George Osborne was absolutely right last week to warn that the European Union is falling behind India and China in economic terms, and the reason for this is very simple: it is because corporations in Europe have been exploiting the lack of workers’ rights and of health and safety legislation in India and China and shipping work out there in order to drive down production costs.
Clearly the only way to combat this is to make constitutional changes which will open up workers in Europe to a similar level of exploitation, so that their health and welfare can be jeopardised in the same way as we have recently seen in the electronics factories of China and the clothing factories of Bangladesh – that way profits and dividends can be driven further up while costs are kept to an absolute minimum. This is standard Tory dogma: eliminate welfare, crush the poor, put profit before everything else.
Austerity is being sold to us as a short-term, temporary measure but, make no mistake, that’s not the intention: it’s going to be forever. This government rewards greed, strips away opportunity and destroys ambition – just like they pledged that they wouldn’t. Once human rights have been abolished (which is still very much on the cards if Teresa May has her way) and our hard-won workers’ rights have been eliminated (as is Iain Duncan Smith’s clear intent), there will be nothing left of the institutions which once made us proud to be British, for we will have sold-off our values and mortgaged our heritage. Our politicians ought to be the best of us, but this shower doesn’t even represent us – it’s time for change.