having seen the clip shown,she is seen and heard identifying herself as a firefighter but not specifically by name nor her emplloyer(fire services currently remain county based here at present).she then asked the question that whilst not wishing to strike,what other means were left in the context of public sector cuts.
this is not 1945 when the main means of public communication involved little or no television,and political meetings were more frequent and in public.the idealogical and media terrain has changed.televison has become one of the only ways to conduct pale reflections of what passes for public debate and accountability.
whilst i welcome the opportunities afforded by ne media,it is clear that nearly everything about them remains in the grip of those who rule over us and buy our labour.
the situation this woman has been placed in is becoming more frequent if not neccessarilly so public.it is also said of the uk that workers in britain work longer hours than elsewher in europe.i suspect that the pressure and stress at work in the uk might also be higher and that this includes increasing pressures on many of us that our behaviour and thinking at,around and after work is also under scrutiny.at the same time individual appraisal systems whillst sold to us as increased personal attention are actually about increasiung our individuation,and by implication our alienation.it also tries to micro manage every detail of our lives in the interests of productivity and profit.they use every means and half baked idea to bind us to their banal system.
this reflects my own experience where beyond the individual intent of individual managers,i like many feel under more detailed scrutiny,and they want me and my colleagues to be ambassadors for the service outside and beyond the actual hours and dimensions of the job.
they might purchase my labour but they shall notg command me beyond that.indeed,i hate even this compromise even more than in the past.enough is too mmuch and we should not tolerate it.
i find myself angry not just that my values as a revolutionary socialist are not theirs,but that they cannot make their own system work properly.and that it impinges on all our lives so badly.
i want at worst to work to live not live to work.we,the working class whose labour underpins their damned system across the world have better things to do with our time,our lives and our aspirations than this.
to heel with it all.lets rebuild something better.