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We in the UK now have major problems ahead. In some respects the fear-mongering may be excessive; in others, however, there is genuine cause for great concern about what this 2015 General Election outcome will mean for UK society and what the next five years will hold.

‘The country is screwed. The electorate is evil. The UK has become a flat, ugly, smouldering disaster zone, and by the year 2020 we’ll all be dressed in rags and feasting on abandoned placentas for sustenance’. So says journalist Stuart Heritage in The Guardian. He’s being facetious of course, but there’s an underlying seriousness. While we should all refrain from overstating the scale of the potential problems (after all, it isn’t as though this is the first ever Conservative government), we are bound now to not want to understate it either, especially as the BBC, Sky and all the other TV/media coverage of the election has seemingly glossed over the serious issues and implications, as if they somehow don’t recognise that the complete obliteration of liberal or Left-leaning representation in parliament for the next five years is actually a serious shift in power and a real danger. Someone who didn’t gloss over the seriousness of it, however, was (former) Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, who stated on Friday morning, “This is a perilous moment in our country’s history…”

This outcome of this election is a big deal. As this Politico article puts it; ‘2015 will go down as one of those rare seminal years in British history, when Everything Changed, alongside 1066 (the Norman Conquest); 1215 (the Magna Carta); 1531 (Henry VIII’s break with Rome); 1649 (the regicide of Charles I); 1688 (the Glorious Revolution); 1877 (the declaration of old Vic as Empress of India); 1945 (the start of the Welfare State); and 1973 (the accession to the European Economic Community).’

This is primarily in reference to Scotland and to the reflexive rise also of ‘English nationalism’ in response to popular Scottish wishes for more autonomy from the Corporation of London; but the possible dissolution of the UK is only one part of the danger and actually it could also more broadly apply to the political and social state of England and of the UK as a whole too. These are not going to be good times for the ‘little people’ in this country, nor for the delicate social fabric of the nation. We are now entering into a very dangerous stage of things.

Aside from the potential dissolution of the United Kingdom, which is a separate issue, how bad could this get in terms of the social condition of the UK? Well, aside from the possibility that we might have five years of riots and unrest, the simply fact is that with the Conservatives now in full control for five years (with no Liberal Democrat balancing act), the Human Rights Act (a sample of which is pictured below) will be gone; that’s going to happen very quickly, in fact – the Human Rights Act is history. Whatever remains of social housing will be auctioned off and there is now a serious possibility of the NHS – that defining legacy of both Labour and Britain – being sold into the private sector.

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The Conservatives are already planning to introduce the huge surveillance powers known as the Snoopers Charter, which the Lib Dems are no longer in a position to veto. This will force British Internet service providers to share huge amount of users’ private data with intelligence services and govermnent agencies, which civil liberties organisations having been vehemently fighting against. The march of Britain towards George Orwell Land can now pick up pace, with America and France already leading the way.

And then there are the secret plans for those enormous welfare cuts. This planned £12 billion cuts to benefits are in fact something so devastating that David Cameron cleverly refrained from addressing the matter in the lead-up to the election. As Polly Toybee predicts in The Guardian, ‘Inequality will take off, along with child poverty: Office for National Statistics figures reflecting the social effect of the last five years will conveniently only emerge in June – and will be a harbinger of far worse to come.’

This 2015 election result is essentially a major victory achieved by The Establishment, the Murdoch media and the elite financial institutions, affording them five solid years (at least) to re-mold the UK according to their vision, with practically no opposition from liberal political voices or the Left, as the Lib Dems have been unfairly cast out of the equation and Labour has been seriously weakened.

The consolidation of the Establishment’s hold on power and government in the UK will probably also be echoed in America next year as Obama steps aside and makes way either for the horrendous Hilary Clinton or the next Bush family heir (Jeb) with the US reverting to its rule by dynastic succession (Obama’s presidency having been a temporary break in the line). As a result, a Trans-Atlantic political system bought and run by the multi-national corporations and banking institutions can continue to thrive and increase.

