04/12/2010 - Are we really all in this together?

ONE of the mantra’s of the Con-Dem government is that “we’re all in this together.” 

Listen carefully next time you see them on TV, hear them on the radio or read about them in the papers.  It’s a fair bet that when they talk about slashing jobs, services and benefits – or increasing student tuition fees – they’ll claim that “we’re all in this together.” 

David Cameron and Nick Clegg also claim that they are ‘just regular blokes.’  They like to think that that they can identify with ordinary British working folks. 

But how can they?  Given their backgrounds, how can Cameron and Clegg understand what it’s like to live on benefits in a dingy and damp flat on a sink estate, without even the slightest prospect of a job?

It’s not only Cameron and Clegg who are in a different league from the rest of us – as 18 of the 23 full-time cabinet members have seven-figure fortunes.  Collectively they’re worth around £50m. 

Now don’t get us wrong.  Solidarity isn’t opposed to people having money.  Indeed, as a trade union it’s our job to secure the best wages for our members.  And as nationalists, we’re not into class war.


However, we think it’s a bit rich – if you’ll pardon the pun – for the super-rich of the cabinet to keep on suggesting that “we’re all in this together.” 


Do they really believe that millionaires like themselves and those just about scraping a living on the minimum wage (or just about surviving on benefits) really face the same hardships?