should one shred of faith be placed in institutions that have only served to swindle and actively lobby for the robbery and deceit of the British people? A political class, provided with cover from a servile and supine media establishment, who sent hundreds of soldiers and hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians to their deaths, bankrolled by their friends in the financial sector, deserve all the contempt they have earned

However, an unrelenting scepticism of the motives of all public institutions can sometimes lead the impressionable down the blind and treacherous trenches of conspiracy theories. I am in no doubt that the centres of power in London and Washington would like nothing better than for the left to be distracted by absurd and illogical lectures that 9/11 and 7/7 were inside jobs, from someone who has become an expert on structural engineering after spending twenty minutes on the internet. Moreover, conspiracy theories perpetuate this very sense of hopelessness, and give a certain amount of comfort to the lazy amidst our ranks who refuse to believe that civil disobedience, striking and occupying can change society. How could they possibly hope to change the international order if they believe the insane proposition that the world is run by the Jews, or the Freemasons or the Reptilian Humanoids? The plots to undermine and crush the lives of ordinary people are not hatched in smoke filled rooms, but across the policy tables of Whitehall and board rooms of Barclays PLC. The truth, hidden in plain sight, is that something can, and must, be done. And we can only tread the march of human progress in trust and solidarity. 

Indiscriminate cynicism of all public institutions, irrespective of their composition has been corrosive to the very institutions that may serve to unleash us from the Kafkaesque nightmare that is 21st Century Britain. It can even breed mistrust of trade unions, whom are perceived by an alarming amount of the working class as protectors of “comfy public sector job”, rather than that what organised labour should be; The shell from which a new, more just and equitable world can grow, of the workers, by the workers and for the workers. And this can only be achieved by encouraging all workers, public and private, to unionise. To strike, occupy and resist an economic system that serves to enslave them in worsening pay and conditions. Without this resistance, British democracy appears to be in terminal decline, a future bought and sold by the industrial feudalists in the city, where public opinion is not even a quaint notion to be sidelined and ignored, but swiftly silenced.

Indeed, it’s been fashionable in recent weeks for the literati of the press to compare the tyranny of the banker barons of 2012 with the relative strength of the Trade Unions in the Seventies. A 13 million strong, unionised workforce fighting for workers rights and better pay and conditions for all, regardless of creed, class and colour is democracy, not a threat to it.

 

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