With all due respect Our Lady of Wisdom and Pleasure,
Moderates and centrist have become the Western equivalent of Zen Buddhists: practicing the Big Do It Not.
My personal disillusionment from the EU came at the exact same time with UK leave vote (not that I support it) even though at the time I was at the other end of the EU diagonally, and more precisely in Greece. Working with an EU funded humanitarian organisation. After a few months of this I had an existential shock from the realisation that the EU had become a socialist structure with nomenklatura not unlike the soviet one.
What's wrong with that? The fact that all nomenklatura turn into a Buddhist Centre of radiance. Each nomenklatura gradually gets into the pure Zen of the Big Do It Not. Where each of its members feels so good, that gets into a paralysis and moves not a little figure, so that to spoil not their tit-heaven.
No itch, no stimulus can set them into action or mission. With the nomenklatur’s progressive establishment, all the functions of its golden work-monks ( work monks are people that abstain from work) abate and finally the whole shines in perfect eternal, motionless rest.
Nevertheless, the largest scale of Big Do-It-Not contamination is the one that I have witnessed while working in London. While in the EU the Big Do It Not syndrome of Why do it when you can just Do It Not concerns mainly managerial positions with those below still do: do work, do maintain, do try to improve. In London all levels are contaminated by the Big Do It Not syndrome (obviously with plenty of exceptions, say teachers and doctors - unfortunately allot of the admin with which they are surrounded is contaminated; and people coming from other countries where work is still worshiped). Literally everybody who has a position of any description, and not necessarily significant, Does it Not. Doesn't talk. Doesn't try to improve. Dpesn't bother. Laziness? Fear? Cinism?
Everybody witnesses corruption and malpractices but none addresses it. That’s why journalists are sent undercover into companies, massive public service sector contractors, where hundreds, and sometimes thousands of people work. I mean really? Why isn’t there amidst those hundreds or even thousands of people somebody to say “Wait a minute, what is going on here? I need to do something about it!”
I mean really, it is not like sending an undercover agent to penetrate a small criminal ring. You are sending a journalist where there are already 100 or even 1000 people working. Why none of them addresses the issues with responsable instances, report to the media, write about it?
Who would pay the personal price to stir the mud? Nobody who has something to lose. Because no matter how small is the wage, and actually the smaller the wage is, the less susceptible to lose it are those earning it.
And from there chaos cometh. From this massive, inert mass of Do It Not doers unwilling to pay a personal price. The mass of working, otherwise decent people with a job and a family, who doesn't want to address corruption and bad practices at their workplace out of fear to lose this same workplace. The more they do the Do It Not the more cynical they become and disappointed by the system and by themselves.
Not unlike the people working in the Home Office's contracted Freud call centre. All of them clearly understanding how Wild Wild West is their company, its practice, the Home Office, and last but not least themselves complying and participating into the fraudulent practices of the Freud call centre.
And it is the same, more or less in the whole public sector. And pretty much the same in large parts of the private sector, as far as I’ve witnessed it in the last 7 years working up and down London.
For it is not the small, peripheral percentage of the unemployed and the super rich that maintain the mechanisms, the fabric of society - it is all the rest. All the people at work. The moderates and centrists, as doubtlessly all participants in this circus do perceive themselves. The many that fear so much of losing what they have - be it plenty or little. The masses of the passive in appearance, active in reality, actors of the dismantling of the same system that feeds them.
Here to be found is the sole contractor of the public sector branch where I work. And no matter how Wild Wild West are their practices, and how mouthy I am - I still can’t bring myself to write about how nuisant are they and how pervert is the practice to accord a whole service of the Public Sector to one sole company, with no alternative no competition. Not that I haven’t tried to address most of the issues with the company itself by writing hundreds of emails, 99% of which met with mortal silence.
Now a word must be said about Emily The Miracle Worker Thornbery. Not only for her taking at heart my issue with the Home Office; but also because her name does miracles. After hundreds of emails sent to my agency to no effect ; desperate, I eventually threatened them to get Emily involved. The results of this threat were multiple and miraculous: suddenly the clauses of my pre Brexit, EU-regulations conform contract were reapplied … after a whole year of breachment. I repeat - after a year as of July 2018, when the company started applying Wild Wild West rules non conform with any regulations, nor with my contract. Say the 100% payment compensation for 24h prior booking cancellation was restored. And many others thay I won't list here.
This is the miracle that the mention of Emily’s name had done for me. Of course, I can’t guarantee that the same miracle has happened to the other 6000 people that do the same work as me for the same massive public services contractor.
Having said that, I will still not vote SPGB. Sorry Emily.