Labour use crumbling schools to promote austerity as Reynolds smirks like a demon’s possessed him

Support us and go ad-free

We’re at a point now at which even the austerity-pushers in the media are looking at Britain’s crumbling infrastructure and saying ‘maybe we should spend the bare minimum on this stuff‘. Among the public there’s been a hunger for public spending for years; now we’re at a point at which you can voice that feeling without being dogpiled by the nation’s thickest columnists. And yet – and fucking yet – Labour are using this situation to promote – of all fucking things – more austerity – i.e. the thing which got us here in the first place – the thing which we know from history never works:

Another crumbling concrete breeze block in the wall

This is a very simple situation. We can’t send numerous children to school because there’s a chance these buildings will collapse like Liz Truss’s premiership. Anyone who isn’t a complete clown would say ‘well of course we’re going to un-deathtrap these schools – of course we’re not going to crush your children to death in defective concrete – of course we don’t exist solely to transfer wealth to the already wealthy‘. This is what Jonathan Reynolds – shadow secretary for business and trade – had to say:

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

For those of you who can’t stand to watch these liars running their lying mouths, Trevor Phillips asked:

Would you commit to building more new schools and repairing more schools than the current government has committed?

Reynolds responded:

Of course I want to be able to do that, of course I look to previous Labour governments that have been able to do things like that, but if we have an economy – whatever the recent revisions from the ONS about our performance since the pandemic – the fact is that this has been 13 years of poor economic performance and that limits the kind of policies and aspirations you’ve got. Until you’re fixing the economy it will be more difficult.

A bemused Phillips responded:

So you see what the problem is here, Mr Reynolds. You’re spending a lot of time telling us that the government’s wrong, but you can’t ever say you would do something different.

And here we get to the crux of the problem.

Austerity doesn’t work

Outside the mainstream media bubble, people have been making three key points for over a decade:

  1. Austerity doesn’t work.
  2. Austerity has never worked.
  3. You can’t fix the problems created by austerity with more austerity.

How do we know that austerity doesn’t work? Because we tried it – multiple times – and it didn’t work. Remember when you were a kid and you wondered if you could fly, so you concentrated really hard, but it just didn’t happen? It’s like that, except you presumably stopped trying to fly some time ago. With austerity, it’s like we know we can’t fly, but we keep finding larger things to jump off in our efforts to prove it works.

Here’s a graph showing that although the Tories sold austerity as the solution to the 2008 recession, it actually ended up being one of our slowest recoveries ever:

Here’s a very informative passage from Raoul Martinez, writing for Novara Media in 2017:

When the [2010 Conservative-Liberal Democrat] Coalition came to power, neither history nor mainstream economic theory provided any support for the claim that cuts were the only way to reduce the deficit. Cutting spending in a recession has been tried many times and – without exception – failed. For instance, in the aftermath of the First World War, the US, Britain, Sweden, Germany, Japan and France all adopted austerity policies with devastating impacts on their economies. President Herbert Hoover’s austerity response to the 1929 economic crash was followed by the Great Depression.

The historical failure of austerity as a response to economic crises resulted in a widespread consensus among academic economists that, since recessions are caused by a reduction in demand (and when there is no room to offset cuts by reducing interest rates), cutting spending only makes the situation worse. The textbook response to economic downturns, as any student of the subject knows, is to increase spending. By spending more in the short term, a government can reduce public debt faster because smart spending creates jobs, increases tax revenues and releases more people more quickly from dependency on the state.

However, as governments began to embrace austerity, a handful of economists produced research telling them exactly what they wanted to hear.

Demonically-smirking austerity mongers

For context, this is what Reynolds looked like when he was introduced as the returning shadow secretary for business (following this week’s reshuffle). Imaging being this smug when your job is to tell an audience of millions that their kids can get fucked:

It would be hyperbolic to suggest that actual demons have infested this man; it would also be naïve, as Satan would at least have the sense not to smirk.

How does a person turn into this? Maybe Reynolds has an awareness of all the freebies that Keir Starmer has accepted from wealthy interests – more than every Labour leader since 1997 combined according to openDemocracy – and he knows he’s on the same gravy train? Maybe he just hates young people because of their flagrant hairlines?

