Good news for conservatives – the lady at the supermarket last night, seeing my raised eyebrow at some overpriced item, suspected I was wondering at how quickly the prices of basic consumer goods are rising. And, she was more than willing to tell me what was to blame for them.
“That Copenhagen thing.”
She’s heard – you can guess where – that Copenhagen will make Australians’ lot unbearable. And that even before it’s signed, it’s already doing so. And she fervently believes it.
Which is fantastic news for the powers that be. Because from December onwards, it’s the handy scapegoat for everything that goes wrong. Corporate Australia will screw the hell out of ordinary Australians, as they have been – and their advocates in the media will be shameless and relentless in using Copenhagen to blame it on “the left”.
It’s basically just a variation on the classic “keep public funding to schools and hospitals low so the rich can minimise tax – blame the resulting problems on the immigrants” sort of scheme.
A beautiful era of being ripped off and attacked for it at the same time approaches.