In 2011,these questionswere being asked of the Tory Party and its relationship with a financial services sector which – at the time – was bankrolling over half its total income:
There is no suggestion that any donor has made personal appeals to introduce policies that would benefit them, or gained from their donation in any way. But the extent of the Square Mile’s bankrolling of the party will raise questions over whether the Conservative-led coalition may be treating its financial supporters favourably.
Hundreds of millionaires working in Britain’s banks will save an average of almost £54,000 when the top rate of tax is cut this weekend, according to figures compiled by the Labour party.
The changes mean that 643 bankers, each earning more than £1m, could get a combined tax cut worth at least £34.6m.
The previous day, meanwhile, we had Mr George Osborne pressing the left’s buttons in the following way:
During a visit to Derby, where Philpott lived on benefits with 11 of his 17 children , Mr Osborne told the BBC: “Philpott is responsible for these absolutely horrendous crimes and these are crimes that have shocked the nation. The courts are responsible for sentencing, but I think there is a question for government and for society about the welfare state and the taxpayers who pay for the welfare state, subsidising lifestyles like that. I think that debate needs to be had.”
Even as tomorrow theObservernewspaper explains how NHS hospitals are gearing up to concentrate on creating atwo-tier set of services, where private patients will inevitably be given priority. Evidence of which I reported on as long ago aslate 2011:
The point of this post is to underline that this is probably the first in what will become a long line of junk mailshots on the subject of unsolicited health services - a long line which we shall just have to learn to disregard. Unaccustomed as we have been to see health as simply one more consumer item, the ability to filter out deliberately scarifying messages in terms of this “product” is something we have yet to properly acquire.
Judge for yourself – forewarned is, after all, forearmed. For this is just the beginning of the two-tier freemium NHS.
More in a similar vein from early 2012 can be foundhere.
My conclusion to all of this?
Whilst the NHS ethos of free-at-point-of-use is being surreptitiously driven underground by growing corporate-capitalist markets (oh, if only they reallywere free-market forces …), since 2011 even I in my relatively humble housing-estate have been the object of rapacious health-service providers, aiming to scare my family into premium lifestyles.
Whilst the “subsidised lifestyles” of the Philpotts of this world are used to abuse the reputation of the 99 percent of benefit recipients whodon’tabuse the Welfare State (curious, eh?, how that 99 percent pops up all over again), the very same Welfare State begins to redirect its efforts to “subsidising” the 13,000 millionaires who really do begin to abuse the system.
Essentially, what this is all about is a huge sleight-of-hand shifting of public resources from the subsidising of lowly-paid corporate salaries, as per the New Labour post-Thatcher socioeconomic contract of its tax-credit heydays, directly towards the interests of a) a growing and influential number of private lifestyle service-users who will now take priority over the less well-to-do and lower-tier needs; and b) an increasingly influential 1 percent in society who will soon learn the true advantages of the Welfare State as per Cameron & Co.
By distracting people and cleverly whipping up prejudice about the “subsidised lifestyles” of the 99 percent (the disabled, the pregnant, the working mums, the working poor, the sick, the young and the aged), all this time they’re shifting all that verypublicresource into the pockets of veryprivatepatients, veryprivatebankers and veryprivatemillionaires.
And so it is that no one seems to be realising what the aforementioned Coalition is really privatising: it’s not just the NHS, in quite sub-Thatcherite and expected mode, but also – in a particularly novel move, even for the most vicious of a historically vicious English right – the whole bloody Welfare State itself. Not content withreducingthe rights the 99 percent may have to properly claim their part of the action, this Coalition of the Damned goes even further: actuallyincreasingthe sleazy access to the public purse the top 1 percent will enjoy in the future!
For the poor and aged, for the disabled and sick, expect to become a band of bottom-tiered citizens.
For the rich and botoxed beautiful people of the top-tiered NHS, meanwhile, expect to become a CCTVed group of wealthily sociopathic Philpotts – secure in the presence of its expensive airs and graces that such madness is only in the eye of the beholder.
And if the beholder is poor, this means nothing at all.
Except the honour of funding – through one’s blood, sweat and tears – the “subsidised lifestyles” … of therich.