Tuesday, 10 July 2012

The people united will never be divided

The boiling frog theory: throw a frog into a pan of hot water and he will jump out, put him into a pan of cold water and gradually turn up the heat and he will not sense the danger, he will sit there and perish.

This is the scenario today facing the public sector across the country.

Bit by bit public services are being eroded, department by department, until they are gone, privatised to be run for a profit by people that may not have our best interests at heart. These are classic divide and conquer tactics for the government and their pay masters who rely on the knowledge that (generally speaking) we will not stand up and speak out if something does not directly affect us. hey know a power grab will result in a violent kick back by the people but by picking us off one by one we will not see the bigger picture and react only when it is too late.

The result will be services that are nothing but a shell of their former selves.

The Independent today featured an article called 'how the coalition carved up the NHS' and was well worth reading. Key points it highlighted were the fact that the Tories viewed "choice, competition and a greater willingness to make use of the private sector" as the best way to improve the performance of the NHS; it goes on to say "the existing NHS executive was to be abolished and in its place a new economic regulator charged with proofing competition across the service, any willing provider as to be allowed to supply NHS care at NHS prices".

This is all well and good but as with all services that are privatised you get neither choice nor competition, prices increase steadily and then exponentially. Think train fares that happened to go up by 6% on average this year followed by the usual comments about how the increased fares will go to improving services, I guess we can live in hope.

What is more likely to happen with the NHS is that the vultures will circle and descend upon trusts across the country and fees will remain steady, for a while, but then costs will gradually increase with a number of excuses being reeled out for why and it will have happened steadily, over a period of time and the people will forget to ask what has changed?

Privatisation is a disease spreading through all public services, from vital services being outsourced such as training centres and workshops in the fire and rescue service, to entire police forces looking to privatise in some parts of the country. 

These profiteering pirates will serve only to line their pockets, not serve the people in their time of need.

The cuts agendas, the pensions lies and privatisation are all part of a bigger plan to chip away and fragment the public sector. The NHS, though the largest, is but one part of the public sector being  attacked that provide vital services to us all, with bi-weekly bin collections becoming a more regular occurrence, fewer street cleaners, fewer teachers to help shape our future generations bright minds, fewer firefighters and fewer police to arrest the banking terrorists mainly responsible for the economic crisis engulfing the world.

The need to stand up and speak out for each other is not a new concept but it is one that has become less obvious in recent times, our strength is our unity and by showing unity amongst all people within the public sector and to the very people they serve, the fight becomes a stronger one. This fight is not between each other but against the government, their paymasters and the banking terrorists. 

I shall finish with this play on words of a famous poem by Pastor Martin Niemoller:

"First they came for the Socialist,
but I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionist,
but I did not speak out because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Muslims,
but I did not speak out because I was not a Muslim.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me"

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