Community Activists Network
You say you want a revolution but, well, you know, it’s all in the head.
The last time Britain had truly had enough of the type of politics of the Tories was around 1990. The Poll Tax was introduced by Thatcher as a bailout for the Tories failed experiment with privatisation and to protect the wealth of those who had profited from the looting of decades of public investment in public services. Thatcher gutted elements of tax payer investment to inject an illusion of wealth back into the economy and made £millions for a small coterie of those in a privileged position to exploit it. The Poll Tax was a means of paying the bills without taxing the new found wealth of those privileged looters.
People didn’t really know why they should resist the Poll Tax, they just instinctively knew it was unfair, and across the country they took to the streets and vented against the injustice. It brought down Thatcher but, ultimately, it did not bring down the Poll Tax or tackle the injustice. That uprising failed because we didn’t know what we were rising against. We didn’t understand that privatisation was not a great way for the little ‘man’ to cash in on owning our public services, that it was designed for the ‘establishment’ to cash in on our decades of tax investment. We didn’t understand that Right To Buy was a gutting of tax payer investment in housing. The Tories were looting decades of tax payer investment, selling it off cheap and permitting the City to strip it, without meaningfully reinvesting back into the country. Thatcher sold Britain for glass beads and bad whiskey, the City cashed in decades of tax payer investment of £billions for £millions of personal gain. It is the blueprint of Tory economic policy and what drives their ideology. It is what we should be rising up against NOW. SEE MORE
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