…and get it off my shoulders “, an old sixties song, sums up how the Tory Party might be feeling in the wake of the General Election. However, no one can make the world go away for them.
They will be forever remembered for policies which destroyed our first response capabilities and austerity measures which have been the cause of the needless loss of many lives.
Tragic circumstances, as tends to happen, have been responsible for bringing many of their failings to light. The most recent being the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower in Kensington, where not only many lives were lost, but the lives of those who survived have been wrecked also.
Many are pointing to the fact that Tories voted against a motion to make all rented properties fit for human habitation as a key factor in this tragedy. Why would they do that, one might ask, when they were elected to serve in the public interest ? The answer being that 74 of the sitting Tory MPs at the time were themselves , landlords, who, no doubt, lobbied their Tory colleagues to vote in their favour and achieved the majority result they required, exclusively from their own party. Thus, avoiding expensive repair bills to bring their properties up to regulation standards and still able to gather large profits from renting out sub standard accommodation.
This exposes another flaw in the system. A system which allows MPs to be responsible for implementing our Housing Benefits policies in Government and the House of Commons, then receive payment of those benefits individually, as landlords. Does anyone else see a huge conflict of interests here?
Noam Chomsky, renowned philosopher and linguistics expert, and someone you won’t hear overly much about in the mainstream media because he tells the truth, said ” That’s the standard technique of privatization: defund, make sure things don’t work, people get angry, hand it over to private capital “. Which is exactly what is happening regarding our police, fire brigades, NHS and other services we pay taxes and national insurance to the government for. Privatization of these particular services by these means comes at the expense of much loss of human life which is written off callously, as collateral damage.
Situations like Grenfell Tower, no matter how tragic, brings out the best of human nature, as people flocked to give what they could to assist those who had been cruelly ejected from their ways of life. This won’t have gone unnoticed by those who’s job it is to record these events for government statistics. These events provide them with valuable information about the fabric of society and to ascertain how much people are prepared to do for each other without government assistance. It spoke volumes that it was Jeremy Corbyn who was the first to address the question of rehousing those affected in the same area and the footage of the visits of both leaders to the scene, highlighted the starkly contrasting attitudes between government and opposition.
The Tory government’s ultimate aim is for them to sit back and do nothing, whilst the country runs itself in the hands of private ownership. Margaret Thatcher said as much in an interview following the privatization of the power industry, when she told the interviewer ( and I paraphrase ), that life had become much easier since she didn’t have that particular issue to worry about any longer.
Therefore the Tories are in turmoil and no matter how hard they urge us to put recent events behind us and carry on as normal, their chickens have finally come home to roost and no one will forget these transgressions anytime soon, nor after the collapse of their regime.
more to come…
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