Yesterday, known as ‘manic Saturday’, was the busiest shopping day of the year. Much to the delight of some retailers, high street sales were about 5% up on last year as shoppers who don’t have any money of their own did a great job of spending cash that belongs to the banks. The increased sales may represent good news for shop owners but in reality, January will see the spending public paying an enormously heavy price as their credit cards buckle under the strain, the red letters come through the door and some people find themselves in court.
Christmas cheer in 2011 comes at a price and is the precursor to economic disaster. Both the International monetary Fund and influential merchant banks are predicting a Europe wide recession and possibly even a global depression worse than that of the 1930s. The government meanwhile is, as probation officers often like to say, ‘in denial’.
Many people seem to have approached this year’s festivities with the view that they had better enjoy them whilst it is still possible to do so – and then worry about paying for them later. Whilst this is a perfectly understandable point of view, TheOpinionSite.org cannot help but think that those same people will come to regret their decision to spend what they didn’t have in the first place when, in January and February, the snow is falling, they cannot afford to heat their home, the novelty of their children’s expensive presents has worn off and the fridge is almost empty.
With unemployment at its highest level since the 1990s, inflation still at 5%, petrol prices the highest in Europe and energy costs a licence to print money for the companies that supply electricity and gas, it will indeed be a ‘bleak mid-winter’ and unlike the Christmas carol, it won’t be just the ‘frosty wind’ that’s moaning.
However, the government seems to be more interested in sorting out its own internal problems and quelling dissent on the back benches rather than thinking about the ‘ordinary’ people that they allegedly serve. Oh, and they also have to placate the French after Cameron threw his toys out of his pram at the recent Euro summit. Those who say he was ‘standing up for Britain’ might be better off looking at the facts before they praise him too loudly.
They should be aware that whatever the government may say in public, the truth is that the UK needs the cooperation of the French in order to maintain the Conservative driven, isolationist wall around Britain that ministers have gone to so much trouble and expense to create.
After all, British authorities are present in Calais and Brussels seeking to keep out all those nasty foreigners that must not be allowed to step foot on the once green fields of what is now a paranoid and xenophobic ‘Fortress Britain’.
Those same, delusional and imperialist UK Border Agency staff were recently threatened with arrest by Belgian police (and by the way reminded that they were “not in Britain now”) when they were caught throwing their weight around…illegally. So much for the integrity of our agents of the Law.
This government, like all governments, loves to spend money on things that make it look good in the tabloids. When it comes to rising food prices and extortionate heating bills though, the same ‘compassionate Conservative’ government isn’t prepared to spend a single penny, except on itself.
For example, ministers won’t cap energy or food prices but they have served us all by creating three new, highly expensive senior civil service posts to replace the single position of the Cabinet Secretary who retires at the end of December. On the other hand, Cameron and Osborne have stated that they most certainly will not cut VAT, something that would help millions of ordinary families and individuals, because ‘We are all in this together’. Really?
Cameron, as part of his ‘Christmas cheer’ also claims to have “cut the cost of petrol” when in fact, all the government really did was to delay a huge price increase that is sure to materialise at some point in the not too distant future, probably in April of next year.
There is another depressing and artificial aspect to Christmas this year as well: the children.
For mainly political reasons, British children have been promoted to being the centre of the Universe by the government and, unfortunately, by most ‘modern’ parents.
These often obnoxious, selfish and disrespectful children are spoiled, bribed and submitted to by most parents in order that mum and dad can have a bit of peace and quiet while the kids amuse themselves by visiting the thousands of Internet porn sites whose material makes up more than 50% of all online traffic.
The government though has done even better and effectively proclaimed all ‘children’ to be some kind of protected species. This includes those ‘children’ that are 6 ft tall but still under 18 years of age and go around bashing old ladies on the head and stealing from them while their mates rip the satnav out of your car. We must not forget either the ‘children’ who would cheerfully punch your lights out or stick a knife in you if you so much as look at them.
