THE ELECTION logo and theme behind Jeremy Corbin’s surprise electoral surge in the UK — For the many, not the few — brilliantly summed-up the frustrations of the general populace, there and here.
The fact that a severely left wing leader with no practical policies or experience could gain such a surge against the traditionally electorally pragmatic conservatives only highlights how pinged-off most people of various electoral colours are with the Big Business/Big Bureaucrat elites who appear to treat ordinary folk, small business and farmers as serfs and peasants who should be grateful.
We should extend ‘the many’ to include not just the general employee populace, but also small business and farmers who have little bargaining power against the BIGs on pricing of wages and pricing or payment terms for their output — or pricing on their inputs (electricity and gas prices, government fees and charges that are triple or more inflation, supermarket or fuel pricing that appears to have no relation to global or market prices).
The important point for those of us in small business and farms is that we need to be included in the oppressed ‘many’.
Premier Palaszczuk has forecast an electricity deal obviously aimed at the unhappy many by halving the price rise for homeowners by the weak and Treasury-captured Queensland Competition Authority.
This should have been done years ago.
But Premier P has left the extortionate and unjustified price rises for small business and farmers.
Without small business and farms, most Queenslanders don’t have jobs — let alone food to eat.
If Premier P wants to follow the populism of “for the many” in her obviously election-targeted Queensland budget, she needs some to include small business and farms in the relief from unjustified hikes in government charges and fees — especially electricity.
Because, without that relief, small business and farms can’t create the “jobs, jobs, jobs” that is her mantra.