“We’re all in this together” is a common phrase Conservative party MPs like to use. But we are not all in this together. Here are the reasons why:
The cuts the Tories want to make in education impact upon people in state schools the most. With less than half of the cabinet attending state schools, it is easy to see why they are so out of touch.
2. 50% of the UK cabinet attended the elite Oxbridge universities.
Also, the prime minister and chancellor were both members of the Bullingdon Club – a drinking club for the wealthiest students at Oxford University. It is claimed that one of the “pranks” members of the Bullingdon Club partake in is burning £50 notes in front of homeless people.
Considering their privileged upbringing, it is hard to fathom how the government can have sympathy with ordinary students. They’ve already lumbered students with fees of £9,000 and may yet increase them.
3. The UK has a cabinet that is two-thirds male.
This is an improvement on Cameron’s previous 76% male composition. Nonetheless, Cameron’s cabinet is not reflective of the British public. Maybe if there was a higher representation of women, the government would have had the guts to challenge the “tampon tax”. Instead, women will continue to pay tax on an item they have no choice in buying.
The British shadow cabinet is gender balanced. As is Canada’s, with the new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, assembling a diverse cabinet. Cameron could learn a lot from Trudeau’s example. Trudeau had a simple response when asked why there was a gender balance:
Because it’s 2015. Canadians from all across this country sent a message that it is time for real change.
4. 96% of the government is white, compared to 86% of the general population. These figures may go some way to explaining why the Conservative rhetoric has harked back to the days of Enoch Powell. The home secretary, Theresa May, said it was “impossible to build a cohesive society” with high immigration.
In 2013, an 84-year old man died after being held in shackles for five hours by UK immigration officials. A recent inquest said May’s “home office rules” were to blame.
5. Cameron is unable to answer Jeremy Corbyn’s questions, which ordinary people want answered, at Prime Minister’s Questions.
Cameron would not confirm that his planned tax credit cuts would not make people worse off come April 2016, even though he knows ordinary people will suffer.
6. It appears the Conservative party is so out of touch with Scottish people that it may well end the union. The English votes for English laws (Evel) legislation will fundamentally change the nature of “one member, one vote”, with Scottish MPs claiming they will be second-class MPs.
Tommy Sheridan , the pro-independence activist and former member of the Scottish parliament, told The Canary:
the union is now in its coffin and Evel represents some of the nails holding the lid of the coffin down.
7. Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, also promised that junior doctors would not get a pay cut. Embarrassingly for him, he was forced to backtrack on this promise, as junior doctors working longer hours would receive a pay cut.
Since then he has claimed junior doctors will get an 11% pay rise. Once again he has been proven wrong, being accused of “manipulating the figures”, as most junior doctors will get a real terms cut of 26%.
Hunt may not even know what a “cut” is, considering MPs have received a 10% increase in pay. Cameron backed the MPs’ pay rise by saying:
you’re paid a rate for the job and you should take the rate for the job.
This is despite the fact Cameron has enforced public sector pay being capped at 1% for the next four years.
The platitude “we’re all in this together” is simply not true. If we were in this together, equality would be entrenched in society. Instead, the rich are getting richer, while the poor are getting even poorer.
Featured image via Flickr
We need your help to keep speaking the truth
Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.
Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.
We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.
In return, you get:
* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop
Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.
With your help we can continue:
* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do
We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?