Detroit, Detroit! ‘The Free Markets’ – another name for Armageddon…

21_september_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,207

Monday 21 September 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

In many ways, though I am not an historical expert, Detroit today stands as a monument to capitalism and, indeed, neoliberalism. It stands as a testament to corruption, betrayal and abandonment, a city and its people used and abused and left for dead.

Capitalism and neoliberalism have no loyalties other than to self serving greed. Faithful workers, even generations of family and worker loyalty, are rewarded with destitution and decay, human resources no longer required, people’s lives and well being valueless, the misery imposed by capitalism’s treachery ignored, people denied even the right to water.

It is a great pity that some part of Detroit cannot be preserved as a monument and a lesson to the reality of ‘free trade’. Small wonder that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and the EU is being conducted mostly in secret. It’s a deal being struck by human jackals and vultures, the lowest human predators, who will grab what they can and abandon what’s left including and especially humanity.

If governments attempt to curb the vultures, there are the Investor-State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) allowing corporations to sue once sovereign nations for loss of profits at whatever inflated rate the vultures decide in secret ‘kangaroo courts with a vested interest in ruling in favour of business’.

I should really call Detroit an ‘example’, as we’ll soon be able to boast our own monuments, not least if the insanity of fracking, or extreme energy extraction (cutely spun as ‘unconventional’ whilst deprived of any meaning), goes ahead. Will the frackers clear up the water tables, aquifers, rivers, land, road and community devastation and millions of gallons of irretrievably polluted fracking fluid? Hardly. That’s the free market for you, free of any and all social responsibility, just take the money and run.

What is your governmental response to fracking and community concerns? Fast tracking – giving councils and communities no time to properly review the environmental implications of fracking. Curiously, it seems your own constituency of Witney seems to have remained mysteriously fracking application free even whist the surrounding areas have not, giving rise to a comment from Anne McIntosh MP that fracking would ‘not be coming to Witney anytime soon’. I note you responded to McIntosh by saying you would be ‘very happy’ if fracking were to occur in your constituency. Any time frame in mind, or just a little throw away appeaser for the great, and despised, unwashed?

Detroit (‘Motor City’ no more) should be a lesson to us all, but who will listen and will we learn?


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