The Conservative Party has long tried to convince people that it’s “the real workers’ party”. But one recent image sums up the truth perfectly. That is, that the Tories couldn’t be further from a ‘workers’ party’ if they tried.
Forget the fact that Theresa May’s party wines and dines millionaire donors, slashes corporation taxes, and lowers taxation for the highest earners. Or that it does so while overseeing a freefall in the real terms wages of ordinary workers. If you want a visual depiction of a party run by and for the richest people in society, you couldn’t come much closer than this:
— Luke… (@luke_bwfc) April 19, 2017
No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. That’s the Conservative Prime Minister. With a helicopter. At a golf club. It doesn’t get more ‘elite’ than that.
So much for being “the real workers’ party”, eh?
Ahhh, living within our means ☺️👌🏻😐
— Nathaniel #GTTO #DPFC Hornblower (@ImMeHooYou) April 19, 2017
How thoroughly ordinary of her
— Saywhatuwant deeply unhelpful 48.1% #FBPE (@saywhatuwantok) April 19, 2017
Jeremy Corbyn, meanwhile…
With the general election campaign hotting up, the difference between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn could hardly be more obvious. As May speaks to sombre crowds and stages awkward meetings with factory workers, Corbyn is often surrounded by laughter and enthusiasm. As May presents a vision of a passive, glum and dispirited society, Corbyn presents one of energy and hope. And don’t take our word for it.
Compare Theresa May’s campaign so far:
Theresa May's speech sending waves of inspiration & hope through this joyous working class crowd. pic.twitter.com/ZnmEXZu745
— joe heenan (@joeheenan) April 20, 2017
— The Pileus (@thepileus) April 25, 2017
With Jeremy Corbyn’s:
— Clare Doornbos (@ClareReadsBooks) April 21, 2017
— Christina (@55krissi55) April 21, 2017
— Joanna Johnson (@joanna_louise86) April 26, 2017
In short, the Conservative Party’s campaign and vision for Britain aren’t just elitist. They’re thoroughly distant and uninspiring, too.
We can do much better than that. We can vote instead for better wages and public services for ordinary working people. And we can vote for hope and change rather than more of the same.
– 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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