After the last Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) before the upcoming general election, Jeremy Corbyn made a very bold statement on Twitter. And it struck a chord with the public. Probably because it simply said what so many people think about the Conservative government.
A clear message from Corbyn
The Labour leader’s tweet was straightforward. But its message really resonated:
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) April 26, 2017
The comment inspired responses like:
Absolutely spot on Mr Corbyn! #VoteLabour
— UpperGwladysTweeter⚽️ (@GaryMathieson2) April 26, 2017
And Corbyn’s thinking is clearly demonstrable, too.
Strong against the weak
Since coming to power in 2010, the Tories have presided over:
- A 54% rise in homelessness.
- Cuts to disabled people’s benefits that have led the UN to say in two reports that their human rights have been “gravely” and “systematically” violated by the government.
- Capping [paywall] the pay rises of doctors, nurses, healthcare workers and all other public sector staff at just 1%. While pocketing pay increases themselves of more than £12,000.
- An increase in children living in poverty to 4 million.
- Food bank use rising, with over half a million people reliant [paywall] on just the Trussell Trust for food packages. That’s an increase of 2,792% since 2010.
- National debt increasing by more than 50%.
- Cutting the number of people getting social care by 26%. And cutting £50m from children’s mental health services.
- Allowing 9,000 people each winter to die of fuel poverty.
Weak against the strong
But also since 2010, the Tories have:
- Scrapped inheritance tax for all homes up to the value of £650,000.
- Slashed corporation tax to 17% by 2020. 11% lower than in 2008.
- Allowed the bill for avoided, evaded and unpaid tax to sit at around £120bn per year. And done little to tackle it.
- Paid £8bn a year in NHS money to private companies.
- Privatised a record £26.4bn worth of public assets in 2015.
- Lowered the top rate of tax from 50% to 45%. Giving Tory donors a tax break of £15m.
- Allowed fracking to begin. Because it benefits Tory donors.
- Failed to introduce a Mansion Tax. But instead introduced the Bedroom Tax.
Oh, and did we mention Tory election fraud?
Boot. Them. Out.
There can be no doubt that the Conservatives are the party led by the rich, governing for the rich. Or “weak against the strong”, as Corbyn said. That much is clear from their policies of the past seven years, that have inflicted misery on poor, sick, disabled and vulnerable people.
But at this general election, voters have a clear choice. Either vote for a party that only sticks up for its mates and screws everyone else. Or don’t vote Tory. The decision is yours.
– Register to vote in the 8 June general election. If you don’t have a national insurance number, a 5-minute phone call on 0300 200 3500 will get it sent to you in ten days.
– Discuss the key policy issues with family members, colleagues and neighbours. And organise! Join (and participate in the activities of) a union, an activist group, and/or a political party.
– Also read more Canary articles on the 2017 general election.
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