...a blog by Richard Flowers
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Day 3923: Hard Labour – The Weal Truth
Wednesday: This makes me sick. And not JUST because I have to link to the wretched Daily Hate Mail. (I'd much rather hat-tip Stephen and Neil.) On Monday, we felt for Rory Weal, as he told Hard Labour's Conference how the Welfare State saved his family when their home was repossessed. I was PUT OUT to see, smugly shaking the boy's hand, Mr Potato Ed, one of the very people RESPONSIBLE for destroying the economy and hence wrecking young Rory's life. But now we learn Master Rory is just as much of a PRIVILEGED little LABOUR PRINCELING as Mr Ed. All week Hard Labour have been going on about how the recession/deficit/debt (delete according to ineptitude of speaker) was not no way never caused by Hard Labour OVERSPENDING but by the wickedness of the bankers and the speculators… …and it turns out that Rory's daddy was a bit of a property speculator. Yes, far from being a VICTIM of fallout from the global collapse, it appears Mr Weal Senior was one of those people that we bailed out when they trashed the economy. You know, the people Labour have been BLAMING all week. In fact all YEAR. Now, you can say I shouldn't judge Weal Junior by his BACKGROUND. It's not HIS fault what his father did during the Credit Crunch. And that's TRUE. But I can blame him for his CRUSHING IGNORANCE. (Something, oddly, I was much more willing to forgive before I learned that: "What does [Cameron] advise when I can't afford to go to school in the morning?" doesn't mean: "we had to choose between my bus fare and feeding the electric meter" but actually: "I had to leave my very nice private school for a very nice grammar school") Master Rory and his mummy, even AFTER divorce and bankruptcy, appear to be better off than my daddies. And my daddy Richard is BLOODY WELL OFF! So Rory doesn't have a CLUE about the Welfare State. All he knows is his own PRIVILEGE. To deconstruct Rory's speech a little, then, when he complains about the Coalition "tearing up the Welfare State", what he's ACTUALLY saying is: "I want the state – by which I means the rest of you – to carry on giving people like me a free guarantee to gamble!" What he wants is a promise that HE can collect the nice homes and £13,000 a year school fees when daddy wins and WE will pick up the pieces when they lose. And that's – if you'll forgive the grisliness of the pun – just a bit RICH.