|The joke note that was a vital prop in
winning the election
After the shock that the lie machine in Conservative central office, where bad mouthing is automatically amplified by Tory tabloids, had resulted in a handsome win in last week’s general election it was reassuring to join in with the VE celebrations last night, celebrating victory over another lie machine, the Gestapo’s.
So the tongue in cheek note that Labour’s Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liam Byrne, left 5 years ago, as is traditional when governments change hands was used as a prop by Cameron to confirm the Tory strategy that Labour overspending had caused the financial mess we are now in.
If it was true it would have been a distasteful, but accurate.
But it was a lie.
The financial mess we are in was caused by the greed (an unpleasant word but one that accurately describes the economic logistics we live in) of the bankers who brought the capitalist world we live in to the brink of melt down.
Nothing to do with Labour government overspending.
It has everything to do with the economic imperatives of the world we live in.
And long term I say “Who do you think you are kidding?
But longer term than that I should remind you of my talk at my son’s wedding last summer.
It’s kernel was that in the long term religion and politics will melt away and all you’ll have left is love.
I’ve seen lots of selfishness this last year, and the election of the Tories is just one example.
My hero, Aneurin Bevan, the mover of the NHS, famously said that Tories are lower than vermin, who condemned millions of first-class people to semi-starvation.
Since some of my relatives are Tories I won’t go so far, but I understand what my hero was saying.
If you are sell shoddy stuff you have to be a good salesman.
The one good thing that time will help is that as the availability of the internet increases so the sales of newspapers are falling. Already sales of most newspaper have fallen by going for 50% since 2001.
And that means the power of newspaper owners will fall.