Uiteraard geen nieuws, maar niettemin opnieuw mooi verwoord:
Socialism lives in Britain, but only for the rich: the rules of capitalism are for the rest of us. […] […] when the financial system went into meltdown in 2008, it was not expected to stand on its own two feet, or to pull itself up by its bootstraps. Instead, it was saved by the state, becoming Britain’s most lavished benefit claimant. More than £1tn of public money was poured into the banks following the financial collapse. […]
Glyn, a former gas fitter from Manchester, was sanctioned three weeks before Christmas 2013, and received no money. He had missed a signing-on day because he was completing a job search at Seetec, one of the government’s corporate welfare-to-work clients. Then there’s Sandra, a disabled Glaswegian who lives with her daughter. She was sent a form asking to declare whether she lived with someone; assuming it meant a partner, she said no, and was called in to a “compliance interview”. Because her daughter was not in full-time education, Sandra was stripped of her entitlement to her £50 per week severe-disability allowance. While the financial elite could depend on the state to swoop to their rescue, those who suffered because of their greed felt the chill winds of laissez-faire.
En de bankenjongens ondertussen maar janken dat ze ‘gedemoniseerd’ worden en dat big goverment een obstakel voor innovatie is.
Soms vraag je je wel eens af (ik wel tenminste) waarom men in verre vreemde landen massaal op duistere types stemt die er ronduit rare en inmiddels volstrekt ongeloofwaardige ideeën op nahouden over wat het beste voor hun bevolking is.