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By Johnny Helzapopin

“The money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of the restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit.

“Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits.

“Recognition of the falsity of material wealth as the standard of success goes hand in hand with the abandonment of the false belief that public office and high political position are to be valued only by the standards of pride of place and personal profit and there must be an end to a conduct in banking and in business which too often has given to a sacred trust the likeness of callous and selfish wrongdoing.

“Restoration calls, however, not for changes in ethics alone. This Nation asks for action, and action now.

“Our greatest primary task is to put people to work. This is no unsolvable problem if we face it wisely and courageously. It can be accomplished in part by direct recruiting by the Government itself, treating the task as we would treat the emergency of a war, but at the same time, through this employment, accomplishing greatly needed projects to stimulate and reorganize the use of our natural resources. We must act and act quickly

“Finally, in our progress toward a resumption of work we require two safeguards against a return of the evils of the old order; there must be a strict supervision of all banking and credits and investments; there must be an end to speculation with other people’s money, and there must be provision for an adequate but sound currency.”

The above words are not mine, they are words that speak to the importance of regulation of the financial sector and the idea that profit in place of social advancement is one of the great evils society faces today. These words contain, in my opinion, some of the most relevant lessons humanity must learn in order to promote equality among all those who make up the human race. The fact that these words are so relevant is surprising given when they were said and by who, they are taken from the first inaugural address by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in March 1933.

It seems the lessons that were learned all those years ago have been forgotten, once again the financial sector is at the forefront of greed and wrongdoing complicit in scandal after scandal while the most vulnerable suffer. The ones who live at the bottom of the ladder are unable to keep their homes, forced to beg for a pittance whilst under attack from right wing governments and media alike. These attacks see those who are most desperate again derided from those who also occupy that bottom rung of the ladder. Divide and rule is the order of the day, the never ending boom and bust cycle of economics sees us once again under Tory rule at a time of severe strife.

It’s back to basics for ‘Dave’ and his Bullingdon club cabinet cuts, cuts and more cuts. Crony capitalism is the natural breeding ground for a Tory. While the public sector fights for the rights they have already fought for and won, places like the North East, Liverpool and Manchester, ever the enemy of Southern Conservative selfishnes,s are being decimated by high unemployment and even higher youth unemployment. Meanwhile in SW19 Cameron, Clegg, Murdoch and Johnson attend the same tennis match, the same garden party or the same corporate reacharound in the name of the Olympic family.

The Jubilee provided a welcome distraction for a while presumably so Michael Gove could take a break from proposing we buy her majesty a new yacht so he could try to sneak in a bill to give an educational death sentence to most of this country’s children in the form of two tier examinations designed to keep those who have and those who haven’t firmly in their place.

The latest, to quote the excellent “The Thick of IT” much misquoted by right and left leaning MPs in the commons alike ‘omnishambles’ of that den of fuckwittery is the House of Lords reform, as if having an unelected head of state wasn’t enough there seems to be no end in sight to having an unelected branch of lawmakers as well. By the way Labour, who apparently support the bill, are still voting against it until it’s made clearer, we might get a bit of democracy in action sometime this century then.

It’s not all bad news though as any Tory will tell you we have erm, we’ve got some… well look we’re not Greece so isn’t that great, we’ve got to compete and that means some good old Puritan struggle, no dirty socialist help for you either pull yourself up by your bootstraps or work for Tesco for nothing you piece of scum.

Speaking of socialists I see François Hollande is currently in the country on his first official visit, our beloved Prime Minister is receiving him at Downing Street, which must be slightly awkward since he refused to meet him before he had to instead courting French businesses to come and be based here where they can benefit from tax cuts rather than in a 75% tax rate France

We’re all in this together rings more hollow by the week.

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