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17 March, 2017

An example of how the establishment completely ignores what people really want

If you think that people fully adopt the neoliberal dominant 'religion' as the mainstream media propaganda and other carriers of the neoliberalism propagate, then you should re-think it.

Even in the UK, one of the 'holy motherlands' of neoliberalism, people often request things that could be considered totally opposite to the neoliberal establishment.

In his book The Establishment: And how they get away with it, Owen Jones writes about two polls by YouGov in the UK:

One YouGov poll in Nov. 2013 showed that while three-quarters of voters backed Miliband's proposals to give government the powers to set gas and electricity prices, nearly seven out of ten Britons wanted energy renationalized, which was not something the cautious Miliband was prepared to offer. 

Even Tory voters advocated state takeovers. Two-thirds of the British electorate wanted the railways and Royal Mail back in public ownership; a plurality of voters were in favour of government powers to set private-sector rents, and more than a thrid of the population even went as far as backing state controls on food and grocery prices. 

An earlier YouGov poll revealed that nearly six out of ten Britons advocated a new 75 per cent tax band for those earning 1 million pounds or more, a position even four out oif ten Tory voters supported.

For the more thoughtful supporters of the Establishment consensus, such finding provoked near panic. In an editorial entitled 'There is Sadly Mass Support for Nationalization and Price Controls', Allister Heath, the former editor of the London business daily City A. M., responded to the poll findings: 'Slowly but surely, the public is turning its back on the free-market economy and re-embracing an atavistic version of socialism which, if implemented, would end in tears,' he warned. 'On some economic issues, the public is far more left wing than the Tories realize or than Labour can believe.' The findings were 'terrifying', he added. 'Supporters of the market economy have a very big problem,' he concluded. 'Unless they address the concerns of the public, they will be annihilated.' It was a picture that members of the business elite increasingly recognized, too.

Jones concludes:

Here is the reality of modern British politics. The views of millions of Britons are simply not represented. Even mild shifts by the Labour leadership away from the Establishment's groupthink trigger a frenzied response. A narrow consensus is zealously guarded and policed. In part, free-market globalization helps to reinforce the sense that the ideas of the Establishment are unchallengeable. The argument goes like this: a departure from its political tenets would provoke the wrath of big business and capital, who would then flee the country and bring the economy grinding to a halt.

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