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Filthy [Apr. 30th, 2018|09:13 am]
Tony Grist
The leaked letter from Rudd to May is a filthy thing. It speaks the dead-alive language of managerialism, devoid of colour, feeling- and any acknowledgement that its subject is "How to fuck people over more efficiently". If this is how we're governed- by people who refuse to look at the human cost of their policies- then it's simply not good enough.

Also not good enough is the recourse to legalese in defence of the indefensible. The chairman of the Conservative Party went on the Andrew Marr show yesterday to argue that the "ambitions" Rudd had voiced were entirely different from the "targets" she said she'd never had. Rudd has resigned now and maybe the chairman should also consider his position. Only he won't, will he?

And then there's May. The policy that Rudd pursued was May's creation. It was she who first used the filthy phrase "hostile environment". It's part of May's public persona that she's the child of a clergyman and herself a believing, church-going Christian, but- as Ali Smith asks in the book I've just finished- what Christian minister would bring up his child to believe that "hostile environment" and "refugees" were words that belong in the same discourse? May should resign too. And perhaps she will. Perhaps the coming local elections will prove the tipping point.

[User Picture]From: steepholm
2018-04-30 10:54 am (UTC)
We can but hope.
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[User Picture]From: howlin_wolf_66
2018-04-30 12:19 pm (UTC)
One can hope...
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[User Picture]From: fflo
2018-04-30 06:25 pm (UTC)
Hope, indeed.

We have a thing over here with the Speaker of the House (Paul Ryan) (supposedly a "good" Catholic) having fired the Chaplain of the body he rules over, apparently because said Chaplain included in a prayer during the new tax bill debate the hope that the legislators would remember the poor. Which, of course, was the opposite of their priority. The priest was chided afterwards for getting too political in his show prayers.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-04-30 06:51 pm (UTC)
God forbid that Christians should have any thought for the poor!
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2018-05-02 07:50 am (UTC)
Actually the chaplain referred to ALL Americans, and not just the poor... But I guess even that was too radical; to suggest legislators should consider the good of the entire country is - in many countries - apparently controversial.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-05-02 09:50 am (UTC)
The powerful don't like to be challenged...
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