Today the UK government announced its budget, with great fanfare, scrutiny, and debate. But no-one else did.
I didn’t see any of the other major power-centres of the UK economy – big banks, corporations, rich individuals, etc. – announcing what they were doing to help get the British economy out of recession. I didn’t read any articles that took some massive company and laid out what they were spending on social support, what they were spending on green energy, what they were spending on protecting jobs – or rather, that exposed how much they were laying people off, investing in fossil fuel expansion, that they were reneging on contracts with their employees etc. etc.
Sometimes, of course, such entities do throw a few crumbs to social purposes, and then make adverts telling us about it without contexts, forcing a few hippies in an internet cafe to put in the effort to give that context. And the newspapers don’t seem to be very interested in pro-actively interrogating them. We’re certainly not told what contributions they are making towards reducing national debt.