Because many rich Brits are callous, break the law and lie just about non-stop, many Brits who were not born with a silver spoon in the mouth believe that in order to be financially secure, you have to be callous, break the law and lie just about non-stop.
Financially secure = being able to support yourself, buy food, heat your home, clothe yourself and look after other basic needs and not have to live in fear and stress and poverty.
I can take a short-cut here and say that many Brits who were not born with a silver spoon in the mouth believe that in order to be financially secure you have to be a proper Tory.
But success is not about spinning as many lies as you can and screwing as many people as you can and getting away with it.
Lying does not make you smart or clever. It makes you dishonest.
Brits lie a heck of a lot. (In ways that disadvantage others, I mean.) It was one of the first things I learned after I moved to the UK and one of the biggest disappointments. How this began? I was supposed to have a working landline and broadband set up when I got here in December 2004, but the same people who had repeatedly lied to me about the letter that they had supposedly sent to me in August or September had lied about that too. I’ll spare you details.
(I’d set up “Reliability r us” to deal with some of this, except nobody here would believe me.)
This morning, I saw a video on Twitter showing an aggressive thug in a black hoodie, a Tory MP who was going on about problem tenants (the kind of person he came across as, in my view).
He was referring to people who make the lives of other tenants around them very unpleasant. While I know from my personal experience that some tenants in Britain get set up by others so that they acquire an undeserved reputation for being problem tenants – if you have connections in the police, you’re golden – but some tenants really do make the lives of other tenants around them very difficult.
Criminalising everyone involved – which Tony Blair introduced, I believe – or turning them into slaves as Lee Anderson proposed is clearly not the solution.
This afternoon, I received an e-mail from “Generation Rent” in which this had been twisted into a different truth, with no links in the e-mail (although the Daily Mirror was mentioned), as follows:
That quotation is correct and disgusting. (I haven’t checked it word for word, but it does ring true.)
However, “Generation Rent” had twisted this into a story about all tenants (people who pay rent instead of mortgages).
That is a lie and that is just as disgusting as when Tories do this kind of stuff.
He had not been “caught” either. He had made a video, deliberately.
In addition, Generation Rent was asking tenants to go talk to the local political candidates and added:
That sounded pretty patronizing to me and also as potential undue influencing or coercion. Mind you, I would NOT have thought that at all if I had not spotted how they had spun the Lee Anderson thing, in proper Tory style (and that would not have happened if I hadn’t caught that video on Twitter this morning).
I wrote to them and got a load of hogwash about homelessness that did not sound sincere.
So who is Generation Rent?
Fucking hell. Does that mean that it is a commercial outfit wanting to win property management contracts??? Or what?
No, that is not what they are but why the hell are they trying to emulate Tories?
So many people here are trying so hard to be a good Tory without realizing it!
I refer back to the start of this post.
(Generation Rent contacted me a while back, asking me if I wanted to speak to a journalist. It’s probably good that I didn’t reply. Also, I don’t think that I could have contributed anything useful. For starters, I am a migrant. Migrants only make up a small proportion of the renters in Britain, so my input wouldn’t have been highly representative.)
Brits have to learn how to set their own moral compass and stop following the Tories as examples for what to do and how to behave in order to be “successful”.
Until that happens, Britain is doomed.