Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tories back in power! F***ing AWESOME!!
For reasons that aren't important right now, I find myself in a position where I have to choose between continuing to be an expat or returning home to the UK
Until a few days ago I was all set to click the button, buy the ticket and return back to Blighty. A decision my family and close friends were supportive of
And then something interesting happened
Quite a few of my friends and family have started suggesting that I hold my horses and think about hanging on for a bit, certainly until my right to return to somewhere a long way from the UK becomes unconditional
Some have pointed to the relatively high cost of living and dire economic prospects of the UK as a reason for staying away. Both of which are very fair points. From the point of view of anyone who isn't an oligarch, the UK fucked
A couple of other people though have cited the newly, er, 'elected' Conservative government as a primo reason for keeping the Hell away from Dodge
Personally, I think the Tories back in power is awesome news and the best conceivable outcome for the recent General Election
and the fact that the Tories have been forced into an unholy coalition with the Lib-Dems is just icing on the cake
It matters not a jot which figurehead is in charge of the supposed government. The Lords of Finance Capital controlled what went on in the UK before the General Election, and continue to do so after the General Election
What can change as the result of the election is people's perceptions of what is being done to them
I remember 20 years ago when a quarter of a million angry people tore up London in protest against a Community Charge which, in the scheme of things, was pretty much fuck all
And since then, with the noble exception of the protest against the invasion of Iraq, not a fucking squeak
Maybe, now that the Tories are nominally in charge, all those muppets who stood by all the ghastly things Nu Labour inflicted on the UK and world over the last 13 years might get off their arses and start opposing some of those ghastly things
Instead of supporting a political party on the basis that 'At least they're not the Tories' maybe it's about time a few more people defined their beliefs in terms of what they think is right and decent
because there ain't been much in the way of righteous and decency in the way the UK has been governed for a long, long time
edit: and hats off to the Daily Mash, it continues to be by far and away the best serious news channel in the United Kingdom..
"Meanwhile the prospect of a Labour-led 'progressive' coalition has been welcomed by thousands of limbless Iraqis, torture victims and people whose DNA is now kept on a database because they signed a petition in the post office about a new bypass.
Abdul Al-Kaleem, a former limb owner from Basra, said: "I admire the British Labour Party. They managed to progress my legs off very efficiently, while my Uncle Karim was progressed over a wide area.
"I remember being handed what was left of his chin and thinking 'yes, this is definitely progress'..."