could lead to the breakdown of struggling families
means at least that somebody is thinking of them, even if, remarkably, it is only the UK’s tax authority.
(Government seem to have ceased to take either workers or struggling families into account.)
I consider we should reorientate today’s thinking from the rather Marxist and old fashioned narrative of capital and workers. It doesn’t mean that Marx didn’t have a point, but in acknowledging even if tacitly, dialectical materialism he recognised that he was on a journey of discovery and one which was likely to evolve.
Unsurprisingly it has. I suggest we should acknowledge that the overwhelming majority of us work.
Look what HMRC go on to say:
There may be an impact on family formation, stability or breakdown as individuals, who are currently just about managing financially, will see their disposable income reduce.”
Further they also forecast the increase would impact companies’ decisions on hiring staff, and setting salaries.
The people hit by this National Insurance rise are it seems, both capitalists and workers. And those who aren’t? Predominantly landlords, investors and financiers.
In other words people skimming off a layer from the rest of us in order to benefit themselves.
Still, when we know too that taxes do not finance government we get a rather different outlook.
No longer is value produced only in the private sector. When we are so often told by the right that without the private sector we could not afford the NHS for example, in fact the reverse is true. Without a healthy labour force, the economy, as we are seeing, collapses.
Value being produced only in the private sector actually looks very much like the right adopting the ideas of old fashioned Marxism.
A left wing response getting lost in workers versus capital is a pretty meaningless decline into identity politics, since broadly we all work and usually we have some form of pension investment that is skimming in order to provide future income.
Labour in its widest sense produces the value in society for sure, but what it does not do is create the money that is used to allocate and motivate that labour.
Government does that by decree and it orientates and motivates the labour resources – the workers and the work they do – that it considers society requires.
And that is what so many of us workers are unaware of.