Is Tory government a Corruptocracy? It’s worse than that

Corrupt politicians are common characters in satire and story-telling and have been since the first governing administrations millennia ago.  Orators and writers take their inspiration from how politics operates.  Corruption is depicted as resultant from financial greed, limitless ego, and desire to impress.  Most compositions provide tendential back stories for their characters that explain the necessity of and describe the development of their venality by showing it grows from psychological preferences or is inculcated in upbringing and schooling.  Satiation of the venality is presented as inevitable.  

Apart from a misplaced popular indulgence of writers to rehabilitate and reform their nefarious characters, story-tellers’ accounts of corrupted politicians are true reflections of behaviour of governing administrations.

“You might very well think that.  I couldn’t possibly comment.”

Current governance in Westminster is criticised by opponents as having some politicians who are corrupted.  Such criticisms are very mild.  Behaviour of government and politicians in UK is far beyond corruption.

The sole purpose of conservative politicians is to use parliament, government or councils as tools to direct flow of money to politician’s paymasters who are previous, current or future.  Working for financial gain (for selves, family, friends, business associates and the wider exploitation community), paid in advance of, during and after political career and against interests of British public, is the whole unvarying modus operandi of every conservative politician.  Actions to assist a politician’s employers can be specific to one person or business, beneficent to an industry or in favour of wealthy people generally.  It is not a side-hustle or an occasional deviation.  It is why they are in parliament, mayor’s office or town hall.

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty

The paragraph above describes conservative politicians in any epoch but the Tory government elected in 2019 enacts corruption as a profession.

Tory MPs arrive at parliament after elections as employees of beneficiaries of future Tory policy.  Selection of candidates for winnable parliamentary seats is from a pool of think-tankers, graduates of courses that teach how to focus on ensuring distribution of wealth to the wealthiest and how to present that as mendaciously as possible, holders of senior executive positions at huge international businesses, and some very wealthy people.

As the occupation of conservative politicians is to ensure wealth is transferred from the public to the politicians’ employers, criticisms of politicians’ “second jobs” misdirect focus.  Their “second jobsare their jobs.

Every conservative politician is paid to act against democracy.  Every corporate plant in a governing administration acts in the interests of its industry.  There is no separation of think-tanks and MPs: Think-tankers become MPs (or peers); MPs and peers found think-tanks, write papers and give speeches for them and sit on their advisory boards.

Potential future conservative politicians are identified, or identify themselves, by what they are willing and able to do to perpetuate flow of wealth from the people to the wealthiest.  The skillset of each contains

  • Utter disdain for democracy
  • Relentless commitment to falsehoods, deception, obfuscation and evasion
  • Direct connections with corporate world
  • Affiliations with right-wing think-tanks
  • Eagerness to use racism and other prejudices as tools
  • Erasure of awareness of humanity
  • Perception of staying within the law as an option not an obligation
New Tory MPs at 2019 general election: (l-r) Lee Anderson, Dehenna Davison, Johnathan Gullis and Scott Benton

Some conservative MPs are adept at recognising decisions and policies that assist wealth concentration (for example, Rishi Sunak, Steve Barclay) and others are adept at using distraction techniques to divert attention and to shift blame (Suella Braverman, Michael Gove) but all enjoy the capability to lie persistently, shamelessly and aggressively. 

All of them know what their shared objective is.  All know that direction of flow of money must always be from the people to the wealthiest.  All know that presentation of their actions must hide intent and hide mechanics of the work they are doing.  All know there must be constant distractions, truth-twisting, blame-shifting and creations of faux enemies. 

If politicians, activists, political organisations, trades’ unions, charities, lobby groups or individuals defend themselves and others from conservative criminality then conservatives describe them as enemies of the people.  

Michael Gove (left) and Rupert Murdoch

To describe the current Tory government’s MPs as “corrupted” is to suggest that at some point in time of their political career they were pre-corrupted.  That is not the case.  When they arrived in parliament for the first time they were employees of exploiters.  They were not corrupted after becoming MPs.  They were educated, trained and prepared prior to being an MP.

