So, what is the Conservatives’ ‘End Game’?

by Ray_North on November 25, 2014

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What do they ultimately want?

What is the ultimate utopian Britain for Conservatives like David Cameron and George Osborne?

It’s an important question this, because I fear that if they prevail in the next election, it’s going to take a hell of a lot to stop them from finally creating their neo-liberal conservative heaven.

So, what could a True Tory Britain end up like?

Well, first of all, they embrace the concept of ‘class.’ Class suits the Tories. They are Royalists; they have no real issue with the system of hereditary peers and an unelected Upper Chamber of Parliament. In Tory dystopia the class system in its almost archaic nonsensical form will remain fit and healthy and firmly established within British society, which will mean a continuation of unelected unaccountable people having a say over our laws and public policy.

And, of course, the class system is reinforced by our equally pre-historic system of education. The Tories firmly believe that it is a person’s right to send their child to whatever school they can afford – which actually moving your child away from the other human beings you see as being inferior to you. But, the brutal divisiveness of the public school two tier system has been around for centuries, what the next stage of Toryism will bring about is a mult-layered system where parents who use the state system are increasingly asked to pay for elements of their children’s education. The expansion of ‘free schools,’ who will ultimately be given the opportunity to select their pupils based upon ‘cost’ and/or perceived academic achievement, will further add another layer of education as the ‘LEA’ schools become a dumping ground for the kids who’s parents are skint or unable to send them elsewhere. Ultimately in Toryland, your education, and indeed your whole life will be pretty much based upon your parent’s income.

The economy will continue to progress in its stop-start way – but, under the Tories the established orthodox economic policy will be to ensure low taxes, low inflation, minuscule public sector expenditure and a ‘flexible labour market’ which means low paid, zero hours contracts and minimum regulation. The finance sector (they hope), fuelled by an absence of any regulation or overseeing authority will grow and place money into the hands of a few extremely rich people or into pockets of extreme wealth in the South East and the City of London – the wealth generated by this will not be re-cycled or redistributed particularly well, because the banks are more interested in gambling on the markets than in investing in manufacturing or industry, whilst the government’s insistence on low spending will mean that the regions of the UK remain desperately poor.

The NHS, once the jewel in our nation’s civic crown, will be changed – it will be compartmentalised into different categories and, where possible, bits of it will be transformed into pseudo-private health agencies, under the guise that this is the only way in which we can afford to continue with a ‘national health provision,’ slowly but surely, there will be the introduction of a system of health insurance.

Benefits will also be squeezed until they are practically worthless and the safety net designed to save people from absolute poverty and destitution will be provided by ‘Charities and the Big Society.’ This, of course, will render our society almost feudal in terms of inequality and division – but, by then, no one will care, because the it will become an accepted belief that the poor have brought it upon themselves.

Civil liberties will be curtailed as well – the constant ‘war on terror’ will mean that our computers, mobile telephones and bank accounts are under constant surveillance, whilst Police will be given powers of arrest, charge and prosecution with the hope of securing an acquittal seriously undermined by the fact that legal aid and the chance of getting a decent lawyer to fight your case, will have been all but removed.

No new social housing will have been built, but instead an absence of regulation or rent control, and a shortage of social housing will mean that slum landlords will once again reign supreme in a great many parts of the country; overcrowding and the knock on effects on public health will be common.

The elderly will continue to receive their state pension, but, your life post-work will be completely dependent upon your ability to have put aside money for a pension during your working years; in short, once you’ve finished working you will become either a ‘have’ or a ‘have not.’

This is what a Tory UK will ultimately look like. This is the end game in an ideology which is dominated by the erroneous belief that market forces should prevail over everything and that the state can never do anything as well as the private sector.

As Neil Kinnock once said, ‘don’t be ill, don’t be old…..’

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George_East November 25, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Don’t forget pulling out of anything that resembles an international obligation – EU, ECHR etc. Little Englanders with an inflated and outdated sense of their own importance on the world stage.

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John Stone November 26, 2014 at 7:53 am

Yes, I’d say the England of Downton Abbey, but at least the Lord Granthams of the early 20th Century had a vestige of social conscience and responsibility. More like the England of the late Nineteenth Century.

The irony is that as things stand, these people can drive an agenda of this nature on the back of the votes of perhaps 30% of the electorate.

Why is it that ordinary people in this country are so little engaged in the things that affect them directly?

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