I’m not that much of a political person; I don’t go on demos (mainly because they are usually held at times when football or cricket is on the TV) and although I always vote, I don’t get embroiled in the political system. But there is one issue that makes what is left of my hair stand on end; how governments of all persuasions get their noses near the backsides of big business to the detriment of our society.
With hundreds of thousands of youngsters out of work, the government saves the bacon of the banks whose incompetence at betting away our money has neither boundaries nor shame. With front-line services being decimated and back-end ones annihilated, the government cosies up to arms companies. The list goes on and on with the big five supermarket conglomerates seemingly able to bulldoze their way through planning applications and occupy high streets in the manner of a nasty monster from a video game.
But on the shop floor level, the incompetence of household-name utility companies and service providers is nothing short of staggering. We’ve all been on the end of phones leading nowhere, we’ve all been sent threatening letters for bills that have been paid although you’d be hard pressed to beat the serial incompetenece displayed by BT that we have experienced in our small business this week (in the end I gave up to save my sanity).
If you look closely at how these huge companies operate, the truth is that the perception of a well-oiled machine as displayed by the PR agencies paid for by the massive increases on our bills is a bigger spin than executed by Shane Warne on a turning wicket. The railways, the utilities, the prisons, the private care operators – all of them have benefited from a political philosophy that believes that the private does it better than the state.
That philosophy, like our banks that the state had to rescue, is totally bankrupt.