For years we’ve been told that everything is just sunshine and rainbows with the global economy. Everyone from politicians to media personalities to mainstream financial analysts, have all been guilty of coddling the public with fudged numbers and reassuring news of an economic recovery that never truly manifested. Ever since 2008 (and arguably before then) they’ve done everything in their power to keep us in the dark, and they’ve saturated the airwaves with the same dog and pony show, over and over again, in the hopes that we would never realize how screwed we are.
So how would you feel if one day, a political figure suddenly reached out to the public, dropped the act, and started telling you to prepare for a devastating economic collapse? What if someone with establishment credentials started talking like the end of the world was upon us? That would be kind of strange and unsettling right?
A former adviser to Gordon Brown has urged people to stock up on canned goods and bottled water as stock markets around the world slide.
Damian McBride appeared to suggest that the stock market dip could lead to civil disorder or other situations where it would be unreasonable for someone to leave the house.
“Advice on the looming crash, No.1: get hard cash in a safe place now; don’t assume banks & cashpoints will be open, or bank cards will work,” he tweeted.
“Crash advice No.2: do you have enough bottled water, tinned goods & other essentials at home to live a month indoors? If not, get shopping.
“Crash advice No.3: agree a rally point with your loved ones in case transport and communication gets cut off; somewhere you can all head to.”
Holy crap. I don’t think I’ve ever heard that kind of candor from a public official. This is the same guy who was a special adviser to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who he credits with saving the UK’s economy by nationalizing the banks and giving them bailouts. You can’t get much more mainstream than that. And yet here he is calling for the population to gear up for an economic disaster. He’s also gone on to compare the current crisis with the 2008 crash, and noted that “what’s coming is on 20 times that scale.”
When establishment figures start talking like survivalists, you know something must be horribly wrong. What do you think? Are McBride’s comments a taste of what the political and financial elites are feeling right now, or is this something else entirely?
Joshua Krause is a reporter, writer and researcher at The Daily Sheeple. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and is a freelance writer and author. You can follow Joshua’s reports at Facebook or on his personalTwitter. Joshua’s website is Strange Danger .
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