Yeah, that will surprise my friends and those that know me. I’ve been considering starting a blog for a while but have generally put it off mostly due to not wanting to add to the amount of bollocks that is already smeared across the internet. That and laziness. There were plenty of reasons I should start a blog as well. As an external source of motivation to keep me busy with stuff I am working on, if I slow down then everyone will know I have been slacking. it’ll give me a record of the things I have done. It’ll let my friends scattered all over the place keep up with what I’m doing. It’ll mean that the guys in my car pool don’t have to suffer ranting to vent steam quite so much. Someone has to balance the idiots.
Was it any of those reasons that finally made me start though? No. It was anger. Anger at sycophantic badly thought out bollocks. If you’re reading this, lets face it you found it via my post on Facebook. And that being the case then you have probably seen this piece of crap:
“Remember when teachers, nurses, doctors and lollipop ladies crashed the stock market, wiped out banks, took billions in bonuses and paid no tax? No, me neither.
Please copy and paste to your status for 24 hours to show your support for the strikes against the government’s latest attack on pensions”
Yeah that one. Now first things first, this is not an attack on any of those people, I can in fact state quite proudly that not one of the people that I know whose job is listed above, or otherwise works in the public sector has been pushing that line of shite. What I am attacking first of all is this bullshit sense of entitlement society has dreamed up for itself about “I didn’t cause the financial problems we are facing, so I shouldn’t have to suffer.” No you shouldn’t but guess what, life’s a bitch and you’re going to fucking have to. We all do. If we really want to get down to who caused it and who’s fault it is, regardless of whether you blame the government, the banks, the Americans or even fucking aliens there are probably two things about your opinion that are probably true.
- Your finger is probably pointing at someone richer than you
- Your probably not in possession of all the facts about this (lets face it even the politicians who claim they are in possession of all the facts don’t have a damn clue) so you’re probably wrong.
But, that aside, ok, lets play it your way. They are evil and should be made to pay for what they did. So, your going on strike you’re not going to do another thing until they stop trying to pay for it out of your pocket. Do you think “they” whoever it is your blaming gives a shit? Seriously? Of course they don’t. They are rich and have private fucking everything. Private health care, private education, they don’t use public transport and while your busy in your bat shit crazy world (looking at you Mail Readers) they probably even have a private company to come and empty their bins once a week. They do not use whatever service it is that you provide, so you going on strike does not affect them in the least. It just inconveniences the rest of us.
And that folks, brings me on to my second point. The rest of us. The inconvenient fact that crops up when we look at the point of striking. The rest of us. Those of us who do use the services that you work in, who are suffering from the same problems you are, who didn’t cause any of this either and who you are fucking over. Guess what. We pay more for our petrol now just like you. Our food costs more just like you. Lots of us risked losing our jobs or even lost them, just like you. And guess what. It wasn’t our fault either. If your my age, you are looking at the very realistic probability of there not even being a state pension, so where the fuck do you get off exactly being pissy that your final salary pension is being reduced to an average earnings pension? Your argument is what exactly, that because the generations that came before you payed themselves the same monthly income that they had been earning at the end (hopefully height) of their carrier when they stopped working, you should be able to do so as well? You, want to the state to pay you the same wage you’re earning at the end of your career. The big one. When you are no longer working. Just like the generation that came before. You know. The one that spent all the money. Are you fucking kidding me?
Here’s some ideas to consider. For every former public sector worker in retirement on a final salary pension, we could potentially employ someone to actually do some work in that field now.
But wait I hear you cry! They earned it. They served society throughout their entire life, aren’t they entitled to this? No. They are entitled to recognition, and thanks, and admiration and to the same pension as everyone else as well as any benefits from money they put aside from their wage packets which whilst not outstanding were never totally crappy either. You think they are the only people who serve society? Fuck off. What about nursery school teachers? They aren’t council run, so they aren’t public employees. No final salary pension for them. Or the Newsagent. Or the landlord. Or the baker. Or the hair dresser. Or any of the other people who provide the services you need, but do it as a private business rather than working for the state.But no one gives a shit about them. They can’t strike. You know what happens to a landlord who goes on strike? his customers go to other pubs and he runs out of money and has to close. Same for any of those other people.
Sure I don’t want to see public sectors wages and pensions go down. I don’t really want it to happen to anyone but the fact is money has to be saved, debts have to be repaid and we can’t keep funding an economy on borrowing. And we are going to ALL have to get used to that. So, lets put the excuses, and the placards and the “It wasn’t my fault” away and work out how we are going to get out of this mess. And those of you who are peddling that crap, take a look at the people who you are peddling it on behalf of. If they are keeping quiet for now, so the fuck can you.