Class War

There was a documentary –On The Fiddle?– in prime time on the BBC about benefit fraud investigators (a story about a multiple fraudster living in luxury, which inevitably gives the impression this is the common face of benefit fraud and helps enforce neoliberal hostility against welfare systems) and today via Chicken Yoghurt

The director of the Serious Fraud Office plans to spend less money prosecuting and investigating in order to pursue alternative “harm reduction” initiatives, including educating on fraud prevention, alerting potential victims and civil court actions to disrupt potential criminality.

Ok now pay attention, here’s the science bit, Corporate fraud cost the UK £72 Billion, last year benefit fraud was reduced from £2 Billion to under £1 Billion. People using phones to talk to benefit officers are now having their voice scanned by lie detectors, while the SFO can’t even be arsed investigating multi billion pound frauds. The JRF discovered-

People who work and claim benefits do so often because they are in dire financial trouble, a Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) study has said. Many claimants took illegal cash-in-hand jobs to pay for food and heating or to make debt repayments.

The study’s author said they were “hard-working, ordinary people trying to survive day by day”. The study called for reform of the tax and benefits system to move people from illegal jobs into legitimate work. The JRF study was based on six years of work by the East London Community Links project.

So you have fraud costing us £72 Billion perpetrated by the wealthiest and most powerful and fraud costing us less than a Billion and is largely by the poorest most desperate people in society. And the £72 Billion is not the focus of primetime tv shows and the enforcers are now looking at not actually enforcing the law. Time for Warren Buffet -currently the richest man in the world ($62 Billion)- to say his piece-

“It’s class warfare, my class is winning, but they shouldn’t be.”

So those people who find it awfully Bolshie or impolite to talk of Class War, ought to Shut The Fuck Up, you feel me?

6 Responses to “Class War”

  1. ralfast Says:

    I guess they are not very Serious about fraud in the oh so Serious Fraud Office?

    It is a goverment office, they should have at least a few bean counters?

    Or calculators?

    Or someone with better math skills than a kinder out of kindergarten!

  2. libhomo Says:

    This sounds so much like the US.

  3. ralfast Says:

    For some reason I think this will be the theme song of 2008 on both sides of the Atlantic:

    We’ll be fighting in the streets
    With our children at our feet
    And the morals that they worship will be gone
    And the men who spurred us on
    Sit in judgment of all wrong
    They decide and the shotgun sings the song

    I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
    Take a bow for the new revolution
    Smile and grin at the change all around me
    Pick up my guitar and play
    Just like yesterday
    Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
    We don’t get fooled again

    The change, it had to come
    We knew it all along
    We were liberated from the foe, that’ all
    And the world looks just the same
    And history ain’t changed
    ‘Cause the banners, they all flown in the next war

    I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
    Take a bow for the new revolution
    Smile and grin at the change all around me
    Pick up my guitar and play
    Just like yesterday
    Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
    We don’t get fooled again
    No, no!

    I’ll move myself and my family aside
    If we happen to be left half alive
    I’ll get all my papers and smile at the sky
    For I know that the hypnotized never lie

    Do ya?

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

    There’s nothing in the street
    Looks any different to me
    And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
    And the parting on the left
    Is now the parting on the right
    And the beards have all grown longer overnight

    I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
    Take a bow for the new revolution
    Smile and grin at the change all around me
    Pick up my guitar and play
    Just like yesterday
    Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
    We don’t get fooled again
    Don’t get fooled again
    No, no!

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

    Meet the new boss
    Same as the old boss

  4. Dave Dubya Says:

    And as Dylan sang back in the Reagan years, and is now ever more fitting:

    “They say that patriotism is the last refuge
    To which a scoundrel clings.
    Steal a little and they throw you in jail
    Steal a lot and they make you king.”

    -Sweetheart Like You (Infidels)

    Even in his “Jesus Period” he wasn’t bad, you know.

  5. RickB Says:

    Rafael- SFO will now become the Seriously Flawed Office.

    GLH- And sadly that’s a bad thing. At least your elite have only a couple of centuries of fortifying their position, ours have millennia!

    Dave (like they say when you owe 10 thousand you’re in trouble, when it’s ten million, the bank’s in trouble) & Rafael (totally great Who song!) Ok so it’s lyrics eh? How’s this-

    god money i’ll do anything for you
    god money just tell me what you want me to
    god money nail me up against the wall
    god money don’t want everything he wants it all
    no you can’t take it
    no you can’t take it
    no you can’t take that away from me
    no you can’t take it
    no you can’t take it
    no you can’t take that away from me

    head like a hole
    black as your soul
    i’d rather die than give you control
    head like a hole
    black as your soul
    i’d rather die than give you control

    bow down before the one you serve
    you’re going to get what you deserve
    bow down before the one you serve
    you’re going to get what you deserve

    god money’s not looking for the cure
    god money’s not concerned with the sick amongst the pure
    god money let’s go dancing on the backs of the bruised
    god money’s not one to choose

    you know who you are

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