Angry

I have to -sort of, but not really- apologise in advance for what follows, because I am angry. Very angry.

And if you have ever voted Conservative in the UK, best look away now.

I worked hard for all of my life, most of that in public service in stressful and sometimes dangerous jobs. I was trying to do some good for society, and certainly didn’t do those jobs for the money, which was below average for London. But I didn’t mind, because I wanted to do something good, not make profits for huge corporations.

I paid into two workplace pensions, and paid my National Insurance to receive my State Pension at the age of 65. When I retired at 60 and moved to Norfolk, I expected to live a reasonable life. Not affluent, far from that, but hopefully free from worry. I certainly never expected to end up in 2022 to find this country run by a gang of ‘Entitled’ pigs who cared nothing whatsoever for the people of Britain.

I really didn’t.

But that’s where we are. A gang of rich buffoons who have mega-rich friends, and a huge parliamentary majority. A Prime Minister who is an embarrassment to this country, surrounded by politicians and old friends who have got rich, and then richer, on the hard work of ordinary people. Members of Parliament on salaries of £84,000 a year, plus expenses of up to £200,000, telling ordinary people to ‘work harder’, or ‘do two jobs’ as they laugh at us in the subsidised bar of the House of Commons. A country saturated with ridiculous echoes of a long-gone empire, and fawning over a Royal Family that includes some of the richest people in the world, as well as hangers-on and paedophiles.

Fuel increases have been blamed on the war in Ukraine. That is a lie. The UK imports very little oil from Ukraine or Russia, and Shell and BP have made never before seen profits since the Russian invasion. WHY? Because they can, because the government lets them. Because they have friends who are shareholders in those companies.

Now the price cap on electricity and gas is set to rise to record levels. The members of parliament don’t care, because their energy bills are claimed on those ‘expenses’. But most people are set to see a 120% increase in their fuel bills in one year. More profits for the utility companies, engineered by their friends in government. They seek to distract us with ‘Platinum Jubilee’ celebrations, and an extra bank holiday. Yes, let’s all celebrate the Queen, who is one of the richest women on Earth, and doesn’t even need the taxpayer’s money that is pumped into her and her family so she can pay a woman £12,000,000 to drop a case against her sexual abuser son.

Meanwhile, hard-working people are becoming overwhelmed by utilty increases that may put their everyday lives in complete jeopardy. Someone as well-prepared for retirement as me (at least I thought so) has to think twice about using a car, as it costs me £105 to fill it up with diesel. And I have to shop ‘carefully’, for the first time in my life, because food price increases are blamed on higher transport costs, and that war in Ukraine.

If there had been no war in Ukraine, I wonder what they would have blamed it on? They would have found something, I’m sure.

So here I am at 70, after a relatively hard life. Suddenly worrying about everything, for the first time ever. Thanks to the Tory scum that run this country, and laugh about those foolish enough to vote for them. Like sheep volunteering to be the first one in the slaughterhouse.

Why did you vote for them? I would love to know. Working class people all across Britain, especially in the North, and the Home Counties, voted for them. Middle-class people voted for them, perhaps out of habit. Upper class people voted for them for obvious reasons, and so they could become multi-millionaires.

Did you really think they cared about you? Did you really think they believe you are the same as them? If so, you are not only ignorant, not only politically ignorant, but deluded and cretinous in every way imaginable.

You betrayed me, and every person who genuinely worked hard for this country.

This is no longer my country, it is a disgusting sham. Because of you.

I am not just angry, I hate you all. I will hate you with a spiteful vengeance until my dying day. Which should not be too far in the future.

If anyone doesn’t like this post, please feel free to unfollow me. I am probably better off without you.

96 thoughts on “Angry

  1. Dear Pete,
    I agree with you. In Germany increase the prices for gas/diesel and electric. Food is also more expensive.
    And it is hardly possible to buy oil for salad or cooking.
    I am amazed at all of this.

    Our politics also have relationships to the economy, I do not know, if they decide for the good of the people or for their own wallet.

    It’s no use, we have to put every cent that’s left aside for additional payments that will come next year.

    So I’m already worried about how I’m going to manage financially in my retirement. I hope it works somehow.
    Best wishes, Irene

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    1. I sincerely hope that your retirement is not badly affected, Irene. We had some comfortable years intil 2022, but now we have to be very careful. It does make life less enjoyable, that’s true.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Things are bad for us here in the states, but I think they are worse for you. My husband and I are on a fixed income. We worked all our lives and retired with a small pension and Social Security. We thought we’d do well. We’d paid off all our debt before retirement, and had always lived within our means. Everything seems out of control now.

