“Don’t touch the ’70s, the age of egalitarianism that conservatives love to hate.” – Brian Reed

Brian Reed says the 1970s was a great time to survive with better investment, education, music and football

RMT’s Mick Lynch spoke a lot during interviews last week

Call me a hard-core dinosaur but I loved living in the ’70s which I often made fun of.

There was a strong sense of community, investment in public services, free education, youth homes, workers vaccinated for fewer hours in safer jobs, and music and football were top notch. In addition, 1976 was officially the year when incomes in this country were largely equal.

Conservatives love the ’70s, too, but for different reasons. Today it allows them to conjure up a post-apocalyptic fantasy world of supernatural mice feeding on unburied corpses, houses permanently lit by candles, and people communicating through tin cans and strings because it took so long to install a phone.

It was all down to the Marxist trade unions that made Britain the sick man of Europe, it seems. Yet, oddly enough, it has nothing to do with years of underinvestment in manufacturing, mismanagement, the global oil crisis and shrinking post-imperial markets.

They’re currently making another trip to Dystopia Lane, all because railroad workers are exercising their democratic right to strike to protest job cuts and a wage offer of 7% below inflation. The bloody Bolsheviks.

The good news is that, while workers see their incomes fall while the rich continue to get richer, most of us attribute Britain’s disease to the very wealthy elite devouring more and more of the nation’s wealth. That’s why their Conservative Party supporters were handed over in Thursday’s by-election, just as media interviews that were trying to portray RMT leader Mick Lynch as a Marxist revolutionary were handed over.

His calm demeanor and honest answers have convinced many that he is not trying to bring Britain to its knees but to exclude low-paid workers by winning a fairer share of the wealth that flows unceasingly into the pockets of their bosses and shareholders. .

Although most people’s living standards have yet to recover from a decade of austerity, the combined wealth of Britain’s 177 billionaires rose last year by £55.8 billion to £653.1 billion. And while UK public sector wages rose 1.5% last year, city bonuses grew 27.9%, with both HSBC gamblers earning £596,000 and Barclays bonuses totaling £1.9 billion.

The Conservatives set up their annual party this week in which donors paid for access to ministers. Someone paid £120,000 for the privilege of dining with Boris Johnson, David Cameron, and Theresa May (god knows how terrifying the consolation prize must be).

I think a lot of others have topped the party coffers as a thank you for all the kickbacks they got during Covid.

Reports claim Downing Street now wants to ease restrictions on city chiefs’ pay to attract more businesses to the UK. Meanwhile, they are telling public servants who have seen us through Covid to take effective pay cuts. Which made their own crocodile tears about the rail strike that prevented NHS staff from working even more comically. Perhaps they thought that applauding them would be enough.

One of the main reasons for today’s massive wage disparities is that Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s deliberately rigged the market in favor of a small minority at the top. It did so by destroying unions.

This is why the Conservative Party is so desperate for you to believe that all of our problems are due to people like Mick Lynch, not self-serving incompetent jokers.

This is why they hurt the ’70s so much and warn us not to go back. Because they could not afford to equal the state again.

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