We don’t have a government.   

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Is Tory government a Corruptocracy? It’s worse than that

Grant Shapps’s anti-strike law

Tory Business Secretary Grant Shapps’ claim to fame is his use of aliases as a ruse to con people to part with money to support his dodgy faux businesses.  That is, he a tōraidhe1 as a person and as a politician.

On 10th January 2023 he presented a bill to parliament, Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill (SMSL), that restricts the human right to strike for workers in certain jobs.  When the bill becomes law employers, public and private, will be able to set an arbitrary “minimum” workforce including workers for specific tasks.  Anyone deemed to be part of the minimum workforce will be denied the human right to strike and if they strike the law will allow the employer to sack them immediately.  Any action by a trades’ union to encourage people to strike will lead to the employer taking money from the union via court action.

SMSL has the following objectives

  1. Assist employer exploitation of workers by removing the vital pressure tool of strike action
  2. Steal money from unions to lessen their effectiveness
  3. Blame unions and strikers for poor services

Most of the named industries are (currently) public services including health, fire, transport and education.  Failure in quality in these services is entirely the result of deliberate Tory policy.  The government is following the libertarian template of destroying public services and replacing them with privateer racketeer systems.  People are dying as a consequence of Tory ideology to kill NHS.

Britain has an insipid political opposition – Starmer’s Labour – and complicit media.  However, strong focussed trades’ unions provided effective opposition to Tory destruction in the last year.  Strikes and threats of strikes enabled unions to acquire reasonable pay and/or working conditions for their members.  

Sharon Graham (centre), General Secretary of UNITE

The success of strong union action in one industry encouraged similar successes in others.  Union representatives elucidated well the motivations and aims of Tories, and they handled biased media questioning with aplomb.  At select committee hearings they responded expertly to Tory MPs’ dishonesty, misdirection and professional stupidity.  For example, watch General Secretary of the RMT Mick Lynch and General Secretary of ASLEF Mick Whelan counter nonsense from Tory Greg Smith and others on 11th January (2023): Select Committee Hearing

The ability of union representatives to communicate clearly, consistently and decisively is a simple consequence of the fact that they know what they are doing is right and honest.  They are knowledgeable of their industries, of the political relationship between employer and employee and of Tories’ true objectives and ideology.  They have no need to be evasive.  Combination of knowledge and surety of their roles means they can converse easily and successfully with any combatant, and also can speak directly to the public with facts and logic.

Union representatives’ skills in communication contrast starkly with those of Tories and their collaborators.  For Tories, every communication – in parliament, to media, in statements – is dishonest by necessity.  They cannot reveal their real intent and so everything they say is presented as an array of misrepresentations, misdirection, distractions and lies.  They are con artists.  To succeed, they must never diverge from the con.

The diametrically opposed communication capabilities of union representatives and Tories – the former honest and confident, the latter slimy and deceitful – stems from the former believing what they say whereas the latter know that everything they say is made up and often opposite to the truth.

Given recent successes of unions, the government and its collaborators are very fearful.  They fear not just the impact on financial exploitation by employers but also the inspiration the successes give people to challenge exploitation and government rhetoric and actions.  Most notably, they fear growth of public awareness due to union representatives’ dissemination of knowledge of how the system works/exploits.  

There is no limit to how far the government will go in its denial of human rights.  It intends to bin all EU laws that offer protection of rights and justice.  Its “investment zones” are charter territories wherein all rights, including democracy, are absent.  Removing the human right to strike was inevitable.

Ideology and methodology of Tory policy is forged in extremist libertarian think-tanks like Institute Of Economic Affairs, Legatum Institute, Centre For Policy Studies, Centre For Social Justice, Tax-Payers’ Alliance and, in USA, Cato Institute and Heritage Foundation.  Tory MPs and peers are members of and contributors to these think-tanks, some MPs and peers were planted in parliament by the think-tanks, some created the think-tanks, and some think-tank members are government advisers.  All the think-tanks are criminally secretive about their funding.  Compliant media yes-platforms think-tank members and presents them as “independent.”  These think-tanks are consistently anti-trades’ union.

