I’ve been wondering lately why those people who intend on voting Conservative at the next general election, actually like President Obama. Surely he stands for everything they’re against? I couldn’t imagine Maggie Thatcher fans claiming the greatest President that ever lived was Franklin Roosevelt (even though, he was) who spent a fortune on the New Deal stimilus package in the 1930s. Similarly, I can’t understand why anyone supporting David Cameron, would claim to be a fan of Obama? It makes no sense, it’s an odd infliction. And so it’s leading me to the disappointing, and rather worrying belief that people wont be voting Conservative because they like the idea of a Conservative government; people will vote Conservative because they dislike Gordon Brown.
I think the younger generation, who appear to have lost touch with Politics, see a Nation on the brink of economic disaster, and naturally feel drawn to the opposite side. They don’t however, understand what the opposite side is offering. Of course we all accept that Brown’s claim to have abolished boom and bust, is quite frankly ridiculous. But that isn’t reason enough to empower a new Tory regime.
Latest Polls show that people seem to be happier for the Tories to take control of the economy, despite the misery they caused last time. Despite the fact that this time, they offer no help to those less fortunate during recession. They aren’t offering training programs, they aren’t offering infrastructure investment, they aren’t offering investment in future technology. They are just offering the same shit, cut public spending, cut tax. As if that solves anything at all. They do not seem to understand that the most hard hit families, rely on public spending which if cut, would harm those families but help those who are coping fine as it is. We are not Republican America, we are not a Country under the failed presumption that public spending means Socialism. It doesn’t. The Conservatives would be the very worst Political Party to have in Government. Neoliberalism has failed. We are in recession, because of Neoliberalism. The Conservatives, are offering more Neoliberalism. Do you see the problem?
The last time the Conservatives had their Right Wing grip on Britain, we had full scale riots, 60% of Liverpool’s workforce unemployed (which under Labour has decreased so far, that they are well above the national average for employment rates) to the point where people rioted (again, Tories are good at causing riots) and police were forced to use tear gas, section 28 of the local government act telling schools not to teach homosexuality as natural, so alienating children, and an attempt to completely underfund the NHS to the point of near collapse. Then of course, they began to sell off the council houses, meaning 20 years later, my generation has been betrayed by the greed of the Tory years, now unable to get anywhere near the housing ladder. Yeah thanks for that. And now, because of their disastrous “leave it to the market” neoliberalist Conservative agenda, taken at it’s word by New Labour, we have a knackered economy. We have utility companies charging extortionate rates that people can’t afford, and that some have actually died because they can’t afford it. The Tories left power in 1997 having left a child poverty rate that grew 34% since they took over Government in the late 1970s. Not forgetting that year long period of 15% interest rates. That was a wonderful year.
Since that wondrous Conservative 1988 Housing Act, landlords can freely set rent at whatever price they so choice, which usually means most of the tenant’s wages per month, which in turn meant those tenant’s cannot save enough to get a mortgage, even though mortgage payments are usually cheaper than the rent they’re currently paying. And so enter the sub prime market. We all know what happened with that one.
Under the Tories, more than 300,000 workers earned less than £1.50 an hour, with Job Centres advertising jobs for 80p an hour. GO TEAM TORY
We lost everything during Thatcher’s reign, but hey, the rich got richer. So that’s okay, right?
And what do the Tories suggest we do about the economic crises? Invest in infrastructure? Nope. Invest in training programs? Nope. Invest in much needed green technology to kickstart a failing economy? Nope. Typical Tories, offering nothing new. Leaving those less fortunate to sink further.
The Shadow Foreign Secretary, William Hague, repeatedly seems to enjoy attacking the Government on their “wasteful spending campaign” and their fiscal irresponsibility, and yet, appears to have forgotten that he’d been paid £30,000 for two after dinner speeches….at RBS. Not only that, but given that deregulation of the financial markets got us into the mess we’re in today, it’s a bit rich for the Shadow Foreign Secretary to be claiming that the Tories are the party to lead Britain through the economic crises, given that during his last campaign, Hague is quoted as saying;
“As prime minister I will make deregulation one of my top priorities. I will drive deregulation from the centre and I will promote ministers not on the basis of whether they regulate enough but on the basis of how much they deregulate”.
Suddenly people (the rich, who benefited under Thatcher) seem to think that it’s their God given right to own, two, three, four or more homes – using them once or twice a year on holiday – whilst others fail to be able to afford even one home because they’ve all been taken up. Rights only seem to apply to those with money.
And then of course, you have to move onto the Tories constant attacks on the immorality of Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith claims on her home in Worcester to the amount of close to £23,000 in 2007-2008; despite the fact that Conservative Shadow leader of the Commons Alan Duncan has claimed £143,392 since 2001 on a second home despite renting out a privately owned third property in Westminster, earning him a tidy profit at the expense of, well, us.
Or Tory MP James Clappison, who owns farm land, 22 rented houses in Yorkshire, and an entire Cricket Ground, and yet still thought it morally acceptable to claim £97,892 in 2nd home allowances.
Or the largest 2nd homes claim made by MPs, coming from Tory MP Douglas Hogg, who rented out three London Properties, whilst claiming £143,651 since 2001.
The Tories have not suddenly gained a social conscience. Nor is their rhetoric convincing to those of us who actually take an interest in Politics.
New Labour repealed that nasty little Section 28. New Labour have made it possible for me to go to University, whilst the Right Wing seem to think that only kids who have rich parents, should be allowed that luxury. New Labour set up EMA which meant I could leave my dead end boring job to go back to college. New Labour set up minimum wage (which David Cameron voted against), New Labour extended maternity leave and paternity leave to which the Tories voted against, and the best ever A-Level results, came under New Labour (Tories like to suggest that tests are easier, rather than educational standards improving… and given that I took my A-Levels in 2008, I can promise you, educational standards were much higher than I expected, and tests were pretty fucking hard). Before the current recession hit, unemployment because of New Labour had hit it’s lowest rate since 1975, compared with 3,000,000 unemployed throughout the first half of the Tory regime in the 1980s. New Labour created free nursery education for children 3 and 4 years old – something the Tories voted against. Of course New Labour have made mistakes, and things are far from perfect. But given the choice, i’d rather have a government that invests in social projects, invests in training, invests in green initiatives, invests in the future, rather than a government full of out of touch Etonian morons that choose to paint all less advantaged people as “lazy” and offer nothing but deadly cuts in public spending. In 1997 people living in France, Germany, Belgium and Japan were all wealthier than us. By 2002 we had overtaken them all.
I do not want to empower a Party that seems to think it’s fine that millions of children exist in poverty, whilst executives take home a pay cheque equal to 718 times that which the average employee takes home. When wealth is relocated to the poorer, dilapudated, violent areas of the Country, the Conservatives start complaining that Socialism is on it’s way back. When
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relocate ridiculously large amounts of wealth to themselves, it’s labelled “freedom” and “Capitalism” when in truth, it’s Stalinism for the rich under the mask of “free markets” and “trickle down economics“, which the Conservative Party still hold dear to their core system of beliefs today. I wont shame my principles by voting for such crap. I may not like Gordon Brown, but I dislike the idea of a Conservative Government much much more.