Blogging and the Tory Victory

As you probably noticed, I had a short break from blogging over the past few days. The reason’s simple: the Tory victory left me so bitterly angry and depressed, that quite simply I couldn’t face writing about it. And I was afraid that if I did try to put fingers to keyboard, anything I did write would simply be an angry stream of coarse invective and obscenity against an obscene, exploitative and murderous government that had been returned yet again by a majority of the people of England and Wales.

Bristol was one of the places where the Labour candidates won. It’s a local victory, that has led to three new Labour MPs, all women entering parliament. But this seemed to be little comfort to the broader political picture. There were a few further, minor compensations in that the Lib Dems saw themselves virtually wiped out, reduced to about eight MPs, while the Fuhrage over in Thanet signally failed to get elected.

I was up visiting friends in Cheltenham Friday as the news of the Tories’ victory began to sink in. One of them showed me the tweets he was getting over the mobile from others, equally disgusted with the decision of the British electorate. Many of them were of the type asking if they should now go to Canada, or New Zealand, or Norway and Denmark – anywhere, in short, where the political elites still had some respect for the people in whose name they govern, and have humane, sensible welfare policies and are dead set on dismantling their state health service for personal profit and that of the multinationals.

One person on Twitter simply said that it was the English voting once again out of spite and cruelty towards the poor and unemployed. Another wrote simply ‘England – Burn it down’.

I talked to one of the local small businessmen, who was also depressed and disgusted at the Tory victory. He stated that in the coming years, he’d probably stop giving to overseas aid charities, because there would be real poverty and starvation here in Britain, which equally deserved his money and attention.

It was an opinion shared by one of my friends, who took immediate action. He went out and spent a tenner of his benefit money on food to give to the local food bank, ready for the next influx of the poor and genuinely starving, thrown off benefit to save corporate vultures like Murdoch, Rothermere, Lebedev and the Barclay twins from the indignity of having to pay tax like the ‘little people’.

The Tories definitely will not have it their own way over the next few years. They’ve got a wafer thin majority of about three or five. That’s about the same as Labour had during their minority government in the mid-1970s. My friend pointed out that there are about 23 – 30 bye-elections every parliamentary turn, so this majority could easily vanish. It won’t be easy. Things certainly will get harder, much harder, for the poor, the sick, disabled and unemployed. But he felt that it would prevent them from doing the really horrific stuff, like selling off the health service.

Let’s hope so. In the meantime, let’s keep the pressure up every step of the way. It’s been pointed out that the Tories owe their victory to only 20 per cent of the vote. Which is an argument for proportional representation. We need to fight them constantly if we are ever to keep them from destroying any more lives, and preserve anything of the welfare state.

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4 Responses to “Blogging and the Tory Victory”

  1. Florence Says:

    Well said, reflecting how I feel too. There are so many dangers on so many issues with this bunch that it may seem impossible to fight all. The opposition needs to organise at local and federated national level, and we need to prioritise. There are some very big barriers to getting them to alter course, which is possible if we can get enough Tory back benchers to form a new “ackward squad” (aka “the bastards”) that stymied John Majors term.

    The first issue is the Human Rights Act. I reckon they’re going to try & force it through to try to nullify the UN report due on IDS/ DWP, and use post hoc legislation to try & legitimise their actions. It is the new poll tax issue, needing the same level of popular revolt.

    We need to counter the press. One way would be to crowd fund newsletters that provide every home in the UK with the truth. This is one that the large organisations such as 38 Degrees or Unite community could try.

    The longer term issue is the proposed gerrymandering of boundaries, to finish off the social cleansing already begun, and to modify or repeal the 5 year parliament act that is bad, repressive, totalitarian law.

    The main message here is – I remember MacMillan and Hume, I remember Wilson, Callaghan, Thatcher, the whole lot of them. I remember the organisation we had for resistance in the miners strike, and I remember our successes. We, the people, made the creation of the Welfare State possible, and we will do it again. The electorate in the UK has sleep-walked into a nightmare led by Murdoch. Time to wake up the sleeping giant.

