In the late 1940’s, having already penned his classic on the Russian Revolution, Orwell shivered in a cottage on the windswept Isle of Jura whilst labouring over his latest masterpiece, 1984; little could he know that seventy years in the future his famous allegories would be used so enthusiastically by a right-wing UK government hellbent on dismantling all aspects of peaceful state assistance that has enhanced the lives of countless millions in the UK and Europe.
At her final PMQs of this parliament, the female equivalent of Orwell’s Napoleon – not so much the Lioness of Napoli more the Stiletto heel of Sonning – led the sheep in a chorus of her Tories latest slogans: ‘Strong & Stable,’ ‘Strong & Stable,’ ‘Coalition of Chaos,’ ‘Strong & Stable,’ ‘Coalition of Chaos….’
Four legs good? No, not quite, but it could so easily have been.
Designed to deflect from its demonstrably appalling performance over the past seven years, the party of government have little more to offer than hollow hyperbole and meaningless alliteration; all perfect examples of Orwellian ‘Newspeak’ – a variation of doublespeak, where black means white, up means down, truth means lies and where the finger pointing Prime Minister points three fingers at herself.
For strong – read weak
It’s often said that a society is judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest, and a strong government, one representing that society, would never launch the unprecedented attacks we’ve witnessed on our society’s weakest, our sick and our disabled. Attacks of such magnitude that even one of its main perpetrators, Iain Duncan-Smith, resigned in protest.
Not content with denying our children nursery care and a decent education, the Tory sights are now trained on other sectors of society that should enjoy our protection, the elderly of today and tomorrow. Theresa May is unwilling to confirm the continuance of the triple lock on pensions and has delayed a response on raising the state retirement age to seventy for today’s thirty somethings until after the election.
Accompanying these attacks on the defenceless, they’ve also demonstrated a preference to choose easy targets to increase their revenue, such as the self-employed, over large corporations and the offshore tax evaders, their own backers, whose ‘tax efficient structures’ deprive the state of much needed income for the NHS, Education, Roads, Social Care and Council Services.
A strong government would never do this or oversee the disgraceful growth of low wages, zero hour contracts, food banks and homelessness. However, don’t believe for one second that their policies affect only the poor; their policies are impacting the lives and wellbeing of the vast majority or ordinary working people in this country, people who are about to pay heavily for their latest madcap scheme – Brexit.
This is a terrible indictment of the Tories ‘fairer Britain’. The true and unspun reality of ‘Tory Britain’ seventy years after an author poked fun at a regime whose lies and duplicitous ways had those, they were responsible for, wrongly believing they were working and making sacrifices for the collective good of their country.
For stable – read unstable
Two elections in two years, two prime ministers, a change in cabinet, the wholesale abandonment of a manifesto that contained the promise to protect membership of the single market, with their ‘great repeal bill’ they’re about embark on the greatest constitutional change since 1215, led by a prime minister who, as Home Secretary, understood the benefits of EU membership so much that said this to her city banking friends at Goldman Sachs:
“If we were not in Europe, I think there would be firms and companies who would be looking to say, do they need to develop a mainland Europe presence rather than a UK presence? So I think there are definite benefits for us in economic terms.”
Clearly conveying the logic of remaining in the EU, only to perform a complete 180° once the opportunity of power was dangled before her, due to Michael Gove deciding to go completely off-piste and stab that other stalwart of stability, Boris Johnson, the heir apparent, in the back, front and side at the eleventh hour before his coronation, tells you just how stable Theresa May is.
Claiming to ‘quietly get on with the job’ is yet another stock phrase and reversal of the truth; as Home Secretary for six years Theresa May’s performance was shockingly inadequate. Most evident was her startling failure to reduce immigration, a key Tory policy, yet she continually played to the gallery at Tory party conferences by attacking immigrants, the Human Rights Act and advocating withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights; a display that can be adequately described as all style and no substance.
Yet a solution to immigration levels, provided by the EU, was hiding in plain sight all the time. The reality is, the UK government chose not to use the powers available to them for one very good reason, migration is not only good for the economy but essential.
In conclusion, the article states, ‘A failure to implement the available controls, manage or indeed even track the migration of labour into the UK is a shameful state of affairs that has contributed in no small part to the current Brexit debacle.’
Then we come to Theresa May’s latest 180°, the miraculous calling of a general election. On at least eight occasions May has clearly stated there was no need for a general election, she apparently had her mandate through the ‘will of the people’, but then, on the road to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll-llantysiliogogogoch, she experienced what can only be described as a Damascene like conversion:
“Before Easter, I spent a few days walking in Wales with my husband, thought about this long and hard and came to the decision that to provide that stability and certainty for the future, this was the way to do it – to have an election.”
