The real bigots are the 51 “entrepreneurs” who wrote to the Times 6

this morning arguing anything but a Tory government would be a disaster. They argue that only massive tax cuts for themselves will save the economy, by “trickledown”. Not one of them opposed the banking deregulation that actually was an economic disaster.

6 thoughts on “The real bigots are the 51 “entrepreneurs” who wrote to the Times

  • Owen Lee Hugh-Mann

    There are going to be massive cuts resulting in a ‘double-dip’ recession after the election. It’s sickening to see the bankers still awarding themselves obscene bonuses for profits based on taxpayers’ bailout money, but they are not going to be punished for the excesses which have wrecked the global economy. You would think that any party that wanted to win popular support would have proposals to tax these bastards to death. There should be the fiscal equivalent of an attachment of earnings order for banking profits and bonuses until the national debt is fully paid off.

  • nextus

    I’m staying with a family of Tory supporters at the moment, and was explaining to the kids how Thatcher prevented people from voting unless they paid the poll tax. The family wholehearted agreed with that policy, even insisting that unemployed people should not be entitled to vote because they don’t contribute to the country’s economy. They moaned about the jobless louts living in one of their flats, who are paying their rent from Housing Benefit (gasp!). Next, they claimed that most labour supporters are layabouts who think the world owes them a living. When I pointed out the moral shortcomings of that view, they got agitated and hostile.

    Their family are arriving tomorrow for a short stay and they are even more virulently Tory. I’ve been advised to move on because I won’t be welcome here (I’m jobless). There will be some overlap before I leave, and I’ve been instructed not to lie in, sit around or type at the computer, because they’ll assume I’m being lazy. In their eyes, I have no rights because I have no job. I’m better at virtually everything than they are, and my latest job offer has been indefinitely postponed. I actually work very hard; I just don’t get paid. But according to them I shouldn’t be entitled to vote. (As it happens, I can’t because I don’t have a registered address.)

    There are many people with bigoted attitudes like these in the Conservatives.

  • Cosmetic Brain Surgery

    Ah the famous trickle up economics – the reason the economy faltered is we haven’t flogged the horse enough. We need more and more tax cuts so the money can continue to flow ever upwards…and if that fails, MORE tax cuts – they obviously weren’t enough! We must appease the economy by sacrificing the poor.

  • Suhayl Saadi

    Nextus, what a nightmare! May I recommend an oxygen cylinder and other personal protective equipment? Keep on, and good luck to you! Are you a writer, by any chance? … ‘working very hard and not getting paid for it’.

    Actually, I have to say that not all Conservatives as individuals are like that. But the Party, from the incipience of Thatcher, is like that.

    Owen, yes, exactly.

  • nextus

    I started signing on again a few weeks ago, but couldn’t get housing benefit as I didn’t have an address. (I can’t sign a lease because I have to move around to look for work.) As a vagrant, I had to register every day at the dole office (to prevent ‘fraud’, apparently) – which entailed walking miles in the cold every morning after typically having very little kip. Eventually I had to register a false address just to enable me to go farther afield in search of shelter.

    — Are you a writer, by any chance? … ‘working very hard and not getting paid for it’.

    Yes, in a way, but not a creative writer. I’m actually under pressure to finish an editorial for an academic journal, but just can’t get time or peace to do it. Most of my time is spent helping the people I stay with: fixing PCs and hardware, configuring routers, painting, washing up, tutoring school kids, mucking out sheds, etc. I don’t get paid for any of this: it’s just to keep a roof over my head and look ‘busy’ to avoid disdain. I might have to save up for a night or 2 in a cheap B&B to get peace to concentrate.

    I was promised an excellent job recently, but despite pressure I haven’t been given a starting date; it may take up to a year. In the meantime, according to some, I’m just one of those lazy worthless bums who doesn’t deserve the vote!

    In NuLabour’s Britain, it’s who you know, not what you can do, that brings rewards.

  • nextus

    In a discussion about tax this morning – it’s pure theft from working people, apparently – my Tory chums calculated that their tenants must be getting about a thousand quid in benefits per month, which comes straight out of the pockets of hard-working people. Someone suggested these parasites should be sent to live in a rundown shack and try to support themselves off the land – but no, that probably wouldn’t work because they’d simply resort to stealing. Instead everyone agreed they ought to be tipped into the river. No, wait, a better idea is to send them to Iraq. It doesn’t matter if those fellows get killed, you see – they’re no good to anyone anyway.

    Yikes! Real people actually think like this. If anybody should be denied the vote – which I don’t condone – I think the fascist bigots should be first in line.

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