The General Election: “The nightmare before Christmas during and for …”

This is a long rambling post, my first here since the disaster of the general election that saw the now hard right Tories voted into power by a huge majority, including “safe seats” in the North East. The North East would you believe; have they forgotten the minors strike?! That I am shocked would be an understatement, so much so that I needed some time away from social media but cannot get back into doing much until I have had my say. For many it is a distant memory blurred by the seasonal festivities but as the new year arrives the reality becomes even more daunting.

Basically I continue to be enraged by the election result.

I like many people are devastated by the outcome of the election, it has had a profound effect on my mental well being as is indeed the case for many people. I have found it difficult to get back online in any active way, and indeed felt rather like hibernating so to speak, staying home away from people who may have voted into power the most vile, immorally bankrupt government in my lifetime! Time has passed but in the great scheme of things a small amount, and of course the dire consequences of the Tories winning the election has a resounding effect on all our lives – those who are not among the wealthy elite – for years to come. Yes even you who voted Tory.

It is difficult to put into words quite what it feels like to now live in a country where a hard right racist government continues in power with an overwhelming majority, which gives them cart blanch to do what the hell they like. Something I never thought would happen here in the UK.

Why? Why did so many people vote for such an utterly unethical government, the furthest to the right that there has ever been?

It in reality had nothing to do with Jeremy Corbyn as leader despite what the biased right wing media would have you believe, though if you read the main stream media you may well get this impression. Then why? Why did people vote for such a hard right party, particularly working class people who traditionally voted Labour? Of course there were idiot people who did not like Corbyn and one has to ask why the hell not; sadly it says more about those who did not like him and what he stood for than then the man himself. What is not to like… he is compassionate, caring , a pacifist, a vegetarian, and a committed anti-racist. Ask yourself if you voted Tory why you voted for a racist party, for inequality and for injustice, for poverty and homelessness, for cuts to our NHS and privatisation, for cuts to schools and so on? Why did you vote for a party of callous sociopaths who care nothing for the average person? Corbyn wanted a fair deal for all citizens, not just the privileged few. Maybe not all his manifesto policies were doable but his heart was in the right place and he would have done his damnedest to fulfill his electoral promises, such as get all the homeless off the streets by Christmas. Now this Christmas, thousands of homeless people woke up on the cold empty streets of many cities again.

This was our one chance to have a better life for everyone, a better society and a significant step towards a better world as common sense and decency has to start somewhere; as the world descends into chaos of right wing fascism with all its evils, which many died to stop during WW2.

Tory voters: you blew it, you took this chance from millions of people struggling to survive and I mean literally survive. If you had to sleep in the streets in the bitter cold, insecure, vulnerable, with no food, nowhere to wash or even to use the toilet, would you have voted Tory? If your child had to go to school hungry and cold without a winter coat would you have voted Tory? If you were disabled or chronically sick and you had your benefits cut, or got no benefits at all? If were told you were fit for work when you could hardly get out of bed or you had your only means of mobility taken away or you had to wait longer for vital treatment because of NHS cut backs all the while struggling in poverty and isolation, would you have voted Tory? If you were so poor that you had to rely on a food bank to feed your family, would you have voted Tory?

Sadly and as pathetic as it may seem Brexit appears to be the main reason why people voted for the Tories (or the Brexit Party of course), but why? What the hell has Brexit to do with the average person? Nothing, absolutely nothing of any advantage that’s for sure. Ask anyone who voted Tory or voted Brexit to name one real benefit for the ordinary person in the street for leaving the EU. That is if you can bring yourself to do so right now – I and many others are simply too shocked, traumatized – yes not an exaggeration – by the stupidity, the callousness of those who voted to keep the Tories in power to do so.

Unfortunately for many the desperation to leave the EU was never about the economy or sovereignty often used to justify Brexit. The article cited below was written last year, it is still relevant as in my opinion regarding the main reason many voted for Brexit and are desperate to get it done is racism, xenophobia and migration and this has not changed.

Brexit for many people pure and simply was about “wanting their country back”, not wanting immigrants; plain blatant racism. It appears to me that for the ever increasing number of xenophobes and racists this was the deciding factor in voting to leave and consequently voting for the Tories, even when there are so many indications that doing so will harm many of our citizens including those who voted for them. It’s more about bigots and racists stopping foreigners from entering the UK than much else for which these deluded people have sacrificed the greatest achievement here in the UK, the NHS, and abandon the millions of people now living in poverty.

The following article discusses this issue

The Truth About Brexit and Xenophobia
The push to leave the European Union was never about anything but immigration

“Theresa May has fallen back on claiming that her deal will give the U.K. control over its borders, which is “what the British people voted for,” she says. The rest of what she says is waffle, empty verbiage, or just untrue. We have now finally reached the truth about Brexit: It is about our borders, nothing else. “Control over borders” is just a euphemism for controlling immigration. And “controlling immigration” is just a euphemism for xenophobia and racism.
Brexit is about stopping foreigners from coming here.”

“And before you write in to complain, you who voted Brexit but are genuinely not racist or xenophobic, I know. You had good reasons, other reasons, about the economy, laws, sovereignty. So, yes, you are not a racist. But you were misled. It was never about those things. In the end, the U.K. would always have been better off in the EU. It contributed to those laws and always had sovereignty. It was only about the borders, and it was about stopping Conservatives from switching to UKIP.”

Read More:
https://medium.com/s/story/https-medium-com-tswriting-the-truth-about-brexit-e3e5bcdadfbe

If you think Brexit will benefit the average person in the street you are sadly mistaken.

Of the many Brexit cons, few are greater than the idea that this is a fight for the people.

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/brexit-elite-boris-johnson-eu-referendum-nigel-farage-hate-crime-a8531241.html

Did you vote for five more years of hell?

