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I was reminded in the comments section of the Observer on line this morning that the problems we are facing today, of the excessive rewarding of those we might call “the Elite”; the “Establishment”; “The Oligarch Kings”; or the “1%”, have been faced before even if perhaps with not such urgency; the problems that Huey Long faced when he was “The Lenin of Lousiana”.

What follows below is taken from the Manifesto of the British Labour Party in 1945 just before their landslide victory after World War II.

“In the years that followed (the first world war) the “hard-faced men” and their political friends kept control of the Government. They controlled the banks, the mines, the big industries, largely the press and the cinema. They controlled the means by which the people got their living. They controlled the ways by which most of the people learned about the world outside. This happened in all the big industrialised countries.
Great economic blizzards swept the world in those years. The great inter-war slumps were not acts of God or of blind forces. They were the sure and certain result of the concentration of too much economic power in the hands of too few men. These men had only learned how to act in the interest of their own bureaucratically-run private monopolies which may be likened to totalitarian oligarchies within our democratic State. They had and they felt no responsibility to the nation.

And now?

Now we have Edward Morribund whose Labour party becomes less and less discernible from the Conservatives, as in America the Republican and Democrat parties morphed into mirror images of themselves years ago. Nor do they seem to wish to change this, which only fuels the resentment and revolutionary thinking that rises in both countries.

Copyright David Macadam 2014