As much as I would love to see Osborne jailed for the misery he has caused, believe it or not, I too don’t believe in jailing political opponents for holding a different view, and also believe in the due legal process. You’re absolutely right that the problem is deeply systemic and institutional, as is evident with the scores of other housing towers around the country covered in similar flammable cladding, and without proper sprinklers, in effect ticking time bombs. So you would agree then, that the solution would also need to be systemic and institutional? This current reality is the result of Thatcher’s policies, a race to the bottom where costs are cut with no human consequences in mind, because those making these decisions will never have to face them directly. So perhaps we need a new kind of political and economic system to deal with this tragedy, particularly if we want to prevent similar catastrophes in the future?
The Tories can claim that they believe in equality and fairness as much as they want (although I can’t quite remember them ever saying it), but when we see continued growing income inequality and a return to Victorian-era poverty and public health under their government, it matters very little. You are also right in that both the far-right and the far-left have historically identified deep crises in contemporary societies, and perhaps there is some overlap in populist rhetoric, but that’s about where the similarities end. Historically the two have always been sworn enemies, and being anti-Communist is very much a defining tenet to the ideologies of both Mein Kampf and The Doctrine of Fascism. Far-left movements are entirely based on mobilising and organising the working classes, while under fascist rule, trade unions have been historically crushed and worker movements decimated. Furthermore, once again regarding current mainstream politics, where do you see any far-left politician who is calling for an armed workers’ revolution? The far-right on the other hand, is a genuine political force all over the world right now (Hungary, India, Trump’s administration), and beyond that views and attitudes endemic to fascist ideologies have gained far more mainstream acceptance in recent years. I know that in Western countries the overton window has been calibrated pretty far to the right in recent decades, but don’t you think that calling Corbyn and his supporters like Owen Jones far-left extremists seems a bit…extreme?
Perhaps I do need to get out of my echo chamber a bit more. Let’s be honest though, who doesn’t? But I always genuinely try to keep abreast of the political discourse across the spectrum, especially during such a polarised time as now because it’s important for me to know what I’m up against. I also just happen to believe that each and every generation has a duty to challenge the systems of injustice and oppression that they are born in to. Even if we can never overturn them fully in our lifetimes, that’s irrelevant. Unless we strive to create a better world than the one that we live in, what’s the point?