Thursday, 6 May 2010
The morning after the night before
Will your life be radically changed?
Will you wake up and detect a new freshness in the air, a new sense of hope oozing out of the environment?
Or will you feel terrible, like a person who has just lost everything as a result of someone else’s incompetence?
Will it make any difference to you?
Will life be just the same?
Might it just as well have never happened?
No, we are not talking about a nuclear war. You will notice that alright. It will transform your life – probably in the most profound sense: by terminating it. And if it does not kill you, you will probably wish it had.
But the morning after the election will be another story. No mushroom clouds, cities reduced to rubble, panic in the shelters. The morning after the general election 2010, all that there will be is the fading enthusiasm of David Dimbleby and the other TV pundits trying their hardest to stay awake until the final results and the isolated groups of party activist nursing hangovers induced either by success or failure combined with the cheap price of booze subsidized in the Town Hall bars next to were the ballot papers are counted.
For most workers – who run society from top to bottom by sweeping the streets and driving the buses and operating the computers and looking after the sick – the morning after the general election will be very much the same as the day before? It will be wage or salary slavery as usual.
For workers the same problems will exist the day after the election as the day before it.
Most of us do not like working for the bosses and paying the bills and living in a stressful and dangerous society and fearing the possibility of another war. Not one of those problems will be gone the day after the election. Not one of the elected politicians will have promised to attend to those problems. That is working-class life; capitalism in one form or another must always exist. And so it will, morning after the election.
Of course, there will be some workers who will wake up the next morning (if their excitement ever allowed them to sleep) full of joy because their chosen party has won.
But most workers will not be dancing or cheering or even smiling. Even most of them will have voted and only done so in the hope that it will make a difference – or that it may keep the other lot out – or because of family tradition. Most voters in elections are far less stupid than they might be thought to be: they are not taken in by all the nonsense spewed out by politicians. Many workers know that capitalist elections will not change their lives.
The after the election one thing will be crystal clear: you do not matter any more. You have spent your political power and that’s it for five more years – four if you’re lucky.
So, the morning after the election the homeless will still be unhoused and the unemployed still on the social scrapheap and the hungry still too poor to buy food and the millions who are being robbed daily by the wages system will be having their lives stolen away from them. The day after the election will be a bloody miserable day. And for none will it be more miserable than for those who know how easy it would be to change the whole rotten set-up and establish a society fit to live in.
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