David Cameron lost his temper in parliament on Monday, exposing to the world just how outraged he is at the prospect of being held to account in any way.
Cameron doesn’t like anyone questioning his government’s right to do what it pleases—even if that means the Tories secretly colluding with Rupert Murdoch’s empire.
His arrogant performance will only confirm the widespread view that he and his millionaire-packed cabinet are a bunch of posh public schoolboys detached from the concerns of ordinary people.
A poll this week showed that four out of five people think the government is “out of touch”.
Even Cameron’s own Tory MPs are worried about this perception.
They fear a popular backlash could destabilise the government.
That’s why this Thursday’s local elections will be seen as a
referendum on the government’s performance. Final campaigning was still going on as Socialist Worker went to press. But it looked like the Tories were set to suffer major losses.
Of course the government will spin any bad results as the result of normal mid-term blues.
But no one should be fooled by this. Whatever the results, the Tories’ problems will not go away.
This is a government in trouble.
The economy is on the slide. The “hackgate” scandal of corrupt links between the media, police and political elite reaches right into 10 Downing Street.
And the rage over a budget that shamelessly put money in the pockets of the Tories’ rich friends shows no sign of calming.
The only reason the government isn’t in deeper crisis is the feeble opposition it has faced from the Labour Party.
But on Thursday 10 May, just a week after the elections, hundreds of thousands of public sector workers across Britain will strike to defend their pensions.
This is an opportunity for everyone to get out onto the
streets—and to show the Tories they’ve had enough of the attacks.
The theft of public sector workers’ pensions has become symbolic of the depths the old Etonians will go to make ordinary people pay for the crisis.
That’s why time and time again workers have shown they are up for a fight. The last year has seen working class resistance on a scale not seen for generations.
We need to keep up the pressure and organise for more action across all the unions.
This is the sort of opposition the Tories really fear.
Any hesitation in the fight will let Cameron and his corrupt crew off the hook—just at the point where we can skewer them.