“a secretive, rigid, controlling, even vengeful minister”
Falling for these illusions, that May works so hard to promote, is the first mistake of the unwary, as this excerpt from a Jonathan Foreman article, that was pulled by The Telegraph, adequately demonstrates:
“David Laws’ memoirs paint a vivid picture of a secretive, rigid, controlling, even vengeful minister, so unpleasant to colleagues that a dread of meetings with her was something that cabinet members from both parties could bond over. Unsurprisingly, Mrs. May’s overwhelming concern with taking credit and deflecting blame made for a difficult working relationship with her department, just as her propensity for briefing the press against cabinet colleagues made her its most disliked member in two successive governments.”
With this description in mind, confirmation of Theresa May’s modus operandi came in a clear and glaring example of her instability.
Following a Downing St dinner with Jean-Claude Juncker, Michel Barnier and David Davis, details of May’s disastrous performance were published in Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) newspaper.
The highly embarrassed UK government responded, “We do not recognise this account. As the PM and Jean-Claude Juncker made clear, this was a constructive meeting ahead of the negotiations formally getting under way.”
“We do not recognise this account”
With the press and social media in a feeding frenzy, Theresa May took the opportunity to appraise us of her recollections of the dinner when she explained:
“From what I have seen of this account, I think it is Brussels gossip. Just look at what the European commission themselves said immediately after the dinner took place, which was that the talks had been constructive. But it also shows that actually at times these negotiations are going to be tough. And in order to get the best deal for Britain we need to ensure that we’ve got that strong and stable leadership going into those negotiations.”
“The UK would not be responding”
That we have within Europe, the best deal our country is ever going to get, is neither here nor there, yet shortly afterwards, Exiting Minister David Davis, Chancellor Philip Hammond and Home Secretary Amber Rudd where all ‘on message’ repeating the identical phrase, “I do not recognise” in relation to the events being described in FAZ, with Amber Rudd explaining, “The UK would not be responding to the claims, but the government had set out a clear plan and priorities for the talks, and Mrs May was the best person to negotiate a Brexit deal that was in the UK’s national interest. Once you start engaging in gossip, in tittle-tattle in this way, it will carry on and who knows where it will lead?”
Where would it lead indeed…..
Less than forty-eight hours later we had Theresa May performing yet another 180°, not only commenting on the allegations printed in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung but taking the opportunity to issue a threat, warn of a fictitious attack designed to affect the general election, shift focus on to the new ‘enemy of the people’ Europe, and appeal to those of a nationalistic persuasion, perhaps the 4m who voted for UKIP in the last election for example?
Explaining that a ‘strong and stable’ leader was in the national interest, that the UK needed to be led by a government that is ‘strong and stable’ in order not to place our economic security at risk. If you’re finding it hard to believe that she has said this, you can watch the video for yourself before we examine just who has brought about chaos to our United Kingdom.
What we’re witnessing here is incredible. It is a scene straight out of Animal Farm; where Napoleon convinces the other animals that imaginary saboteurs are attempting to undermine them, you couldn’t make it up, but, just like a Tory electoral return, they have.
Then we have a great example of Tory ‘Newspeak‘ in May’s repeated allegation that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, along with this fictitious coalition, will somehow bring economic chaos to the UK. This from a party who introduced a seven-year austerity programme, a programme that according to the IFS, IMF, OBR, OECD, ONS and the Treasury, was based on a Tory party lie that Labour had overspent.
Theresa May attempts to carefully nurture a ‘jam and Jerusalem’ christian veneer, but beneath this painfully thin persona there lurks something quite unpleasant; a sinister trait which periodically comes to the surface….little wonder she earned the nickname ‘submarine’ at the Home Office, she’d only surface periodically, usually for a publicity stunt.
For coalition of chaos – read Tory Party
Sadly, the truth is there is no Labour coalition, this imaginary alliance is little more than a convenient device employed by the Tories as a descriptor to launch cohesive attacks on the opposition parties.
However, in this upside down, reversal of truth world the Conservatives have created there is actually a coalition, but it’s the one they don’t want to talk about, it’s the coalition within their own party.
It is a regressive alliance between its lunatic fringe, its hard right, UK media proprietors, the ‘quid pro quo brigade’ who fund the Conservatives, and the alleged ‘One Nation Tories’ who turn a blind eye to the excesses of the right in return for position and power. A selfish act giving a clear indication to the type of Brexit they’re willing to accept. Power at any price for a Brexit at any cost.
