Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Where the living is easy?"

There is no such a thing, as ‘compassion’ amongst the Tories, there never has been and there never will be; they exist quite simply to look after their class and their interests, and of course the existing (status quo) and continuing state of affairs of the system known as capitalism. 

Do you remember those televised events, the leaders debates, between Cameron, Clegg and Brown, and not that long ago, just over a year. So much has happened between then and now; they really haven't wasted anytime at all.

Food prices up by 20%
Petrol up by 15%
Energy bills up by 35%
Insurance up by 30%
Vat increased to 20%...an increase of 16%

Unemployment on the rise with jobs in decline, whilst the rich get richer and the poor, very much as always the poorer. In addition they set about slaughtering what was our relatively free education system, although this was initiated by New Labour, and they can’t hold up a candle to this lot then the Con/Dems; and now like a great many other onslaughts upon working people the coalition has taken things much further, in that physical sense to a greater distance. There seems to be no end in sight to what they are proposing, as if for them the sky's the limit, open season on the working wage and salaried earners whether in or out of work.

So do you remember that Cameron, lamented and harked on about how broken ‘Britain’ was, it almost became like a Bruce Forsyth catchphrase, but with no intention of playing his cards right, and now his government is clawing back any gains made by organisations of the working class during the last hundred years. 

Over the weekend just gone, there has been much palatalisation in the press about housing, or rather should I say the skeleton in the closet, the very real scandal (not that it bothers the political elite) of the now instantaneously escalating and about to explode housing shortage. Jon Snow the news presenter last night fronted a special Dispatches programme, on the many homes from hell in which literally without exaggeration,  thousands are  now forced to live in and call their home. In a promotional article for the Independent newspaper, Snow says that he did not have the slightest difficulty in finding today’s Rachmans. We are told that a chronic shortage in social housing and an unaffordable homes market mean that around 3.4 million people rent in the UK from Private Landlords, and that this represents a 40 per cent rise in the last five years.

Local authorities are now said to be turning a blind eye to illegal and unsafe homes because they do not have the resources to intervene or rehouse. And so, unscrupulously greedy landlords are getting away with evicting people from their homes so as to charge new tenants higher rents, whilst more properties than ever, and now because of cuts fall into disrepair and fail to meet the most basic standards required by law. 

This is just a small illustration, an indication of how bad a situation we have here in modern Britain walking forcefully backwards. And of course there is the so-called leaky letter from the office of Eric Pickles, that warned us, that government policy and changes to housing benefits and their welfare reform would put out on to the streets up to 40,000 families. 

I don’t think that there is any other way of saying it, but homelessness is now building into such a social crisis and with the added welfare and service cuts, it will undoubtedly blow the shocks off anything that we have indentured or experienced in the unforgettable and haunting past.

Only last month in a post  'Standing on the edge of the Abyss'  I raised on this blog what I thought was happening here in London. With every new day, the move to decant this city and its populated working class areas of the ‘proletariat’ moves onwards. In areas like my own here in historic working class Canning Town, developments of such luxury housing are springing up, housing that will be out of the reach of thousands who wait endlessly for the local Labour Council to provide them with social housing, which has to be said on current form - many will never obtain.

The number of multitudes presenting themselves to their local council as homeless rose by 23 per cent in the first three months of this year, compared with the same period in 2010, and the numbers of people sleeping rough on the streets has also started to rise.

Housing is one problem of capitalism which has been a constant source of difficulty and is part and parcel of working class life. Few members of our class escape some aspects of housing trouble. Whether it is the complete crisis of homelessness, or the stress involved in keeping our homes through paying the rent or mortgage. So our quality of housing acts as a good guide to the degree of suffering associated with the many other problems inherent in our class position such as bad health, poor nutrition and inadequate education and opportunity. We can therefore accept that of housing reflects the problems of capitalism. Accepting this, it is logical to assume that the solution to the housing problem is only attained through the solution of the problem of capitalism. 

In beginning an investigation into housing difficulties, one simple observation should help us overcome our surprise at the absurd nature of our findings: that production under capitalism, not least the production of buildings, is based on the ability to achieve a profit and not to fulfil human needs!”          

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