So here’s the reason for the Daily Mail’s attack on Ed Milliband’s father.
Referring to Ed Miliband’s speech to the Labour Party conference on 24 September, Daily Mail editor Mr Dacre said the paper was “deeply concerned that in 2013, after all the failures of socialism in the 20th Century, the leader of the Labour Party was announcing its return, complete with land seizures and price fixing”.
The paper therefore reasoned that “the public had the right to know what influenced the Labour leader’s Marxist father, to whom he constantly referred in his speeches”. source: The Independent
But 20th Century capitalism’s been such a success! The world is facing a crisis of resource distribution, which is evidenced in the UK by the news:
The Red Cross will this winter start collecting and distributing food aid to the needy in Britain for the first time since the Second World War, as welfare cuts and the economic downturn send soaring numbers of people to soup kitchens and food banks. Source: BBC.
Further afield we find that foreign workers in one of the world’s richest countries Qatar face exploitation and abuses that amount to modern-day slavery.
I don’t know about the selfish gene but there’s certainly selfish capitalism at work. As long as we remain wedded to the belief that capitalism is the only way, particularly Laisser-faire economics, then ever more of us will be exploited, starved and ultimately meet a squalid, painful and premature death, this is what unfettered capitalism will inflict on our country and the world.
Our inaction brings to mind appropriately pastor Martin Niemöller’s poem.
First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
Which today should probably start first they came for the disabled, you can fill in the rest.
But in the end Dacre’s a clever capitalist instead of discussing the issues we’re concerned over Ed Miliband’s father’s Maxism and Jonathan Harmsworth, the Daily Mail’s owner’s grandfathers Nazi sympathies.
If we’re to consider ourselves civilised then we can no longer ignore the fate of those less fortunate than ourselves.