For the conservative coaliton, their whole raison d’être is the delivery of a low tax, small state economy, and, as can easily be demonstrated, to achieve this they will use any justification under the sun. First it was the recession, then it was to aid their continued ‘good’ fiscal management of the economy, this time it’s Brexit; with the added bonus of being able to supplement their nirvana with a sweeping programme of deregulation that would have been unthinkable within the safety of the EU.
These actions are unmistakable for followers of politics, however, for most, probably the vast majority of the 65,000,000 people in this country, they’re not, because most people simply don’t have the time to follow politics that closely.
They’re too busy living their lives, working hard, paying bills, bringing up their children, attempting to achieve their goals. It’s perfectly understandable, politics can be boring, like insurance; you have it, you know it’s there, but only when you need it do you discover that the policy you’ve been sold doesn’t quite live up to the sales hype.
Few will have ever been present when Jeremy Corbyn, Theresa May, or any other politician for that matter, has given a speech; even fewer will have met them, which, in May’s case, is verging on a physical impossibility.
Whilst people are busily living their lives, they’ll pick up their political knowledge from peers, friends, family, work colleagues, the media and, increasingly social media such as Twitter and Facebook.
“The Conservatives are the party of law and order”
From the media they’ll have seen that the Conservatives are the party of law and order, the protectors of economy and country; the dependable, rock steady establishment support the Tories. They’ll see Theresa May telling those loathsome Europeans that she means business, that she’s a ‘bloody difficult woman’, that she won’t have them meddling with our elections and that she’ll be offering ‘strong and stable’ leadership in a ‘fairer Britain’.
“Labour Are the champions of the underprivileged”
Then they’ll see Jeremy Corbyn, a caring, peaceful, principled man; championing the poor, the underprivileged, the homeless, the sick, leading Labour, the champions of the underprivileged. They’ll see him constantly explaining how the NHS and schools will be saved through taxing the rich and increasing corporation tax in a bid to redistribute the country’s wealth, his version of a ‘fairer Britain’.
Now and again they may catch PMQs where they’ll see Jeremy Corbyn continue his attack on the Tories record on dealing with the poor, the underprivileged, the homeless, the sick; he’ll reel off figures from organisations proving how schools and the NHS are being underfunded, only for Mrs May to dismiss them out of hand and finish with a customary attack and pre-rehearsed soundbite. Usually along the lines of the Tory party standing for good fiscal management whilst Labour talk about spending and borrowing £500bn to bankrupt the country….. again.
For Mr and Mrs average, ordinary people living in a country with a $2.65 trillion GDP, the fifth largest economy in the world, which party’s position would resonate more?
Quite possibly it will come down to the quality in themselves they prioritise; a social conscience or seeking security for yourself and your family, both equally admirable, but qualities inevitably leading to viewing the alternatives on offer in a different light.
For those with a closed mind, whether that be from the left or right of the political spectrum, it’s unlikely that any astonishing facts or figures would alter their opinion, they know their mind and nobody is going to change it.
A traditional Tory voter, drawn to the party of law and order and national security, the party of the business world that champions an entrepreneurial private sector over a public sector and a party who is now firmly of the opinion that a UK, free of the confines and regulations of the EU, will flourish in a as yet unidentified undefined environment, is likely to dismiss all the following facts, because they know better.
They’ll ignore the fact that the fifth most successful country on the planet has been implementing a draconian and needless austerity programme for seven years, at a time when UK tax receipts are at an all time record high.They’ll ignore the devastating cuts to schools, public services and particularly the NHS; cuts to health and social care that the Royal Society of Medicine suggest are a contributing factor in more than 30,000 excess deaths in 2015 alone.
They’ll ignore that the party of ‘Law & Order’ have cut our police forces by 18%, prison officers by 30% and as for respecting the law, they’ve been repeatedly dragged kicking and screaming through the courts, have been found guilty of electoral fraud, are awaiting criminal prosecutions for the same and are heavily implicated in several inquiries into further ‘electoral issues’ surrounding Brexit.
“Our armed forces have been reduced by 30,000 personnel”
Perhaps they vote Conservative because they believe in protecting our country through a strong Army, Navy and Airforce, and that the Tories are the party to do that; unfortunately afraid not. Our armed forces have been reduced by 30,000 personnel, the Army cut by 20%, the Navy by 10% and the Airforce by a whopping 25%. You’re even less safe in your own home, fire-fighters have been cut by 14%.
Of course a major reason the Conservatives attract votes is over their handling of our economy, they certainly sound like they know what they’re talking but you should never judge a book by its cover or an MP by their accent.
“the EEA has recently posted its sixteenth consecutive quarter of growth”
The reality remains, that, despite the levels of spending cuts we’re having to endure, all economies of the developed world are doing much better than expected at the moment. It may come as a surprise, if you believe Nigel Farage, but the EEA has recently posted its sixteenth consecutive quarter of growth. So what does this all mean to the average person?
