Tories claim that they are being generous and responsible in bringing in measures to tackle the Coronavirus situation but on analysis their measures fall very short of supporting the hardest hit members of society. This government are providing a package of assistance measures that seem to be supporting the needs of big businesses whilst neglecting or even exploiting the poorer members of society. For self employed, gig workers, zero hrs contract worker, you will be entitled to the generous amount of a full £94 a week to cover your costs and your rent. You will be assured that no greedy landlord can boot you out for your rent arrears for at least 3 months but after that you either find the money or you will be destitute. So you had better save some out of the generous £94 that the government will provide for you so that you can pay your rent arrears. Well in fact you had better save it all and spend not a single penny of it because your rent, in itself, is likely to be 3 or 4x the amount you are going to receive. Even worse if you are not sick and self isolating claiming SSP you will only be entitled to the miserly, miserable sum of £57.90.
What is wrong with the British People and why are they such gluttons for punishment. Year by year our incomes become diminished through: utility price rises, spurious taxes (Sugar Tax), Rail Fare hikes and; the costs of goods, food and basic services increasing. Yet still our pay remains frozen or rises at a significantly lower rate than inflation and yet we still put up with it and muddle through. Britain is reverting back to the Victorian times again where we see: charities helping out the poorest sectors of society with a reliance upon philanthropy rather than state policies to support the poorest (which are more often than not the actual cause of the problems), massive rises in homelessness; and the belligerent exploitation of the plight of the poorest by wealthy landlords or unscrupulous employers. Most of us have become victims to this predatory behaviour from the wealthier classes either through our working conditions/practices or simply as a result of the all encompassing feedback we all get from Tory policies and their ideologies. Many of us are caught in a poverty trap just scrapping by and unable to afford to save to buy a home of our own. This simply will not do despite the sham, shallow concern expressed by Prime Minister Theresa May during her ‘JAM’ period, where she tried to convince you that she was concerned but time has revealed this not to be the case. This is position for which she has no real concerns for the plight of the exploited at all. Instead whole generations are being doomed to exist in this lifestyle: being exploited by low wages, few opportunities, dead end jobs or zero hours contracts. The Tories have always insisted that work should pay and they have oft used this as their justification and rallying cry to persecute the poorest unfortunate enough to have to rely on the Benefits System with repeated systematic attacks on the Benefits System in the UK. Yet despite this for the majority in low paid employment work simply is not paying nor bringing about any sort of rewards at all that you would associate with the effort required. This is not good enough! There is really no hope in sight for change: or is there?
On 16/09/19 Boris Johnson turned up for talks in Luxembourg with the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, with what amounted to an empty briefcase ( meaning that there were no new proposals to consider despite having pledged to Angela Merkel last month that he would be ready to offer a new set of proposals within a 30 day time frame). So what does this tell us about Boris Johnson’s strategy for leaving the EU? Well in my opinion it reveals that he is either insane or that he is just creating a huge bluff. So why would Bodge-it Johnson and the Tories want to create a huge bluff and who are they trying to bluff. Well certainly not the EU Commission who are now in no doubt at all that the Tories (not the UK) want to leave the EU with no deal at all. No instead they are trying to bluff and deceive the British Public into believing that they are interested in a deal with the EU when in reality what they really want is a ‘no deal Brexit’ from the EU. Have you ever wondered why the Tories are so keen to push ahead with ‘a no deal Brexit’ despite the gloomy forecast for the UK’s Economic Future and the reality for the majority of UK citizens? Have you ever wondered if they are not telling you something? Perhaps Brexit is just a smokescreen for some other plans the Tories have for the UK.
Boris Johnson and the Tories are being deceitful about Brexit negotiations whereby a no deal Brexit might better suit their plans for the UK
Well in my opinion the plain truth about why they are so keen to achieve a departure from the European Union at whatever cost to this Country lies in the past and the Conservatives’ continued allegiance to the principles of Thatcherism. A recession in the UK enables the Tories to bring about changes to wage structures, an opportunity to scrap/abandon the minimum wage, workers rights, conditions of service and the list goes on. Traditionally Conservatism and Conservative policies have reacted to conditions of recession with the introduction of severe Austerity measures. Thatcherism pursued openly and helped bring about high levels of unemployment in order to increase competition for work and to drive down wages to bare minimums whilst also swinging a hatchet at the Benefits Systems which she saw as an additional burden. Now it would appear that Boris Johnson and those that stand behind him such as the likes of Jacob Rees Mogg want to return to those bad old days. The condescending Rees Mogg in particular, who resembles a Victorian in every aspect of his personality and demeanour, would like to see the working classes put in their place which would be for him in a Victorian Slum if he could gain personally from it. The Tories secret agenda is therefore a return to Thatcherite values in order to exploit the working classes in order to pursue the idea of a low wage economy. A ‘no deal Brexit’ gives them this opportunity to bring this about and seemingly at the will of, and with the seal of approval of the British people. The Tories are duping the British public into falling into this trap. they intend to make a mug of us all.
Privatisations have not worked for the British Public. Privatisations have only been successful only for the shareholders and fatcats. It is now a failed experiment that needs to be addressed. The time for apathy about this issue is over. The privatisations of Margaret Thatcher and John Major have bankrupted Britain robbing money from the public purse and taking away any abilities of subsequent governments to invest in the infra-structure of Britain. The public have been cheated and robbed of their assets by these privatisations which now continue to hold their customers in contempt with massive price rises to satisfy the insatiable greed of the shareholders. These are Britain’s money making assets which have been taken away. It is time to come to our senses and put pressure on, or better still elect a government that is willing to tackle the issue head on and do the right thing. The public need action not some tinkering and adjustment to tariffs : empty promises that never seem to come to anything. This issue needs a complete overhaul and reversal of these privatisations which occurred under Margaret Thatcher and John Major regimes. In all cases the public was mis-sold these privatisations on the promise that it would be good for the consumer and that it was in the consumers best interests to have and benefit from increased competition. However in all cases this has not proved to be the case at all. All we have seen instead is Cartel like behaviour and confusing and mis-leading and expensive pricing structures. The public need to own the Gas Supply Industry, the Electricity Supply Industry and the Railways. It is firmly in the interests of the British Public to do so. With the Capital that public ownership would generate we could improve the NHS, improve public services and start to significantly reduce the National Debt in the UK. It could spell an quicker end to Austerity Measures, which have been unnecessarily imposed on us by a Tory Government and Coalition which lacks any real vision or ambition for Britain.