People all across Europe have been protesting against Government cut backs – the people of Britain however seem content in being a nation of spineless naval gazers, the only things that matter to them are “strictly come dancing” and the “X factor”.
They stopped smashing plates and took to the streets in Greece.
They awoke from their siesta and took to the streets in Spain.
The French, well they’re always on strike, they love to burn a sheep or two, they took to the streets as well.
As a matter of fact demonstrations have been taking place in Belgium, Ireland, Portugal, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Cyprus, Romania, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Serbia.
Why are all these people taking to the streets?
The ordinary workers have become the biggest victims of an economic crisis set off by bankers and traders, many of whom were rescued by massive government intervention.
Spanish unions held a general strike to oppose measures such wage cuts and tax increases put in place by the country’s socialist government, amid high unemployment – with the jobless rate more than doubling since 2007 hitting 20 per cent in July this year.
The unions said 10 million people, or more than half the workforce, were on strike.
Greece’s main unions, representing about 2.5 million workers, were protesting against measures prescribed by the EU and the IMF in return for bailing the country out. It raised the retirement age and curbed early pensions, a key element of an EU/IMF bailout.
Public sector wages were cut by an average 15 per cent in 2010 and will be frozen until 2014. Private sector wages were also frozen for this year and will only rise in line with euro area inflation in 2011 and 2012. The main VAT rate was increased by four percentage points to 23 per cent.
In Ireland, the Anglo Irish Bank, which was nationalised last year to save it from collapse, owes some $97bn to depositors worldwide, leaving Irish taxpayers with a mammoth bill at a time when people are suffering through high unemployment, tax hikes and heavy budget cuts.
France has said it will curb civil service spending, scrap tax breaks and otherwise count on accelerating economic expansion to replenish public coffers in 2011.
Portugal approved an austerity package in June to reduce the budget deficit. It ruled out drawing on the eurozone aid package but the draft 2011 budget is said to include significant spending cuts and additional measures on the revenue side.
In Slovenia, public service workers continued their open-ended strike to protest the government’s plan to freeze their salaries for two years – or until economy grows again at a rate of three per cent.
Germany agreed a package in June which will cut welfare spending by 30 billion euros over the period, reduce public sector payrolls by up to 15,000 by 2014 and raise new taxes on nuclear power plant operators and air travel.
You can see that Britain isn’t on the list of people taking to the streets to demonstrate against the actions of their government.
Want to know why?
The people have been sold a false construct of reality where the only things that matter to them are “strictly come dancing” and the “X factor”.
I honestly thought that the day would come when people would realise how badly they have been ripped off and there would be blood running in the streets.
Don’t worry – the good people of Britain will make sure that never happens as long as there’s something good on the telly to watch.