Monday, 6 July 2015

Review Day Tuesday - Tory Britain

Tory Britain

This is not my usual kind of review, but it is most certainly worth writing.

For those of you who have not already guessed from my other posts, I am not a Conservative. I despise them and all that they stand for. Of course, at the moment, I am not really an avid supporter of any of the main parties- they appear to all be various shades of blue. But there is something intrinsically wrong about the Tories and the ways in which they are slowly destroying all of our lives...

The EU
Regardless of your views as to whether or not we should be a member of a trading agreement -which none of us ever agreed to- which somehow turned into a devotion of billions of pounds in return for no control of our country, the fact is, your views are what counts. It is perfectly clear that Cameron has no desire to leave the EU but he, and his other suits, are not paid to act on their own views. They are paid to act on the views that they ignore on a daily basis simply by refusing to have a referendum yet. 

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Which brings me to my second point...

We pay these people to?

In our 'democracy' where a party can win with under 25% of the votes, we employ politicians to say what we want them to say. They are, if you will, merely sophisticated amplifiers. They should be nothing more than condensing gobs. In any other profession, an employee who does not do what they are paid to do would be fired. And yet, our MPs appear to be paid to shout arrogant, nonsensical phrases at each other - something that is just too shameful to watch - whilst not listening to a word we say, begging the question: why have we not fired them yet?

It's not their fault
Unfortunately, this is the Tory mantra. A Conservative government functions by deferring responsibility for just about everything to just about everyone else. The latest example of this is, of course, the Academies. Having first given schools the opportunity to become academies, the status now appears to be issued as some sort of punishment to failing schools. Given that academies are, essentially, schools that the government has significantly less responsibility for, forcing failing schools to become them is equivocal to saying "if they are failing then we will have to stop them being our fault". Which also seems to be somewhat comparable to Cameron's latest decision to rid us of the definition of child poverty. Instead of fixing problems, the Tories simply stop calling them problems, a really rather wonderful mantra.

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The rich and the poor
Money is a big deal is Tory Britain, not least because, under their rule, most of us do not have any. The councils have no homes in which to house the homeless - need we remind ourselves of whose fault that is - and so the Tory's answer is to punish smaller families for the overly large houses that are left, and to sell off the remainder of houses. 

And this is without considering the thousands of public sector jobs being cut. It is endlessly sad that I, at 17, am a member of a generation that expects to be made redundant from even their first job (I'm a librarian). 
Of course, sat in his country estate weekend home, Osborne would argue that austerity is the only way to solve the mess that Labour undoubtedly left us in. And yet, in 2013, Osborne had borrowed more in three years than Labour had in the previous thirteen. Austerity does not work.
The truth is, the only way to stop an economy from crashing is to keep money moving. People who earn money spend money. Cutting out international exchanges of money and just concentrating on ourselves is how we fix a final crisis. 
Consider a household as a microcosm for Tory Britain. If the people in that house have no money, the answer is, of course, to stop buying food and paying for the heating. The illness caused by this prevents the individuals in the house from working and, when the house falls down because it is damp, they have nowhere to live but none of that matters: because they saved money on food. 

And that is not the only place where the Tories love to scrimp. In my school, eighteen teachers have been made redundant, in addition to three early retirements, as part of the 'first wave' of cuts. But of course, education no longer matters because as early as reception, all children need to be taught is how to pass exams. They do not need to learn. They do not need to grow up to be useful people who can provide the country with its current needs. They merely need to jump a few, ever-moving hoops. And of course, once they have done that, there are no jobs waiting for them and university is too expensive. I have not met a single teacher, student or member of staff in any school who had a single good thing to say about Gove. And yet, he was still allowed to irreversibly destroy the education of generations. 

Which brings me to my question: what is the point?

In all seriousness, what is the point to life in Tory Britain. To say the rich get richer and the poor get poorer is not an exaggeration: it is true. Notice that, on election day, Downing street was dry while it rained everywhere else. The rich float above the clouds, declaring how delightful the sun shine is, oblivious to the rest of us, drowning in the rain underneath. 

We did not vote for this. We certainly do not pay for this. It is time for not so Great Britain to grow a metaphorical pair and say no. We pay our MPs enough to have the right to demand more from them. They are not supposed to make decisions of their own accord. They are not supposed to support only themselves. And yet, that is exactly what they do. And it takes a lot of people saying no to change that. One tiny word...that is all. 

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