Politicians vs ‘working people’

It’s funny how in the UK, Labour party politicians like to portray themselves as champions of the “working people”. And then they set themselves up against businesses. Are business owners not working people? Are rich people not also working people? Isn’t it just allegorical language to refer to “poor people”? “Working class” is no longer an adequate description in a nation with strong welfare system like the UK. It’s time to move on from such outdated language. In this country, the poorest of the poor rely on the welfare state. They have to, because many of them are unable to work for some reason or another. In comparison, the richest work their socks off to gain their wealth and hang on to it. Rich people ARE working people. The class of people known as the “landed gentry” are all but extinct in this century. If they want to hang on to wealth, they have to work for it! What do politicians know about being poor anyway? How many Labour MPs have had to scrape a living on minimum wage?

The Labour party is largely funded by trade unions, many of whom are so powerful that their members have no worry over their jobs, such that many (if not most) cannot claim to be truly ‘poor’. So what sector of society are the Labour politicians really supporting? Or have they bamboozled everyone, including themselves, that they are actually champions of the ordinary people? Meanwhile, they refer to their political opponents as “Tories”, the “nasty party”, with much scorn dripping from their voices. As if the Conservative party do not have the same goals as the Labour party.

This does not mean I support the Conservative party. I am not a Tory. I detest what the Conservative party are doing, privatising willy-nilly, without recognising the role of the public sector, and without thought for the consequences. And the lip service they pay to the nation is patronising at best. Most people already know that Conservative party politicians have no idea what ordinary people in the private sector think or experience. But people still ended up voting Conservative anyway, because David Cameron has managed to scare the nation into thinking that they are the only party who can be trusted with the nations finances. The actual truth though, is that under Cameron, the deficit has grown, public spending has increased, and none of this even remotely relates to economic growth. After every crash, the economy naturally rightens itself and brings itself back to growth. It’s the nature of the human survival instinct. It’s got nothing to do with Tory policies of privatising the public sector. It’s detestable that they claim the credit for recovering the economy. And it’s even more disgusting that the public actually believe them.

Listening to politicians debate about work and the economy, much talk of “skills”, “training”, and “qualifications” are bandied about as if they are the solution to all our economic woes. It just demonstrates how little politicians know about the working world! Yes, it’s true that the country is short of skilled employees, particularly in the technology market. But these skills cannot be gained by “training” and “qualifications”. Industrial expertise cannot be gained by throwing people into training programmes dreamed up by “non-profit” think tanks. No amount of paper certification matches up with real world experience. Real expertise can only be gained naturally, through exposure, experience through trial and error. Scientists do not become experts in their field by undertaking training courses. They do so by being involved in industry, and their expertise grows as the industry grows. If you want a skilled workforce, you have to encourage the industry as a whole. You don’t invest in a generation of overqualified and inexperienced individuals, as both Labour and Conservatives are wont to do. Throwing money at training and apprenticeships is just opening yet more avenues for training providers to take advantage of and extract money from the government.

For example, the financial services sector is booming because it is deregulated. Yet nobody talks about training, qualifications and apprenticeships in the finance sector. Why? Because a successful business takes care of itself. If a business is to succeed and thrive, they have to make sure that their workforce is adequately prepared for the work they do. They don’t rely on the government to fund their training. They don’t bemoan the lack of skilled people for the job. If they desperately need someone with a certain skillset, they will pay good money to employ a person with that kind of skillset. When prospective employees see how well certain skillsets pay, they work hard to invest in those skills for themselves. That’s how the job market works.

So, when politicians talk about investing in “skills”, “training” and “qualifications” for the “working people”… I despair. Politicians are the least skilled when it comes to policy-making.

They are, however, excellent at spin and smear. This is what the political industry has become. And the dumb public who buys their crap is to blame for this.

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Author: Hoong-Wai

I'm a sinner. I have an interest in economics, philosophy, politics, science, sociology, technology, theology (in alphabetical order). I care about truth and justice. I can be a contrarian.

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