Sunday, 8 December 2013

Back to the 40s backdated!

 The fact that the Institute for Fiscal Studies agrees with the Office for Budget Responsibilty that accelerating the "pace of spending cuts from 2.3% 3.7%" after 2016 will shrink state services back to a level not seen since 1948 works out very conveniently for the Tories. (Osborne`s austerity will leave living standards lower in 2015, say experts,07/12/13)  By then, Gove`s  reforms will have made necessary a two-tier system of education, just like the one we had back in the 1940s; 30% of pupils will be attending academies focusing on academic examinations, and 70% will be attending schools with a more practical curriculum. They probably won`t be calling them "grammar schools" and "secondary moderns" but that is what they`ll be.They might even be providing free milk, as so many would-be recruits for the armed forces will have failed their medical examinations, and the CBI will have started to complain about the increasing number of days lost to sick-leave.
    Apparently, Osborne thinks long-term growth can be achieved by reacapturing the "pioneering spirit" of the industrial revolution era, so this time it`s the 1840s! I`m sure voters can`t wait for the return of workhouses, massive exploitation of workers, poverty pay, trade unions banned by law, non-existent women`s rights and a total disregard for health and safety issues.
     In view of this, "Back to the 40s with the Tories" sounds a sensible Labour election slogan, but it will only have the desired effect if voters can see that Labour won`t take them back there as well!


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