Even after looking at the decades of evidence we have on austerity not working, some people will still be squealing that tired refrain: ‘but there’s no money‘. As people have pointed out, however, there’s loads of money – it’s just concentrated in the hands of the few:

There’s actually a lot more wealth in recent years it seems, as this harrowing headline and article from Oxfam highlights:

Ten richest men double their fortunes in pandemic while incomes of 99 percent of humanity fall

New billionaire minted every 26 hours, as inequality contributes to the death of one person every four seconds

The world’s ten richest men more than doubled their fortunes from $700 billion to $1.5 trillion —at a rate of $15,000 per second or $1.3 billion a day— during the first two years of a pandemic that has seen the incomes of 99 percent of humanity fall and over 160 million more people forced into poverty.

“If these ten men were to lose 99.999 percent of their wealth tomorrow, they would still be richer than 99 percent of all the people on this planet,” said Oxfam International’s Executive Director Gabriela Bucher. “They now have six times more wealth than the poorest 3.1 billion people.”

We can’t have safe schools, but the richest among us can purchase a fourth swimming pool at the fifth house they bought for their third favourite dog.

Feel like smirking yet?

Featured image via Sky New – YouTube

Support us and go ad-free

We know everyone is suffering under the Tories - but the Canary is a vital weapon in our fight back, and we need your support

The Canary Workers’ Co-op knows life is hard. The Tories are waging a class war against us we’re all having to fight. But like trade unions and community organising, truly independent working-class media is a vital weapon in our armoury.

The Canary doesn’t have the budget of the corporate media. In fact, our income is over 1,000 times less than the Guardian’s. What we do have is a radical agenda that disrupts power and amplifies marginalised communities. But we can only do this with our readers’ support.

So please, help us continue to spread messages of resistance and hope. Even the smallest donation would mean the world to us.

Support us
  • Show Comments
    1. I can make two logical reasons why the UK govenment can never be short of money.

      1. the govenment owns the Royal Mint which prints money the only limit is paper, ink and the speed of the printing presses.
      2. The govenment owns the Bank of England and can borrow as much money as it want from it. In fact the is a law that the bank of Engalnd must supply all the money it requires.

      To stop inflation the govenment destroys money by taxing. So taxpayers do not fund govenment spending. You are being lied to.

      1. I quite liked his style actually. 🙂

        Bear in mind this WILL do the rounds of the Tory-Labour Uniparty, and there’s fuck-all these cunts can do to this journalist as payback.

        At least for now. We can only hope he never gets a split condom.

        The next Labour regime is going to be the most vindictive in UK history.

          1. Uhh, I’m fairly sure that its the Law that the word shocked now must be written “SHOCKED!!”.

            In not very long we’ll get newspapers that actually give you electric shocks as you pass by. Those who purchase them are of course addicted to the torture, and need their electric fix every day.

            SHOCK!!! SHOCK!! SHOCK! SHOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    2. Jesus will fucking sob with this bunch.

      So “Reynolds” – has anyone seen him and Yvette Cooper at the same time? I ask because he seems like a clone of Yvette Starver, transitioned to ‘male’, with a beard painted on.

      It seems he has been taking direct instructions in “How To Lie To The Public” from the cow.

      Same movements, same inflections, same nervous gestures, same self-control, and the very same phrases too.

      It seems there are STILL a few people who have FAITH that the Starver PLP will turn into Corbynstas once the election is rigged their way, and many more who are praying that happens because they have no other hope.

      What they don’t realise is that the UK & US Regimes both AIM to end all hope. Hope is Corbynism, hope is sharing of wealth and health, hope is soft-left policies tied to liberal ideology and soft-right Nationalist intent.

      Hope is the precise opposite of neoliberalism, Imperialism, and what the UK & US are about.

      The Starver PLP PLC will manage to be WORSE than the Tories themselves – who will take that as a challenge to master. Well Done Brexshiteers – we’ve Become America. Kiss your NHS and any idea of a comfortable life goodbye, unless you prove you will kick downwards for the benefit of the corporate monied.

      Greed is Queen, Hubris is King. It’s a bleak future, and it’s not going to get any better by voting “Labour”. Starver has a hard-on for IngSoc. He already has shown his love for Big Brother.

      The obvious contempt for the Public is gross. And yet, perhaps earned?

      After all, people will VOTE to “continue austerity”.

      No wonder these utterly corrupt shitpigs smirk. The Public isn’t giving them any reasons not to. And there’s no real national left-wing Party to shit them up and pressure them.

    Leave a Reply

    Join the conversation

    Please read our comment moderation policy here.