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    1. It seems you are in the same situation as us, Molly. We have no mortgage, but it is becoming harder to enjoy life. No little ‘treats’, cars that are old and need money spent on them, and things needing to be done around the house that have to be postponed or cancelled. ‘Out of control’ is a very good way of putting it. I think the main difference is that our petrol/diesel for the cars is much more expensive. For my diesel car it is currently around£11 a gallon, which is almost $14
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. We have a small mortgage one one house, but own a second one. W purchased two small cars that get forty miles pergallon before we retired, People laughed at us because they were so small. You guys are so much worse off than us with the price of gas.

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  3. Maybe the wrong people are in Parliament. I’m sure some are trying to be honest and do what is best for the country but I get the feeling that the problems in society are too deep seated for them to cope. I think the breakdown of family and the marginalising of religion, along with social media have destroyed our accepted moral compass.

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    1. The current crop of Tories in government seem to come from a generation of ‘Entitlement’, Julie. They do what they like, and never accept the consequences of their actions.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. I don’t intend to vote at all at the next election, as all of them, whatever the party, are corrupt and only in it for their own financial gain and glory. I have no faith in any party at all. I never thought I would have to say that I am not voting, after all the suffragettes went through, but nobody is worthwhile voting for unfortunately.

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    1. I feel exactly the same, Stevie. But I will vote against this government next time, whoever else I end up voting for. The reason being that my biggest worry is that they will get in again.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. You are right and we’ve gone even further here. Firstly we have sycophant Republican voters and politicians who are weeping crocodile tears as little children are gunned down in schools without supporting any gun control laws. Texas has conceal and carry laws. At the same time those hideous shams for human beings are punishing women who have been raped and have been subjected to incest. Furthermore our sycophant Republican politicians/plutocrats are determined to get rid of any semblance of democracy in the US. All the while manipulating Republican voters in order to keep political power and their vast fortunes safe from taxation. You are only one step behind the US but at least you still have the remnants of parliamentary system not the looming possibility of a country which is on the verge of a Republican dictatorship.

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  6. Whilst I think the problems are more global than UK centric I can only agree that your governments response is piss poor. Uplift the pension and benefits inline with inflation immediately, up the warm home allowance to meet the rising cost of gas and electricity, help those in need rather than the blanket rebates using tax and VAT, but most importantly get rid of the tories who have run the system so far down to the bone that it cant cope with the slightest bit of stress. And how do you pay for it all? Raise taxes, most people are happy to pay if we have a fairer society.
    I recently commented to a friend, who is considering moving back to the UK after 6 years in Poland, that is the last place I would go to!

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    1. The plan to discredit Theresa May and replace her with Boris Johnson was reported here, I think by The Independent and Guardian newspapers. However, Boris was a far more popular option for hard line Brexit voters, so nobody really cared. The interference of MI5/MI6 in our government process is also widely known here, and has been talked about quite openly since the end of WW2. GCHQ has been used to monitor and discredit Union leaders and left-wing politicians since the 1970s.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  7. We here in the US feel your pain…..the only answer I have is ignorance that these slugs keep getting elected when doing nothing they promise…..voters seem to be uncaring about their fellow citizens…..that goes against everything I believe in….well said my friend chuq

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  8. Pete, I hear you and can understand your anger. I’m glad you’re airing it, no reason not to, politicians who put themselves and their cronies first before the people they are elected to represent, seem to be the accepted norm by some.

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  9. Pete, its likely to be the same here in NZ. We have a Labour govt led by a gorgeous young woman – who was Tony Blair’s secretary – and very intelligent. She saved lives over Covid – the envy of the world. We have unemployment at 3%, minimum wages have increased, BUT the “male- pale – stale” that is older white men, do not like her. They do not call her Jacinda – but Bitch. They are spreading a mass campaign of hatred via emails and on current polling, she may get voted out next year.
    The replacement is a conservative business leader who wants to get rid of govt servants, privatise everything & give a tax break to the top 3%. The conservatives believe that if you make the rich richer, the profits “trickles down”. It doesn’t. Britain has proved that it trickles up, and in our case, goes off shore.
    And Boris is seen as a joke here in NZ. He’s done a unilateral deal after Brexit of giving us a Billion for our farm produce.
    You’ve got our cricket captain & coach over there now Pete – you aint getting our PM – but I fear she’s for sale.

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    1. Oh dear, I had no idea your conservatives were going after Jacinda. All politicians have their flaws, but she is is a shining star in my eyes. Until our election last Saturday, all the Australians I know wanted her as our PM.

