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Cameron’s Legacy: Division in all it’s Glory

Cameron’s Legacy: Division in all it’s GloryIn todays world of Cameron’s austerity the notion that people in need of benefits, or people who are unemployed and need a leg up the career ladder, has been well and truly smashed. The demonisation of the poor, whether out of work, disabled or otherwise has taken on a distinctly unsavoury tone.

The Coalition of the willing, the Conservative and Liberal Democrats, has peddled the idea that only workers deserve anything out of this life. A term like “I support the hard working majority” is an example of seeds sowing division; almost subliminal in its tone. But it feeds people who, themselves, see that their lot isn't as cosy as they'd like it to be.

Foreigners taking jobs. The EU forcing Britain to accept people and pay them benefits and supply them with healthcare; human rights cases dragging on for years because of ‘on the surface’ excuses that are amplified by the tabloids; people languishing on the dole for generations. Not only that but they have 50” flat screen TV’s and up to date smart phones that the working poor just can't afford because they are too busy earning a decent crust.

If you are working, you're lucky and should be grateful; or so government ministers and employers want you to think, and they're winning the argument. Orwell’s Doublespeak where privatisation turns into outsource is very much alive. Much friendlier, you might think. And the public buy into it because like lemmings they follow. They watch the news and buy their tabloids and what the government says must be true. Its not until they go over the cliff that it hits home, and even then, it doesn't always.

No one could argue that following the crash of 2008 Britain experienced one of its worst financial periods ever. The worlds financial institutions were rocked to the core. Whether you believe a single government caused it, which the coalition will have you believe, or whether it was a financial meltdown sowed and suffered by everyone, its up to you. The British electorate obviously felt the latter, otherwise the Tory’s right-wing agenda would have prevailed successfully at the 2010 election. It didn't, and don’t let them tell you it did. Without the Sops that lead the Liberal Democrats, the Tory agenda would have been decapitated 2011.

The national minimum wage is £6.31 if you're over 21. Try living off that. The average pay of a CEO in Britain is around £100,000 per annum. Try living off that. And the inequality continues to grow. The rationing of healthcare. The lack of affordable housing. The “Bedroom Tax.” The enforced closure of libraries, thus deny the poor education, communication, social cohesion. All emblems of a Tory policy that keeps its thumb down firmly on the poor.

Unions are facing their last stand, forever being downtrodden by a government that doesn’t want worker representation, involvement or rights.

Then look at the Tory Foreign Office Minister, Mark Simmonds, who quit recently because he wasn’t paid enough. He was paid almost £90,000 a year. As his employee his wife was paid £25,000 a year. And he could claim almost £28,000 in expenses. Is this right? Should we feel sorry for him and his kind?

I think I’d feel better sparing my thoughts for disabled people who can’t earn any money, the temporarily unemployed desperate to find employment that isn’t zero hour paid, single mothers who find themselves in dire straights because of benefit cuts and “Bedroom Tax” victims who have had no choice about where they live.

The MP’s and the CEO’s and the tax dodgers can whistle!

We waste money on a plethora of government whims. In recent times, of which, I’m sure theres a long list to be made. I’d rather it went to the disadvantaged who's voice is not strong enough and cannot be heard.

We are going in the wrong direction when it comes to social policy. Solidarity among people of all kinds, from all backgrounds, is where we want to be. The very idea that people don't deserve because they are poor, disabled or temporarily out of work, has taken root, and this will be Cameron’s legacy: division in all its glory. Thatcher’s Britain has never been more alive than it is now.

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