It is sad and sickening to know that so many people by voting Tory condemned us to five more years of hell, particularly for our most vulnerable citizens

The sick and disabled

The sick and disabled who have had their benefits scrapped, trapping 4 million vulnerable people into poverty while 170,070 disabled people died waiting for decisions on their PIP.  In just one year alone 50,000 sick and disabled people where hit by £30 Tory cuts. In addition many sick and disabled people have had their mobility cars taken away from them.

In the following article disabled activists speak out about the misery of so many years of suffering and cutbacks to disabled people

Tory conference: Disabled activists shame the Tories on the cost of heartless austerity 

They are a disaster. There is something wrong with people who think this is OK.

Read more:
http://www.disabilitynorth.org.uk/tory-conference-disabled-activists-shame-tories-on-cost-of-heartless-austerity/

Nothing is going to change, from day one the Tories have targeted sick and disabled people

Tories use first day back to attack the disabled

“DWP removes option for claimants to choose whether work assessment outcomes are reported to GPs

December 17, 2019

The new Tory government has wasted no time in targeting Britain’s most vulnerable, using its first day in Parliament to backtrack on disability rights.

Yesterday morning the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) removed the option for disability claimants to choose whether the outcome of work assessments is shared with their GP.

It means that the DWP can send letters to doctors telling them not to sign patients’ sick notes if they have been found “fit for work” by the notorious work capability assessments (WCA).”

Read more:
http://www.defenddemocracy.press/tories-use-first-day-back-to-attack-the-disabled/

Below is the Twitter feed of WOW voices with personal stories regarding the impact of Tory austerity for sick and disabled people.

“Read accounts written by disabled people, carers and health professionals on how austerity and cuts have affected them.”

These stories are heart breaking, if you voted Tory, read them and know that you condoned this grave injustice to sick and disabled people by voting Tory on December 12th. Shame on you!

The Homeless

In England alone an estimated 8,000 people live rough on the streets.

There are around 350,000 homeless people – I rather suspect there are many more –  many of whom are sleeping in cold damp streets wrapped only in a filthy sleeping bag, wearing the same unclean clothes, sitting huddled and depressed, cold and hungry. In England alone an estimated 8,000 people live rough on the streets. This shocking figure is likely to rise to 15,000 by 2026 if nothing changes  – which it won’t under the Tories. Their chance for a decent and fulfilling life taken away from them as a result of Tory austerity and the general right wing mentality of a society that condones the accumulation of great wealth by the few at great cost to the many.

If you voted Tory, you voted for this grave violation of people’s human rights, their dignity, their well being and often their very lives.

An estimated 726 homeless people died in England and Wales in 2018.

“A record number of homeless people died last year, in the biggest increase in deaths since reporting began, amid warnings fatalities are likely to be even higher in 2019.”

Read more:
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/oct/01/homeless-deaths-in-2018-rise-at-highest-level-ons

Those living in poverty

In the 5th richest country in the world 14 million people live in poverty including 4 million children, one in three of the population, this number is set to rise: The Big Issue has learned that this number will rise over the next five years as Universal Credit takes hold, increasingly pushing more and more families into poverty.

Read more:
https://www.bigissue.com/latest/child-poverty-in-the-uk-will-hit-a-record-high-in-2019/

Poverty destroys lives and is avoidable, yet here we are with millions of people living in poverty. If you voted for the Tories on December 12th you are responsible, you are complicit, for you have prevented real change from happening in the lives of so many people who like you, like me, like all people deserve better.

Tory voters be sure to read this article, inform yourself of the tragedy of Tory austerity which you have just voted for

Growing Up Poor: Britain’s Breadline Kids review – the lives stolen by poverty

You could call these tragic stories Dickensian – if the word didn’t imply that things would come right in the end

“Eight-year-old Courtney found her first visit to the food bank quite exciting over all, despite the disappointment of discovering that it didn’t dispense victuals in the same manner as a cashpoint does money. She, her mum and her brother walked the two and a half miles from the flat they have been living in since they fled domestic violence seven months ago, and two and a half miles back sharing the weight of the bags between them (“There is a bus, but if you had bus fare you wouldn’t be going to a food bank”). Her mother carried most of the load, but they all bore their share.

They live in Cambridge, the UK’s most unequal city, where a fifth of the population takes home just 2% of its total income. The family is trying to live on child benefit of £5 a day while they wait for their delayed first universal credit payment. They have maxed out their allowance of top-up fuel vouchers from the Trussell Trust, so as the temperature drops below freezing, Courtney empties 45p-worth of coppers out of the china swan on the window sill to see if it’s enough to put the heating on while they wait for Cash Converters to open the next day so a phone can be pawned. “Baby,” says her mother wearily. “There aren’t enough there.”

Read more:
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/dec/02/growing-up-poor-britains-breadline-kids-review-the-lives-stolen-by-poverty

There are 1.9 million pensioners living in poverty

Here in the UK one of the most wealthy nations on Earth, 1.9 million pensioners (16 percent) are living in poverty. That’s about one in six of our senior citizens. It also has to be said that most of those who do not fall into the poverty category are nonetheless struggling to live on the rather mean pension provided by the state.

Poverty in later life

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/globalassets/age-uk/documents/reports-and-publications/reports-and-briefings/money-matters/rb_apr18_poverty_in_later_life

Note that in addition to older people living in poverty after working age the Tories intend to increase retirement age to 75!!!!

Tory’s plan to raise the state pension age to 75 over the next 16 years:
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/tories-raise-state-pension-age-18953679?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebar 

Here the latest benefit cut for pensioners which will leave many pensioners with a dependent with £70 less

Government to cut £70 a week from thousands of state pensions
For decades the state pension helped people out if they had someone depending on them – that’s about to end seeing thousands of retired Britons lose £70 a week. Who’s affected:

Read more:
https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/government-cut-70-week-thousands-21132951

A massive increase in food banks

Ten years ago there were barely any foodbanks in the UK. Today, there are more than 2,000.

