When you vote Tory.
This started as a full on rant, but to be honest it depresses me that people keep voting for them. Even looking at the dire alternatives available there is always a better choice.
The current cabinet consists of 18 white men, 8 women and 2 Asians – not what you could call diverse or balanced. They do all have one thing in common, they are all millionaires. Theresa May said she “The government I lead will be driven, not by the interests of the privileged few but by yours.“. How can they possibly have an clue what it’s like for the majority of people?
And yet working & middle class people still vote for them.
A prime example was Michelle Dorrell – the #TearyTory on BBC Question Time -she thought the cuts wouldn’t affect her – presumably that they would only happen to other people. As a single mother of four she should have been aware that she would be on the Tory hit list.
Single parents have always been an easy scapegoat to pick on. Them, the unemployed, the disabled, migrant and refugees, the young and now the the more”mature” – creating the need for the WASPI campaign may end up being a big mistake.
Ms. Dorrell however did succeed in embarrassing Amber Rudd on Question Time last year when she said:
I voted for Conservatives originally, because I thought you were going to be the better chance for me and my children. You’re about to cut tax credits after promising you wouldn’t.
I work bloody hard for my money. To provide for my children to give them everything they’ve got – and you’re going to take it away from me and them.
I can hardly afford the rent I’ve got to pay, I can hardly afford the bills I’ve got to do, and you’re going to take more than me.
[Yes, this is the same Amber Rudd who has just been linked to offshore funds in Bahamas – no wonder she defended Cameron when his family’s finances were linked to the Panama Papers.]
Another group of voters possible regretting their votes are the residents of Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire whose local area was given permission to be fracked in May. My response at the time to that can be read here – I was a tad perturbed.
But it seems it’s not just the electorate that think cuts will hit other people. Tory MPs (and their families) also do not seem to appreciate it is their policies effecting their local communities. Famously Cameron’s own local council (Oxfordshire CC) Chief Executive had to put him straight when he complained about services such as elderly day centres, museums, and libraries being hit. And his own mother signed the petition against cuts to children’s services. Councils can not keep cutting back room jobs anymore.
Only this week t has been reported that Daniel Kawczynski (MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham) is campaigning to keep Shewbury A&E open – he plans to raise the issue at a future PMQ (although what good that will do?)- despite never rebelling against his party in the current parliament.
In Scotland however the Conservative party seem to be determined to take this ignorance / lack of accountability to another level. Last week Ruth Davidson came out with a damning indictment of the NHS based on a report on 94 hospital A&E waiting times. It was soon pointed out to her that this report primarily dealt with the English NHS (91 hospitals) and yes their waiting times had missed all targets in the first month of this year.
The pressures on the English NHS are all quite apparent as we are told by the BBC most nights. What isn’t so regularly reported is that Scottish NHS A&E times are at record highs and that the 3 hospitals in said report are all above 96%. (The target being 95%)
But Ruth needn’t worry as Scot Gov have announced an extra £9 million this year for emergency departments, hospitals and primary and social care teams in preparation for winter pressures. Maybe she should have a word with Hunt – if she can catch him he has a tendency to avoid talking to people or maybe it’s just doctors he’s avoiding.
Of course cannot complete this without referring to Murdo Fraser (I’m sorry) and his article SNP must explain how it will make Brexit work. Let’s see, well firstly it would be good if his own Prime Minister could get further than “Brexit equals Brexit.” especially as any attempt by the 3 stooges to come out with a description soon gets slammed down as personal opinion by No 10.
And secondly, in the immediate aftermath of the EURef the SNP appeared to be the only party that actually functioned, and did it very well. While both Labour and Conservatives in London undertook leadership elections, Scot Gov set up a working group on the EU to weigh up all the options.
My own MP Stewart MacDonald held a meeting to keep constituents up to date on 30th June – a week on from the vote – if nothing else it was good to hear that SNP MPs were writing to all EU nationals in their constituencies to say they would be supported as much as possible.
I remember Thatcher and this lot are worse.
Labour’s infighting will only get worse unless it splits – which to be honest I’m kind of at the stage where I hope it does then maybe one half could concentrate on actually being an opposition. It’s going to be a very long time before people trust the LibDems again and the Green’s don’t get the publicity to get their policies out there.
For us in Scotland there is an alternative and as we’re facing another 9 years (minimum) of Tory rule we didn’t vote for I hope we seize the chance next time it is on offer.