Changing Man…. the more I see the less I understand
I am 55 years old, I come from a miserable piss poor working class back ground. Living in the North of England I witnessed Thatchers destruction first hand.
I worked/educated my arse off to make sure that the miserable Tory **** would never be able to take my home/business from me.
I am a socialist and always will be, I understand what being part of Europe has done for me, I accept that nothing is perfect but my kids live in a far better place than me with education and travel and opportunity that I never had – I am deeply pleased that this is available to them.
So here we are in 2018 with the most despicable govt. I have ever witnessed and a working class that has placed its faith in these horrible people to improve their miserable lives.
I don’t think I have ever felt less of a part of this country since Maggie was running around removing the working classes ability to fight for its rights.
What the **** happened…. why did working class people vote for Brexit and let these truly horrible self centred people take control and today in parliamentPosted 6 days agowrightysonMember
Because the Socialists let all the foreigners in during Tonys glory years and then they pinched all the good jobs so now the nasty Tories will help us get rid of em then we’ll all go back to voting labour.
That’s what I hear on site and roundabout on a regular basis.Posted 6 days agoalricMember
so why does he sound like Roger Chapman?
but I got fed up and left UK 12 years ago never intending to return.
But I did come back 2 years ago, and so far am really disappointed with things, high rents, low wages, and the way the government jumps in and does things without regard for facts, or public’s wishes
the whole US and TheM thingPosted 6 days agodove1Member
I am 53, from a working class background in South Wales and totally agree with you, oldmanmtb.
It beggars believe that Wales as a whole voted for Brexit, especially as many ex-mining and steel-making areas have benefitted a lot from EU funding.
The media played a major role in swinging the vote by publishing outrageous headlines knowing that many people don’t read the actual articles or research the topics.
I despair for my children. Like you I believe my children are in a better place than I was but it really makes me sad that so much will be denied them as a result of Brexit.
This government is despicable, uncaring, out of touch and generally a bunch of rich, self-serving **** who are hell bent on destroying any notion of community and the greater good. It’s all about “I’m alright, Jack. **** you”.Posted 6 days agobikebouyMember
What the **** happened…. why did working class people vote for Brexit and let these truly horrible self centred people take control and today in parliament
Becuse they all beleived a couple of lying self promoting personal political ideologies to improve their own careers.
So, is that fault of education or just stupidity?
You decide.Posted 6 days agoMrSmithMember
At the heart of society is blinkered greed, be it from the ruling classes or the working classes. People only think what’s good for them rather than society as a whole, all the while the majority thinks like this then the status quo will remain.
socialism/unions were a way to make the working mans life better but that just ended up with a petulant power struggle between workers and the state and those in power sought ways to shift the control back away from the working man/woman to where we are today with stagnant wage growth, zero hours contracts and erosion of workers rights and low productivity.
its easy to blame ‘foreigners’ when you have little grasp of how politics works and get your news from the state controlled media and Facebook.
People need to look at the bigger picture instead of their own little narcissism bubble of dreaming about winning Britain’s got talent/strictly and wanting a Towie tan.Posted 6 days agoCountZeroMember
socialism/unions were a way to make the working mans life better
Yeah, well, my personal experience of being a member of a union with one of the highest member’s subs in the country involved them shrugging their shoulders when I was threatened with redundancy and a half-hearted offer of maybe, possibly, finding a job for me too far away for me to be able to travel to at the time.
I have a very jaundiced view of unions, I’ve never joined one since then; that was around 1975-6.Posted 6 days agoInbred456Member
I follow most of these threads with mild amusement. I have lived in the NE all my life. My first memory was the fire brigade coming to my house to put out a fire in our chimney. My mum put a tyre on the fire to keep warm. She had run out of coal and had ran out of furniture to chop up. The miners were on strike and the power station workers were on strike. People were freezing to death literally. If you think for one minute that there is any difference between labour Lib Dem or Tory you’re deluded. We are taken for granted by Labour as a safe seat and forgotten by the Tory’s as a lost cause. We are ran by a privately educated political elite which ever side of the house they are on.Posted 6 days agoepicycloSubscriber
Ever consider that the voting system may not be the honest and independent system it used to be?
It’s been privatised. Unless there’s a huge real swing, it only takes small bits of leverage (ie dead men voting) to keep the balance exactly where its owners want it.
