This weekend everyone wants a superhero, so much so in fact that Marvel’s Avengers Assemble has broken box office records taking over $200m in it’s opening weekend. The film offered us thrills, action, adventure and delivered on all it’s promises – unlike the coalition which today will relaunch in what I like to call The Avengers ConDemNation in 3D.
2 years ago, the UK was undecided at the polls, poor regulation in the banking sector has weakened the UK in the markets and the fall of leahman brothers in America started a chain reaction around the world which we were unprotected against, Banks and markets collapsed as people were borrowing money that they could never afford to repay – living outside of our means, had become the norm and for 13 years, we had bliss, boom and bust – what boom and bust? Oh…
As the electorate went to the polls, everyone made their usual promises to lower taxes, make life easier, promote equality and strengthen our boarders. And as David Dimbleby announced a hung parliament in the exit polls, what ensued was a “coalition in the National Interest” between the conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.
In the past two years, unemployment has risen to it’s highest levels for decades, the 16 – 24 year old have been given the label “the lost generation” and as fees for university sky rocket, being in the UK has been a miserable time.
So, one has been asking – Who’s national interest does the coalition actually stand for. I earn a modest salary and this year I’m about £300 better off than I was last year – but with the rise in inflation, and low interest rates, I’m actually (in cash terms) no better off; however this coalition, which intends to brand the UK as a country when large companies can come to do business decided to give the highest earners a tax cut which could exceed (according to some sources) over £40,000 a year.
last week, we went back to the polls in the local and mayoral elections and the coalition took a huge blow. The liberal democrats who helped to legitimise the phrase “Three Party Politics” are barely hanging on, and should the next few years not go to the plan of the coalition, this third part will be no more.
The conservatives found they were loosing seats as the electorate lost confidence in the coalition – the far right didn’t think that the government has been cutting enough (economically) and the centre left – who had become disillusioned with the Labour government in 2010 were regretting their decision as the phrase “We’re all in this together” began to not ring true.
Today, as The Avengers Assemble prove that in fiction the most unlikely of superheroes can come together in times of adversity to save the world, Cameron and Clegg will once again try and legitimise the coalition and pledge their support of the National Interest. Both parties have taken a massive battering – they are injured, they are weak and they lack support. A lack of strategy for growth has become the George Osboure’s kryptonite and there are time when we don’t quite know who’s side the government really is on. So as we still embark on the majority of cuts in the coming years, will it be possible for Cameron to become the superhero that we need him to be?
There is only 1 way he can survive this political and economical battle and that is to make the right decisions for all. He need to get people back into work, he needs to invest in our public services and our infrastructure. He needs to invest in the young – ensure that lethargy is knocked out of children before they become teenagers and develop a workforce who wants to work and feels their worth in society – regardless of class and their bank balance.
It’s a tough task and normally it takes a war to bring the people together – but we don’t even know what we’re fighting for any more.
As a labour supporter, I do not see Milliband (Ed, not David) as a villian, but I don’t see him as our superhero. It’s important – whatever political side you are on to have a little faith, because moaning has not helped lessen the pain… I have bitched and moaned through every single coalition decision and frankly, they can have my £300 a year extra back if it means the 1 million unemployed people in the UK can get work.
Today is important, because for some they may see this as giving the coalition a second chance; and perhaps, just maybe – Cameron and Clegg will ask this great nation to be one thing: Patient.
Austerity will end. Eventually.