“The society which has abolished every kind of adventure makes its own abolition the only possible adventure.” Paris, May 1968

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Royal weddings butter no parsnips.

We didn't order this. The struggle is supposed to be about the alienation of work and daily life, not recreating 19th century battles for a crust of bread. Ah! the poverty of political theory. Here we are, having left the 20th century as per instructions a decade back and inequality of wealth and opportunity is actually on the increase. The Hutton proposals will mean more work, less pay and smaller pensions for thousands of public sector workers. And this is just the start. The next couple of years could see a dramatic reduction in living standards for whole swathes of the population. How will we respond when it becomes obvious that Royal Weddings and Olympic Gold will butter no parsnips? Retreat into a depressed isolation, or kick the chair out from under the plutocracy? The choice is ours.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I seem to remember a "royal wedding" in 1981. Followed by a national wave of rioting.