Sunday, 16 January 2011
A future far from certain.
Over the next few months the reality of the government spending cuts will become painfully clear. Increasing inequality and the penetration of the market into every corner of what remains of the public sector will become our daily fare. Big changes in the NHS, education and public transport will take place against a background of rising inflation, stagnant wages and increasing unemployment. You don't need to be one of the great minds to see this far. What is a lot less clear is how we will respond to the new economic scenario. We could be in for some very radical action indeed or we could equally well see a huge national outpouring of indifference to everything except the Royal Wedding allied with some very tough policing against a minority of street protesters. Throwing a fire extinguisher of the roof of a building is an incredibly dangerous and stupid thing to do but one thing we do not need is anymore concerned parents convincing their kids to throw themselves on the mercy of the courts. As Noel Coward probably would not have said - "Don't put your daughter in the dock Mrs Worthington".