Think they don’t want us to catch on that not accepting cuts to our entitlements and living standards is an option?
Last weekend saw French people stage huge protests against the Macron government’s plans to slash their pension entitlements.
It was the 59th consecutive weekend of such protests.
December has also seen the country in a state of ‘grève interprofessionel’ – a general strike – across a wide range of professions, from the nations’s rail-workers to the Paris Opéra’s ballet dancers.
The scale of the protests and strike have been huge, with around 800,000 workers participating in the strike and massive crowds on the streets in Paris and elsewhere. And the government’s response has descended into brutality:
Yet – after a mention or two at the beginning of the strike – coverage on the Establishment media, if any, has largely been limited to reports on train cancellations that might affect UK travellers going on Christmas or New Year breaks.
Second worst in the world
The UK has the second-worst projected state pension to working income ratio of any OECD country:
Yet we pay more than many for those meagre pensions, including our European neighbours:
And the government has already started trailing plans to make us pay more out of our wages toward care costs, reducing even further what people can afford to pay into additional pension schemes even for those lucky enough to be working and earning enough to do so.
In other areas, such as the treatment of the nation’s vulnerable and poor, the Tories are so appalling that they have been condemned by the United Nations for breaching human rights and for inflicting misery that could easily have been avoided at almost no cost. Even the DWP’s own civil servants had to admit that the UN report was accurate.
Just a few miles across the Channel, people are resisting the kind of changes that have been inflicted on the people of the UK for decades – taking us to the bottom of the world table in all kinds of areas – and the Establishment is keeping very quiet about it.
You’d almost think they don’t want us realising that the things they tell us are necessary or unavoidable are not and can be fought…
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