In the last ten years, cuts to benefits and broken systems like Universal Credit have left people struggling to afford food and rent.

State of Hunger

“Over the last five years, the number of emergency food parcels provided to people in crisis by food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network has increased by 73%. No charity can replace the dignity of buying your own food. To help end the need for food banks, the Trussell Trust commissioned State of Hunger – the most authoritative piece of independent research into hunger in the UK to date. Here’s what the research reveals…

State of Hunger research found that people who have been referred to a food bank:

Have an average weekly income after housing costs of just £50

Cannot afford to buy the absolute essentials that we all need to eat, stay warm and dry, and keep clean – with 94% facing real destitution

Read more:
https://www.stateofhunger.org/

The climate crisis

It goes without saying that the Tories will take as little positive action as possible to combat the climate crisis and for big polluters it will be business as usual

Brexit Party and Tories worst for climate change policies, Greenpeace analysis shows

Conservative support for polluting industries, such as aviation, oil and gas ‘at odds with their net zero target’, analysis says

Labour is in hot pursuit of the Green Party when it comes to the quality of the environmental policies laid out in its manifesto, but the Conservatives and Brexit Party are lagging far behind, a new ranking of party policies by Greenpeace shows.

Read More:
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/election-green-climate-parties-brexit-conservatives-greenpeace-a9220271.html

Read the analysis directly from Greenpeace

“… the Party’s continued support for a number of polluting industries, such as aviation, oil and gas, and massive spending commitments for new road-building are at odds with their net-zero target. In many policy areas where the Conservatives originally progressed a green narrative, such as plastics, agriculture, and nature restoration, their policies in these areas have been significantly outflanked by most of the other main parties.”
https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/news/labours-plans-for-climate-and-nature-score-twice-as-high-as-the-conservatives-according-to-election-manifesto-ranking/

The NHS

Chronic under-funding of the NHS has left thousands living in pain and poverty, waiting for healthcare and hit by benefit sanctions

The cuts and under-funding of the NHS which has caused many deaths and delayed vital operations and increased waiting time in A&E difficulties in getting appointments with GPs and other health care professional. Cuts to mental health services.

Read about the disastrous cuts and changes to our NHS during the last decade under a Tory government

These brutal cuts to the NHS will haunt the Conservatives
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/25/boris-johnson-conservatives-nhs-funding

You can read more about what the Tories have done and will likely continue to do to the NHS on this pre election post:

https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2019/12/06/dont-vote-tory-the-nhs/

Cuts to school funding

Check out this link to see what cuts are likely now the misguided majority have voted the Tories back into power:
https://schoolcuts.org.uk/take-action/

Don’t overlook this link with Information about how years of Tory cut backs have effected your child’s school: https://schoolcuts.org.uk/schools/?coords=54,-3&zoom=6

School Cuts search tool shows starkly how Tories ‘will hit’ your child’s class
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/school-cuts-search-tool-shows-21033256

Islamophobia

The Tories in particular Boris Johnson have openly expressed their racist and anti Islamic views. Racism has sadly entered mainstream politics here in the UK, igniting the racist tendencies of many people who feel that this gives them license to express openly their blatant racism.

The article below takes you through ten years of Tory racism

“From the hostile environment to Windrush and relentless Muslim-bashing, the Conservative record in government shows how comfortable the party is with racism.”

Read more:
The Tories’ Ten Years of Racism

https://tribunemag.co.uk/2019/11/the-tories-ten-years-of-racism

Racism has no place in any civilized society, it should have no place in the UK. Many people deny being racist but if you voted Tory you voted for a party whose polices permeate with racism and persistent Islamophobia

 

The benefit cuts

Frankly I don’t know where to begin

For the past ten years the Tories have decimated the welfare state with cuts to benefits, including a benefit freeze which now prior to the election they say they will remove by 2020 – I will believe that when or if it happens.

The sole purpose of benefit reforms is to remove as many people as possible off benefits including severely ill and disabled people

The government are so determined to strip as many people as possible of their benefits that they have spent 40 million pounds of tax payers money fighting appeals, most of which they lost.

Austerity over the last decade has resulted in misery, poverty, destitution and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.

Austerity has been so shocking that it has resulted in three UN reports.

You can read more about the Tories vicious cuts to benefits in this pre election post:

https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2019/12/07/dont-vote-tory-benefit-cuts/

The badger cull

The cull/killing of these helpless animals is described by the Badger Trust as the “largest destruction of a protected species in living memory”

While the Tory manifesto does not mention the cull, they nonetheless have given the go-ahead for culling to be continued and widened. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/bovine-tb-authorisation-for-badger-control-in-2019

Labour on the other hand pledged in its manifesto to end the badger cull: “We would work instead on non-lethal interventions to reduce the incidence of disease in cattle.” Also Labour has a separate 50-point animal welfare manifesto separate from its main policy one.

Concerning other issues relating to animals welfare:

While the Tories promise to end “excessively long journeys for slaughter and fattening”, such suggests a ban on live export implicitly but not explicitly. Labour was more explicit and promised to ban live exports for slaughter and fattening.

So it looks like much cruelty to animals is likely, including the once protected badgers, to continue and who knows maybe even the return of fox hunting, after all what is to stop them now from doing whatever the hell they like with such a vast majority? While the the Conservatives  have not included a free vote on the issue of fox hunting in their manifesto, I for one simply do not trust them.

