Britain is Broken - We can't afford the Tories

Far from Theresa May's claims at the Tory party conference today, austerity isn’t over. In fact it’s getting worse and it’s about to get much worse writes John Rees

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Just the other day Hammond let the truth out, he said austerity would continue. Today Theresa May declared that Tory austerity has paid off and the end is in sight. Let's have a look at the facts:

The UK economy has just undergone it’s worst decade for economic growth since the late 19th century. Working people’s incomes have just undergone their sharpest decline since Charles Dickens was writing Hard Times.

And it’s not just that life is getting harder either. It’s actually getting shorter. Austerity has now had such an impact that life expectancy is in decline. Perhaps that shouldn’t surprise us since Britain’s pensioners are the worst off in Europe.

Nor is it just the old who are suffering. So are the NHS patients. Since the Tories came to power in 2010 there has been a 665 percent (yes, Six Hundred and Sixty-five percent) increase in those waiting over 4 hours to see a doctor in Accident and Emergency wards.

Even the police, usually immune to Tory cuts, have lost 23,000 officers. And while there are fewer police on the streets there are a record number of homeless on the streets as the figures for rough sleeping peak again. 

Schools are without basic equipment, and being ripped off by private corporations. The rail system is a privatised and hyper-expensive shambles.

Record numbers of young people cannot afford to buy a roof to go over their head, leaving them prey to rack-renting private landlords.

There is a very great danger in all of this, even beyond the damage that is being done to the ability of working people to have a decent and secure life.

It is this: the cuts have been going on so long that we don’t realise that the country has reached a tipping point.

Services were already threadbare. But now huge holes are opening up right across the fabric of society.

And through those gaps pour the populist right and the racist thugs.

We cannot let this go on. The Tories are too divided, too shambolic, too removed from the lives of ordinary citizens to know or care what needs to be done. This government-in-name-only must go.

We have already paid too much and too long. We are broke. And the Tories need to be out of office before any more damage is done.

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  • Tony Llewellyn
    @kingsman1958 tweeted link to this page. 2018-11-01 22:01:22 +0000
  • Robert Moran
    commented 2018-11-01 19:02:47 +0000
    The torys are trying to cause a revelution so they just shoot us down on the streets that could very well be their plan to depopulate what the elite want them to do just look at Syria Emen Palastine and starving children and people to death in parts of Africa
  • Andrew Scott
    commented 2018-11-01 09:29:06 +0000
    it would far worse under labour
  • David Simpson
    @simoathome tweeted link to this page. 2018-10-31 19:30:59 +0000
  • Dave Postles
    commented 2018-10-31 18:16:29 +0000
    Agreed, but… We are being failed by ignorance or wilful disregard. Leigh’s film (Peterloo) is a collaboration with Amazon Studios. The GMB has been active about the working conditions in the ‘Fulfilment Centres’ of Amazon. Indeed, I joined them at the Rugeley distribution centre. Additionally, Amazon is notoriously a gross tax avoider. Furthermore, it is supplying surveillance equipment for blanket spying to US law enforcement. Yet – people keep advocating this film. It is ludicrous, ironic, and, at worst, hypocritical. Until we are consistent, we will continue to undermine our protests. Boycott this film.
  • Robert Moran
    commented 2018-10-05 23:12:45 +0100
    We need a General election now not in 2022 let the torys in until then there wont be over 4million children below the poverty line there be over 10million the homeless wont be double it will be well over triple we have street roberys now and old people having their homes being broken in to and being beat up badly or even to death all these terrible crimes wont just double they will be a lot more people are so desperate for money today they will rob of the weakest and easiest in our society it was the banks that put this country into a financial mess they should be the ones made to get us out of this mess their having enough wages and massive bonuses the money their earning would get Britain out of this financial mess years ago we need the tory out NOW
  • Rosemary Robinson
    commented 2018-10-05 14:37:10 +0100
    The above is 100% true! People are suffering like they haven’t since the early 1900’s. It’s time the Tories admit what they are doing to the people. People starving to death in their own homes, 130,000+ sick, disabled & vulnerable DEAD since 2010. Children going to school hungry, elderly sitting in nappies all day due to not enough carers. Teachers asking parents for money to buy books for children because their budget has been underfunded. Same with the NHS, the Police, firefighters, & ambulances, all our main services underfunded by the tories. Time to admit your nasty policies are only working for YOU!!

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