Why is it that politicians, the media and numerous employers are so fond of knocking the British? Why is it that so many British people believe their propaganda? We are a nation of great people, run by greedy incompetents. Their greed makes them money so they consider themselves successful. They are so blinkered and so short-sighted that this enables them to think that they are doing a good job. Wrong.
Any society worth belonging to is based on humanity, compassion and fairness. It needs a legal system based on true justice for all rather than endless petty laws and regulations available only to the rich and powerful and enforced only on the poor and powerless. It requires good physical and mental health, adequate housing, good education, tolerance, freedom, security and high morale. When money is a measure of those things, it becomes relevant. When money is the only measure of success, it becomes irrelevant.
We hear so much crap about the economy but as far as I’m concerned those enormous figures just represent how badly we are made to feel about our national and corporate mismanagement. Whichever government is in power makes little difference. They all blame the poor for being poor, the old for being old, the sick for being sick and the disabled for being disabled. The media whip up a xenophobic storm, perhaps in a misguided effort to restore some national pride. The downtrodden of this country lap up the xenophobia because it deflects the blame for the country’s ills away from them. The government jump on the bandwagon because it distracts attention from their own self-serving agendas and bungling incompetence.
And so it continues. The rich get richer. The poor get poorer. The country gets poorer, not only financially but also in every respect that actually matters. Morale, health, general wellbeing, compassion, security, housing, true justice and humanity are all extremely low and falling rapidly. Yet, even now, the authors of our misery – the politicians, the bankers and the corporations – are patting each other on the back and congratulating themselves on a job well done. Still they point their grubby fingers at the British people and blame us for their failings.
Why do so many of us nod obligingly and agree that we are unworthy? Why is there such a level of self-hatred that assumes that any foreign worker must be better than our own?
These horrendous myths are used to divide us. They’re used to subdue us. They are used to ensure that we will be grateful for the pittance they deign to throw us for our efforts. They’re used to enslave this great nation for the benefit of the rich and powerful.
Next time a politician tries to tell you what a great job they are doing, point them towards the national debt and tell them that that is a measure of their failure. Ask them why they ignore and side-step the issues which make society worth living. Ask them when they plan to put those things right. The fact is that unless those issues are dealt with, the national bank balance is irrelevant.
When a company brags about it’s profits, tell them that that’s a measure of their greed and their debt to their workers. It’s the difference between what their products and services are worth and what they got away with charging their customers.
I’m proud to be British despite the efforts of the rich, powerful and bigoted. I’m proud to be human despite the inhumane way that the rich, powerful and bigoted behave. I care very much about my country, the world we live in and the people who live on it. It is time for us to stop allowing ourselves to be divided.
Stop knocking the British people. Stop knocking foreign people. Stop having a go at the poor, the old, the young, those who are looking for work, the sick and the disabled. If you have to pick on someone, pick on the ones who caused the mess and those who profit from it. Pick on the ones in a position to put things right but who choose not to.
Stand up for the real British people. Stand up for all humanity and stand up for true justice.