We are now into our second term of having a Tory government. I, amongst many cried again when they won the last general election, just like I did the time before. My immediate thoughts were that they were going to ruin this country and to destroy the poor. I really wasn’t wrong was I?
I remember living under Thatchers rule or “that woman” as we had to call her. Her name couldn’t be uttered in our house. My father lost his job as a steel worker and as a result he became unemployed. I remember having no decent shoes to wear, all had holes underneath that I used to fill with cardboard. But that wasn’t unusual then, most of my friends did the same thing.
I remember food bring short, and my mother managing to spread a small amount of food between us all. I remember the coal strikes and the blackouts that went with them. But along with that I remember that they were doing the right thing and sitting round a candle at night wasn’t so bad. Even now I remember the miners and their struggle. They had a terrible time. But their struggle instilled in me the thought of never giving up.
As I got older I remember the massive marches against the Iraq war. A war that should never have happened, but it did and thousands of innocent life’s were lost. If you haven’t seen the film we are many I suggest you watch it.
It’s fantastic. I realised then that war is wrong, well I already realised that but it enforced my view.
But today we have a different war going on. We have a war against the poor, the disabled, the sick, the vulnerable, the nurses, the doctors, the NHS, the students, the older people, women nearing retirement age, the elderly, and the planet. This war is happening around us everyday and their command office is parliament. Indeed a war is being gaged against parliament itself by the Tories. No one, and I mean no one is safe.
The poor and the disabled were the first to be targeted. After all it’s easier to attack someone when they are already down. We first had the council tax supplement and the bedroom tax thrown at us. How dare someone have a spare room or a room that a child over 19 is sleeping in? It’s simply not allowed. Then we had the work capability assessments, the gods of ATOS declaring everyone fit for work. Maximus are now helping ATOS and are behaving much the same way. Not content with that the government now want to take a further 2 million people off the sick and into none existent jobs. The DWP will be working alongside GPs into “assisting” people into work. The scheme is on trial now and as we know trials never stay as a trial they end up becoming a permanent fixture.
The unemployed have had universal credit thrown at them. This was coincided with the implementation of new rules stating 35 hours a week job search alongside your “voluntary” (workfare ) work. Usually at a charity shop like Barnardos. To add to this we have endless punitive sanctions and Jobcentre staff becoming bullies and ogres to their clients.
We’ve had junior doctors striking for the first time against the governments new, unreasonable contracts. We already have a 24 hour NHS, but it seems that the government don’t realise this. They want our junior doctors to work longer hours than they do already which will put patients at risk.
Nurses are threatening to go on strike and let’s not forget the dismantling of our precious NHS. We only have about 1/3 left of the NHS and we need to fight to keep it. Virgin care have already won a bid to run a part of the NHS and sadly this is the way it will continue. Hospitals are being either shut down or scaled down. I know my local hospital is being scaled down. Mix that with our devolution plans, and it could be a reciepe for disaster.
We’ve got young people demonstrating outside parliament. Yet more of their grant system is being taken away. Many won’t be able to afford to study anymore. It’s plain wrong, but the Tories want to make education elitist again.
We also have women who should be reaching retirement age bring told that they can’t retire. I’ve met some of these women and their stories are shocking. But they’ve got a good campaign going and I fully support them.
They want to frack under our houses without permission. That could be catastrophic. You only have to look at Australia and America to see how dangerous this is.
We’ve got China taking over our steel production. Making more jobless and believe me China will produce sub standard steel. It’s wrong, just wrong. No wonder Mr Cameron was so welcoming to the Chinese minister when he arrived in our country.
And let’s not forget that this governments long term economic plan is to make our country bankrupt.
Single parents have been targeted time and time again. Obscene job seeking rules being implemented and the constant lowering of the return to work age. The story party just don’t understand that young children need their parents. It’s a concept they don’t really understand. Maybe that’s because they ship their children off to boarding school as soon as possible. It’s never been harder to be a single parent.
For the first time ever there will be no investment in social housing. To add more injury to this they are building so called affordable homes that will not be affordable to most. They’ve also sneaked in a bill to ensure that the bad private landlords can rip their tenants off even more and the laws that previously enforced them to keep their homes in a liveable conditions have been loosened. Ensuring that it won’t be long before we once again have cellar dwellings etc like we had in Victorian times.
There’s so much more I could write about, and I apologise if I’ve missed anything out.
But one things certain our country is being destroyed right before our eyes and there’s not enough of us fighting against this. They will not stop until they destroy everything that they dislike. Which will most likely be everyone apart from themselves.
Please join us and fightback against this massive injustice thrown upon us. We need your support. Do whatever you can to raise awareness. Object to what they are doing. Join a trade union, join protests. Help us to make Britain great again before they totally destroy it.