Labour use the language of fairness all the time. They use the idea of fairness to justify all sorts of limitations on liberty and tax attacks on the many. One of the biggest disappointments and surprises is just how unfair they have turned out to be.
I feel a speech coming on like Neil Kinnock’s best one, adapted to modern conditions:
I warn you, do not be a saver under this government. They will slash your interest rate, undermine the value of your currency, and tax you on the meagre proceeds of your prudence.
I warn you, do not be a motorist under this government. They will try to regulate and tax you off the road, blaming you for all the environmental crimes of the planet.
I warn you, do not be a resident of the Home counties. They will tax you more to pay for the rest, and will build all over your remaining greenfields.
I warn you, do not be a small business owner creating jobs. They will hurl the regulatory book at you, undermine your market by bad economic policy and tax any success you may still have.
I warn you, do not seek to avoid dependence on the state to keep your independence. The Inspectors and Regulators will still come after you to capture your every personal detail and movement for their databases.
I warn you, do not think you live in a democracy with freedom of information. If you criticise the goverment and publish some government information, you may be hounded and harried.
I warn you, do not seek to have thoughts that are different from the government’s. The thought police will monitor your blogs, listen to your conversations, and charge you with thought crimes if you offend the politically correct nostra.
I warn you, do not own a TV under this government. If you do you will be expected to pay a Poll Tax and dutifully accept Labour propoganda put out by the BBC in so many of their editorial choices of questions, guests and story lines.
I warn you, do not be well educated under this government. To be have done well at school and university shows you are privileged, and part of the problem as the governent sees it.
I am all for more fairness for the disabled, the elderly, and those who cannot compete in this fast moving competitive world. That does not require a government which treats many of the prudent, responsible, independent people as the enemy. It just requires a government which runs the economy and public spending well enough for the active and successful so there is enough money at sensible tax rates to be generous to those in need.