A perusal through actions of conservative governments in capitalist countries over the last hundred years shows that banning the human right to strike is rare.  The most famous example is Germany in the mid-1930s.  The human right to strike existed in UK before universal right to vote.  It existed without it being illegal or legal to strike.  Subsequently, laws set restrictions on strikes with some protections of the human right to strike.  1980s Tory governments made several law changes to hamper the human right to strike but didn’t ban strikes.  Shapps’ anti-strike law is a further step by the Tories to corporate fascism.

Tories and their collaborators in media and at think-tanks cannot be honest about the objective of SMSL.  As the Daily Mail headline (below) on 11th January (2023) shows, the strike ban is being presented as protection of vital services, the same services that the government is destroying deliberately as a means of inflicting privatisation.


It must be understood that the Tory government is a gang of thieves, fraudsters and liars whose only aim is further enrichment of the already extremely wealthy and who are vehemently opposed to human rights and to democracy.

1Tōraidhe n. Irish word for robber

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Grant Shapps’s anti-strike law

Social Defence

Social Murder n. Government economic policy designed to destroy lives
Social Defence n. Any action taken to protect against Social Murder

Social Murder

In ‘The Condition of the Working Class in England’ communist revolutionary Friedrich Engels reported that “society in England daily and hourly commits what the working-men’s organs, with perfect correctness, characterise as Social Murder; it has placed the workers under conditions in which they can neither retain health nor live long; it undermines the vital force of these workers gradually, little by little, and so hurries them to the grave before their time.  Society knows how injurious such conditions are to the health and the life of the workers, and yet does nothing to improve these conditions.  It knows the consequences of its deeds; its act is, therefore, not mere manslaughter, but murder.”

His research was published in 1845.  One hundred and seventy-eight years later (2023) Social Murder is a predominant strategy of the UK conservative government’s pursuit of its sole purpose: Concentration of wealth at the expense of everyone else.

Tories use Social Murder in Britain to

  1. Take money from the people and hand it to the wealthiest
  2. Denigrate and destroy public services to promote privateer extortion as a necessary change
  3. Instil fear to dissuade people from complaining, protesting or taking industrial action
  4. Inculcate an ideology of society as constant competition and survival of the fittest in order to eradicate government responsibility for welfare of the people
  5. Distraction: If people are focussed on daily survival then they do not investigate the causes of problems

Social Murder’s use increased rapidly since 2010 and the rate of increase multiplied since December 2019.  

Deliberate destruction of National Health Service

  • Understaffing due to failure to replace people who leave including thousands of medical staff from European Union countries who were forced to exit UK after Brexit
  • Wage reductions via opposition to pay rises that match inflation
  • Massive reduction of NHS beds in hospitals
  • Divergence of funds to racketeers as part of Covid pandemic government contracts scandal

Consequences of the attacks on NHS are fatalities. 

People are dying while waiting for emergency ambulances, particularly after heart-attacks and strokes, because of shortages of paramedic staff and because ambulances are queueing with patients on board outside hospitals for hours waiting for admittance and not able to attend other emergency calls.

People with treatable illnesses are dying because hospital appointments for assessment are delayed; the delays are sometimes measured in years.  There is a lack of access to GPs leading to health issues not being diagnosed early enough for effective treatment.

In collusion with the government’s destruction of NHS is pressure on people to chose private healthcare.  Recent Health Secretary Sajid Javid demonstrated typical Tory manipulation of language by describing the persuasion to go private as a “right to choose” for a patient.

I want to enshrine [the right to choose] so that every patient of the NHS, once they’ve been diagnosed and they need a certain treatment, they are given options, they have a choice.  It could be an independent provider in the independent sector.” – Sajid Javid, March 2022

He meant that immediately after people are told how serious an illness is they will be given the choice of “go private or die.”

The focus of many libertarian influencers – politicians, journalists, think-tankers, TV and radio screaming heads –  is depiction of the NHS as failed without any criticism of government.  All such activists have connections to privateer healthcare industry.

