I have a question. Of all the things that are going on in the power-house of our nation at present, what should matter most to the working people of this country? In my humble opinion it should be the fact that MPs have just voted to cut their annual income by cutting Working Tax Credits and causing hardship to millions nationwide. It should be the fact that MPs have just voted for a Bill that will reduce the powers of Trade Unions to protect their rights in the workplace and that they are paid fairly for the work they do. It should be the fact that MPs are not doing their best to ensure that all their constituents have somewhere safe and secure and affordable for themselves and their families to live.
Well, according to the British Media this morning we shouldn’t be worrying about any of that at all. Not a jot. It’s not even worth a mention. There’s nothing there to concern us at all. No, according to the British media today what should really be getting us incensed and up in arms is the fact that a man, known and widely acknowledged to be a republican, has the audacity to stand in respectful silence during singing of the national anthem rather than join in with a song expressing sentiments he does not agree. Apparently this is completely scandalous.
And, having seen how we are all getting our knickers in a twist about this, Cameron and Co must be absolutely delighted that Corbyn has been elected. After all, this should mean they will be able to get away with almost anything. Just as long as they can manage to keep the press more interested in vilifying a principled man for sticking to his principles rather than reporting serious issues that should causing grave concern to the electorate they can do what they like.
Here’s an idea – let’s stop obsessing about what are, if we’re honest, minor things and start looking at the bigger issues that are slipping past almost unnoticed. Let’s start calling our elected leaders to task on the way they are treating the poor of this country. Let’s start calling our elected leaders to task for trying to promote their own agendas rather than working for the people who voted for them. Let’s start calling our elected leaders to task for stifling the chances for our children to receive the education and the support they need to help ensure a better future for everyone. Let’s start questioning everything they do. Let’s start making things difficult for them.
We need to know why Mr Cameron and his colleagues appear to have a horror of people who are unable to work for a living, regardless of the reason for this. We need to know why severely disabled people are being forced to justify their need for State support to stay alive. We need to know why Mr Cameron and his colleagues will not try to ensure that working parents are able to feed, clothe and house their families by using the wages they are receiving from their employers rather than the additional help they can get through Welfare Benefit top-ups. We need to know why Mr Cameron and his colleagues are not doing more to pressurise drug companies into reducing the cost of essential medication to the National Health Service so there are more resources available for actually treating patients. We need to know why Mr Cameron and his colleagues are not doing more to bring the perfectly sound empty buildings in every town and city back into use, as much needed rental property, for the many poorly housed and homeless people in this country, rather than increasing the profits of builders and developers and covering our countryside in soulless new-build shoe boxes. We need to know why Mr Cameron and his colleagues are not doing more to prevent our ever diminishing local high-streets being decimated by profit-hungry foreign multi-nationals and supporting local businesses to flourish within our communities. We need to know why Mr Cameron and his colleagues are not trying to ensure that there are sufficient places available in excellently resourced local state schools nationwide for all our children.
So, rather than criticising his every move, let’s allow Mr Corbyn and the official opposition officially oppose the way the Conservative appear to be trying to take us back to the Victorian era where poverty, disease and premature death were common except amongst the ruling classes.
We’re making things so easy for the Conservatives to do what they want. Why don’t we make things more difficult instead.