I tend to work alone these days and I like a bit of background noise, the sound of music or better yet voices around me. It gives me the illusion that I’m not a sad loner tucked away in a cave all day typing on a keyboard.
Generally I use the news programs, so its voices and information. Though the blade runner trials drove me to distraction with week after week of repeating the same dammed thing over and over. For this reason I have had the labour conference in my ears for several days and I’m sure I’ll have the other two spouting their lies as well as the party conference season continues.
So yesterday I was half listening to Labour rolling out minion after minion to talk about the economy and stuff.
People don’t understand the economy, not on the scale of nations and countries. Billions here, trillions there, its just long lines of zeros.
Those charts that we see on the news, the ones with the red lines going up and down, the ones that look so important. They show only a fraction of the real scale, a chart showing a ten point range and going up and down by three or four points looks like a big change but when its three tenths of one percent it’s not something a normal person would even notice. Tiny wiggles on a line.
Look at the chart above, big drop showing there, very impressive. But it has dropped less than 200 points on a 6000 point value, barely a wiggle.
No when people think about the economy they think about personal economy, household economy, family, friends and the neighbours economy. The broad picture is an abstract, something that happens around them rather than to them.
People look at the money in the bank account and how long it lasts, they ask can they afford to fill up the car this week or do they do the fuel light gamble again. They look at the point there the bank account goes past zero and its overdraft charges again.
People here some politician boasting that the economy is doing better, the recession is over, Britain is doing better. Then they sit in the kitchen and add up the bills and try to work out if they can afford two take aways this month and take the kids to see a movie.
To people the economy is how it affects them not how it affects the country as a whole. Does it change their lives, make things better or worse, if not then it’s just another politician talking nonsense.
Now we have lived through a number of years of belt tightening and every shrinking money. People reach the end of the month and get their money, which is near enough the same they were getting last year or the year before. Then they count how many weeks it is before they run out, will they reach the next pay day with money left, will they run out early again. Remembering a few years ago when they actually had money left to save or for a treat at the end of each month. Not now, not these days.
People understand that things are affecting their lives, regardless of the prevailing political attitude that the population are stupid enough to be lied to over and over and over. We know the politicians are lying, we just haven’t become angry enough to do anything yet.
So people listen, we listen and then we go back to living our own lives and worrying about our own economies.
We have heard all the lying and the statistics, we have had some bloke in an expensive suit stand at a gold lectern and talk about permanent austerity, austerity for us that is, while parliaments Champagne bill goes up in leaps and bounds.
We see every price we pay and every bill we receive go up and up
We know the nasty party are nasty, unless you are rich enough to play the old school politics that are the norm these days you are either struggling to stay where you are or slowly falling toward poverty. In modern Britain, If you have the power, influence of wealth to scratch a politicians back at some point then they are more than happy to scratch yours. If not, get back with the rest of the proles and serfs you peasant.
Elections are a choice of who we hate the least, who we hate the most. A list of bad choices so which one will hurt me the least.
Parties don’t win elections these days, they lose them less than the other guys.
We have the Nasty party, they are cruel, uncaring, a bunch of two faced liars blatantly looking out for themselves, their friends and their old school chums at the expense at the expense of the rest of us.
We have the Lib Dems, the inconsequential party. Do we vote for them?
Sorry, had an attack of hysterical laughter as I was typing there.
Vote Lib Dem?
Then there is choice number three, the incompetent party. Labour. The other guys in our normal two horse race as we switch between one and the other.
Election coming up, last chance to shine where the nation’s TV crews are watching, party conference season and Labour are up first. The opportunity to get in there with new ideas, good ideas, and them say the others are just stealing your ideas if they say the same.
Instead we have Labour jumping in on Tory benefit hatred by confirming they will keep the £26,000 cap, hello, real world here. 99.9% of people on benefits will never see that much money in a year and those who do get that much and more are cheating the system. Close the bloody loopholes instead of jumping on the Tory hate the unemployed bandwagon.
Anyway yesterday I was hearing about the economy. The big picture, how things will be made better for the country and for people. Less debt, more money available for other stuff. Balancing the books. Standing in front of the faithful and giving speeches about how labour will do things better. But its all grand scale, over most people’s heads, they don’t care about such promises, what they hear is things getting better for them and their families.
Then on the news shows and the satellite channels I watched and they watched as spokes Oik after spokes Oik came and sat down with some well known BBC or Sky interviewer to get some TV time. Both channels asked the same direct questions, your party is making grand promises but how do the numbers work, where does the money come from. 200 million here, 400 million there, a billion in the corner.
Its the economy so people weren’t really listening to the numbers, what they were watching was the people. Spokes minions and big names, one and all, evade the questions and avoided the questions. Gave answers to some other question they hadn't been asked, did everything they could to not give a straight answer to the question they were asked.
Big promises made and then they one and all refused to provide any details.
In short they looked like the usual bunch of slimey, two faced, lying politicians.
Labour is constantly considered to be far less trusted on the economy than the nasty party, that’s an impressive achievement. The Tories who have left a million going to food banks, millions more in poverty and left most every household in the country poorer in real terms by thousands of pounds are more trusted on the economy than Miliband's mob.
Labour had the chance to change that, they got their time in the spot light, a chance to make a good impression for next year. Change people’s minds for the better.
Nope, they just demonstrated they are just as much a bunch of weasels as every other political party, good job.