Universal Credit

Universal Credit (UC) was designed to cause debt, destitution, homelessness and death.  Inadequate payments particularly for rent costs and deliberate underpayments mean claimants, including people working, do not receive enough money to live on.  Vicious unjust sanctions – total removal of payment – are applied via trickery; their effects are devastating.

The existence and application tactics of UC make loss of unemployment extremely fear-inducing and so people in exploitative jobs are less likely to leave, to seek better pay and conditions or to complain.  Their employers are delighted about that.

Disability and chronic illness

For people with a disability or a chronic or life-ending illness their lives worsened hugely as a consequence of destruction of health provision and removal of financial assistance via DWP actions.  Ideological policy of DWP forces disabled people to “prove” disability via assessments, by unqualified people, that are designed to deny financial help.

Tory-supported extortion by fuel suppliers is a larger problem for some disabled people who might require more electricity for equipment to help them live and for heating.

Current Tory Secretary Of State For Work And Pensions Mel Stride, alumnus of £17,955 p.a. Portsmouth Grammar School

Erasure of statute defence

There are organised, traditional and approved methods of defence against Social Murder all of which had to be fought for with organised resistance: Voting in elections; forming political parties; collective bargaining and strikes via trades’ unions; legal redress; protests; free speech (in person, in literature and online).  All are being erased by the Tory government via a series of bills through parliament, with more to come in 2023, including  

  • Denial of right to vote via imposition of necessity of photo Voter ID.  In particular, many younger people (among whom there is a low percentage of Tory supporters) will not be able to vote
  • Refusal by Electoral Commission to allow some political parties to partake in elections including Black Lives Matter party and Northern Independence Party
  • Continuing attacks on the right to strike or to take any industrial action  
  • Removal of legal aid
  • Ban on protests accompanied by severe judicial decisions.  It is illegal to talk (even in private) about protesting.  Protestors (Just Stop Oil, Extinction Rebellion, etc.) received custodial sentences for minor “offences” and some were remanded in custody indefinitely before trial.  A journalist reporting on a Just Stop Oil protest was arrested.  A jury acquittal of defendants (protesters who dumped a statue of a slave trader in a river in Bristol) was overturned by Home Secretary Suella Braverman in a non-jury appeal
  • Corrupt libel jurisprudence that silences critics while enriching libel law industry

The examples above are a preamble to imposition of Retained EU Law Bill (REUL) in 2023 that dispenses with all EU laws from several decades.  Tories are able to do this as a consequence of their hard Brexit.  As UK was bound by EU law equivalent UK-only laws were not needed and, thus, do not exist.

REUL dispenses with protections for workers’ rights (hours of work, paid holidays), gender equality (maternity pay, equal pay) and anti-discrimination (protections for disabled people and denial of racial discrimination).

As a corollary to leaving EU Tories also want UK to leave European Court Of Human Rights.

Social Defence

If someone is trying to kill you, your friends and family or people in your community then you choose the methods of defence.

In the face of ever-increasing volume and viciousness of state Social Murder and in absence of statute means of protection Social Defence is an urgent necessity.

Tools, strategies, tactics and methodology of Social Defence are whatever is possible and whatever is needed.  They can be planned or spontaneous, individual or collective, brazen or secret, reactive or pre-emptive. 

Social Defence does not have to be honest.  It is moral in its aims and motivations but each act need not conform to liberal sensibilities of morality.  Planned defence is preferable but opportunism should be embraced.  Anger will be a catalyst for action; it should not be subdued or controlled.  Actioners are full-time, part-time, occasional or one-timers.  Supporters are active and/or silent.

Wat Tyler

The only argument declared by faux socialists and faux radicals against Social Defence is their preference for using existing tools to hamper exploitation and Social Murder.  Those tools – right to vote, right to strike, NHS, tenants’ rights, workers’ rights, access to justice, right to protest, free speech, welfare system, support for disabled people, affordable domestic fuel, affordable food – are gone or are about to disappear.  Their erasure is deliberate; it is vital to the success of disaster capitalism.

