Inequality exacerbated by the Coalition’s attack on the poor and the State.

Inspired by today’s Blog Action Day 2014 I took a blog I’d started but never finished, and put in all the links it needed. So here is my piece on how the Tories have used the recession to push their Neo-liberal agenda and increase the inequality between the wealth and the rest of us over the past five years.

No doubt next year in the run up to the General Election, the Tories will claim that it’s their policies that got us out of what’s now called the Great Depression. They haven’t. This recession fitted the normal pattern, ie six years from crash to recover. If you look at other busts in history this is the length of time they take to work through the financial system. Some recessions have been over more quickly, taking just four years, and others more slowly eg The Great Depression of the Thirties. And if you recall, back at the start of the credit crunch economists were predicting a turnaround by 2014 anyway.

So all this Con-Dem government has done is ride the normal life of a recession, but used it as an excuse to pursue their Thatcherite policies of cutting welfare to chuck money at their patrons and supporters in the City. They certainly haven’t cut the deficit which was their big election promise back in 2010, in fact it’s even larger than when they took office.

Let’s look at what’s happened over the last five years and see if anything the coalition has done has helped you.

But what really sums up this governments priorities is that Osborne, your chancellor, took the EU to court to stop the ban on bankers being paid only the equivalent of their salary in bonuses. He used taxpayers money to support the bankers, when t was the casino banks and their high-bonus culture pushing staff to taking bigger and bigger risks that put us into the credit crunch in the first place. Haven’t we, the taxpayer paid enough for their mistakes. Why do we continue to give them free rein? Why hasn’t this recession changed the balance of power and reduced inequality.  

Because recession or no, it’s business as usual for the Tories – capitalists first, and always.


A message to politicians from We The People

We are not scroungers and skivers, nor are we the hard-working strivers. Neither are we benefit loungers draining the economy or confident consumers driving the recovery.
We are merely people trying to earn a living, care for families and make the most of the hand we are dealt. We are tired of being labelled, pigeon-holed and otherwise patronised by politicians.
Stop this empty word fest between the shades of the middle ground that make up the what remains of the left and right and start solving the problems, of which there are many. Wage deflation, high energy bills, rising food costs, the extortionate cost of housing whether buying or renting, the dearth of housing, the lack of job security – be it zero hour contracts or threat of redundancy, benefit cuts that affect the weakest and poverty that sends people to food banks.
Shame on all politicians for spending more time finding the most resonant words to appeal to voters, rather than actually helping us. No wonder no one votes for you anymore. We are indeed all in this together, just without you.