I seem to have hit a nerve when I said the Tories are waging a class war on anyone who isn’t filthy rich.
In fact, two Vox Political articles touched on this class war – the first implied it, the second made it explicit.
Today I opened Twitter to discover those words all over the place:
The A levels are the ruling class brazenly saying – “we’ll fix society now like we always have”
Only thing, this time you can see the workings
Mind you, anyone who dares to REALLY challenge status quo will be smeared, demonised and destroyed
So ruling class is LAUGHING AT YOU
— Tom London (@TomLondon6) August 13, 2020
You know when we told y’all the rich declared class warfare and you told us to stop being loony lefties. Well now your kids are collateral damage. Wake up, and fight.
— Kerry-Anne Mendoza 🏳️🌈🏴 (@TheMendozaWoman) August 14, 2020
Let’s not delude ourselves. @BorisJohnson does not care for equality & fairness.
Here he is, in his own words:
“Inequality is essential”.
The @CONservatives care for the rich & powerful; that’s in whose interest they serve. pic.twitter.com/ZqpekBLHX4
— James Foster (@JamesEFoster) August 14, 2020
Liberals are mistakenly framing #ToryChaos as “callous indifference” or “incompetence”.
It’s class war.
Analysis that fails to explain dynamics of class power & the systematised destruction of the working class is not just bad but dangerous.
— Kerry-Anne Mendoza 🏳️🌈🏴 (@TheMendozaWoman) August 14, 2020
Quite. This is not incompetence. There is no lack of competence In giving contracts to their rich mates or giving them honours or artificially helping the children of the affluent to boost their exam results. This is nor a problem algorithm. This is class warfare.
— Nick Matthews #keepcooperating (@NickCooperative) August 14, 2020
I’m not claiming credit for calling a thing by its name – this is “multiple discovery”, “simultaneous invention”, “synchronicity” or, if you like, an expression of the “zeitgeist”. More and more people are simply coming to realise, understand and accept that it is the policy of the UK’s Conservative government to push them down unfairly.
That is what the decision – and it was a decision, deliberately made – to punish ‘A’ level pupils who weren’t from private schools was all about. Yes, Gavin Williamson and the other Tories are saying it was down to a mechanical system, an algorithm – but that algorithm was written by a human being who intended it to give an advantage to the children of very rich people.
In this way, the Tory class war has stolen your children’s futures and given them to the undeserving rich.
It’s what the decision – and it was a decision, deliberately made – not to fight Covid-19 in any meaningful way was all about. Tens of thousands of people in care homes have died – your relatives, maybe – because Matt Hancock and the other Tories said people with Covid-19 who lived in those homes should be sent back to them – never mind the fact that they did not have isolation facilities and the virus would run through those places like wildfire and be transferred to others by part-time staff who worked in different homes run by the same – private – firm.
The Tories – and their private business collaborators – failed to source personal protective equipment, ventilators, tests and the facilities to carry out tests. The lockdown they imposed was half-hearted and failed to stop the progress of the disease. Now that they have lifted it, albeit with a few measures still in place, more people are contracting the virus again. So they have stopped reporting the daily number of infections.
And the Tories have rewarded their private business collaborators for their failures with hugely expensive contracts to continue failing us – all at the public expense. Serco’s test and trace contract has been renewed, even though we know it won’t stop any second wave (really just a resurgence of the first wave that was suppressed but never went away).
You won’t get justice against the Tories by the normal means available to civil society because the Tories have either corrupted them already or are in the process of doing so. Boris Johnson illegally terminated Parliament’s last session in the autumn of 2019 and what was the result? He called a general election, lied to us until he was purple in the face and was rewarded with an 80-seat Parliamentary majority.
Now he is using that power to ensure that the courts will not be able to stop any more of his corruption by planning a curb on judicial review of government activity. He is imposing a dictatorship – just as he told you he would, if you could have been bothered to read page 48 of his election manifesto.
The police won’t help. Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock, Gavin Williamson and the others are all above the law – no matter what they do. Try reporting a cabinet minister for a crime and see how far you get. They’ll tell you they’re treating it seriously, bounce the accusation around a few different departments and then say there’s no evidence. I’ve been there.