Disaster capitalists adore destruction because they can step in and take ownership of everything and then exploit everyone.  They create disaster.  They require collapse of what are considered normal aspects of a functioning society, such as healthcare, homes and affordable food and fuel, and they create that collapse if it has not happened.

Their ownership of everything includes physical entities – land, property, businesses and public services – and includes administrative entities – justice, democracy, workers’ rights, human rights.  They want complete control of the mechanics of the economy in order to continuously enrich themselves at everyone else’s expense and they need, as enabling tools, complete control of law and communication.

Brexit was created, designed and processed to assist disaster capitalism.  The “failures” of Brexit are what was intended to happen.

Tories’ “investment zones” are charter territories wherein administration is handed to corporate control and democracy is absent.  They are fascist states within states and are the ultimate operation of extremist libertarian capitalism.

Every crisis that is happening now in UK – cost of living crisis, fuel price crisis, NHS crisis – was engineered to happen and is a direct consequence of Tory decision-making including the decision to do nothing.  Abandonment of EU laws (via REUL) and creation of “investment zones” will worsen the crises.

Our livelihoods are under attack.  Our health is under attack.  Our lives are under attack.  Basic protections are gone.  The right and means to challenge and change the perpetrators and their actions are gone.

There is no help from pretenders for government.  Britain has an insipid parliamentary opposition that is heavily in hock to its donors from fuel, arms and financial industries.  Labour Party’s role is to soak up complaints and regurgitate them as ineffectively as possible.  It has purged itself of socialists and recruited careerist politicians whose choice of political party is arbitrary. 

King Charles and Rishi Sunak chortle over who is the richer

People need to reset their understanding of how UK works, what is happening, why it is happening and what is being sought by employers of the government.  Consequently, people need to realise that Social Defence is not just an option, it is a necessity.

Social Defence

Privatisation of healthcare via destruction of public healthcare

Privatization does not mean you take a public institution and give it to some nice person, it means you take a public institution and give it to an unaccountable tyranny.” – Noam Chomsky

Deliberate destruction of NHS by Tory government meant 2023 began with people dying waiting for ambulances, people dying in queueing ambulances outside hospitals and people dying in hospital corridors.  The cause of unnecessary deaths is Tory policy of making NHS fail.  This policy exists to try to create consensus for removal of NHS and replace it with a privateer racketeer system.

Underfunding, reduction in number of beds, using Brexit as a tool to remove thousands of (EU citizen) medical personnel, and diversion of money via fraudulent contracts for alleged services (particularly for Covid pandemic) combine to attack the capability of NHS to operate.

Parasites wait for their chance.  International private healthcare businesses and healthcare property owners, all of whom are generous donors to Tories (and to New New Labour), are confident that they will enjoy endless income streams in the near future.  They planted their employees in government and bought the others.

Any public service is a potential daily lottery win for an exploiter who is deemed to “own” it.  The necessity of a public service for its users means they have no choice but to use it.  This is true for health service more than any other.  Wealthy owners of the Tories know how much they can enhance their wealth if allowed to control the supply of healthcare.

Cheerleaders for privatisation of healthcare have no logical argument to persuade the public that privateer racketeering is preferable for patients than NHS.  Their single tactic, repeated endlessly, is to point at effects of Tory destruction of NHS and exclaim “look, NHS isn’t working, we need to privatise.”  That is all they have and they stick to that mendacity regardless of how many times their twist of logic is elucidated by anyone else.

Libertarian think-tanks focus on criticism of NHS while avoiding mentioning the culprits – Tories.  Institute Of Economic Affairs (IEA) has nearly five hundred articles on NHS, none of which is supportive.  Its ‘Head Of Political Economy’ Kristian Niemietz publishes the same piece every few months wherein he presents a deceptive explanation of how an “insurance-based system” is preferable to NHS.  Former IEA staff member Kate Andrews, now a “journalist” (Spectator), is dedicated to using Tory-created destruction of NHS as a reason to promote its end.  She benefits from frequent yes-platforming on TV and radio to promote her con.  Her most recent contribution in The Telegraph on 30th December (2022) concluded

a system has been devised to avoid any appearance of failing to deliver.  The public are piled onto a 7.2m waiting list instead, asked to wait, asked to postpone, asked in veiled ways to stay away when there’s any kind of disruption or crunch, as to not jeopardise or sully the reputation of ‘our NHS,’ the ‘envy of the world.’  Of course no one envies it.  It’s a failed healthcare model.  And it has been for some time; we’re just still not ready to admit it.” – Andrews Telegraph (30th December 2022)

Andrews did not hide her glee at results of Tories’ war on NHS.

