The Public Sector and everything within it is as broken as our system of Government. But we are way past the point where politically expedient ‘fixes’ will deliver even a fraction of the meaningful change now required and fire hosing more and more money at the problems will only galvanise the reality that in the hands of the politicians we have today, ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’
The reform of social care across the UK has been a political hot potato for a long time already. Not because it cannot be reformed and have its problems solved. But because the political classes really cannot stomach the reality of the decisions and choices that they would have to make, all the time looking electoral risk in the eye – when it was they who have created all the problems that social care and the wider national Health Service itself faces – by meddling here and there to gain votes – pretty much all of the time.
Given the history of recent decades where all of the main political parties have been in Government, responsible and therefore fully involved, Johnson’s move towards problem solving with the default use of the public cheque book should come as little surprise.
Spending money has, after all become the go-to response for a political class that is incapable of leadership and doing anything other than making decisions based upon how the anticipated headlines and projected outcome will look in terms of days left until the next election.
It’s certainly no way to run a government. But what is different this time is the reality that Johnson is looking to go on another spending spree, funding it this time by raising taxes from a population which is already under attack from significant rises in silent inflation.
The Country is facing an avoidable cost of living crisis that itself has been jet propelled by the way this same Government and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have weaponised financial creationism to solve the problems they created by locking down the whole country.
They have indulged unnecessary money printing on financial remedies that wouldn’t have been necessary without them pursuing lockdowns and social distancing in the hope that they could take the easy path through a National Crisis, then present the story as fact in the way they told it and then go on to the next General Election in 2024 (or before) and win.
The scale of spending, based on the creation of money and money printing, is breath-taking in the extreme. The media and the array of political and financial pundits may not be talking about it in anything like the same way, but the damage that this Conservative Government has done is in the process of contributing to a worldwide crisis that is at some point very soon going to lead to a crash with fallout for us all on a level that the world may never have seen.
People are going to struggle in ways that it is even now difficult to even imagine, and by inflicting a 2% uplift is tax collection upon the very same people who are being punished by the impact of all that they have already done, they are wilfully committing to speed up and increase the level of misery across normal life that they themselves seem to have been so insulated from in thought, word and deed for so very long.
As I wrote on this site only back in the middle of May, the problems that exist within the whole system of healthcare require a very different approach to governance and responsibility to the public in this Country, if all the problems that feed off each other from the top to the bottom of the public sector and government and back again, are to ever be remedied and fixed.
The truth is that by seeking to inflict tax rises now, the Johnson Government is simply being cruel and in a way that demonstrates that none of those leading us have any conscious understanding of the implications of what they are doing and certainly not what they have already done.
Money is not the solution to all problems. But the saying that the love of money is the route of all evil is certainly true. And it is because the wheels of society are now fuelled by that same form of love, that leadership in Government simply no longer exists and the costs of everything are now spiralling out of control without there being any genuine explanation for why they really are.
Full and comprehensive reform of anything related to the public sector and the provision of services in the public good, along with the provision of monetary and fiscal products and services that can influence or alter the quality of life for anyone, but which is in private hands is now inevitable and therefore unavoidable. It is merely a question of when.
Everything in Public Policy is connected or interdependent and we can no longer exist and function as either a Nation State or the many communities within, if we continue to be led by people who can neither see this or are motivated to work with respect for it, instead being obsessed with easy decisions and the resultant ‘quick fix’.
Out of the chaos that is coming, an amazing opportunity for us all will exist.
The pain that these people will have inflicted upon the majority for no good reason other than their own cause, will take minds to the place where they are receptive and encouraged by what is really necessary for us all in order that we can have meaningful change that will be beneficial for us all.
When that opportunity comes, it is vital that we are led by people who respect, understand and can translate the system as it now is, but have the leadership skills, compassion for others and vision to take us through and out the other side of that chaos, rebuilding and reforming comprehensively as we go, to make the UK a Country that really is a happy place to live, where everything runs fairly and equally and government only extends its reach to the places where it really needs to be.