“Don’t knock the 70s, an era of equality the Tories love to loathe” – Brian Reade

Brian Reade says the 1970s were a glorious time to live with better investments, education, music and football

RMT’s Mick Lynch spoke very sensibly in last week’s interviews

Call me a militant dinosaur, but I loved living in the much-mocked 1970’s.

There was a strong sense of community, investment in public services, free education, homes for the youth, workers grafted into safer jobs for fewer hours, and music and football were great. In addition, 1976 was officially the year when incomes in this country were at their most balanced.

Tories love the 1970s too, but for different reasons. Today, it allows them to conjure up a post-apocalyptic fantasy world of super rats feasting on unburied corpses, homes permanently lit by candles, and people communicating through tin cans and string because it took so long to install a phone.

Which was all because Marxist unions seemed to be making Britain the sick man of Europe. Oddly enough, however, this has nothing to do with years of underinvestment in manufacturing, poor management, a global oil crisis and shrinking post-Empire markets.

They are currently making another trip down Dystopia Lane just as railroad workers exercise their democratic right to strike to protest job cuts and a wage offer 7% below inflation. Damned Bolsheviks.

The good news is that most of us attribute Britain’s ailment to a very wealthy elite who are gorging themselves more and more on the nation’s wealth as working-class incomes fall while the rich get richer. That’s why the Tories got their butts handed out in Thursday’s by-election, just as media interviewers who tried to paint RMT leader Mick Lynch as a Marxist revolutionary got their butts.

His calm demeanor and honest replies have convinced many that he is not seeking to bring Britain to its knees, but rather to untangle poorly paid workers from theirs by winning for them a fairer share of the wealth that is continually pouring into the pockets of the people bosses and shareholders of their company flows .

Although most people’s living standards have not yet recovered from a decade of austerity, the combined wealth of Britain’s 177 billionaires rose by £55.8 billion to £653.1 billion last year. And while public sector salaries in the UK rose 1.5% last year, City bonuses rose 27.9%, with HSBC speculators hitting £596k each and Barclays’ bonus pool hitting £1.9bn.

The Tories held their annual party this week, with donors paying for access to ministers. One spent £120,000 for the privilege of having dinner with Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Theresa May (god knows how awful the consolation prize must have been).

I suspect many others filled the party fund in thanks for all the kickbacks they received during Covid.

Downing Street is now reportedly looking to ease restrictions on city bosses’ pay to attract more firms to the UK. Meanwhile, they are urging public sector workers who have seen us through Covid to take effective pay cuts. Which made her crocodile tears even hilarious over the rail strike that kept NHS workers from coming to work. Maybe they thought it would be enough to clap them.

A major reason for today’s dire pay gaps is that Margaret Thatcher deliberately manipulated the market in favor of a small minority at the top in the 1980s. And it did so by crushing the unions.

That’s why the Tories are dying for you to believe that all of our problems stem from the likes of Mick Lynch, not from incompetent No. 10 stooges serving their interests.

That’s why they slander the 70’s so much and warn us not to go back. Because they couldn’t take it that the country is the same again.

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