You can read more detail concerning animals rights from the manifestos of the main political parties during the election

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/general-election-animal-rights-parties-badger-cull-hunting-fox-pets-policies-a9241361.html

This article explains the Tories intentions to criminalize gypsies and protect illegal fox hunting by the introduction of plans to make trespass illegal:

“…animal protection supporters have also slated the trespass crackdown, accusing the Conservatives of appeasing hunt supporters.

Penny Little, a monitor of the Grafton Hunt in Northamptonshire and founder of a wildlife rescue centre in Oxfordshire, said: “They [the Conservatives] are sneaking in a move that could leave illegal hunting completely unscrutinised, and allow it to continue without even the present, very slight, risk of prosecution.

“There are many monitor and sabs [saboteurs] Facebook pages that show the reality of what is happening every day in our countryside. The violence, obstruction and intimidation meted out by hunts and their supporters can clearly be seen, as well as multiple examples of foxes, deer and hares being illegally hunted.”

Read more:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/general-election-boris-johnson-trespass-law-gypsies-travellers-fox-hunting-manifesto-a9227511.html

Note in the above article: don’t over look the way these trespass laws will effect Gypsies, yet another example of Tory racism

Related links

First they came for the gypsies, disabled, migrants and unions

https://www.thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2019/12/19/first-they-came-for-the-gypsies-disabled-migrants-and-unions/

Here is what a decade of Tory rule did to just one city

Pictures that have defined nearly a decade of Tory rule in Merseyside
https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/pictures-defined-nearly-decade-tory-17441238

I have to ask why? Why didn’t people vote for Corbyn and the Labour party, after all their election promises would have made life much better for most people. Unfortunately in most cases this is not what politics are about, at least not Tory politics which favour the wealthy elite.

Why did people give up the opportunity for a better life for all of us. Was it ignorance, gullibility,  selfishness, racism, greed …

It is sad that Brexit may have been the defining issue and Labour’s stance on the matter with a further referendum was not popular.

Brexit is a project by the elites, for the elites – the rest of us were never meant to benefit from it

Of the many Brexit cons, few are greater than the idea that this is a fight for the people

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/brexit-elite-boris-johnson-eu-referendum-nigel-farage-hate-crime-a8531241.html

Why do people want Brexit?  Yes it may be for the reason cited in the above article but frankly I think racism and xenophobia had a lot to do with it. Plus the crazy notion that somehow Brexit would benefit us all rather than the reality of the situation that Brexit was meant to benefit the wealthy elite.

The Conservatives never have been and never will be the party for the working class. Boris Johnson himself described the working class as “drunk, criminal, aimless, feckless and hopeless”

Johnson has already betrayed the working people who voted for him:

It took Boris Johnson less than a week to betray all the working class voters who backed him
https://www.thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2019/12/17/it-took-boris-johnson-less-than-a-week-to-betray-all-the-working-class-voters-who-backed-him/

Don’t be depressed about the Tories, fight back!

The anti-Tory resistance has begun. No prize for guessing the city that’s leading the way.

Don’t Vote Tory: The NHS

“Johnson’s Trump-deal Brexit puts a price tag on our NHS. So we’ll say it again and again until the message gets through to the White House: our NHS is not for sale.”
Jeremy Corbyn

You can’t trust the Tories with the NHS is an old adage which is true nonetheless.

In this coming election December 12th vote as though your life depends on it, because without the NHS your very life and the lives of all those you love may well depend on the action you take on this vital election day.

On the 5th July 1948 The National Health Service  NHS was founded by Aneurin Bevan Labour’s post war minister of health at the Park Hospital in Manchester, making healthcare accessible to everyone regardless of their ability to afford it .

Read more about the history of the NHS

The Birth of the NHS
https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofBritain/Birth-of-the-NHS/

For 70 years the NHS has provided healthcare to everyone regardless of ability to pay and most of us want it to continue to do so.

But our NHS IS UNDER SERIOUS THREAT

Watch the video below with comments from a medical student .

Don’t be fooled by Tory lies, the Tories want to privatise our NHS. The Tories are not a party for working people, they never have been and never will be and will always put the interests of business over those of the vast majority. There is huge profit to be made from private health care but always at the expense of the average person. Keep in mind that the Tories voted against the formation of the NHS. The Tories are now chipping away at the NHS by increments, bit by bit, cut by cut.

This is what has happened to the NHS

The Tories have cut 7 billion pounds from social care since 2010

Here’s why you cannot trust the Tories with our NHS

US trade deal

The NHS is under threat by a Tory sell out to American pharmaceuticals as part of a trade deal after Brexit.

The Observer view on the risk the Tory party poses to the NHS

“The US pharmaceutical industry is desperate to raise the price of its drugs and the hardline Tory right is eager to help it”

“Jeremy Corbyn launched his campaign with a stark warning about the threat of a US trade deal struck by a Conservative government, declaring the NHS is “not for sale”.

“A US trade deal is a cherished objective of the hard Eurosceptic right that now dominates the Conservative party and it poses serious risks to the NHS.”

“It could open the door to rising NHS drug costs to the tune of billions of pounds a year. The NHS is one of the world’s biggest drugs purchasers and exerts a significant downward pressure on prices. Most pharmaceutical companies take part in a voluntary pricing and access scheme that caps the total price the NHS pays for drugs manufactured under patent. The NHS also has a world-leading system for assessing drugs, not just for safety and effectiveness but value for money. Together, these mechanisms mean pharmaceutical companies wanting to sell to the NHS have to offer their drugs many times cheaper than in the under-regulated American market. The price the NHS pays influences pricing across much of the rest of the world.”

The above are exerts from the following article please read the full article carefully
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/03/the-observer-view-on-the-risk-the-tory-party-poses-to-the-nhs

Stop the Tories from making a US trade deal which will affect the price the NHS pays for medication by voting Labour

Note in the last sentence in the exert above from the Guardian : Not only will your vote effect the price the NHS pays for drugs but it will effect the price of medication worldwide.

