When I look around me, almost everywhere I go, in the shopping centres, in the pubs, the workplaces, the Post Office, Chemist and corner shop, I increasingly see people who are becoming very slowly yet perceptibly less social and more introvert. It is a human trait that I have seen and spoken of before, in Russia and Poland.
There has been a change in attitude to everyday life itself, certainly since 1997, but it is amongst those I know, neighbours, friends and acquaintances where I question and challenge that change and confirm my own visual analysis.
Often without having to say, I can see how these people are slowly changing their daily lives to hang onto their last vestiges of dignity at work, at home and at play, as they all get that feeling of helplessness, their lives just sinking away into a mere daily existence.
There are so many who have during the false boom created by Gordon Brown, the spend now pay later culture created by party policy which in turn induced unabated credit card spending, increased their visible sense of well being, houses crammed full of white goods, TVs, Stereo equipment, iPods, Laptops, a whole range of electronic toys, cars on extended loans, mortgages they can barely cover.
But of course that was only a sham, it must all be paid for. Those who used to brag of owning their own home, buying the latest model of car were only fooling themselves, they owned nothing except the debt, the goods were only on loan until fully paid for.
Yet despite all the propaganda from government departments and quangos about coming out of recession, how quantitative easing has paved the way, how we should spend our way out of trouble and not make cuts in spending, these people can now see themselves swamped and caged in by those debts, both governmental and personal, they find themselves surrounded by rules and officials that they have never encountered before, and finding them not in the least bit willing to help but only too happy to push them deeper into the mire at the slightest whim.
People have realised, all too late that the shift in power is now hurting them. That public officials are not there to serve the communities that pay them, but the rules and regulations overload that has taken place during the last decade now means that they, the public are serving the servants.
Much of this change has been subtle but for those encountering the need to really engage for the first time that change is stark. What they encounter is not some helpful civil servant who enquires how they can help, but more often an officious being who will not consider speaking unless you part with mountains of personal information that bears no relevance to the assistance you seek, and then under threat of sanction or fine.
The rise in frustration levels is leading to an increase in physical attacks in Jobcentres and local government offices being reported almost daily, because now, for the first time this switch in who serves who is personal. While the times were good the silent majority believed it only applied to the poor or to trouble makers, now most are not just touched by it, but embroiled in it, and are rightly angered.
The jobs and wages are going in waves, the credit is either not there or people just don’t want any more debt, the savings disappeared along with democracy a decade ago, but paying for what they already owe is becoming slowly impossible. The money has run out, yet the taxes continue to rise, the fines, the levies, the charges, every which way you turn there is someone with a rule or regulation or a company with legislative approval and protection waiting to strip you of your last pennies and more.
In response, right across the nation more and more ingenious ways are being found of sidestepping, avoiding any contact with officialdom, those who have for their lifetime been honest to a fault now consider using the black market when the opportunity arises, tobacco, cigarettes, eggs, vegetables even meat from a friend of a friend in the pub, paying cash, no receipt no Vat, local loan sharks, second letting on a nod and a wink, in fact every city, town and village now has its own version of Arthur Daley where you can get most things, no questions asked.
And lets be clear on this, this is not organised crime, this is survival at the ground level, yet the now politicised police and other authorities seek ever more powers to grind people down further, to meet the most ridiculous anti social targets put before them, merely to be seen to be doing something.
Whatever our politicians think (and getting rich on the backs of our taxes is definitely one of their thoughts), the nation really is ready to crack. There is another wave of recession on its way, the people know this, they read, they listen.
They know that 50% of all mortgages in the UK are now issued by a Spanish Bank, a bank that could soon go under if the Spanish economy collapses, which could well be likely, along with Ireland, Greece and Portugal, they know much of our National debt is not on the books, hidden away, but it will come to light eventually as it has in Greece, and they know that the global economy is on the verge of another collapse as in 2008/9, from which there would be no recovery, no bail out.
The threat of the double dip was always there, yet the words of the sane economists were drowned out, by those calling for ever higher taxes, ever more tarriffs to pay for the global warming scam which few now believe, and are not willing to suffer the financial pain on top of everything else, even though few understand that Trillions of dollars and social control are at stake for the politicians.
The people who create the wealth of this nation are now at their own crisis point. There is no more money for them to give, many are living on the edge, many have already crossed the line and are building new debts just to survive, yet strangely few recognise their impending impoverishment, whilst they still have their cars and houses, but that can quickly change.
At this point the politicians have two choices. They can roll back the state and the massive spending and put money back in to the pockets of the public with massive tax reductions, or they can come up with more state ‘solutions’ and impose their will even further.
One will lead to a peaceful recovery, the other will not, it will lead to violence, mayhem and even worse. A politically totalitarian state we already have, a repressive state is very nearly here, it will take very little now to push Britain into the abyss completely.
ps Quiz for today, totalitarian: If you don’t believe that Britain is governed totally by political rules, regulations, orders and diktats, please name me 6 everyday activities, yes, just six, that you undertake that does not require a. permission, b. licence, c. regulated action, d. regulated packaging, materials, ingredients, tools etc.
i.e. 6 activities that never touch the state or a regulator.