If claps were currency, Tories would be the most generous government in power.
Frugality and pragmatism are great for a good sweep on the Monopoly board but, in real life, these economic decisions, like proposing a 3-year pay freeze for public sector roles, have devastating consequences. Morale is already low: people are either furloughed, jobless (as of recently) or overworked as essential staff in hospitals, schools and retail.
After spending the duration of the first lockdown celebrating the bravery of NHS staff at this time of adversity, we’re now in this familiar situation where our government is considering basically changing absolutely NOTHING for the people who need change the most. People who are literally putting their lives on the line day after day are being reminded, once again, of how undervalued they really are in the eyes of our government.
I wish that they’d come after the tax-evading multinationals, like Amazon and Google, with the same ferocity that they do the working class. Or that they’d consider their pay rises, which never seem to be at stake regardless of the situation, as an insult during an era where the figures are rising for relative child poverty and reliance on food banks all across the country. But, you know, as long as they’re living comfortably/in excess while the rest of the people are drowning.
Socialism is a dirty word for the people who don’t want to look at the world outside the bubble of their privilege. God forbid you should ever find yourself without your fortunes, and having to experience life as one of the thousands of displaced individuals in our country
Don’t tell me you care about the “homeless”, “immigrants”, “NHS” and “refugees” if you’re responsible for putting your votes in the pockets of people who literally couldn’t care less about these issues. They couldn’t be more disenfranchised and disconnected from the reality of how rough people are having to live these days.
Don’t tell me it’s each person for themselves, and that working extra hard means you’ll be rewarded. If you are female, brown, disabled, part of the LGBTQ+ community or any type of “other” than white, cisgender male, the odds are against you just because you’re you! Yeah, some people are LUCKY enough to change their socioeconomic status but the majority are trapped and limited because of circumstances beyond their control. Circumstances created and enforced by our government!
“The best way to scare a Tory is to read and get rich” – Idles.
I’ll do both but I’ll NEVER be a class traitor and I’ll NEVER forget to acknowledge the hardships my family have overcome to give me the opportunities and privileges I have, mate. I’m presently trying to build up the vocabulary, compassion and mullah I need to dismantle the patriarchy, racial prejudice and while I’m at it, the god-damned Tories