By Steven Carne, Nov 24 2019 06:28PM
Talking with friends we are all depressed and fearful for the future if the Conservative government are returned to power. This country cannot with stand another 5 years of right-wing "rabid dog" mentality.
Austerity is literally killing people as they find themselves being pushed (not falling) through the holes in the support fabric that should be there for all of us but has been ripped to shreds by cuts, cuts and more cuts with the obsessive mantra "not enough money" and "balance the deficits". Although...
Suddenly there is plenty of money. Even the fucking Tories are big investors in the NHS, Education and are vowing to be rescuers of all things welfare. They really are a bunch of toe-rags. Surely even traditional Conservative voters must realised there is a huge, bloody Grand Canyon size, gap between the logic of voting Conservative and the reality of the human beings like Michael Gove, Joseph Rees Mogg, Matt "Appcock" Hancock and Fuckwit Johnson?
The general right-wing mantra that the state gets in the way of personal freedom seems so hollow to me but is obviously still ringing true to many. The only freedom Austerity gives is to the greedy seriously nasty spirit of entrepreneurism that leads to the destruction of people's lives as they struggle to keep afloat of bills, rent, low wages and foodbanks. And the destruction of the planet.
Austerity - there's no money so get on and do it yourselves! - is a vicious right-wing decision to persecute people and make a few very rich. Public funds are still flowing at the same rates only now that everything has been outsourced and contracted all that money is simply being siphoned off to private corporations.
This morning was spent feeling ever sicker as colleagues shared yet more evidence of the way in which the corporations have embeded themselves within our public structures - in the background operating as hidden support services but in reality they are gaining ground in planning, strategy and decision making.
So no matter how much public money is poured into the NHS or schools or emergency services - unless we rid public services of the disease of corporate involvement it is simply WASTED money feeding the piranha pool who are ripping it all apart.
Last few weeks I've been struggling - with fellow NHS campaigners - to find meaningful and effective mesages for leaflets and memes and all the stuff we find ourselves doing to try and break through the flotsam, jetsam and NOISE of the political mess we are in. As usual i have to find a way of coping with the shit and I return to my creative processing trying to make sene of it all and find a way to to fightback.
I've been battling with the George Michael genius song "Praying for Time" for a few weeks now as i let the idea of a dark musical show evolve. I've been touring a musical comedy show for two years with a large inflatable duck and some rude graphics in the hope I can persuade the public to sit up and take note. But in 2020 i need to go to the dark within me, and within our country right now. I'm hoping that "The Austerity Songbook" will be a retrospective of the last two decades and NOT a commentary on the continuation of political suicide by the right-wing voting population... it's a cliche but it this 2019 election could genuinely become known as the "Turkeys voting for Christmas" Election.
Anyway. Please talk to friends and family. Persuade them that we cannot live through another period of cruel cuts and poverty. Somehow we have to rescue ourselves from the last ten years or more where youth, family, mental health, social services have all but disappeared - telephone apps do not fucking count.
Grappling with the genius of George Michael has kept me afloat these last few weeks. Roll on 2020 and better times...