The Prime Minister said last week:
“What you call austerity, I might call efficiency”
He was appearing in a carefully stage managed re-launch of his badly bruised coalition with his trusty Lib Dem deputy, Nick Clegg, at his side.
For some reason, this ‘show’ was staged at a tractor factory in Essex. I wonder if such a strange choice of location was made because of a desperate attempt to gain street cred on the back of the much hyped TV show The Only Way Is Essex or because tractors are often used for transporting bullshit.
Either way it was nauseating to watch such a show, especially when, as if on cue, Cameron removed his suit jacket revealing his crisp white shirt before taking questions from his carefully selected audience of bored factory workers and tame journos. This sad attempt to portray an image of ‘I’m just like you; I’m one of the lads’ was about as convincing as The Archbishop of Canterbury opening a branch of Ann Summers.
However, I have strayed from the point.
What our PM might see as ‘efficiency’ has caused an ever rising number of families to face repossession proceedings on their homes, over two million workers to lose all hope of employment in the coming years, waiting times to increase (again) at hospitals and the buying power of a state pension to decrease to an all time low. Added to which, it is costing even more for companies that are struggling to stay afloat – and provide much needed employment – to deliver their goods to their customers whilst maintaining a reasonable return due mainly to the increasing cost of fuel and related taxes.
So, what I would say to the coalition is save your ‘efficiencies’ for another time and, instead, try something new to promote sustainable growth and employment. Medical practitioners have long ago got over the theory that an amputation is the only cure; arrogance is no substitute for common sense.
It is now time for our government to prescribe a more palatable medicine before patient UK is beyond recovery!