Kate Andrews on Spectator TV

The privatisation cheerleaders are keen to declare that, despite warnings of healthcare privatisation for several years, it hasn’t happened.  This is an argument of specious semantics.  If a public service is destroyed then its former users have no choice but to switch to a privately-controlled service.  It is privatisation by default.  One of 2022’s many Tory Health Secretaries Sajid Javid demonstrated this con-trick by his intent to “offer” patients the “right to choose” to go private if vital care they needed is unavailable.  He proposed scenarios where patients, having just been told of the severity of an illness, were then advised that continuity of their life depended on paying for private healthcare.

Tory Health Secretary Steve Barclay

A few years ago the public were notified of Tories’ plan for NHS and how they would use Brexit to help execute the plan.  The messengers were ignored and dismissed by enough people to give Tories a large parliamentary majority in 2019 general election.  The rapid decline of NHS capability since then is unsurprising.

Tory government commentary on NHS, led by current Health Secretary Steve Barclay, is exhausted by lies, misrepresentation, blame-shifting and wilful ignorance.  The government stated that it does not acknowledge the existence of a major crisis.  The reality is described daily by experienced dedicated medical staff.

Political “opposition” is absent.  Starmer’s Labour has no interest in blocking the switch to privateer racketeering of healthcare.  News media coverage and analysis ranges from full support for Tories to meek calls for action.  The latter never accept that Tories caused the crisis deliberately.

Some people choose to be mystified by the government’s apparent blissful ignorance of a situation that needn’t be.  But, it isn’t ignorance.  The Tories are not a government, they are the opposite of democracy, they are in it for themselves and their donors/employers.  Their apparent lack of care is actually a keen interest in assault.

Never underestimate how far Tories are willing to go to achieve their aims. 

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Rishi Sunak: Vacuity and dishonesty embellished with condescension

Late great childrens’ TV presenter Brian Cant communicated superbly with young viewers to entertain and educate them but he never ever spoke down to them or elucidated superiority.  More than one generation of adults remain grateful to him for what they learnt and enjoyed when very young.

Current Tory Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is a very poor communicator.  At £45,936 p.a. Winchester School he was taught to perceive the public as beneath him, his peers and the wealthy.  It was inculcated in him that people exist to be exploited, that the wealthiest must continuously and rabidly acquire more wealth at everyone else’s expense.  He was taught that he should communicate with the public outside of truth and facts, full of invention and misdirection, and speak down to them.

On 3rd January (2023), in the midst of extreme crises at NHS hospitals, alongside Tory-supported grotesque price-gouging by food suppliers and fuel suppliers, Sunak sat on an armchair in a room at 10 Downing Street and spoke down (physically to camera) to the public to describe his arbitrary plan for all ‘A’-level students to study Mathematics.  The plan is nonsense – knowledge of mathematics is useful but forcing potential university students with interest in the arts, literature or humanities to understand post-GCSE maths is not helpful – but it isn’t real: It is, blatantly, a dead cat.  His intent was diversion.  Dutifully, media commentators and “opposition” politicians and activists stroked the dead cat and Sunak achieved his aim.

The tone of his piece to camera was condescending.  He spoke jollily.  There was a deliberate air of detachment from reality.  He displayed no cognizance of viewers’ likely reception of his performance.

“Are you thinking critically? Well, stop that now!”

On the following day (4th January 2023) he delivered a speech (at a lectern this time) to declare five pledges of action he said he would achieve as Prime Minister.

