....Great article. Just saw you over on the UT site. Did you see Stuart Hall in the Guardian last week ?
Yes mate, I somehow missed it last week but my brother told me about his amazement at the fact that the Guardian had featured an above the line criticism of Neoliberalism, so I dug it out a couple of days ago.Overall a great piece, clearly Stuart Hall is a much more polished writer than I am but sometimes I think simplicity (basic comparisons, bullet points) can deliver a message just as effectively as a long carefully constructed essay. Not that I'm averse to writing articles that turn into stonking great essays, check out the Great Neoliberal Lie if you enjoy reading longwinded criticisms of neoliberal economics (its been at the top of my most popular posts column since I wrote it).Cheers for your comment and feel free to stick around here. (Constructive criticism is as welcome here as praise!)
I agree that the comparison method is useful, and powerful.What I liked about Hall's piece is ability to put it all in the round... I have been astonished and dismayed at how little the Guardian has taken Eric Pickles' cuts to task on an ideological level. Of course they're front-loaded to the first financial year out of four - so that local authorities will have to make permanent changes - the deletion of services and creation of mass unemployment. Even the fucking DofH stepped in, pronto- see the Secion 256 arrangements brought in to mitigate / ameliorate the worst vandalsim of services of the vulnerable. (PCTs are given £££millions to spend on Health and Social Care initiatives - and pay on the cash to County Councils / local Authorities. OK, it amounts to one or two percent of the overall cuts, but is shows hoe even WHITEHALL couldn't stomach this massacre of the state) Where *the fuck* is the comment about that ? Pickles wanted the cuts to go further and deeper. It was clear as day the first minute I heard my Director of Adult Social Services announce the impact at a meeting I attended last December that this is purely ideoplogical. Those slack jawed fuckers in NL and the Guardian daren't even go there. Daren't, or are too deeply invested. The BBC daren't challenge this orthodoxy, as if it's some kind of natural law, rather than a set of theories hitched to a dogma whose time has clearly come and gone.....Sorry, I'm a bit raw at the minute. Keep up the good work mate.
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