Sunday, October 31, 2010

He who pays the piper

Why do we talk about British freedom and independence when our political and business leaders have sold the country from under us?

Germany's Deutsche Bahn has owned the Royal Train since 2007 and has now just sacked the manager despite his 30 years' service. Follow the money, and you'll see that you have to pay a Frenchman to get from England to Wales across the Severn. The Frogs also own British Energy. Cadbury's is now American, HP Sauce Dutch, Coca-Cola has just closed down Malvern Water, even the UK's tax offices are owned by a property company based in Bermuda... Banking, car manufacture (or rather, assembly), we could go on. It would be far easier to list the few major enterprises that are still (as ultimate beneficiary) British-owned.

A new book by Matt Taibbi reveals that the same is now going on in America.

Will it eventually become a war of the people against their rulers?


Paddington said...

Just like the original 'Rollerball', and a book by Prederick Pohl, whose name I can't remember, I fear that it will be the eventual collapse of nations, and rise of the corporate world as political entity.

James Higham said...

And I just discovered my security door is Scandinavian. Why?

Sackerson said...

Padders - I forget who said it (a female pundit, I think), but it was something to the effect that we'd rather go to hell in a handcart in our own way rather than to heaven in somebody else's. I guess many of us place getting social and power relations right for us, above mere physical pleasure and security.

James - cheap wood, I guess.

James Higham said...

It's a great worry though that we cannot produce goods either well or cheaply. Economies in that state are usually on the way out.