Privatisation Under the Tories beginning in 2013 with the NHS blood plasma supplier, on which thousands of patients depend and which was taken into public ownership in 1975 to protect the quality of the blood product,  was  sold that off for £200m to a US private equity firm, Bain Capital, Britain kept a 20% stake. It was later sold on to a Chinese company in 2016 for £820m.

The NHS’s expenditure on private health care providers has doubled since 2010 to £9bn

Read more about the above and other disastrous cuts and changes to our NHS during the last decade under a Tory government

These brutal cuts to the NHS will haunt the Conservatives
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/25/boris-johnson-conservatives-nhs-funding

As a result of Tory cut backs NHS trusts are increasingly forced to send patients to private hospitals for surgery because they are too busy and understaffed to do the operations themselves.

“Figure show almost threefold increase since 2010 to over 600,000 procedures last year

“NHS trusts are increasingly forced to send patients to for private surgery because they are too busy and understaffed to do the operations themselves. The sharp rise in outsourcing has coincided with the waiting-list for non-urgent operations ballooning to 4.6m, the highest figure since records began in 2007.”

“A decade of cutting over 15,000 beds and failures to recruit staff under the Tories is forcing more and more patients out of the public NHS into poor quality private hospitals,” said the shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth.”

“Tory ministers promised us 5,000 extra GPs but in fact we have lost 1,600 GPs under the Tories.”

Read more:

Revealed: private surgery for NHS patients soars under Tories
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/nov/08/private-surgery-nhs-patients-soars-under-tories?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Cuts to nursing staff 

Nurse vacancies in England have risen to 43,000′

“In the first quarter of 2019-20, 12% of full-time equivalent registered nurse posts in the provider sector were empty, equating to 43,617 missing staff.”

Read more:

The number of nurse vacancies in the NHS in England has increased to a record high, latest data reveals.
https://www.nursingtimes.net/news/workforce/nhs-nurse-vacancies-in-england-rise-to-more-than-43000-08-10-2019/

Ninety three percent of NHS trusts are falling short, with nearly half lacking 10% of the nurses they need: that’s three times more than five years ago. Nurses are being substituted with untrained assistants.”

“Nurse training places fell victim to George Osborne’s first budget: a conveniently commissioned McKinsey report said there would be less need for nurses in future. Later came the 2017 abolition of bursaries for trainee nurses, which cut the number of subsequent applicants. That made training unaffordable for women with children, who are often healthcare assistants wanting to upgrade. The attrition of nurses leaving the profession has worsened, with one in five quitting as soon as they train, and 5,000 going back to other EU countries as a result of the Brexit vote.”

Read more about the full impact of Tory cuts to the NHS

These brutal cuts to the NHS will haunt the Conservatives
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/25/boris-johnson-conservatives-nhs-funding

Here are examples of the disastrous consequences of Tory cuts to funding

Here is but one case of many of an ex NHS worker who was left on a trolley for six hours!

Patient dies after being forced to wait an hour in ambulance outside overstretched A&E
Paramedics were told there was no room inside Worcestershire Royal Hospital for the man as a total of 34 ambulances waited to get booked in.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/patient-dies-being-forced-wait-21022212?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebar

Ex-NHS worker with dementia, 88, left on A&E trolley for 6 hours due to Tory cuts
EXCLUSIVE: Jill Woolley, who worked for the NHS as a doctor’s secretary, went through “trauma” during the huge delays at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre:
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/dementia-sufferer-88-left-six-20837189

Working in the NHS under a Tory government – the reality
“Our health service is precious to us all and must be defended from the privatisation agenda…”
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/f/working-nhs-under-tory-government-reality

Also from the morning Star an article about child poverty and also the NHS

“The story of the NHS after nearly a decade of Tory and Liberal Democrat rule is one of cancelled operations, staff shortages, overworked healthcare professionals, equipment failure and a steady drain of resources as the system becomes more and more like the US, with the profit-hungry private sector being ushered in through the back door.

It is absolutely correct for Labour to warn that a Tory government would be the optimum situation for Britain’s health service to be offered up to US “healthcare” corporations seeking to export capital to economic zones where high profits can be leveraged from services and amenities that are presently in public ownership.”

Read more:
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/e/41-million-children-are-living-poverty-britain-we-have-solution

“The NHS is seeing the first sustained fall in GP numbers in the UK for 50 years, the BBC can reveal.

An analysis by the Nuffield Trust think tank for the BBC shows the number of GPs per 100,000 people has fallen from nearly 65 in 2014 to 60 last year.

The last time numbers fell like this was in the late 1960s and it comes at a time when the population is ageing and demands on GPs are rising.

Patient groups said it was causing real difficulties in making appointments.

There have been reports of waits of up to seven weeks for a routine appointment, while those needing urgent appointments have been forced to queue outside practices in the early morning to guarantee to be seen.”

Read More:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-46912055

I think most of us have experienced difficulties in seeing a GP, either not getting an appointment for weeks or having to see a nurse. Maybe at times it is more appropriate to see a nurse but there are times when you need perhaps to discuss on-going issues with a GP.

A VOTE FOR THE TORIES IS A VOTE TO DESTROY THE NHS

Only Labour will protect our NHS

Here is what Labour plan for the NHS

If you are in any doubt check out the Labour Party’s manifesto
https://labour.org.uk/manifesto/

“A decade of Tory health cuts and privatisations has pushed our greatest institution to the brink. Our hospitals are crumbling, equipment is outdated, IT systems are inadequate and community facilities are neglected.

There are 100,000 staff vacancies in NHS England, including a shortage of 43,000 nurses. There are 15,000 fewer hospital beds. Every winter, bed occupancy rates exceed dangerous levels. Patients now wait far too long to see their GP, for an ambulance or for treatment.