  1. Halve inflation this year (2023)
  2. Grow the economy
  3. Reduce national debt
  4. Reduce NHS waiting lists by March (2023)
  5. Remove people who arrive in UK in “small boats.”
Brian Cant and five numbers

1. Price inflation in UK is in double figures.  For food it is 20-30%; for domestic fuel supply it is above 50%.  It is price-gouging by suppliers who are allowed to do this because the Tory government’s role is to enhance their wealth.  Halving inflation will not prevent effects of Tories’ Social Murder policy.  Government proposals for salary increases for public employees are for percentage increases far below half of current inflation.

2. Sunak said he wants to “create better-paid jobs and opportunity right across the country” by “growing the economy” and the latter will be achieved by “innovation.”  Aside from a few woolly comments about new technology Sunak’s plan is to “seize the opportunities of Brexit to ensure our regulatory system is agile and pro-innovation.”  Libertarians are keen on “ensuring regulatory systems are agile” because it means changing rules, regulations and laws to suit exploiters.  Departure from EU allows Tories to erase all gains in workers’ rights, human rights, legal rights, etc. that were enshrined in law (EU not UK) during Britain’s membership.  (Charter territories organiser Shanker Singham, a regular “adviser” to recent Tory governments, explained what is desired by changes to regulatory frameworks for the benefit of exploiters.  See analysis of an interview he gave to a friendly news site: Singham interview)

According to Sunak “growing the economy” means “making sure entrepreneurial and fast-growing companies get the finance they need to expand.”  That is the usual conservative policy of giving public money to business owners and then pretending it benefits everyone.  A different option would be to create publicly-owned “entrepreneurial and fast-growing companies” but that would be the opposite of feeding the exploiters. He claimed the handouts would create “good, well-paid jobs” which is a blatant lie because the fastest-growing businesses in UK are generally minimum wage jobs with zero career path.  He knows that.

Like a well-trained Winchester alumnus he declared that “people will have to work hard” to take advantage of the promised “growth” while their employers get handouts.  He complained about “inactive” people on “welfare” despite a large percentage of people receiving Universal Credit being in jobs that are so low paid that extra funding is necessary.  Speaking like a patrón or overseer he talked about “pride” of working.  The day after (5th January 2023) the speech Sunak said new extremist laws will stop people from striking including giving exploitative employers the right to sack workers who refuse to cross picket lines.

3. The phrase “national debt” is an invention that has no meaning whatsoever.  It does not exist except as a tool to apply justification for government policy that favours the wealthiest.  Sunak gave himself an excuse for enabling the collapse of public services by stating “we will make sure our national debt is falling so that we can secure the future of public services.” 

4. He used the emotive objective of cutting “waiting lists” to justify “NHS using more independent capacity” meaning more money handed to privateers.  When Tories say “we will always protect the founding principle of an NHS free at the point of use,” as Sunak did in his speech, it does not mean that adequate healthcare will be available via NHS.  Recent Health Secretary Sajid Javid explained last year that it means patients, just after being made aware of the severity of their illness, will be “offered the right to choose” private healthcare, or die.

5. The fifth of Sunak’s pledges was a straightforward dogwhistle to try to keep the minds of some people focussed elsewhere.  It was ugly xenophobia.

The rest of his speech was filled with downright lies, vacuous statements of vague intent and bizarre attempts to position himself alongside the public rather than the reality of him working directly for wealthy people and institutions that are in opposition to the public.  Adopting the standard conservative tactic of using the word “family” randomly he said “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the love of my family, the kindness they gave me, the sacrifices they made for me, and the values they taught me.”  His family – his wife and father-in-law – are multi-million beneficiaries of policy he enacted when Chancellor Of The Exchequer.

Sunak is an inevitable step in the evolution of conservative administration.  He knows his occupation is to feed the wealthiest.  His schooling instilled in him the belief in the superiority of capital.  He has no concept of society or of humanity.  For him, communication means manipulation and propaganda.  His speech included claims of support for better education but an educated, aware and knowledgeable populace is the last thing he wants.

Rishi Sunak: Vacuity and dishonesty embellished with condescension