This is not a discussion but a polemic rant.
Folk have asked me, why a nice middle class man like you is so angry and such a left wing socialist.
The answer is easy, its class and it’s always been class.
It's quite simple there is a ruling class, the establishment, call it what you will and they have always been in charge.
They have continually buggered up people’s lives even in that past rose-coloured dawn of the 50 – 70s. There were still bloody awful employers and rulers who would have screwed us all but it suited all political parties to keep us sweet after all we had done for them.
If you want to know what work was like though ask any old man who was in the building trade or some god awful factory. I worked some of them and also saw my old man come home knackered from a day's work
So what do I know about it.
Well I packed up school on my 15th birthday and as I’d played truant for most of that year they were glad to let me go.
And this was a lad who could have had a scholarship to Christ Hospital but thankfully didn’t.
I'd have missed mum too much.
And for the next 25 years I worked at everything from demolition, selling insurance, plumbers mate to managing Audio Club of Britain and one thing for sure was that all employers would try and grab you.
Now I was lucky enough always willing to give them the rods and move on and there was always something to do or the trade union was good and looked after me. But no job was great. Yes we had fun and I did in all the jobs I did, but most of it was due to great comrades at work.
Then I got lucky, got an education, thank you Jenny Lee.
Margaret Thatcher said her regret as education chief was that she got there too late to stop th OU.
Now look at it.
Can anybody afford it?
I then got into teaching and adult education; just at the time people were saying “Management has the right to manage”.
Well no they don’t!!
They only have the right to manage with the consent of those they are managing, anything else is coercion.
And I was still needed as a union rep to stop bullying managers who worked on behalf of the employers, the government and therefore the ruling class.
Why? How? It’s simple, it’s called Hegemony.
The ruling class own the set of ruling ideas and from the concept of private ownership of the mean's of production to the idea that bankers, employers and financiers are above the (Phillip French), they own the ruling culture as well.
And yes it still makes me angry and until I can no longer do it I will take action where I can, visit picket lines and go on demos.
Yes it’s sometimes tougher as you get older but as that marvellous woman La Passionnara once said; “its better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.”
And from the age of 16 I was always involved in politics and trade unions.
And one thing about trade union and political leaders that is common; they are like football teams, they always let you down.
And that’s what members are for, to make sure they keep to their (our) principles.
So that’s also why we need leaders with principles.
The idea of softening principles to gain power is ludicrous and unworkable.
What’s the point with gaining power? Can you change your principles once you get into power? Redraw your manifesto?
“Oh sorry electorate, I didn’t mean that, I meant this.” I think not.
After all Blair never did.
Many thanks to Mike Parsons
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