Through out history in every age there is a creature that arises and affects all it touches and then its time is past. Today is the time of the Mammals who haven’t been around for a great length of time on a planetary scale of things, but are making a determined attempt to destroy this world. We all look at the eight billion humans but tend to forget the hundreds of billions of mammals that are equally pumping out methane in vast quantities but the world coming to an end is not the reason for this brief post.
A political entity that came into being with the formation of unions and organised labour associations. A time when working men took their lives in their hands and many of them paid that ultimate price with many others being transported for life.
The freedoms we take for granted today have been given to us by these same people even to Grammar school pupils who would not have come into existence without the basic freedoms that had been fought for and gained by these heroic social fighters.
From the sixteenth to the nineteenth century was a time of great wealth for the aristocracy and eventually for the tradesman who rose up from technological advances. Be it in Gin, Beer and then manufacturing but not everyone can be at the top of the pile if there is nobody at the bottom who does the work? who buys the products, drives the buses and trains, or harvests the corn. During these times 99% of the wealth was in the hands of 2% of the population but they paid 90% of the taxes, because nobody else had any money. Today the 2% or 1% do not pay 90% of the taxes even if you pile on top all the major companies it is nowhere near 90%.
For a short while after two world wars attempts were made to share out the national cake, but in Britain it is all about conflict in industry. I want a bigger slice, is not about social justice so British companies went broke and foreigners come in to Britain and make industry run efficiently and profitably our car industry is huge but it isn’t British.
Organised labour in Britain is essential, but it should today, be about being more efficient and profitable not about conflict and strife. We do not suffer as our forebears suffered, we are not transported or taken in a cart to Tyburn.
When I was a lad my greatest ambition was to have a full stomach. Growing up in the forties and fifties with rationing, a lot of people had a shared view they had come together in a second great war was it all to be wasted but the country was broke. It seems that each time the country gets reasonably wealthy and people talk about sharing equitably something goes wrong and the wheel falls off.
If people who live comfortable lives and today we do, wish to reignite old wounds it can only end in tragedy. This is a time when Britain needs to come together and find a new future “Together” not as separate envious, jealous and greedy individuals, this applies to all sectors of society, rich and poor and everyone in between.
I have watched Political parties in Britain tear one another apart and the country with them over generations. Stop changing the country stop changing the rules stop introducing divisive policies put Britain first not your own personal bigotries, stop trying to turn the clock back we have moved on.
(c) M D Bosc Author