Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, workers have fought and died for the workplace rights that we enjoy today. Since the 1980s, there has been a concerted effort on the part of the Tories to erode those rights. For them, the 19th century was a golden age of industrial progress and oh, how they want to return to those times! But today’s announcement by Gid is odd. He proposes that workers give up their rights in the workplace in exchange for a handful of worthless shares, which he tells us will be worth between £2,000 and £3,000. That won’t even buy you a kilo of decent coke or a classy hooker for the night. Gid knows about both of those things and his idea, if that’s what it can be called, sounds for all the world as though it was written in the midsts of a lengthy coke binge. Cocaine, you see, is an ego drug and those who habitually use it talk a lot of shit. Gideon is an expert at talking shit.
In his weediest of weedy voices, Gid said,
“Workers: replace your old rights of unfair dismissal and redundancy with new rights of ownership. And what will the government do? We’ll charge no capital gains tax at all on the profit you make on your shares. Zero percent capital gains tax for these new employee-owners. Get shares and become owners of the company you work for.”
“Owners”? Is he serious? It seems that he is, but then we should remember that Osborne and the rest of the government are bereft of real ideas and the ideas they do possess are employed to further enrich their tax-evading chums in Belize and elsewhere. Make no mistake, the only true beneficiary in Osborne’s dreamworld is the boss. The underlying motivation behind his notion is to pay people less, trick them into handing over their rights for the illusion of power and influence and then sack them if they say the wrong thing.
Elsewhere in his incredibly dull speech, was the announcement of further cuts to the welfare budget while the rich will be “taxed more” – allegedly. Once again, Osborne appealed to people to attack those on benefits, who he suggested, were responsible for the housing crisis.
Chancellor of the Exchequer? I wouldn’t put this man in charge of a Christmas Club.