All over the UK agitation over this disaster has reached fever pitch, no less because of the horror of it, but because we all intuit that this is about us too. We, the ordinary working people of this country, are worthless to the government and the big businesses behind it.
Regardless of Sanders’ own plea to his supporters to vote for Clinton they refused in significant numbers to transfer their allegiance. They did this, as Michael Moore inadvertently predicted in TrumpLand
Given the long absence of either a strong or a united political left in the country Sinn Féin are likely to be the winners of the Labour Party’s meltdown, but many still feel baulkish about lending their support to a party that remains so associated with violence in the North.
Under the pretext of making national economies more competitive the Reaganite and Thatcherite dogma of labour force flexibility was introduced across the Western hemisphere. Programmes of private home ownership such as the British ‘Right to Buy’ initiative allowing working families to buy their previously state-owned homes effectively financialised the household by enslaving workers to systems of debt through the banks.
On an international scale it is estimated that one billion human beings have died as a result of state-corporate labour market decisions, and this slaughter is only intensifying. Since the international credit crunch of 2007 and the resulting economic depression the idea of reform has been in the air – even inside the state-corporate citadels.