In March 2017 A tiny, temporary committee of MPs set up explicitly to consider doubling the publicly funded income of the Royal Family took thirteen minutes to decide that, yes, the Royal Family should indeed have its income doubled.
You can read more about it here.
In 2010 the UK’s politicians decided to give the country an ‘austerity’ cure, in the wake of the banking crisis.
Here are some results of the budget cuts that followed:
- According to the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the number of registered mental health practitioners dropped from 92,027 in 2010 to 89,065 in 2016
- The number of young people arriving in A&E with psychiatric problems has doubled since 2009
- In 2015 George Osborne pledged £1.4 billion to “transform” child and adolescent mental health provision
- But child mental health cash is being used to plug NHS funding hole
- It comes at a time when 1 in 5 children are rejected by mental health services due to high clinical threshold
- 2016 was the third year the government failed to meet its target of increased mental health spending.
- The Department for Communities and Local Government which funds libraries amongst other things, has been the hardest hit by austerity.
- Many local authorities are at “breaking point“ and some may even have to declare insolvency.
- Spending on public services will be 22% lower this year then in 2010.
- According to one piece of research, by 2020, authorities will have faced real-terms cuts of up to £30 billion in the preceding decade.
- Councils have a statutory duty to provide ‘comprehensive and efficient’ library services.
- Data collected by the Guardian in 2012 shows 2011 was the first year volunteers outnumbered their paid counterparts for the first time.
- Combined visitors to library websites and premises rose from 2007-10 then dropped.
- Since 2011 there has been a reduction of 20% in the amount spent on policing by the Home Office.
- The number of police officers has dropped from 143,769 in 2009, to 124,066 in the year ending March 2016.
- In 2015 then-Home Secretary, Theresa May, told a police reform summit that all forces would still need to make spending cuts every year for the next four years despite George Osborne’s decision to protect overall spending.
- Museums have been hit by the same local authority funding shortfalls as libraries.
- The Museum Association has tracked 64 closures since 2010 “the majority of which have been due to public sector cuts”.
- In 2015 then-Chancellor, George Osborne, promised to increase funding to Arts Council England and national museums and galleries
- But most national entities are in London meaning regional areas outside the capital are “at risk of becoming cultural wasteland“.
- The cuts and closures come at a time when museum visits are actually on the rise overall, demonstrating increasing public appetite for cultural spaces.
You can read more about the consequences of austerity here.
Instead of rising up against these trends that cut deep into the pockets of the population, people prefer to struggle to make ends meet, vote for the politicians that raise the income of the Royal family and lower the income of most working families, and prefer to be distracted by such heart warming trends as cats and puppy videos on YouTube, America’s next top model, cooking programmes, small, petty feuds at work or in the family, etc.
It’s so easy to be the elite, because the 99 percent is no real threat to them, most people will not do anything about these trends in society, as long as they have some food on the table, a job, and the necessary distraction, I mean, entertainment.
What a freak show.