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Pre WWI the poor were the scum of the earth, were poor because they wanted to be and deserved no better. This was the opinion of the elite, wealthy factory and mine owners that paid subsistence wages; they knew it was a lie then; Cameron’s attempts to return us to that kind of poverty is based on the same lie.

At the outbreak of WWI these ‘scum of the earth’ fought and died bravely. In 1917, the Bolshevik revolution saw the Russian scum overthrow the dictatorial ruling elite and seize power.

At the end of hostilities, David Lloyd George, the leader of the wartime coalition government began his campaign for ‘homes fit for heroes’. This was ostensibly an altruistic idea, to reward the men who had fought, and the families of men who had died with decent social housing. The truth is somewhat different; Lloyd George had witnessed the Bolshevik revolution and feared that a well trained, experienced fighting force, returning to the same conditions they had left might be inspired by the success of the Russian peasantry and take a similar course to improve their lot. So the ‘social housing’ gifted by Lloyd George, was in fact less of a reward and more a concession to maintain the political ,social and economic status quo (as was the more general ‘land fit for heroes’ agenda).

These houses were, indeed designed both ideologically and practically to be somewhat better and cheaper [to rent] than the pre-war accommodation.

After the end of WWII hostilities, and with the massive defeat of the Tory party in the post war elections, a new agenda of house building was begun. This was partly due to the massive losses caused by wartime bombing, but also to improve the available accommodation- the theme of ‘social housing for the poor’ was replaced by Aneurin Bevan with ‘council housing for all’.

Currently, we are seeing a return to the ‘social housing’ mentality of the beginning of the 20th century; why? Because the establishment since 1980 has wanted to shirk its responsibilities and offload the housing stock that was designed to be fit housing for everybody and re-label it ‘social housing’ for the poor; and of course, we’re poor because we want to be poor, so why should government concern itself with us? Let the private sector deal with them.

This is not the only ‘back to the future’ reform of the current government; it is one of many, encompassing education, health care and benefits. So, if you want to turn the clock back 100 years, sit back, do nothing, and buy a cap; there’ll be a lot of ‘doffing’ to be done; if you want to halt the decay make your feelings known.

Write to politicians-

Sign the petitions-

Join the FaceBook group-

But don’t sit back and accept Cameron’s Calamities.


Written by Smiling Carcass

25/08/2012 at 5:41 PM

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