Our immediate task is to repair our health services. Our urgent priority is to end NHS privatisation.

Continue reading:

This link takes you directly to the section of the manifesto concerning the NHS”
https://labour.org.uk/manifesto/rebuild-our-public-services/

Take Action to Help Older People Get The Care They Need.

“It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the  children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy  and the handicapped.”
Hubert H. Humphrey

As a result of Tory austerity polices the most vulnerable in our society are suffering and continue to suffer.

Here is but one example:

In the 6th richest country in the world, the UK, more than 1.2 million older people in England currently can’t access the basic care they need to do everyday things, like get dressed and make themselves a meal. Things need to change for vulnerable people, things need to change for everyone.

Right now, the government is devising new plans for social care in England. We need to make sure that the needs of older people are addressed.

Please sign petition

Sign our petition for fair care:

Dear Jeremy Hunt

We believe that everyone should be supported to lead the lives they want for as long as they can.

That’s why we are calling for a care system that:

• Makes sure that everyone who needs care gets it.

• Gets rid of poor quality care.

• Values carers and care workers.

Read full petition and please sign and share:

https://campaigns.independentage.org/node/82/utm_source=email&utm_campaign=GP1&utm_term=b1#

Please sign even if like me you loathe and detest the Tories for the misery and suffering they have inflicted on vulnerable people such as children, the sick and disabled, low paid workers, the elderly and do not forget the NHS upon which the vast majority of us rely be we rich or poor and which they are systematically destroying with cuts to funding.

While it is good to sign petitions and work within the existing government to bring about change to the unfair policies of the Tories , we must in the end be rid of them if anything is to really change for the good of the majority of us.

Petitions are always well worth signing

Signing a petition sends them a message, lets them know that we do not approve of the grave injustice inflicted on our most vulnerable citizens.

“We need leadership in this country, which will improve the lives of working families, the children, the elderly, the sick     and the poor. We need leadership which brings our people together and makes us stronger.”
Bernie Sanders US senator

The above quote applies to the UK and anywhere else that fails to improve or even makes worse the lives of the majority of it’s citizens, particularly the most vulnerable such as those with disabilities, elderly people and children. It may shock you to know that one fifth of our citizens – 14 million people – live in poverty with the worst decline among children and the elderly. There are  1.9 million pensioners (16 percent) living in relative poverty according to these statistics:
https://www.ageuk.org.uk/globalassets/age-uk/documents/reports-and-publications/reports-and-briefings/money-matters/rb_aug17_briefing_poverty.pdf

Fifth of UK population now in poverty amid worst decline for children and pensioners in decades, major report reveals

“Britain’s record on tackling poverty has reached a turning point and is at risk of unravelling, following the first sustained rises in child and pensioner poverty for two decades, a major report has warned.

Nearly 400,000 more children and 300,000 more pensioners are now living in poverty than five years ago, during which time there have been continued increases in poverty across both age groups – prompting experts to warn that hard-fought progress towards tackling destitution is “in peril”. ”

Continue reading:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/poverty-britain-joseph-rowntree-foundation-report-theresa-may-social-mobility-commission-million-a8089491.html

This country is in a really sorry state, most people are suffering as a result of the misery inflicted by a bunch of over privileged bastards who have never known a day of poverty in their lives, who have never known what it is like to be hungry and cold shivering on the streets, no home, no hope no future. Never felt the anxiety of financial insecurity, never felt the anxiety for the future of their children, never had to work for all the hours god made to eke out a pittance now often not even enough to buy food or pay the rent. How many Tories have had to send their children to school hungry, how many go home to an unheated house, how many face retirement struggling on a pittance which barely pays the huge council tax , food, rent, repairs if you own your own home after paying an extortionate mortgage for the best part of your life! Most older people watch their home fall apart unable to afford the huge cost of repairs! Recently I had an estimate to fix a lock on a window – I can’t open the window without this – cost £ 145, more than a single pensioners entire income for a week. How about clothing or  a holiday – A Holiday!!!!!! how many elderly people get even a weeks holiday?  Not many. Things have to change we cannot allow our lives to be ruined by the greedy few, not only here in the UK but the world over.

We must rid this world of the vile cancer of greed and exploitation namely right wing ideology of social inequality. We must end the society of greed, the corrupt exploitative capitalist system that is destroying lives, destroying the very air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat. Our land, our oceans, our planet is dying as are the myriad species with whom we share it, killed by the voracious  greed of the few at the expense of the many.

Please sign and share this petition and every petition that sends a message that you have had enough of social injustice which treats our citizens so shamefully, enough of inequality, of environmental damage to our world, of the exploitation of human and nonhuman animals.

A Christmas Message for Theresa May

A Christmas Message for Theresa May:

Spare a moment over the festive season in your warm centrally heated home with luxury food in abundance for the 300,000 people in Britain who are homeless, including 128,000 children and over 4,000 rough sleepers; the result of Tory policies which have taken money from the most vulnerable in our society and handed it to the better-off. While you enjoy your opulent Christmas sadly it’ll be a different story for homeless people waking up shivering on the pavement, families with children waking on Christmas day in cramped depressing B&Bs or hostel rooms. The children will have few if any new toys for Christmas, their parents having been made destitute as a result of Tory benefit cuts and other austerity measures.

Are you even aware that only last Sunday a thirty-eight year old man died sleeping rough in Birmingham on a bitterly cold night. 

Take time to reflect on the increase in childhood and pensioners poverty which has soared by 400,000 and 300,000 respectively since the Conservatives came to power, the worst decline in decades. Now in the world’s seventh richest country 14 million people currently live in poverty. Shameful.

