The Tories, that party of the strong and stable, are using the deficit as a cover to dismantle the role of the state, but very little of this reality is being picked up by either front-line Labour politicians, other opposition figures, or the BBC and other mainstream media outlets. This reality is being basically ignored. The very fabric of what the state should provide in terms of taxpayers' money to welfare services and state pensions, is being whittled away under cover of reducing the deficit.
The Tory mantra of making painful cuts to reduce the deficit is little more than a smokescreen they hide behind to implement their ideology of reducing the size of the state, driving down wages, and cutting benefits. My guess is that they'd make pretty much the same decisions for ideological reasons even if there wasn't a deficit. But of course, the deficit was a deliberate political imposition, a financial straitjacket, not an economic necessity.
The cynic in me says how easy it is for the right-wing, comfortably well off, greed-infested Tory supporters to ridicule and chastise people on the receiving end of Tory cuts in welfare. And how equally easy it is for the right wing press to encourage this, just to sell their papers. The Thatcherite, hard-line, anti-social policies the Tories are forcing on us all makes them feel superior. And they perpetuate suffering while living in their comfy homes without a conscience. The Tories pretend to care about the pensioners having to choose between heating or eating; they pretend to care about families and how they're going to feed their children for the foreseeable future.
The Tories since Thatcher have always been the same. No longer a small 'c' centrist Conservative party with a good social conscience. No, since the 80s they have been ultra right-wing, hard-nosed, and with no compassion other than to condemn the poor to a life of misery and no hope so long as this poverty and hardship doesn't affect them. This is how they want it, to keep the masses under their eternal control.
The Tories' only aim is power and authoritarianism. For that reason they love it when the economy is tanking, and when things are so bad they blame those pesky masses. It is truly malicious and insidious. And what makes it even more appalling is that the Tories actually do believe they are superior intellectually to everybody else. They deserve to be out of office for decades to come, if only to stop their bare-faced arrogance.
Food banks in 21st century Britain are as bad as the chronic homelessness we see on our increasingly grim streets, the awful old age poverty, and the low waged economy the Tories have nurtured throughout their 18 years of running Britain from 1979 to 1997. And, I might add, New Labour under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, 1997- 2010, did nothing fundamental to reverse any of it. It was in essence the continuation of Thatcherism by other means.
Britain has suffered Thatcher's ideology for nearly 40 years. And the pensioners and the low waged workers are being screwed. If you care about putting an end to this tragic situation, then please oppose the turbo-charged, small-state neoliberalist agenda of the Tories, because it will be the death of the 99% and the further enrichment of the 1%.
Michael Thompson for Political Provocateur