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Three-headed monster at the gates of Downing Street

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IN GREEK mythology, a three-headed dog named Cerberus guarded the gates of Hades. This hound was described in Dante Alighieri’s 14th century poem Divine Comedy as an eternal tormenter of the gluttonous. But the greedy sinners in Hell’s third circle were guilty of more than scarfing too much pizza. Their dastardly deeds as corrupt politicians had caused the ruin of Dante’s beloved city of Florence as they were blind to the damage inflicted by their insatiable appetite for power. They were consequently fated to lie face down in mud while being pummelled by rain and continually bitten by a ferocious dog.

Were Dante alive today to witness the shambolic machinations of our leaders I can imagine him placing the current cast of pretenders into a fresh circle after the original nine of his Inferno – appropriately named No 10. The tenth circle of Hell would be rife with the stench of self-aggrandisement, obsequiousness to Big Tech and Big Pharma whilst pandering to foreign interests including warmongers and wealthy elites. This runs in tandem with the monolithic Westminster Blob, grown so morbidly obese it cannot allow tax cuts to impose a sensible diet. 

The horrifying reality is that Jeremy Hunt of the mad stare is now at the helm. He’s proved his globalist credentials by expressing deep fervour for forcibly removing Covid-positive people from their homes to incarcerate them in isolation camps. First mate Grant Shapps is ready to fling wide open our borders to many more hundreds of thousands by the end of next year. This is a slap in the face to Conservative voters as those in power have no shred of a democratic mandate. Imposing their will of further taxes to depress living standards while increasing benefits payments will prove a recipe for carnage amongst voters already tired of seeing their pay slips dwindle. Older people should also be furious about the devaluation of their pension pots. Homeowners (a historically critical Tory voting block) will wince at their higher mortgage payments from interest rate rises, and everyone will suffer from escalating energy costs due to Net Zero madness. These faux-conservatives may hold power now, but nobody believes the party can survive a General Election.

Cerberus’s mythical heads can be compared to the three devouring forces of inflation, rising interest rates and tax hikes. Rishi Sunak has said that inflation must come under control before he could bring down taxes. But without reducing taxes, the economy can’t grow; meanwhile interest rates have to rise to check inflation, which isn’t going to win seats at the polls. Liz Truss’s last gasping words as PM – ‘growth’ and ‘stability’ – look like mirages at this point. We should be braced for mass closures of SMEs. Already, the Guardian expects the the trend of a ‘lost generation’ of small businesses to continue with more than 53 per cent likely to fold due to spiralling energy costs within the next 12 months

All this throws into sharp relief a fundamental rift within the Tories, as noted by political commentator Matthew Goodwin in a clip from this Triggernometry podcast. But while he frames both groups within the Leaver camp, it is clear that what he calls the ‘liberal Leavers’ do not have the interests of the nation at heart and aren’t even Brexiteers. These charlatans would like to increase the number of migrants to more than 300,000 annually (not counting the Channel dinghies) and give visas to more wealthy students to prop up universities with higher fees while domestic students and workers are sidelined. It doubtless seems an easier short-term solution than investing in training and employment for British workers.  

Perhaps Home Secretary Shapps should see the film The Woman King, which tells the true story of a tribe called Dahomey in 19th century Africa who freed themselves from slavers plundering their resources for profit. The Dahomey were fiercely proud people who stopped outsiders from exploiting them. Controlling our borders is not racist, bigoted or xenophobic, as Suella Braverman has pointed out. To assess the strain on such functions as police and public health services, the impact on rents from more demand on housing stock and other pernicious effects from the influx of migrants is to face reality. The current record high number of visas issued to foreign students is preventing talented British youngsters from gaining places at top universitiesThe UK hosted a whopping 605,130 foreign students in the 2020/2021 academic year (a figure which was not expected to be reached until 2030)

Our downward trajectory to economic wasteland will continue without abatement irrespective of which muppet gets installed as PM next. Chancellor Hunt holds the purse-strings and we know from his lockdown leanings and expressed desire for closer ties with China just how little regard he has for personal freedoms or Western democracy. Another lockdown lover, Michael Gove, showed promise a few years ago in speaking out against ‘crony capitalism’ but turned out to be all talk and no action.

As told in The Woman King, the Dahomey resolved to reject the yoke of slavery and invest in business endeavours to grow their economy. Their fierce female warriors fought for the integrity of their tribe.

Conservatives who don’t likewise stand up for the British people deserve to be devoured by the three-headed monster of oblivion at our next General Election. 

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Bridget Jones 2024
Bridget Jones 2024
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