Well, if you live in Tory Britain, your salary isn’t improving that’s for sure, in fact, of the leading developed nations, the G7, you’re in the worst position.
The inescapable fact is that, for the dedicated Conservative voter, the greatest denial has to be the Tory government’s handling of the economy.
Here we are, a business with over 60% of its turnover in a given market, and, on nothing more than the say so of a small section of society – 635,000 people – people who are largely oblivious as to what goes on in that market and what went on in the referendum, they, the Conservatives, propose to leave the market, using the greatest constitutional change in living memory, in the hope of finding something better than the largest market in the world! A market that we have a major say in controlling, and one that has helped make us a success since we joined in the mid 70’s as clearly demonstrated here.
We are left in a situation where our trade is developing, our tax receipts are at a record high, yet we are not spending the money on the people’s health, education, infrastructure needs, general well-being or defence. However, the Tory government is borrowing money at such an unprecedented rate that it equates to more than every Labour administration combined has borrowed since it formed its first government 97 years ago.
No, you have to conclude that anyone who continues to support the conservatives after reading all of those facts is a lost cause to both logic and reason.
When it comes to the more rational floating voter, perhaps, like Theresa May’s miraculous ‘road to Damascus’ conversion, there will be a significant number who’ll undergo an equally miraculous epiphany and change their mind on who is and who isn’t the best party to lead the country out of the chaos of the Brexit vote.
With Theresa May ramping up the slogan war, and the other parties outlining their manifestos, as June 8th approaches, many floating voters will begin to weigh-up what’s being said against what they’re experiencing.
“The government has cut the funding to councils by £18bn and counting”
Perhaps as they go to work, and fill up their car at the petrol station, they’ll notice how much more petrol is beginning to cost, they’ll notice all the potholes in the roads because the government has cut the funding to councils by £18bn and counting.
If they have young children they may have lost access to a Sure Start centre, despite promises by the Tory government to protect them 350 have closed since 2010. If they have older children they may well have been asked by their child’s headteacher to help fund their school in some small way as they’re facing 8% cuts to education, according to the National Audit Office.
Due to this Tory induced Brexit the pound has been devalued by 15%. To the average person this means higher prices for consumer goods, leading to inflation, interest rate increases and more expensive mortgage and loan repayments. The cost of foreign holidays and foreign travel will also increase and just to make things worse, once you arrive at your destination, you’ll automatically be 15% poorer.
‘the services sector provides 78% of the country’s GDP’
If you work in the services sector, which provides 78% of the country’s GDP, you’re in for a nervous time, as companies, unsure of the government’s plans, transfer jobs to mainland Europe. Similarly, if you work in the automotive industry, or its supply chain, the need to operate in a tariff free market is paramount and your job may rely on it.
All of this instability could have been avoided if the Tories weren’t so weak towards their billionaire backers who want nothing more than a deregulated economy to operate in. So much for ‘strong and stable.’
No wonder Theresa May is always pointing those three fingers at herself, ‘Strength and Stability? Coalition of Chaos?’ There’s two fingers, and the third? Guilty as charged and fined a record £70,000 for electoral fraud with two dozen of her MPs now facing criminal charges, along with the numerous inquiries that Vote Leave and Leave.EU are facing from the Electoral Commission and the Information Commissioners Office. It’s difficult not to see a pattern here, they’re all either Tories or Tories in purple & yellow fancy dress.
“The Conservatives know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
The future under the conservatives isn’t too difficult to forecast, you can learn from their past record. They know the price of everything and the value of nothing and they’re already setting up their scapegoat, the EU.
You’ve been given ample warning that the cost of Brexit, no matter what the deal is, will be borne by you through higher taxation:
For the future of our country the Conservative Party must be stopped, yes we’re biased, we are ardent remainers, we admit; but prove any of what we’ve said factually wrong, we’ll save you the time, you can’t.
One June 8th you will have a choice, you may not agree with Labour so look to the Lib Dems or the Greens, vote tactically, check out this website, the Tories need to be kept out.
Essentially, what you’re faced with is analogous to waking up in hospital after a car accident and having the doctor explain to you that your leg is so badly damaged that it needs to be amputated to save your life, your choice is do you want it amputated above or below the knee? Not much of a choice, but at least you’ll live; and by the way, just remember, it was the Tories driving the car.
“I look at the facts and come to a view, when I look at the risks, the uncertainty to our economy, when I think about the security, I do believe we are more secure in the EU”
We’ll finish with this short video, watch it and remember, you can’t trust a single word that comes from their mouths, but take on board her advice, look at those facts…..