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  10. I am in complete agreement with you, Pete. Your anger resembles mine over the ‘Tories’ that keep getting elected in the US. Thanks to the greed of the right wing, food prices have risen so much, I know many people will starve. The President had to use emergency powers this week to obtains baby formula. And gas prices…All our fuel comes from wells in the USA. Has nothing to do with Putin’s war.
    I wish we all could experience the drastic change that the Australians just voted for in their last election.
    To paraphrase the Bard: The first thing we have to do is kill all the ‘Tories’. Well, not really kill them, just their power.

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  11. As evidenced by all of these comments, this frustration is widespread. I won’t discuss the situation here in the US except to note that we are all in the same boat, everywhere in the world it seems.

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  12. I feel your pain Pete. Sorry to be so blunt in response, but the times seem to demand “blunt” responses.

    This is not about ‘right’ or ‘left’. . . This situation is way, way beyond that, as both sides are significantly compromised.

    This is now about “Free”, or “Slave”. This is about Good verses Evil, simple as that. Utilizing a ‘slow roll-out’ campaign that is well under way, the plan is to destroy Democracy globally, brought to you by the illuminati, via the WEF/U.N. Davos crowd, all done under the auspices of saving the planet from destruction by reducing the global population from ~7.9B down to between 1B and 500 Million.

    Yes, it is EVIL! It is all there in the U.N. Agenda 21 documents for all to see who “have eyes to see”, and a sharp mind to understand the vague double speak in the documents.
    Buckle your seatbelts. Gunna be a HELL of a Ride. . . 😡😡😡

    Everyone – Resist. We are MANY, they are few. . . The people need to take power back from the beuracracy. Simple as That! 🇺🇸🇬🇧🇨🇦

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  13. Thank you for the honesty. You are so right, this country is a dreadful place to live in because of the ‘elite’ and the disregard and disrespect they have for the general population. How people don’t see this when they are voting staggers me. As a current NHS worker seeing what they are doing to the service with underfunding and unreachable targets is depressing. Everyday we are taking abuse from people who are at the same breaking point as the staff.
    We had the chance to elect someone with decent morals a few years ago but look how he’s was treated by the media, terrified their payday would come to an end. It’s hard to see a way out of the situation, especially when the police won’t even take action against the blatant law breaking. Where’s Guy Fawkes when you need him ! Stay strong, we will beat them, we have too.

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  14. I’m sorry things aren’t going well. I’ve tried hard to hold my tongue about our current administration. It’s going to be a rough 2 more years! (hopefully just 2 more!)

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  15. Hi Pete, I try not to comment on foreign politics as I don’t feel qualified to do so but our petrol is going up significantly next week and we have chronic unemployment with people starving on the streets. What happens in first world countries impacts third world countries 100 fold.

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    1. I very much appreciate that, Robbie. I don’t claim we have it as bad as Africa, but as you know from your family in Britain, we have never sunk so low in my lifetime.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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        1. OMG that is awful. The system in US for food, disabled, energy costs in summer and winter is really good for those that qualify and the maturing people in society. They also have a program for paying Internet costs or cell phone costs (one or the other not both). Yet there is food and formula shortages and all sorts of mayhem going on due to this poppycrock administration and the nut president.

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  16. A lot of countries seem to be moving to the right these days …I guess it is a trend …where it comes from, I cannot say for sure … but we too have a clownish buffoon to deal with …and he might end up being our dictator .,..and yes, we have a toddler t ype trying to get us all into a civilization destroying atomic war … so I see where you are coming from and I agree with you but like a lot of people, I am just another tidly in the middle of all the winks and am powerless … more or less.

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      1. I have two separate tours of military duty under my belt and I am proficient on a shitload of weapons and I still feel the same …this country is so separated I feel it will never come together again .. and what difference does it make if we get into a nuclear war … which it looks to me like is the direction our piss poor leadership (On either side, take your choice) is leading us.

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  17. I have not been following the politics there, too busy trying to stay sane in our crazy place. I can’t fathom the issues with freezing people and freezing pipes here when winter set in. We are in the same spot as you.

