Politicians being out of touch, their lack of empathy a danger for the near future

MorningStarFrontPage200627(280x357=99960px).pngBen Patrick Chacko the English journalist who is, since 2015, the editor of the Morning Star believes that the British government’s legislative programme seeks to replace the Human Rights Act of 1998 the legislation that defines the fundamental rights and freedoms to which everyone in the United Kingdom is entitled. He is also afraid that the Tories want to ban local authorities and other public bodies from adopting boycott and divestment policies against repressive regimes in Israel and elsewhere.

He says:

Home Secretary Priti Patel is pushing for wider deployment of Tasers to volunteer police and for greater stop and search powers which we know have been deployed in a racist manner.”

“These measures are being prepared at a time when trust in the police is at an all-time low following the Sarah Everard murder case and the horrific revelations from the Spycops inquiry,”

the Morning Star editor added.

The same as in Belgium we can see how certain politician very well know a certain group of political active voices start being able to reach the general public. Politicians and television channels prefer to frighten people by calling those defending voices “extreme left” or dangerous communists. They are frightened as hell that more people would aim to replace private property and a profit-based economy with public ownership and communal control of at least the major means of production (e.g., mines, mills, and factories) and the natural resources of a society.  These politicians and a large group of business leaders are worried that the workers will take over the companies and gain more power in the political system.

Mr Chacko claimed it was “no coincidence” that the government’s new plans are being laid as the cost of living crisis intensifies.

“The Tories are out of touch, but they do understand where the resistance to soaring prices, job losses and cuts in public services is likely to come from and are determined to smash it. This is why government supporters and the right-wing media are attacking the most organised sections of the labour movement such as the railways workers and civil servants,”

Mr Chacko insisted.

The politicians at the top prefer to show their faces on television, where they come to claim that the government is doing its best in these difficult times. Yesterday, the Belgian Minister De Croo of the liberal party Vooruit, was still claiming that the Belgian government has the best intentions for the people. The British government would also like their people to believe this.

In the second round of voting in France yesterday, many people interviewed on television could be heard fearing that the Communists would win. This fear in the countries surrounding us is because many see that left-wing parties such as the Greens and the Socialists are losing credibility with the people, due to their slippery political posturing in recent years, some of which betrayed the working class, and that the party where they keep to their word and comes up for each human being is gaining grounds.

Britain’s Communists also expressed their disappointment at the silence of Labour MPs in the face of Nato’s militarisation of Eastern Europe and the West’s military build-up against China.

In previous years, the trade unions have lost members everywhere, but the politicians can now see that the same trade unions, which they were able to appease so much in recent years, have now had enough of their ass-kissing, and are starting to acquire more new members again.

Ben Chacko urged civil rights, anti-racist and other campaigning groups to join trade unions in a mass movement against state-backed “class warfare” on people’s democratic rights and living standards. Perhaps several politicians are not yet seeing the economic antagonism that exists in society consequent to socio-economic competition among the social classes or between rich and poor. But in the last two years, the rich could become even richer and the poor poorer, whilst the government did not much to get a halt to the rising prices for necessary goods.

For the ordinary man of the street, the degree to which he can feel comfortable and would be able to participate in or enjoy life events has been overclouded by the reduced value of his income.

Politicians do not seem to have an eye for the poverty rate, quality and housing affordability, and do not seem to have any idea of the hours of work required to purchase necessities, gross domestic product, inflation rate, amount of leisure time, access to and quality of healthcare, quality and availability of education, cost of goods and services, infrastructure, access to, quality and affordability of public transportation. That makes that today so many citizens are fed up with those politicians and do not trust them anymore.

Though some people are looking behind the curtain and notice that there are some people really interested in their poor position and willing to put our money where our mouth is. That attention for those so-called communist voices is putting the fire to the feet of the main political parties. Which is not so bad, when they, at last, would decide to start listening to the people.

At the moment we do not see such a thing. Yesterday the interview on television, with the Belgian prime minister, made it very clear the PM has still no ear for ordinary citizens.

We can only hope that the strikes that will take place this week in Belgium and Great Britain will finally open the eyes and ears of the politicians and that this time the population will unite against the political course of events to demand a better life.

In the coming days, lots of people raise their voices to get their freedom back for a decent life, and it will be up to the politicians if there shall come more weeks of social unrest. The ball is thrown in their camp.

Published by Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".

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