Nowhere will this be more exemplified than in the ‘Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’: a series of trade negotiations being carried out mostly in secret between the EU and US, aimed at reducing the regulatory barriers for big business, including things like food safety law, environmental legislation, banking regulations and the sovereign powers of individual nations. The campaign group ‘War on Want’ calls it “An assault on European and US societies by transnational corporations.”

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We’re basically there already, but we’re certainly hurtling fast towards the completion Benito Mussolini’s definition of Fascism – which he specifically defined as “the merger of state and corporate power”. If Mussolini was assessing the state of our political system now – not just in the UK, but in other Western nations too, and especially the US – he would define it as the consolidation of a trans-national Fascist SuperState that services the multi-national corporations and completely vetoes the social welfare of the population. It is, in effect, government for the corporate interest and not for the people or the society.

Realistically, there is going to be unrest, possibly even rioting, possibly for five years (which I don’t endorse, as we know for a fact that rioting and even mass demonstration doesn’t accomplish anything anymore); and in a worst-case scenario this unrest will provide justification for increased crackdowns and policing of movements, possibly even militarisation of the streets as has occurred in France (post Charlie Hebdo attack) and Belgium. And the more dissidence and activism there is (and there will be lots of it), the more the government will use it to justify surveillance and censorship. David Cameron has already openly advocated a curb on free speech, particularly on the Internet, and has essentially said that even questioning government or mainstream narratives on matters such as terrorist incidents should be considered an offense.

Everyone who voted Conservative has legitimized that. I’m not attacking anyone who did vote Conservative, as that is the legitimate democratic right of anyone who feels the Conservative vision meets their needs (and I hope they’re as happy five years from now as they are now), nor am I attacking the Conservative party itself, which has won this election entirely legitimately and by genuinely securing a lion’s share of the vote. What does need to come under attack, however, is the present voting system as it currently stands, which only serves the interests of the Establishment and is designed to prevent smaller parties like the Lib Dems, the Green Party or UKIP, from making inroads into Parliament. A political system in this country where the smaller parties can begin to form a major presence in Westminster will mark a radical shift of power over time, potentially reducing the undemocratic powers of the Corporataucracy that rules this land.

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That reforming of the electoral system is the only way forward; the only way we can establish a fairer, more representative democracy. Unless something majorly shifts five years from now (or in the time between), we may be facing the end of the UK as we know it; at the very least we are facing massive, massive unrest and disenfranchisement. And there are going to be a lot of people struggling to survive, struggling to maintain a decent standard of living, struggling to meet their needs, for the next five years.

David Cameron and other spokespeople for the banking cartels and multi-national corporations can talk about the Financial Crisis and the need for ‘austerity’, but will of course fail to address why it is that the poor, the ill, those most in need of welfare, and those on low-paid incomes are being made to bear the burden for a crisis that criminal bankers and financial elites – the same bankers and elites that essentially just won this election – manufactured themselves. I don’t recall a single media interviewer asking that question at any point during the run-up to this election. And yet I do recall a plethora of completely meaningless drivel, such as Ed Miliband being asked if he owns any Wellington boots.

The entire system really has become a joke. We like to think of ourselves as voters, but we’re more like life-long spectators to a Theatre of the Absurd.

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Comments
  1. Neo-Pelagius says:

    What a fucking nightmare … it is a real blow … the denouement of a tragedy that began with Thatcher. All your life they stuffed it down our throats, The autonomous individual uber alles and now look no social fabric, mutual fear and suspicion, self-centred voting decisions “I will vote Tory because I can buy my council house on the cheap”.

    No-one really mentions the fact that Osborne bought this election for the Tories with help to buy and raising the tax threshold. Now let’s see how things go as all those help to buyers struggle to keep up their mortgage payments and the taxpayer covers the loss. I am absolutely despondent.

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    • Yeah, I share your feelings, NP: it’s an absolute disaster, this. And the worst part is that there is virtually no liberal/Left representation in parliament for the next five years to provide a counter-force. Experts are saying the Liberal Democrats are finished for the next 30 – 50 YEARS and that Labour, on account of Scotland, won’t be able to wage a good enough bid for government until something like 2025! We are well and truly in the hands of the Establishment, the Bankers, and the Right-wing now.

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