Peter Clawson’s Grantham Journal column: ‘Wrong way round’ logic
Years ago, a film called Little Big Man featured an American Indian who did everything - and I mean everything - the wrong way round.
It became a huge cult hit by also highlighting US soldiers’ atrocities in the Indian wars and in my opinion it is even more relevant today.
This is because I believe policies propounded by the current Tory government’s finance wizards are also a mirror image of what they should be. In other words they do everything backwards.
Such as the current continuation of austerity and how the axe always seems to fall in favour of the rich instead of those in real need, not just motivated by insatiable personal greed.
In my youth I was brought up to believe that a great country like ours should first decide what its NHS requires and then provide the necessary funds. Not the complete contrast of allowing people to suffer by only providing the service a money-mad regime claims to be affordable in the first place.
A con we have all been fooled into agreeing is the only way to proceed, even though in our hearts we know the truth.
Another altruism I learned was that a nation which hasn’t got the ability to defend itself adequately isn’t worth the paper the constitution it needs in a global society would be printed on.
In other words a viable Ministry of Defence should work out what weapons it needs and then count the costs; not the other way round. The same should apply to all the basic services needed by a fair and civilised society.
In my book, true Conservatives ought to ensure that the most disadvantaged members of their community are catered for honestly before their wealthier follow citizens are allowed to use their vast privileges to charge off on an unfair financial free-for-all.