Carter takes the walk

What did Mike Carter see in his travels.

Anger.

Stoke-on-Trent: 40% living under £16,000/year. 3000 people dependent on food banks. The biggest employer in Stoke-on-Trent: Bet 365.

Walsall: People see council as their enemy. Shut libraries, privatised parks and museums. School asking parents for donations. Rise of rental properties.

Nuneaton: Utter helplessness. Some one tells Carter: If economy goes down the drain after Brexit, people 'will finally know what it feels like to be us'

Northamptonshire: County staff reduced from 4,000 to 150. First council to privatised services like child protection.

Carter writes: "There are no easy answers, but until our politicians begin to acknowledge that the globalised neoliberal economic model is a disaster for human beings and the planet we inhabit, we will remain angry and scared and vulnerable to dog whistles. And maybe that is the point."

Carter's experiences are similar to what I found during my discussions with people in London and other towns. To blame Brexit on the right wing Tory elites is to miss the point completely. To blame Brexit on the fake news is to live in a fake reality. What Carter describes is how people in some parts of Britain live. To call them racist and reject their anger, is to ignore the structural discrimination of the current economy. The economy that mostly favours the rich and only kicks the poor.

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/11/england-brexit-broken-neoliberalism