Now is not the time for Britain to be alone

Coronavirus will bring with it an economic depression that will be felt worldwide. It is certainly not a good time for Britain to be on our own in the world. We all face an uncertain future. Now is certainly not the right time to be antagonistic towards our current, existing trading partners, the EU. Coronavirus has certainly cast a shadow of doubt over the feasibility of Brexit. Without alternative trading arrangements in place Britain faces a very uncertain and unstable economic future. Despite all of this the Tories continue to aggravate the EU with a non negotiable stance which is likely to lead to a hostile set of difficult negotiations upon which the economic future depends. Still we have no signals of any phenomenal trading agreements with the USA who are most likely to sticking to a policy of America first. Without any viable alternatives we should be taking more care of our existing partnerships.

 

£94 a week SSP is no incentive to self isolate against Coronavirus

£94 SSP is no incentive to self isolate against Coronavirus but it has highlighted how out of touch and unfit for purpose our Benefits System is. For years this has gone on largely hidden from public scrutiny as a result of concerted attacks by both the Tory Party and pressure from the right wing press in order to drive down the amount of support given to vulnerable people in the UK. Now, when a time has come, when this System is needed almost universally by all for support it is found to be wanting and outdated and to be offering only a questionable and inadequate level of support.

£94 a week is an inadequate sum that will not encourage people to self isolate against Coronavirus. This level of support and this amount show that our Benefits System is at least 20 years behind the current costs of living and has probably not been updated in all that time. The reality is that it should be offering at least £250 per week as a survival income. It appears that the government could easily afford to be offering that since it has recently announced that it could support workers salaries up to the level of double that amount and more (£2500 is the limit that it announced). Therefore raising SSP to at least 3x it’s current rate does not seem to be an unreasonable demand.

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Government will give you: £94, rent arrears, loan debts and ultimately destitution, to assist with Coronavirus

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.

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Us and Them in the fight against Coronavirus: reasons to be ashamed to be British

The last couple of weeks has not shown the British Public in a very good light, highlighting just how selfish we really are. Selfishly thinking only of themselves and completely oblivious to the fact that we are all in this together but instead we are seeing completely selfish individuals willing to put themselves first at the expense of others: it’s enough to make you feel ashamed of being British. It just makes you wonder if this government’s message will get through at all and it makes you realise that it’s simply not worth putting your faith in people at all. If this is the behaviour of the British at the very start of this Coronavirus outbreak what will it be like as the situation worsens? Will we see people being mugged in the street for their toilet tissue?

Another reason that I have to be doubtful that the government’s plans to tackle the virus, which relies on people first understanding the government guidelines about proper cleanliness, is an incident that happened to me this week. I am a taxi driver and over the weekend I picked up a fare. I noticed this young lady, I use the term in the broadest sense, was sucking a toffee when she got into the back of my car. Other than the horrible noise she was making whilst sucking on it, I had no reason to glance at her again. The next day I used the car for a  personal shopping trip. I then had cause to go in the rear of the vehicle for some reason and as I surveyed the state of the car to ascertain if it would need to be cleaned, I couldn’t help noticing a half eaten toffee sweet, stuck firmly down on the carpet under the back of the front passenger seat. There was no doubt in my mind who had done this and left it there for removal instead of taking some responsibility for it’s disposal themselves. So how can we put faith in people doing the right thing and taking responsibility when amongst us here in Britain live this type of lazy individuals who care nothing for others and are quick to pass on their individual responsibility to others just because they are darn right too lazy to take any responsibility upon themselves and they are just fundamentally dirty scumbags. I can’t help thinking what a big mistake it was allowing people like these to determine the economic future of Britain. This last few weeks I have felt ashamed to be British and can’t help thinking that the EU must actually be sighing with relief and saying to themselves ‘thank God that they have actually gone’, now that we have left the EU. I for one am lamenting that I can no longer refer to myself as European and have now to defer back to being just British.

‘Putting faith in a selfish bunch of people willing to clear supermarket shelves to ensure that they don’t go without whilst many others may have to, as a result of their  behaviour,  seems simply to be a misguided strategy in the fight against Coronavirus.