Boris admires those still rich in recession

2:52pm Friday 6th December 2013

 SIR – With reference to Boris Johnson’s comment about the living wage (“It is not only morally right, but makes good business sense too”), which you quoted in a recent editorial.

Sadly, as evidenced in the annual Margaret Thatcher lecture that he delivered last month, Mr Johnson is in fact content for the financial crisis to be exploited so that the gap between rich and poor increases.

Whilst the welfare state is dismantled, public services are privatised, and half a million people use food banks to survive, he expresses admiration for the wealthy few who caused, and continue to benefit from, the crisis.

Under the banner of austerity, and aided by the corporate press, his friends in the government demonise welfare claimants, disabled people and immigrants in order to distract us from challenging a corrupt and increasingly undemocratic system.

As George Monbiot wrote in The Guardian on November 11: ‘The political role of business corporations is generally interpreted as that of lobbyists, seeking to influence government policy.

In reality they belong on the inside.

They are part of the nexus of power that creates policy...where, beyond the Green Party, Plaid Cymru, and a few ageing Labour backbenchers, is the political resistance?’

NEIL LAURENSON

Worcester Green Party

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