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    1. It is a new experience for us, Elizabeth. A government that has no shame about laughing at the hardships facing its people. They do not even have the good grace to pretend it is not their fault, they just relish in the obscene profiteering.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  18. Pete had you not mentioned pounds, Parliament and the QueenI would have thought you were talking about US. We are in the same horrible way you are. It is disgusting what governments are doing. The only thing I know for sure from when I lived in London in the early 80s is that the National Insurance/Healthcare was then and is now still good. The Royal Marsden has always been my dream for people in US. Having said that I am sure even that has changed and UK are nothing but kissing cousins and boo boo for that Tea Party some 200 or more years ago. It is no different here than UK. An asinine president and administration with gaffes that make us look like fools. I did not vote for that bumbling idiot or sign up for this life. I am a little younger than you and I too have had a rough go of it but always believed it would get better. If this is 2022 and what is to come in the future we need some sort of decent and calm ground swell that gets through to people so they vote proper. Nonetheless, I’m afraid all politicians are delish evil pigs. Period. I am sorry for what you are suffering but know you are not alone. I’ll keep you in my prayers Pete!

    Your Friend,
    Layla

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  19. Damn, Pete… don’t hold back, buddy. 🙂 Sorry.. I don’t ,mean to make light of your situation. Just not used to seeing you this angry. Oddly, every single thing you just said gets echoed over here constantly. Our buddy, chuq, expresses similar discontent. That’s the whole point.. there’s so much discontent regarding government everywhere… and elected officials specifically. I can offer little in dealing with it all… but I do know this much… if you have your health, that’s at least 90% of every battle. Imagine going through all this as an invalid or something. Simply to compare… I’m your age. and I’ve blathered all this before, but spend my time working as a security guard to get a minimum wage paycheck to add to my Social Security. Together me and the lady do fairly well. If I suddenly get a health issue and can’t work… I will not be able to do it on Social Security alone. I feel each day like I am on borrowed time, heading toward the inevitable. I didn’t have some secret 401k investment like many here. I parlayed the money into buying a business that helped to support the family. at the time.
    Anyway.. just a bit of my story, but I always had my health and that does matter in all this. You are a writer. Go after the elected officials in the ways you can. Keep in mind there is always an equal an opposite re-action to these governmental fiascos. The victims created will end up burdening the system in some manner. Victims always have votes, too.

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    1. I am always this angry, Doug. I have been since I joined the Young Communists while I was still at school. It’s just that I usually avoid it on my main blog, but today I ‘boiled over’.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  20. I know exactly how you feel Pete and I agree that it is a sham. As others have written, it is no different here. The frightening thing is that people still feel our previous government was better. I think we are headed for a break up though how it will play out I have no idea. There is so much hatred and no one wants to compromise. They want everything their way and screw everyone else. But what really baffles me is that working class people really think a republic government is better for them. Just like in the UK, it’s the rich who lead and they don’t care a shit for anyone else. They do and say whatever they can get away with. I heard that some republican is actually proposing to raise taxes on the poor. If you saw the state of our infrastructure you would shake your head. The greatest country on earth? We have one good man who has vision, intelligence and I think ethics but I think he is too good for us. I am sorry Pete that things are so tough. I am not exactly cheering myself.

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          1. I absolutely understand, Pete. I have had rage in the past, still do rarely and it’s frightening. My new doctor wants to take me off a medication other doctors that I was expected to trust put me on, years ago. I was on much stronger doses then. Now they tell me I am still on a strong dose. I’m not an idiot. I can read….three times hospitals put me in withdrawal through carelessness. It is awful, worse even than going off the pain reliever which I was forced to do 2 years ago. I was expected to find alternate means of pain control, basically almost none and now they want to stick the knife in and twist it. If that happens my rage will return. It scares me and I am already a nervous wreck about it. Over here when you pass 40 you are no longer of interest and once you retire, you are just a nuisance. It’s demoralizing but they will get old too one day, if they are lucky. And all those rich, entitled bastards..they will end up just as dead as everyone else.

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  21. It’s really bad here in the United States, too. The average price of regular gasoline here in Nevada is now $5.25, which is more than double what it was during the last administration. Inflation is spiraling out of control. The political divide in this country is ever widening, and so is the gap between rich and poor. There are a lot of angry people here in the States. It’s going to get worse before it gets better, if it ever gets better at all.

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  22. Pete, I am a few years older than you, and am a libertarian bordering on conservative. What you say doesn’t offend me in the least. In the US, both parties are as crooked as the mafia. Neither can be trusted to have our best interest. I know very little of UK politics, but I agree that your PM is a buffoonish clown, and how did he get into office? It’s no better here, we have our own clown show to deal with, but ours has the mental capacity of a toddler and is about to start a nuclear war. Hope things work out better for you in the near future. My wife and myself feel pretty screwed over right now.

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    1. Thanks, Phil. He was mainly elected on a racist ‘anti-immigration’ platform. This country is moving to the Right in politics, and that makes me ashamed to live here.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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