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Theresa May just said austerity is “over”

She was so happy she danced. No, really.

The Prime Minister said there’ll be no more economic sacrifices. Labour says that’s a lie.

What it means: Theresa May just gave a speech at the Tory party conference where two newsworthy things happened. The first is that she announced that austerity, those big cuts to government spending we’ve all had to put up with for the past eight years, is “over”. The second is that she did a dance to ABBA’s 1975 disco classic Dancing Queen. (The BBC very politely referred to her moves as shimmying. You can make up your own mind if that’s a fair description here).

May said local councils can now borrow more money to buy homes, which people are quite excited about because they think if there were more houses around it wouldn’t cost so much to buy or rent one. She also said there will be more money for the NHS. The government has previously promised that this would be a huge £20bn, but has never told us where they’re going to get that money from. Word on the MP grapevine is we’ll have to pay higher taxes, which people are likely to have mixed views about.

But John McDonnell, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor (aka government-moneyman-in-waiting), wasn’t impressed. He pointed out that there’s still loads of welfare cuts scheduled to happen this year, and that local council say they’re going to have a £4 billion hole in their budget. He even threw shade at May’s dancing, saying she was about as likely to keep her economic promises as she was to win Strictly Come Dancing. Hey, if it was good enough for Ed Balls…

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?