Recently Greggs the bakers and Spar have gotten into hot water over individual stores’ management and members of staff turning Scottish banknotes away. In the past this irked us, but we dealt with it.
Was this wholesale “alleged” fraud, we have to ask, the actions of individual Tory candidates and their local campaign teams in 2015, or was this the workings of a top level party conspiracy?
However cringe-worthy all of this is, at some point we have to make our peace with it. Black Friday and the whole stinking mess that is Christmas is, after all, the logical end of a uniquely modern way of thinking.
Is there anything we can do about this? Not really. In Scotland we can opt to remain in the EU by gaining independence, but short of this we are very much tied to the economic realities of the UK.
In a world such as ours, completely dominated and directed by the free market and the whims of its hidden élite architects, we eventually come to the realisation that within globalisation we are trapped in a single party state.
Capitalism is like a great big game of Monopoly that rich people play, with the marked difference being that whatever happens in game time impacts, often very seriously, on ordinary people’s lives – especially on the lives of those watching Jeremy Kyle.
This is the near limitless supply (estimated to be in the hundreds of trillions of dollars) that is used to persuade nation states to bend the knee to the march of neoliberalism.
This is the sort of paper money that is measured in tonnage rather than dollars which has accrued to itself the power to take flight to tax havens around the globe in the twinkling of an eye; the type of wealth that buys the influence to dictate to states, and to direct their national and international policy – all to the ends of profit irrespective of the needs of human beings.