They are ‘all in it together’ after all – in the cess pit.

Watching Newsnight tonight on the Bob Diamond/Barclay’s affair it just beggars believe. They started off acknowledging that The City of London has indeed descended to the level of Vince Cable’s moral cess pit, then went on to say that we must be careful of ‘banker bashing’ because Banking and the Financial Sector are the only industries at which we in Britain are truly world class. So good news folks, it seems we are world-class in moral cess pits!

I also guarantee that within days some City apologist will be telling us we must be careful of how we react to this scandal because the financial markets won’t like it if we overreact and it could wipe millions off the stick market. So it seems the very moral cess pit we are criticising will determine how we as a democratic nation are allowed to react to it’s criminal venality.

But what no one in the mainstream media is doing is putting all this together. In the Noughties we had a government lying to the electorate, to parliament and to the U.N. in order to wage an illegal war; a few years ago we had the MP’s expenses scandal; a few months ago we had the Murdoch phone-tapping scandal and the exposure of the intimate relationship between the Murdoch press and both Blair & Cameron; in The City we’ve had the ‘moral hazard’ scandal as privately-owned casino banks have been bailed out by tax payers, the PPI mis-selling scandal, the Fred Goodwin pension farrago and now the libor rate scandal.

What this exposes is that the entire ruling elite is morally rotten to the core and that the ethical underpinning of the concept of a representative democracy has been perhaps fatally subverted by the ‘greed is good’ ideology of Neoliberalism. The legal system, the regulatory system, the press, the politicians, senior business men, they are indeed ‘all in it together’ to coin Cameron’s phrase, and what they are ‘in’ is a cynical, corrupt cess pit of a system that has only one purpose – to protect the material interests of the ruling elite……. at any price.

The corruption that has been exposed in the last ten years shows clearly that the problem is not one of Rogue Traders or individual criminals, it is one of an entire class scrounging off the hard work of others and having complete disregard for the laws of the land and to any meaningful code of honour.

And it isn’t the ‘feral underclass’ of ‘Chavs’ and ‘Pikeys’ who the Daily Mail would have us believe are guilty of all this; it is a ruling elite who are already powerful and wealthy beyond most people’s imagining. It appears there is no end to their greed and corruption.


About I Am Not A Number

I Am Not A Number is written by Chris Jury. For 30 years Chris Jury was a TV actor, director and writer best known for playing Eric Catchpole in over 60 episodes of the BBC’s antique classic, Lovejoy, and for directing over 50 episodes of Eastenders. In 2008 he was appointed as the Senior Lecturer in Recorded Media in the School Of Music & Performing Arts at Bath Spa University. He currently presents, Agitpop, a pop & politics radio discussion programme on North Cotswold Community Radio He is currently the Communications Officer for UCU at Bath Spa University and a UCU SW Regional Rep at SWTUC.
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10 Responses to They are ‘all in it together’ after all – in the cess pit.

  1. 77notout says:

    Another excellent commentary! But how can we as ’ordinary’ individuals counteract this corporate and political depravity?

    • By engaging in dissenting and oppositional politics of course. This isn’t going to get sorted overnight and the privileged elites aren’t going to give up their privileges without a fight. But it’s been done before and it will have to be done again. The improvements to the lived experience of ordinary people that took place between 1850 and 1950 could never have been imagined in 1800, and yet they happened, little by little despite set-backs and reversals. The truth is that without the creativity and hard work of the majority the ruling elite would have nothing; they need us more than we need them which is why significant unemployment is structurally crucial to the Neoliberal project.

      The only thing any of us can do is fight the good fight. Join a union, join a local Uncut group, go on demonstrations and actions wherever we can. It won’t change anything directly or in the short term but expressing dissent and making clear the actions of these bastards is ‘not in my name’ is important and significant and is a precursor to reaching that tipping point when ordinary people finally assert themselves.

  2. I’m sure this sort of stuff has been going on for eons. Just reopen the Tower of London and throw ’em in. Let ’em out when they pay-up.

  3. “when ordinary people finally assert themselves” – sounds like the French Revolution

  4. The sharp point of the guillotine.

  5. They can part with their ill-gotten gains or part with their heads. (just kidding)

    • Well, frankly my old mucker, I think a few heads on spikes wouldn’t go amiss. I’m usually more of a non-violent Martin Luther King/Ghandi style of activist myself but the moral bankruptcy of these bastards combined by their own willingness to use extreme violence to protect their interests see Iraq War, Afghanistan, Abu Graib, Guantanamo, Bradley Manning, use of police & army in Greece etc, does make one wonder.

      Just been to a lecture by historian John Newsinger inspired by his book, Fighting Back: The American Working Class In the 1930’s. Read it. It will enlighten you to the lengths your capitalist countrymen are willing to go to silence those with whom they disagree. Private armies (Ford had a stash of weapons including machine guns and grenades), framing innocent men & women, illegal private surveillance, assassination, murder, torture, extreme violence against women and children; and all this enthusiastically aided and abetted by the police and carried out against unarmed civilians engaged in entirely legal activities like being in a Trade Union or a legal political party.

      From the 1930’s through to the 50’s the Land Of The Free was a police state in which to be a trade unionist was to be open to violence and intimidation sanctioned by the forces of law and order and to be a black man was to was to be in constant danger of being castrated and lynched for looking at the wrong woman in the wrong way (an average of 60 blacks a year were lynched between 1882 & 1968).

      I think the guillotine would be too merciful for the cynical, murdering bastards responsible.

  6. Ok, sit down and take some deep breaths. (Somebody get him a glass of water and check to see if he has any weapons in the house – if so hide them.) Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day and the “The wheels of justice turn slowly, but grind exceedingly fine.” Remember the famous words of Titus Maccius Plautus “Patience is the best remedy for every trouble.” Then forget them and remember the famous words of Popeye the Sailor, “I’ve taken all I can takes and I can’t takes no more.” Pass the spinach and look out bankers.

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