It depends what you mean by big

June 13, 2010 at 5:26 pm Leave a comment

More musings on the ongoing destruction of the Gulf of Mexico by BP and their big business buddies, who ignored warnings that there were safety problems at the Deepwater rig. I’m prepared to bet that by now even the most rapacious capitalist on the board wishes they’d turned the oil off while they still damn well could….

However, my main subject today is our old friend ‘Big Government’. We hear so much from the States about the evils of state intervention, and on our side of the pond call-me-Dave echoes it in a worrying way. He calls it big society and wraps it up in a lot of rubbish about helping people to help themselves (works fine for some, not so well for those whose health/social/learning difficulties make it hard for them to help themselves or their children). But don’t be fooled, when you hear our new PM take flight – and he’s a skilful user of language – listen for the hardcore rightwing ideas at the core.

To nip back over the Atlantic, please note how the very same cheerleaders for small government (Fox News, but not only Fox News)  are now using the Deepwater catastrophe to berate Pres Obama for not immediately stopping crude oil from gushing out of a huge pipe on the ocean floor. I’m not claiming that better regulation and a properly funded coastguard would have prevented this mess from happening, but it might have helped a bit…..

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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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