This Christmas think about the disabled people whose already difficult lives have been detrimentally affected by your so called welfare reforms which the UN have condemned. Vicious attacks on the most vulnerable in our society which have resulted in an increase in poverty and the overall death rate including a high rate of suicides by disabled people after the withdrawal of welfare benefits. This also includes the mentally ill of course who now have to increasingly cope alone as there are 6,700 fewer mental health nurses and 5,000 fewer mental health beds since 2010.

Take time from your hectic schedule to spare a thought for the thousands of people on universal credit who will not receive a payment at Christmas.

Please consider the overworked and underpaid NHS staff who have seen drastic cuts in their numbers, who struggle to cope with underfunding that has resulted in such outrages as 10,000 patients a week left waiting in ambulances outside A&Es ;  Long waits in A&E which have increased by 557% in seven years  and cancelled surgery for 10s of thousands of people.

Thanks to you Theresa May and your government we are now living in a period of great social injustice of which sadly some people are not aware. You and your predecessor have managed to turn the clock back to a time most of us do not remember and thought had been consigned to history.

Tell me: How do you sleep at night?

Related Links

Perhaps Theresa May and other Tories should also consider the following questions:

“It’s like an ordinary day, to be honest”: How the cuts stole Christmas

As foodbanks stockpile and benefits are withheld, Britain faces crisis this festive season.
https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/welfare/2017/12/it-s-ordinary-day-be-honest-how-cuts-stole-christmas

As a result of conservative policies it is estimated that over 4,000 disabled and vulnerable people may have died, but this figure could be much higher as a result of welfare cuts:

Welfare Reform Deaths – Memorial Page – Please Stop Killing Us
http://calumslist.org/

Recent research shows the conservative party’s austerity policies have resulted in the deaths of 120,000 people

Landmark study links Tory austerity to 120,000 deaths
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/tory-austerity-deaths-study-report-people-die-social-care-government-policy-a8057306.html

More UK children homeless or in temporary housing than during crash crisis
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/06/more-children-homeless-or-in-temporary-housing-than-during-crash-crisis

One in every 200 people in UK are homeless, according to Shelter
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/08/one-in-every-200-people-in-uk-are-homeless-according-to-shelter

I never thought the day would come when the UK would be subject to UN condemnation concerning human rights, particularly in respect to its treatment of disabled and vulnerable people. Anyone reading this please consider the above, Theresa May is not solely responsible.  If you voted Tory and continue to support them you are complicit in this, the greatest social injustice in our country in a long time. It is shameful that so many people either are ignorant of what is happening or simply do not care.

“Stand for what is right even it that means standing alone”
Suzy Kassem

 

Save Our NHS

“No society can legitimately call itself civilized if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means.”
Aneurin Bevan

 The NHS needs just £300 million for it to cope

We surely all agree that this is drastic action which should under no circumstances be considered ever.

Nor drastic action like this:

Jeremy Hunt considers barring walk-in patients from A&E:

or this

We need to talk about NHS rationing so says Dr David Turner

No we need to talk about the tax payers money adequately funding the NHS rather than spending this money on other less important things – after all what the hell is more important than our health. Certainly not all the roads that are tearing up what little countryside we have, did you know that on average a mile of motorway costs a whopping £30 million!  The M74 extension opened in Glasgow at a cost of £692m, which works out at £138.4m per mile or £78,000 a yard (£86,500 a metre). 

I can’t find any information regarding the total amount of money spent for the last year or any other information about annual expenditure on roads which the Tories seem over zealous in building in recent years. However as any motorist knows road building has been prolific in the last two or three years involving new roads and extensions to existing roads. Many in my opinion unnecessary. Money going straight into the bank accounts of private contractors no doubt.

We also need to consider the enormous amount of money spent on so-called defence – when were we last attacked –  For the fiscal year ending in March 2018:
UK Defence spending was reported to be £45.4 billion.

In addition there is money from tax avoidance, click the arrow below to see what revenue collected from tax dodgers would provide for the NHS:

We need to talk about taking tax from those who can afford it, big corporations and other tax avoiders and dodgers. It’s time to increase the tax for the rich.

It is estimated that that big business potentially underpaid £25bn in UK taxes last year.  The government it seems are going after poor people who top up low wages or benefits by selling on ebay, dog walking and other odd jobs rather than target corporations. Again as is always the case, the government is working ‘for the few’ while penalising the many, but that is another blog for another time perhaps. Some estimates put this figure much higher at £34 billion.

We are the sixth richest country in the world, surely there is money for healthcare, if there is not the government must find it, reduce the road construction budget and “defense”spending  which since 9/11 has rose from £28 billion to £45 billion, take it from the wealthy with higher taxation. Why should someone live in a huge house, an expensive apartment, have zillions in the bank, yachts, holidays, second third homes while others die unnecessarily while our health service flounders?

The NHS needs just £300 million for it to cope with the winter crisis – well a third can be found by cancelling the £118 m Parliament fire safety upgrade allocated as funding for tower blocks refused

Maybe a drop in the ocean you might think but add all these drops add up and they become more significant. There is sufficient resources in the UK to provide the best healthcare for everyone. Ask most people what is more important than health, I doubt if anyone will say more road building.

Frankly I think the government intend to deliberately send the NHS into crisis to prepare the ground for full privatisation which could well pave the way for an American style healthcare system with disastrous consequences of which I am sure most people are aware.

 

“We are on a precipice: the NHS has been severely damaged by underfunding and privatisation”
Quote from:

Keep Our NHS Public

Information and actions you can take to save our NHS
https://keepournhspublic.com/

Defend our NHS. 

Write to your MP

Contact MP
http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/

Demand a fully funded NHS where the latest in health care is available to everyone and where the staff are paid a decent wage in keeping with all the hard and stressful work they put in caring for us all.