Beware the postal vote…Posted 6 days agokerleyMember
I am 54, from a working class background in South England and I’ve never known the country to be any different
I am 50 and would agree. I was 11 when Thatcher got in and became politically aware around that time. Many arguments with my dad who voted for thatcher as he was working class through. He liked working and hated union interference but didn’t see or understand the bigger picture of the impacts of thatcher. The fact we are living in a more selfish country with people thinking immigrants are taken ‘their’ jobs is a direct result of what thatcher started.Posted 6 days agow00dsterSubscriber
I come from a working class background in Liverpool, left Liverpool in the late 80s and joined the army, been fortunate enough to have travelled a lot and seen a lot worse countries than our own. I presume Oldmanmtb is forgetting about the 1970’s, the James Callaghan or Harold Wilson governments? The Winter of Discontent? The 3 day week and the oil crisis introduced by the Tory’s to attempt to limit electricity usage? You still think the current Tory government are the worst government you can remember? Following the 70’s the 80’s started pretty bad, a recession in 1981 leading to the riots throughout the country, minors strike etc. How about the Blair years? Its Blair who opened my eyes to politics, seeing such an open display of personal greed and egotism. I went from a Labour voter to a Tory voter due to Blair.
But agree totally with Inbred, the politicians are all the same whatever party they represent. I’d say that nothing has changed, its just a similar cycle repeating itself. I do also think that the country voting for Brexit was a knee jerk reaction due to the previous governments, seeing Cameron and Blair, middle to upper class people not doing much for the country. I think the people wanted to take some control, this was fed to them by the media.Posted 6 days agoslowpuncheurMember
Grew up in the North East as well and was the first of my family to have the opportunity to go to University etc etc. I was going to say, I think we have the most incompetent PM and Government I can remember but I was probably just a bit too young to properly remember the early Thatcher years or labour rule before that.
What I will say is that I think we are currently witnessing an all-time low in the quality of MP’s. Whether it’s their ability to actually speak in sentences rather than pre-programmed sound-bites, their conviction in what they vote for, their complete and utter contempt for certain sections of our communities, their flagrant self-promotion or ability to coherently challenge the other side, it is utterly depressing. Witness PMQs as a prime example. Of course, there are exceptions but generally, they are an absolute f**king shower.Posted 6 days agoperchypantherMember
I am 46 years old, I come from a miserable piss poor working class back ground. Living in the shadow of Ravenscraig steelworks, I really witnessed Thatchers destruction first hand.
Whilst all of this was happening, our Labour MP, a Cambridge / Harvard graduate from Bath who I was never aware of having actually ever visited the constituency in his 23 year tenure, sat idly by and did nothing. Back then, you could have pinned a red rosette on a monkey and it would have romped to victory.
By contrast, I met my current SNP MP the other day whilst I was out walking the dog. She lives right across the road from my mother-in-law and was a community councillor and a local councillor before being elected.
She might be equally as ineffectual but at least she’s in the same boat as the rest of us when the shit goes down.Posted 6 days agoFuzzyWuzzySubscriber
It’s all shit but has been as long as I can remember, regardless of which party is in power. Even politicians that want to bring about long-term social change couldn’t as you’re not elected for long enough to do it (not guaranteed anyway) and as the first few years would mostly be about taking rather than giving you’d be unlikely to be re-elected.
Would be interesting to see Corbyn having a chance but he’d need a massive majority and no interference from the House of Lords, both of which are unlikely.Posted 6 days agofailedengineerMember
I’m 63 and from a Lancashire working class background and I agree with oldmanmtb. The country is going down the tubes. I’d love to see the back of this hateful government and the swivel-eyed loonies on the Tory back benches who appear to really be in charge. However, I don’t trust Corbyn and McDonald. I think they are old fashioned Marxists. Corbyn is typical of a privately educated, upper middle class ‘socialist’ who has never had to get his hands dirty and hasn’t a clue about what it’s like to look for a job. Most of his front bench team don’t exactly inspire confidence, either.Posted 6 days agokelvinSubscriber
While I never voted for Labour under Blair, and I share @failedengineer’s opinion of the current Labour front bench… but all the “it doesn’t matter who is in government” line is bollox. From the moment we once again had a Conservative only government (and then, even worse, a DUP propped up Conservative government), this country started moving, at speed, towards something that makes me feel very uncomfortable.Posted 6 days agoCoyoteMember
What I will say is that I think we are currently witnessing an all-time low in the quality of MP’s.
I couldn’t agree more!
Back then, you could have pinned a red rosette on a monkey and it would have romped to victory.
I live in part of St. Helens. I can assure that this way of thinking is very much alive round here. Our MP is shit and one of our local councillors is so amazingly obnoxious with his constituents on social media is beggars belief. But hey, Labour is the party of the working class.*
*like bollocks it is.Posted 6 days agobinnersSubscriber
I’m authentic northern working class scum, grew up under Thatcher where my journey to school took me past the pits she was busy closing down. I now live in Lancashire surrounded by a load of towns beginning with B, which contain massively deprived areas where people live in genuine poverty. I’m presently working in Manchester City Centre where every doorway seems to have a homeless person sleeping in it.