Hundreds of thousands of people have died already because it is Tory policy to kill claimants of sickness or disability claimants, who they consider to be “useless eaters”. That’s why the newspapers have been full of reports showing people with long-term illnesses and disabilities starving to death.
They wanted your homes so they imposed the Bedroom Tax and took them away from you.
The list goes on and on.
And still, too many people think they are the best choice to run the UK – even though the economy is in its deepest recession ever, and Brexit means it may never recover. You will suffer – they won’t. They have been stockpiling your cash and will simply use it to sit out any unpleasantness in the future.
But I feel sure a tipping-point will come – a flashpoint. I wonder how much we will all have to lose before that happens. I’m guessing it’ll be pretty much everything.
By then, many people may think there is nothing they can do. I am reminded yet again of Martin Niemoller’s poem about how the Nazis came for different groups who received no help from anybody else until, by the time they come for the author, there was nobody even left for him to ask.
But I am reminded of another group who were put in a similar position. When I visited Bosnia in the 1990s, I was told how – when the tanks from other countries moved in – the people, who were weaponless, left their homes and went up into the hills. They came back at night, when they took weapons – and lives – from the soldiers who had taken everything from them. And slowly, they took back their land from their oppressors.
I can see that happening here in the future.
I would rather it didn’t.
But it will, if people of good conscience don’t wake up, get up and put up a fight.
Keir Starmer won’t do it. He agrees with the Tories. That’s why he’s busy turning the Labour Party into Tory Lite Mk II (New Labour was Mk I) and accusing anybody who disagrees with him of anti-Semitism.
If you don’t want this to fall into violence, then you need to think what else you can do.
The ‘A’ level fiasco creates opportunities. Already some further education institutions have said they will take students who were downgraded, on the basis of their predicted results. Some haven’t. Clearly we should take note of the side that each University, each college, takes. Those who do the right thing should be rewarded in whatever ways we can. Those who do not should be shunned – meaning not only that we should not even try to send our children there, but that we should reject their graduates when they seek employment with our businesses. We know they won’t be any damn good anyway.
And employers who turn down applicants on the basis of the Tory algorithm’s discredited results should also be named, so we can stop buying their products.
That’s the best – non-violent – response I can conceive on the spur of the moment, and these things need to start happening now.
We’d better get to it, if we don’t want to roll over and die. And yes, that means you.
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You mention taking note of the position each university takes. I see Worcester College, Oxford is standing by its offers regardless of A level results.
I saw that too!
I consider that to be an excellent example, although I wonder how many of the people who were downgraded will benefit.
Still, let’s hope other universities follow this.
What would happen if enough students got together and told universities who had rejected them on the basis of their awarded grades ‘forget appealing, we’re coming and we’ll find ways of getting into the classrooms, so that they will be packed and we will disrupt the lesson’. Universities could cope with a few doing that, but not with a coordinated initiative. I write as a university lecturer.
I’m not sure that’s practical on a day-by-day basis. It would be a good point to make on the first day back, though.
I agree that appealing is not an acceptable route as it is rigged. £200 cost? Forget it; it’s a swindle.
Much better for universities to reject the algorithm-produced results and stick to the offers they’ve made.
How much more can the peasants take the disabled sick mentally ill have all felt their rath . unemployed those on UC but still it carries on but we wait till they the peasant wakes up
Well, now’s a good time to wake up, it seems to me.
i do not buy tate n lyle sugar as they supported the tory brexit! maybe they will never notice but it doesn’t matter to me!
Well done! What else are you doing to gum up the Tory machine?
I flatly refuse to enter a Wetherspoons or buy Warburtons bread as they are both Tory donators. Of course it’s Class War, I’ve said that all along since Cleggy jumped into bed with Cameron. Austerity, the Welfare reforms, Benefit Sanctions, Bedroom Tax, pure Class War.
An excellent article, well presented. articulate with a great conclusion (would sadly only get 10% if Fascist Tory Algorithm is used).
Your solution is practical, sensible and very creative and really effectivey demonstrates what I’ve always said – Left wing thinkers are much more creative and more capable of looking at the big picture, they tend to focus on everyone rather than just themselves.
Time to Get up, Stand up………