Today the OBR released figures that the economy is on the up, but household income is only now rising. GDP per capita is still stagnant. But Osborne walked around quite gleefully today, telling people they have never had it so good.
But he was campaigning in a country where 900,000 people are using foodbanks. That’s 900,000 people who cannot afford food in the United Kingdom, the 6th richest nation on Earth. Most users are either sanctioned or in low-paid work. Of the former, thousands have died, from suicide or even starvation. This government has claimed lives. Lives they seem to insinuate are sacrifices for the greater good.
The latter, those in work but using foodbanks, are what make up the supposed ‘job miracle’ of this government.
Borrowing more than Labour did in 13 years and accumulating more debt than any Labour government ever, not to invest for growth like they’ve derided Labour for planning, but to cover the falling tax revenues due to falling wages. The focal point of the ‘long term economic plan’ championed by the extensive Tory press as evidence of Tory ‘economic competence’ versus Labour’s chaos and apparent causation of the global financial crisis, is a complete myth. The myth that Labour borrowed too much, and that’s why the US housing bubble burst (?), seems to contradict the fact Tories have borrowed three times more. They subsidise landlords, and energy companies, and exploitative employers. Tory voters, basically. And then they give them tax cuts, which we can apparently afford while we are told the disabled and poor have had it too good and so must go to work or starve. Although in Tory Britain those two can go hand in hand.
This recovery, the slowest EVER, in fact not so much a recovery of Osborne’s as a delay of Brown’s, has been borne on the shoulders of the vulnerable. Asking them to pay for a crisis caused by bankers, of whom Osborne then fought and paid our taxpayer’s money for defending their bonuses. A true champion of the people. Blaming the crisis on ‘overspending’, as Cameron did in his u-turn in 2009 after having supported Brown’s spending plans since becoming leader.
The cuts were thus justified. Tell the people to scrap it out between them, the deserving vs undeserving poor, and you won’t have to raise taxes on the rich. This of course was out in the limelight in the omnishambles budget of 2012, and yet the same method of slashing for the poor and tax cuts for the rich continues to be deployed. Cuts have been so extensive, so unbalanced, so without raising tax revenues that they had the effect of stunting growth. More so, they have had the effect of invoking gasps and dread from anti-poverty charities the nation over. The cuts have been so cataclysmic for social inequality that 1 in 6 children in the UK are now in poverty. Most households in poverty are in work. Being poor under this government, and being made poor by it, has made these past 5 years for so many of us a disaster. So many of those people pushed into food insecurity none of us would think could possibly exist in 21st century Britain. And then blamed for their misfortunes, a culture change of ‘scroungers’ versus the ‘aspirational’ who should not be taxed any higher. Now, that would merely be envy!
This has been a government of the rich, by the rich. Tearing our nation (almost quite literally) apart. From One Nation Toryism the Conservatives have presided over the birth of the most unequal nation in the western world.
Ed Miliband talks openly about this inequality, but is derided for his character. Where the public are not convinced of the ‘anti wealth’ label, they are then told by the press that this man is too much like Wallace, too weird, too geeky, to be Prime Minister. Let me tell you, when almost a million of my fellow countrymen and women cannot eat, I’d rather have as my PM a compassionate North London geek over a poverty-enabling, borderline sociopathic Etonian.
Good riddance to the Coalition, may you not return.