America goes to the polls tomorrow and I don’t envy them. Both the Republican and Democrat parties seem to have to have had a competition where they picked their worst candidate. Maybe it wouldn’t have seemed so bad if Bernie Sanders hadn’t been in the running, but it feels as though the US voters – those who have made it through their minefield of registration – have to choose between their equivalents of Cherie Blair and Farage.
I don’t want Trump to win; it would be like putting toddler in charge of the nuclear codes, but I can’t say I’m overjoyed at the prospect of Clinton. She’s better than Trump but then so are the majority of the world’s population.
But we can’t take any comfort in our politics even when compared to the utter madness of the US system. Brexit still doesn’t seem to mean anything – apart from bribing Nissan & how funny is it that the EU are calling that deal in for inspection?
So many of our politicians still seem to forget that Brexit hasn’t actually happened and that right now we still need to follow EU rules.
May appears to have come face to face with another brick wall in India. This idea that the Commonwealth would come to our aid has always been delusional. We treated those countries like shit and now we expect them to open new markets to us while we still tell them that their students and workers are not welcome. I’m sorry but I told you so. You can’t have trade without free movement.
And at the risk of repeating myself, those Commonwealth citizens who voted for Brexit thinking that they would be able to bring their families in once the EU citizens left, OMFG did you not remember the bigotry in this country in the 70s? UKIP never wanted to replace one set of migrants with another, they want all migrants gone.
And in the meantime what have the Tories been up to as part of their “day job?” Well Ruth “I’m a cuddly Tory really” Davidson has been planning her career, not leading any future Better Together campaign oh no, she wants to go on Strictly. I suppose it makes a change from hanging out with tanks or bison.
The arseholes in Westminster have implemented their benefit cap which could affect between 88,000 and 116,000 families. Even the average £60 week cut will push many over the poverty line, there are some who could face cuts of £150 a week. Despite what the moronic Damien Green thinks this will not encourage people into work. What he forgets is that many of these families are already in work The “benefits” are only in place because of the high rents and low wages that people have to face. These cuts, like sanctions, will only make it harder for people to find work.
The timing particularly stinks in the run up to winter. How many more will now ace the choice of heating or eating?
But if being a modern-day Scrooge is not bad enough, they are considering making those on ESA look for work, despite a report released today which as expected has condemned this government for “gravely violated the rights of disabled people.”
Every year my father would make me watch A Christmas Carol; I’m beginning to think this is a motivational poster at the DWP:
Are there no prisons?”
“Plenty of prisons…”
“And the Union workhouses.” demanded Scrooge. “Are they still in operation?”
“Both very busy, sir…”
“Those who are badly off must go there.”
“Many can’t go there; and many would rather die.”
“If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”
When I think of the ambition of a Scottish Social Security to work with people showing them dignity, fairness and respect; it can’t come quick enough.