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A glimpse of my political views

November 19, 2013

So I have been reading the book, Chavs: the demonisation of the working class, by Owen Jones recently. I have to say it is a bit of an eye-opener. The way in which the moralising approach to poor people has come back in to justify treating them badly and withholding benefits from them wherever possible. The way in which he exposes the myth that we are all now middle class. The way in which he exposes how class background is severely tainting the media coverage of our own country, due to the privileged background of nearly all journalists.

In the insights of this book I think there is hope of a new way forward in politics beyond the supposed middle-class utopia we currently live in. I do find it terrible how the people at the lower end of society are burdened with all of this economic crisis, by a government full of politicians who are often millionaires, who have the cheek to think this is a morally justified approach.

Power as always creates divides in society. The middle England Utopia is a grand delusion that can only last so long. Unrest will build for change by those on the wrong side of the dividing line. Peace is being maintained by an approach that is increasing inequalities in society. A limit to the malleability of society on this course will be reached, and I think this work of Owen Jones on Chavs, is a good precursor of the kind of feelings that are going to develop more over time.

My personal opinion is the same as it has been for a long time. Changes need to be made to the way in which the government “represents” the people. Party politics determined by economic backing and journalistic backing is a complete travesty of representative government. I have never been a fan of seeing a democracy as about equality. This is a childish principle as I have talked about in my last post. For me a good democracy is about good representation of the population by its politicians. But this is something we have moved away from recently.

Unless government represents the people well, it will become exploitative of certain groups mercilessly. as Owen Jones illustrates with the Chav phenomena. Forget recession, economic reform, these are just distractions for rich people to justify making poor people even poorer. Parliamentary reform is what is needed. We need to strike at the very heart of the problem. Rather than wasting our time looking for scapegoats and dead horses to flog.

 

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