I hope the words of Cameron will come back to haunt him. I remember in the run up to the last elections those words along with his caring conservative face, “We will protect the most vulnerable” Having grown up under Thatcher, of course I know the truth but a tiny part of me hung on to the belief that maybe this was true. All right a bit of cognitive dissonance of on my part but surely the fact that Ivan stayed at home must have had some impact? Past generations of children like Ivan would have been sent to an institution out of sight out of mind. So just like a baby quilt I held on to that wee kernel of hope and then they were elected.
The road to today’s announcement is awash with the misery of many, victims in the blitzkrieg war on the poor the condems have been waging. It is open season on the poor. The language used to describe us would be deemed illegal if there was any legislation to protect us but there isn’t. We become more demoralised by every attack that comes our way.
The benefit cap announces Ian Duncan Smith, will make parliament accountable to the tax payer for every penny of overspend on welfare payments. Oh the irony of the man! In this government welfare spending has increased most of it on housing benefit payments to private landlords. Maybe we should rename housing benefit as landlord subsidy as the reality is the maelstrom and misery of the bedroom tax means many seeking smaller properties only available via private property. This is money going directly from the government directly into the back pockets of rich landlords. Not a penny of this will be used to improve the desperate need for social housing. It will just go into the back pockets of those who already have more than enough.. I would like to have a conversation with Duncan Smith about accountability. How does he feel about the deaths attributed to his policies. Will other policies such as spending on trident and MPs expenses be accountable to the tax payer too? Somehow I doubt it.
When I was growing up I was brought up to believe in the labour party. They were part of my community, Ernie Ross’ s the local MPs daughter went to school with me. My dad always told me they fought for the poor and I believed them. Sadly my belief along with that of Santa Claus and the tooth fairy evapourated a while ago. Today Ed Milliband’s announcement that he was telling his mps to vote with government was no surprise. Like many I expect nothing less from them.Well done to the 13 rebels who demonstrated they are still old labour and socialists in the tradition of Keir Hardie
Some labour MPs such as Tom Harris have already declared that they are the party of hard working families. If you have the misfortune to be dependent on benefits, hit hard time through addiction they will not be there. The irony is that it is the hard working families who may be most affected. The spend on benefits is greater for those in work than those on other benefits. What will happen when the housing benefit budget runs out?
I am fortunate to live in Scotland where the hope of Independence lies ahead like an unwritten road map. This has the potential to lead us away from Westminster to a new politics and a new society There will be room for a new labour party in it bur room definitely for socialists like me. I hope for a kinder fairer society where everyone has a decent standard of living where we look after each other. A socialist’s dream maybe but surely what Independence has the potential to deliver is favourable to that of the next Westminster government, which might be a tory/ukip alliance. Readers it is over to us but please remember today