Monday, July 25, 2011

2011: The year we took on the unaccountable elites


This article of mine appears in today's First Post.

Neil Clark: The people are fighting back - even Charles Moore wonders if ‘the Left may actually be right’
 
Suppose you had read an article on January 1, 2011 predicting that popular uprisings would topple President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and seriously threaten a whole host of other long-established and corrupt Arab regimes; that the Murdoch media empire would be facing meltdown, with Rupert Murdoch himself humiliated by a custard-pie thrower at a Commons select committee hearing; and that bookies would be offering odds of 6-1 in July that David Cameron would be the next member of the government to quit.


You would have dismissed the author of the piece as a fantasist. What on earth is going on?

You can read the whole of the article here.

1 comment:

John said...

Great article, Mr. Clark. I think you are spot on about the “bread on the table” issue.

I remember back in the 1990s, during the Clinton era in the United States, when blue-collar workers continued to see their living standards eroded as NAFTA helped to ship more jobs overseas, plenty of comfortable middle-class professionals were willing to see their less-educated comrades thrown under the bus if it meant cheaper consumer goods for them.

But now, even many professional people are feeling the sting of the bad economy, and I am now seeing more and more middle-class citizens realizing that the only way forward is through solidarity. I hope this becomes a major trend and not just my lying eyes deceiving me!