Conservative think-tank Bright Blue has recommended that a pledge for the partial legalisation of cannabis should be included in the Tory’s general election manifesto. The new proposals by Bright Blue suggest that drug reform would appeal to young and ethnic-minority voters, who are crucial to the Conservative Party’s long-term survival, while saving millions of pounds of public money.
While I unreservedly welcome the legalisation of cannabis I would never vote Tory to bring it about. This is of course an obvious ploy to win votes from younger people who tend not to vote and is therefore nothing more than devious manipulation of the electorate. This, if included in the manifesto, will in any case be another broken election promise; the Tory’s will never legalise cannabis because it would adversely effect the right-wing conservative vote. Before you vote on a one-policy issue, this or any other, remember the devastation of misery the Tory’s have inflicted on almost everyone except the very rich.
Here is a graphic reminder from Flickr user Byzantine_K of the effects of Tory policy during the last four years.
The conservatives have created unemployment.
One vacancy for every five job applicants and zero working hours, which basically means that a person is counted as employed but may in fact not be working at all. Also People on Workfare placements are counted as “employed” in government statistics.
Source and Read More: https://www.flickr.com/photos/november5/13997649816/
Vicious welfare reforms (benefit cuts)have plunged thousands of people into devastating poverty, including the sick and disabled, driven thousands to commit suicide and left many with insufficient or no income dependant on food banks, shivering in unheated homes. These drastic and unfair cuts range from reduction in amount received to a complete cessation of benefits when seriously sick and severely disabled people are told they are fit for work and have their benefits stopped. These cuts include the bedroom tax which since it’s introduction has plunged many deeper into poverty and resulted in an increase in homelessness.
In modern-day UK 13 million people live below the poverty line.
Workfare – getting people to work for nothing
Real unemployment has risen, and the Conservatives method for supposedly tackling the crisis is to take advantage of the situation and provide themselves and their wealthy friends with a growing supply of free workers. Capitalism – and certainly at its extreme; that which we are now enduring – does not work accept for the greed of the few. The government is whittling welfare away to nothing, destroying employee protections in order to make it easier for employers to hire and fire; to generally exploit and mistreat their employees. Work continues to vanish overseas where people can be even more easily and grossly exploited, and more jobs are lost to private and public sector job cuts motivated more by greed than neccessity. And how many 10s of thousands of jobs have been lost to such as the automated/self-service checkouts?
Last month began the government’s latest work-for-nothing Workfare scheme Help To Work, which includes the Community Work Placements programme that requires anyone who has been unemployed for over two years to carry out 780 hours of unpaid “voluntary work” – a real oxymoron if ever there was one.
Osborne’s flagship sinking as voluntary sector rejects role in scheme
Community Work Placements are six-month unpaid work placements for unemployed people, part a set measures branded as “Help to Work”. The £300 million Help to Work programme is aimed at 200,000 Jobseekers Allowance claimants. Studies into existing UK workfare schemes in the UK have found them to have zero effect on helping people find work.
http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?p=3543 – please take the suggested action to help the Keep Volunteering Voluntary campaign.
Alternatively unemployed people of two years duration are required to attend the job centre every day to sign on. This will mean thousands of people hanging about in long queues. Time which could be spent looking for an actual job. What the hell that is supposed to achieve I cannot imagine accept disruption and chaos. More details of these the latest in a long line of
Workfare – work for nothing schemes. Failure to comply will result in sanctions from a minimum of four weeks to as much as three years!
Chaos At The DWP As Bungled Help To Work Scheme Attempts To Launch http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/chaos-at-the-dwp-as-bungled-help-to-work-scheme-attempts-to-launch/
Increase in homelessness
In the last two years there has been a rise in homelessness of 62%
…the dubious “economic crisis” followed unhelpfully by a swathe of vicious and unjustifiable cuts and so-called reforms by this phony government, plus uncontrolled and often greed driven prices rises and sinking wages has caused poverty to soar to levels unknown since the War, and a dramatic increase in homelessness nationwide. And it needs to be remembered that many of the homeless go unrecorded Homelessness is nothing new – and in more recent time was noticeably bad during the 1980’s and into the 1990’s in the UK. The situation seemed to improve for a while following.
The world’s largest tax cut to bankers.
Osborne also spent thousands of the tax payers money fighting an EU ban on bankers’ bonuses.
Tax cuts to the rich and corporations.
Also profit motivated NHS reforms, privatisation of the post office below it’s value and increased funding for councils – but only in affluent areas.
We can’t go on with this government. If they remain in office much longer, little if anything will be left of what was once good about this country.
If you vote conservative based on the promise of the legalisation of cannabis or a vote on the EU you are also voting for more of the above. Ask yourself, is it really worth another five years of rule under this vile government who have destroyed millions of lives reducing people to poverty levels not seen this side of world war 2 while feathering the nests of the rich and the elite.
Click the link below for more graphics from Flickr user Byzantine_K . All graphics have a creative commons license, please freely use in anti Tory campaigns during the upcoming election. The public need to be reminded of the devastation and suffering brought about by the most vile, the most callous, the most greedy self-serving and incompetent government in the history of the UK. Do not forget the parasitic Libdems role in the destruction of our welfare system, the NHS and indeed most of the warped Tory policies, all of which, with the exception of Gay marriage, have been a detriment to most of us who are not rich.
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