Wednesday, 20 October 2010
It has to be said that the BigCon/FibDems have been studying the masters when honing their PR assault leading to the devastating cuts they are visiting upon the electorate. Over the months we have been ripened for self-sacrifice by feelings of guilt over supposedly profligate spending, and are now being asked to take part in a potentially humiliating public act of faith - just like their Human Shields, the former LibDems.
Eric Hoffer in his book The True Believer says that the prerequisites of mass movements are frustration and a feeling of helplessness, and that offering 'the prospect of spectacular change can be attractive, and the most powerful factor is that of hope ... All mass movements deprecate the present by depicting it as a mean preliminary to a glorious future .. an ignoble episode preceding the final triumph'.
The Auto de Fe depicted by Goya above is a public humiliation and demonstration of faith that was part of the Spanish Inquisition. The accused are stripped of their individuality and vanities and make public statements of commitment and faith. It might not stop them being tortured to death though.
In any event we must hold true and not believe that just because it hurts now, it will get better later. The BigCon/FibDems are messing with our minds; they want us to forget it was the bankers who did for the world economy. If we don't fight back with honesty and integrity, plus a little cunning, they will make fools of us all.
Friday, 8 October 2010
Up to 10,000 people may be moved out of the borough unless the Council takes immediate action. Cuts planned by the Con/FibDems to Housing Benefit, Local Housing Allowance and Temporary Accommodation subsidy will hit over 4,000 households, many of whom will have to find an extra £100 a week or more to stay in their homes – or face eviction. Labour councillors are challenging the Tories and FibDems - who bizarrely are to argue against their own government's policy - at the October Council meeting.
Labour has been warning since February that the Tories' proposed cuts would mean the enforced migration of many of the poorest residents out of the borough to ‘low demand’ (ie cheaper) parts of London - or right out of London - but were accused of scaremongering. However LibDem Deputy Leader Simon Hughes has recently admitted ‘we might have to send people to cheaper parts, even if they don’t like it’.
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing said: ‘people will have to move to find alternative homes that they can afford’. This has all been confirmed in a report to the September Housing, Health and Adult Social Care Committee, which concluded: ‘The potential for central London and the Royal Borough to effectively become a residential no-go for anybody on a low income looking to rent is real .. [including] long-standing families who may have lived in the borough all of their lives’.
So, has the Council carried out a social equality impact assessment on this policy as required by legislation? Do they realise it is against their own Community Strategy and equality scheme ‘Towards an Inclusive Kensington and Chelsea’?
The report confirms that the poorest people, including many women and ethnic minority groups, will be worst hit. It will disrupt the lives and education of thousands of children, and force keyworkers to move elsewhere for jobs. It is blatant social cleansing. Meanwhile the Tories will lick their lips with glee at finally being able to make Kensington and Chelsea the playboys' playground they are so desperate to create.’