Then there are those 13 and 14 year olds who accuse their teacher of sexual abuse when they are given a detention. When it all turns out to be a lie, the teacher still loses his job whilst the lying, evil little so and so who falsely accused him receives ‘counselling’.
‘Children’ can join the army, leave home, have sex, pay taxes and be sentenced to life imprisonment when they are sixteen, but they cannot vote, drink alcohol or leave the country without their parents consent until they reach 18, at which point they are no longer ‘children’ and instead become a ‘schoolboy’ if they are the victim of an attack or, alternatively, ‘an 18 year old man’ if they have raped someone.
The majority of young parents nowadays seem to have absolutely no idea as to how to bring up their often numerous offspring, principally because they themselves were brought up so badly. Ask a kid of today want they want to be and they will probably answer, “…a rich and famous celebrity, especially one that’s won the X Factor.” It’s all about money, you see.
These same, money-sucking organisms on two legs will, given half the chance, bleed most parents dry over Christmas with demands for the latest designer trainers or electronic gizmo, a full wardrobe of new clothes or a £150 bottle of Gucci perfume – and that’s just the 10 year olds.
Of course, some of those same spoiled little girls and boys will later be locked up on some horrendous charge – even if they may be innocent – and trainee psychologists, overpaid probation officers, poorly qualified prison staff and even unsackable police officers will ‘intervene’ to save them; always ensuring nevertheless that the convicted child serves one of the longest sentences in the EU and making doubly sure that they are added to numerous databases, are subject to the very expensive and not necessarily effective MAPPA protocols and that they are never again allowed to be totally free to live a normal life.
Such is the state of the UK as we approach Christmas. Christmas is, by the way, allegedly the ‘season of goodwill’, though one would hardly think so from the approach that Cameron has taken. The fact is, this Christmas is the calm before the bankruptcy storm.
Millions of British people will suffer terribly next year but those numbers will not include the wealthy, the overpaid, politicians, CEOs of charities or any of those who are appointed to ‘protect the public’. The civil servants, high ranking police officers, chief probation officers, prison governors, generals, judges and bishops will all be wringing their hands and telling us how all the hardship is necessary, whilst at the same time getting into their BMWs and Mercedes and being driven off to an appropriately expensive lunch.
So, TheOpinionSite.org suggests that yes, you enjoy Christmas and that you make the most of it. A financial disaster of epic proportions is coming your way… but there is absolutely nothing you can do about it – and the government doesn’t care one iota what happens to you or your family.
Are we ourselves to blame? Absolutely. Too many of us have got used to the idea that money can be borrowed without the need to pay it back. Have we all been encouraged to do so? Certainly, but – and it’s a big but – we didn’t have to go along with those awful bankers who ripped us all off so terribly did we?
Free money does not exist; never has, never will. Children need discipline and order; fact. Parents and individuals need to take responsibility for their own lives (and those of their offspring) and to sort out their own problems instead of expecting everyone else to do it for them – and expecting them to do so for nothing.
Bankers should be less greedy and more responsible; politicians need to understand the words ‘honesty’ and ‘sincerity’, particularly when they reach cabinet level.
We all know what has to be done; we all know where these catastrophic mistakes have been made. The question is though, does the population of the UK have what it takes to sort it out? Are people in fact willing to take responsibility for their own lives and to sort out their own problems? Are they in any case in possession of the capabilities that are necessary to enable them do so?
TheOpinionSite.org believes, regrettably, that the answer to all these questions is a resounding ‘No’. Such qualities are no longer part of the British psyche and they haven’t been for 40 years. The majority of people in this country, especially the young, now have no idea what it means to ‘take responsibility’. How can they have when their own parents have no idea either?
Eat, drink and be merry, enjoy the expensive toys (until the batteries run out) and get ready for what is coming; you’ll recognise it when it arrives, make no mistake.
Merry Christmas and a …well, you know, don’t you?