The people have had enough

2011-08-13 00:00

THE violence on the streets of major cities in Britain is a revelation and is evidence that people are fed up and they will no longer sit down and watch as politicians screw things up.

Fellow Africans in North Africa, as well as people in Middle Eastern countries such as Syria, continue to stand against autocratic regimes and fight for change.

Major countries such as the United States and those in Europe have battled against the global economic meltdown and, because their economies were not in a healthy state, a lot of them, like Greece, have taken a beating.

I was glad to hear our Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan say that while the debt to Gross Domestic Product ratio of many major international players stands at between 100% to 200%, South Africa’s is between 35% to 40%, which shows that we are in a better place to deal with a double-dip recession, the second part of which is expected sometime next year.

So Briton’s took to the streets, trashing them and looting shops in protest action against their government’s spending cuts.

England’s Prime Minister David Cameron’s response was shocking when he referred to the protestors as “organised gangs”.

Why would gangs take to the streets to protest against a reduction in police numbers?

Would this not work to their advantage? The last thing they want is streets full of police officers as this hinders their dealings.

Who is Cameron trying to fool?

At times, leaders undermine the intelligence of the people and adopt Mbeki’s “I know what’s good for you” approach. Just because people have been quiet for so long does not mean that they have been sleeping and not watching what the government has been doing.

Is Cameron not awake to the reality that people want real change?

The citizens are taxed to death, yet the government’s interventions work against them as shareholders in government.

A few weeks ago, I said that such riots will be seen in the U.S. as people cannot sit and watch forever as two percent of the population controls more than 90% of the wealth, and while the government borrows a couple of trillion dollars to raise the national debt to an all-time high of more than $16 trillion. Something has got to give.

Cuts in government spending in both the UK and U.S. are happening against a backdrop of more than $2 billion being spent a day in their wars around the world, all in the name of making the world a peaceful place. The last time I checked, the U.S. alone was spending $1 billion a day on its wars. Where are its priorities and when will this madness stop?

The people have let their governments make decisions for them while being removed from the realities on the ground, for too long, and the UK riots show that the people have decided that they will no longer lie down.

If leaders and politicians are not serving the interests of the people, whose interests are they serving? We deserve to know at least that much.

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