A hard hitting comment from Lornacal.
Methinks yer ragin, Mia. We all are. As someone said on these threads, let’s have a complete breakdown of where all the charges that consumers pay go, on all energy bills : that will lead to anger such as Scotland has not seen before. Let’s have the CEO salaries and bonuses highlighted and the shareholders dividends, the government taxes and the lack of investment. English Water’s chronic lack of investment in plugging leaks, replacing pipelines, since privatisation, is a huge part of the problem for England and its water shortages. Climate change, and little run-off from the mountains and hills in winter, in the form of snow, is another.
We have known, since I was a bairn, that the seas are slowly rising, yet no investment in desalination plants whereby sea water could be turned into drinking water and water for crops, etc. Why? The answer is actually not hard to find: Thatcher allowed vast quantities of money to leave these shores and our economy, to be either hoarded in off-shore tax havens or re-invested in other economies. These corporations and individuals used people educated in the UK, free, or on a subsidised level, used UK workers, used UK equipment and plant, speculated in UK markets and their rise or downfall, then, when massive profits accrued, moved those monies out of the UK to its huge detriment.
Add to that, the selling off of all our national assets, both UK and Scottish, to the lowest bidder at bargain basement prices, and to the enrichment of the brokers and speculators, and we have what we have today. New Labour and the Lib Dems (the Tory Lites, who are, even as we speak, receiving huge backhanders from drugs companies and others), the now neoliberal SNP, are all equally guilty, but the Alan B’Stard Prize for sheer parasitical nerve goes to the Tories.
They have robbed and skimmed, cheated and debased everything about the UK as a whole, and have made it even worse for Northern and Midlands England and Scotland and Wales to sustain any kind of economic equilibrium or fairness, and if anyone dares to claim that we just have to endure this, he or she should be dragged through the streets on a hurdle, through the worst, sink estates in all of these, to come face-to-face with the people they have betrayed and harmed on an industrial scale. These psychopathic monsters need to be ousted completely from Scotland. Even now, they lack the self-awareness to understand their own plight and they will stand around, looking glaikit, like balloons that have been pierced with a very large, darning needle, when reality finally dawns. Which, of course, will be much, much too late to save them. Anger doesn’t cover it.
Lorna is right, what she argues above is exactly what happened. Read it again, can anyone spot a single decision that brought meaningful benefits to the people of Scotland? Now read it and spot the benefits and opportunities to the spivs and speculators. Not difficult is it as whole swathes of public assets were suddenly available to them, gifted by shallow, greedy politicians always attracted to the quick buck, rather than long term benefits for their communities? So when people say “we are where we are” understand that is because they don’t want to confront the errors of the past. The question we should be asking is how do we reverse the damage? We need that answer very quickly if serious public disruption is to be avoided.
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