Exactly what is this Government trying to do?
Have they managed to find a time portal into which they have inserted the entire county?
What is happening and what to they want from us?
Report after report, story after story, blog after blog, all I am seeing on my TV, in my newspaper and online on my prefered social media sites are things that sound like they would be more comfortably placed in the nineteenth century rather than the twentyfirst. We appear to be being taken further back to the Victorian Era as every day passes whether we like it or not.
Foodbanks are now common in every town and city for people who don’t have enough money to be able to feed their families. Homeless people, living, sleeping and dying in their cars, in shelters or on the streets are everywhere. A new ‘workhouse’ is being opened in Bradford. A hospital in Tameside is handing out food parcels to patients when they are discharged. Cases of malnutrition and other diseases of the past, such as tuberculosis, are becoming common once more. Scurvy, scarlet fever, cholera and whooping cough are on the increase. Social housing is being sold off once more so we have nowhere left where we can live if we don’t have the money to buy our own properties. Citizens nationwide are having to rely on charity to survive. The rich appear to be getting richer whilst the poor are getting poorer day by day. ‘Downton Abbey’ on our doorstep.
What is going on? I don’t understand.
The people of Britain are being dragged, kicking and screaming, back through the centuries to the Victorian era of tenement slums, skeletal children, disease ridden rats, fleas, open sewers running freely in the streets and hopelessness. Our young people are told that the way out of poverty is education, education, education and encouraged to strive to go to university before embarking into the adult world of work but what happens when they try to do this? Lifelong debt at a crazy level and zero-hours contracts where they are paid as little as the bosses can get away with. Apprentices are paid at such derisory levels whilst they learn so they are unable to leave home. Our steelworks and car plants are being closed or sold to foreign investors at knock-down prices and skilled workers, with many years of dedicated experience, are being shown the door and told to find employment making sandwiches for the lunch time trade of bankers and businessmen. Older people, disabled people, sick people are being thrown on the scrapheap whilst Bevan’s welfare state is dismantled around them. Schools are having to feed children when their parents don’t have the money to do so. Misery, destitution and despair are everywhere.
And where are our ‘masters’? Where are the politicians whose job is to fight for the people they represent? Well, in the case of the smug Ministers and leaders of the Conservative party, they are sitting back on the padded green benches in the House of Commons giving us pointless, meaningless sound-bites telling us to ‘work harder’. They and their families are fine, it’s us, the ordinary people who are left to struggle and fight and do our best to exist when the odds are stacked against us.
We don’t want to go back into the pages of history, we want to keep on moving forward towards a better tomorrow. Help us to get there, stop legislating against us. Keep the goal-posts where they are and stop moving them all the time. Give us a chance to live.