To everyone who says that ‘they’re all the same’. have a look around at those places and just imagine what they’d look like if the Tory’s hadn’t had their Thatcherite/Austerity agenda interrupted for 13 years. I truly dread to think! They’d be post-apocalyptic wastelands!
We had 13 years where the labour party actually put some money into the infrastructure of these communities by financing schools and hospitals. You can argue about the wisdom of PFI etc, but at least Blair and Brown gave a shit about places outside London and the South Was! These lot don’t, and never did! They literally couldn’t give a shit! Remember Thatchers ‘Managed Decline? They don’t even pretend to that any more. They’ll happily totallly starve us of funds and leave us to rot!
I ****ing loath the tories with every fibre of my being. And this lot are the most hateful yet! Utter ****s, the lot of them!!!
The state of the Labour party at the moment – an incompetent, totally ineffectual, incoherent, unelectable shambles – is too depressing for wordsPosted 6 days agofailedengineerMember
I don’t think anyone would argue that Blair’s governments were as bad as this lot with regard to investing in education and healthcare. However, they had more in common with the LibDems and ‘left wing’ Tories than Labour, in my opinion. Is that a bad thing? Who knows. One thing for sure though, a full-on right wing Tory government (supported by the DUP) will never look after the interests of working class people. They won’t even help industry towards some sort of revival which would produce skilled, well paid working class jobs again. They are are bunch of first class ****.Posted 6 days agoEl-bentMember
Politics..count me out..
Herein lies the problem. You “don’t do politics” , but politics does you.
We are simply in this mess due to a lack of interest/attention from the citizens of this country. Its why they were easily swayed by the media when it came to brexit, its why we have very low quality politicians we have in Parliament.
But don’t think its only this country when it comes to that other quality people seem to possess, stupidity. Look at the US and relatives in Canada are have seen the worst possible candidate for the Ontario elections win.
So if like me you have hoped this country would get better but seen it get worse, its time for you to do politics. And not just on the internet.Posted 6 days agoflangeSubscriber
I think whilst MP’s are allowed to have an outside interest in private companies (Chris Grayling, Hunt et al) then you’re never going have impartial MP’s putting the countries needs first. Once retired, how many MP’s go on to be non-exec directors of large corporations and therefore how many had deals set up prior to their departure?
Claydon in Suffolk has recently seen the building of a large Chinese owned ‘Power station’ where they burn nasty shit to ‘create electricity’. They’ve built this shit burning monstrosity next to a new estate, about half a mile from a primary and high school. However, as it turns out, the Chinese consortium who own said facility ‘ran out of funds’ to put in the important bit that actually creates the electric so now Claydon has a commercial incinerator positioned walking distance from schools filled with children and estates where they all live. The planning for this was granted by Mid Suffolk CC. There was uproar about the fact that the fumes out of said shit furnace are pretty bad and it turns out they’re burning some pretty nasty stuff. Under pressure Mid Suffolk put a stop to it, and instead reopened the local refuse site (conveniently less than a mile down the road) to bury commercial waste that was deemed too horrible to be burnt. The refuse site sits in the flood plain for the Gipping river, which runs through Claydon and eventually Ipswich. Google who sits on Mid Suffolk CC board and then Google his business interests….
The whole lot makes me sick to the back teeth. We need an uprising, sadly the best we’ll get is war. Bojo, May and the rest of the shit weasels should be lined up in my opinion. The illusion that ‘ethnics’ are stealing our jobs is a charade pushed to us to stop us thinking about what is really going on.Posted 6 days agoBaronVonP7Subscriber
Maybe you could argue its the ageing of the population? The older people get, the more they “benefit” from keeping things the same.
I’d rather have a young political leader bollxing things up whilst trying to “improve” things rather than the current front bench coffin dodgers who are hell bent on not upsetting the grey vote and recreating a past that never existed or a political system that didn’t “work very well” several times in the past.
I’m all for reducing the voting age for men to 21 and giving property owning women the vote. That’ll shake things up.Posted 6 days agofootflapsSubscriber
It beggars believe that Wales as a whole voted for Brexit
Not really, politicians from all parties and the whole press (Tabloid to Sunday Times) have been consistently blaming Europe for all our ills for the last 30 years. Then we have a referendum where they were told they can have all the benefits,but without immigrants and an extra £350m/week for the NHS, if they vote leave.
Unsurprisingly, leave won.Posted 6 days ago
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