Still plodding through Kerry-Anne Mendoza’s, ‘Austerity: The Demolition of the Welfare State and the Rise of the Zombie Economy’ and she really hits the nail on the head when she uses a little joke to exemplify how scapegoats are created to change our culture from one which embraces social democratic ideals to one which welcomes neoliberalism:
“A banker, a teacher, an immigrant and a politician are sitting at a table, on which rests a plate with ten biscuits on it. While the teacher and the immigrant are deep in conversation, the banker reaches forward and grabs nine of the ten biscuits. He places two of these biscuits in the pocket of the politician. When the teacher sees there is just one biscuit left on the plate he begins to worry, the politician leans over and says, “watch out that immigrant is after your biscuit!””
And that little witticism coupled with a story in the ‘Daily Telegraph’ on how Tony Blair received briefings and access to diplomatic cables, by Foreign Office officials before embarking on one of his regular business trips to Beijing and Shanghai were the main source of my on board entertainment on the way back down south from Glasgow today.
Of course, with “The Torygraph” it might be a proverbial case of the pot calling the kettle black. Nevertheless, wouldn’t it be nice if Mr Blair were just to disappear from the news alltogether? Well, maybe he would if we were to tackle real issues. Of course, that means undermining the fascist gobblydegook narrative outlined in the joke above. After all, Mr Blair is a product of that narrative; a war criminal masked as a moral crusader who, among other things, has the audacity to use taxpayer funded institutions to pursue his own private business interests.