  2. rainbowwarriorlizzie Says:

    Reblogged this on HUMAN RIGHTS & THE SIEGE OF BRITAIN POLITICAL JOURNAL.

  3. Chris Says:

    Labour needs to expell all New Labour and Progress out of the party, and become the party of the manual worker and semi-skilled worker, and stop saying it is not the party of people on welfare.

    Welfare is classed as:

    Pensioners on a state pension and Pension Credit
    (when lowest state pension of all rich nations and below the legal amount it should be under the EU Social Charter)

    Labour allowed the abolition of the state pension coming from 2016 for new pensioners in this law that leaves us to
    Work til you die or starve if you can’t from then.

    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/state-pension-at-60-now

    And includes us all in one way or another like getting:

    Child tax credits

    Maternity Pay

    Sick Pay

    Disabled benefit

    Working tax credits

    Council tax support

    Housing Benefit

    WHY ARE THE POOR CALLED NON-TAXPAYERS
    WHEN WE ARE SUPER TAX PAYERS?

    At no time did Labour tell the truth that the poor pay a 90 per cent tax rate from the 75 per cent of tax that comes from stealth indirect taxes and VAT embedded into your daily life, from
    condoms and lubricants,
    maternity and maternity breast pads,
    tampons,
    alcohol,
    hot take away food,
    cigarettes,
    ice cream, crisps, sweets, cakes,
    the lights on your push bike,
    premium tax on house insurance, insurance on your mobility scooter or powered wheelchair,
    etc etc.

    WHY DID LABOUR NOT FIGHT FOR THE STARVING?

    Labour could have decimated the Tories about the deaths from starvaton from sanctions. They didn’t.

    Nor about sanctions to pregnant ladies or families with kids or the mentally ill. The SNP did in Scotland, who passed council resolutions against it.

    LABOUR ALLOWED THE DEMONISATION OF THE POOR, SICK AND DISABLED AND PENSIONERS. WHY?

    Labour did not care about the poorest people who invented the party.

    LABOUR LOST. THE TORIES DID NOT WIN

    So Labour is the left behind party.

    The Tories did not win.

    Labour voters just did not come out to vote.

    A trend that has been going on more and more each election.

    WHY NOT START PROMOTING TUSC NOW?

    The trade unions said if Labour lost, they would support TUSC.

    TUSC – Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition.

    The party sacked from Labour party as councillors who voted AGAINST austerity cuts EVERY TIME.

    Only trade union money can break through the total social media blackout on the biggest proper Left candidates in 60 years that ran in this election. Getting micro party votes, because people simply did not know of their existence.

    WHY DID YOU CONSTANTLY TALK ABOUT LABOUR
    WHEN LABOUR VOTERS WILL
    JUST NOT FOR THEM ANY MORE?

    The blogs played their part in constantly talking about Labour, when the working class will just not vote for Labour any more.

    UKIP WAS AND STILL IS IRRELEVANT

    And with blogs constantly talking about irrelevant UKIP, that now has a second hand Tory MP wanting to go back to being a Tory, so UKIP will have won not one MP in this election.

    Labour leadership hopefuls still talk more like Tories even today.

    THE GREENS ABANDONED THE POOR

    The Greens had 2 policies that would have saved the lives of all ages from babes in wombs to grannies, but abandoned both policies, and did not care to ‘poor audit’ their policies.

    EVEN THIS LIFETIME LABOUR VOTER
    COULD WRITE UP A WINING PARTY
    IN ENGLAND TOMORROW

    I could write up a party tomorrow that could take votes off Labour and yet bring in the old Labour we once knew and loved, and would save lives.

    After all I voted Labour all my life, as did all the generations before me. Labour is dead. What will be the new labour party to come?

    http://www.anastasia-england.me.uk

  4. Martin Horwoodo Says:

    Interesting blog but you might to amend the bits accusing me of ‘exploiting the poor’ which I think is probably actionable. I worked for charities like Oxfam and the Alzheimer’s Society and then as a consultant for other charities.

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