Check out the following on Twitter for lots of the latest information and actions you can take

Keep Our NHS Public
@keepnhspublic

Stand With Our NHS
@StandWithNHS

NHS Million
@NHSMillion

If we do not do something now, our free healthcare provision will be a thing of the past.

Here is an example of what awaits you when the NHS is gone:

Tories Out: Protest the Tory Conference

The world is now ever more turbulent and it is increasingly more difficult to know where to begin to protest the onslaught as equality, social justice, decency, compassion fight against a seething mass of bigotry, social injustice, racism, right wing subjugation of the poor, increased abuse of animals, war … well the list is just so long. The headlines, as biased to the right as they are here in the UK, mostly seem more interested in Sport, the new opiate of the people,  than much else. Seemingly sport is more important  than the misery mostly inflicted by the right wing and those of right wing mentality – the other night a sports segment on the BBC came before any mention of the fiasco in North Korea where two psychopaths who hold so much power rattle their sabres with the resulting possibility of  leading us to the brink of nuclear war.

Undercover of all this the Tories continue their agenda with increasingly more austerity as if the disaster of Grenville Tower, the result of austerity, greed and neglect had never happened.

Right wing political ideology, particularly in its extremes as is the case today, will never bring about social justice, a fair world and a just society, it therefore must be eliminated permanently.

The world it seems is becoming more right wing, more fascist, racist and intolerant and the struggle to procure a decent existence for us all more of a challenge. I am shocked by the displays of open racism in the USA, the violence, hate, bigotry and intolerance.   What an appalling display of hate in Charlottesville as an ugly crowd of vile racist thugs, emboldened by the bigoted rhetoric of Trump’s extreme right wing agenda, wreaked mayhem. Such has no place in the modern world, it is sickening to every decent person.

We need to bring about change in the world urgently including here in the UK. We need to stop the spread of the right wing chaos that is making the lives of millions a living nightmare.

We have to keep speaking out against the rise in right wing agendas which are changing our world, taking it back to a time we once thought had passed into history.

Here the Tories systematic destruction of our social progress seems to go unnoticed lately.

Take Action –  Join a protest in Manchester. 

If you live in or can get to Manchester here is an opportunity to voice your protest.

Please Join a protest organised by The Peoples Assembly

“TAKE BACK MANCHESTER FESTIVAL 2017 – #TORIESOUT

Saturday 30 September – Wednesday 4 October – Protest the Tory Party Conference

Join us this autumn in Manchester for a huge political and cultural festival to coincide with the Tory Party conference.”

You can find more details about the protest here:
http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/manchester2

Please read the following from the People’s Assembly’s Facebook Page

“NO MORE AUSTERITY | SCRAP THE PAY CAP | TORIES OUT
FOR DECENT HEALTH, HOMES, JOBS & EDUCATION

The People’s Assembly will be holding a week of protest, demonstrations, cultural events, rallies, comedy, music and public meetings all across Manchester while the Conservative Party hold their conference there.

The week of action will include a national demonstraiton on the day the Conservative Party Conference opens:

National Demonstration, Sunday 1 October
Assemble 12pm, Castlefield Arena Rice Street, Manchester M3 4JR

The election result has left Theresa May and the Conservative Party with a weak, unstable Government and represents a rejection of their vicious policies that only benefit those at the top.

The week of action will demonstrate the huge opposition to the politics of austerity, racism and war and demand an alternative that works for everyone. Full timetable avaliable soon – accomodation & transport will be avaliable.

We are compiling the timetable of events for the week. Keep checking our website for details. If you are part of an organisation, band, performer or speaker who would like to take part in the week, please email us.”

www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk

You can access this and other information here:
https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesAssembly/

This is great opportunity to speak out please consider taking part.

Please share information about this event widely.

If you need some encouragement here are some reminders of the Tories huge contribution to the misery of life for the majority of us.

List of Tory policies we need to get rid of along with the Tories

Austerity which transferred wealth from the majority, including the poorest made increasingly more poor, to the already fabulously wealthy.
http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/are-people-finally-waking-up-to-fact.html

The more severe cuts were to families with children

As always, poor and vulnerable women bear the brunt of austerity
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/16/women-austerity-poor-vulnerable-gender-inequality

The severest cuts are to already poor families with children
https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/10447/ifs-report-almost-1-3-children-be-poverty-2022-due-uk-austerity-push

Which resulted in:

Massive increase in child poverty by 400,000 since 2010 and still rising WITH WORSE YET TO COME

David Cameron’s legacy is soaring child poverty – with worse to come:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/10/child-poverty-david-cameron-austerity

And an increase in the use of food banks which continue to rise to name just some of the more serious consequences of austerity for the many for the advantage of the few.

Cuts to the NHS
“Between 2010 and 2015 the Tories slashed £20 billion off the NHS budget. Their current spending plans involve a further £22 billion in funding cuts between 2015 and 2020.”
http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/why-you-need-to-speak-to-someone-who.html

Cuts to benefits and services to disabled people so extreme that it has brought condemnation from the united nations

The systematic Tory abuse of disabled people
http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/the-systematic-tory-abuse-of-disabled.html

Cuts to fire and police services Tories have reduced police jobs by 34,000 with the result of an astonishing rise in the crime rate with more cuts on the way. A similar situation exist concerning fire fighters with 10,000 job cuts , again with more cuts planned by 2020.

Cuts to education Continued cuts to education are planned.

The education system is broken says one teacher:

I’ve been a teacher for five years, but cuts are making me say goodbye to education:
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/letters/cuts-to-education-teachers-bbc-food-banks-public-money-austerity-driving-phones-a7857846.html

Education cuts forced back in Hackney
http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/25886

Also keep in mind the huge increase in student tuition fees of £9.000, 2/3 of students will never be able to repay their debts

Well the list is long.

The above are highlights of the damaging Tory policies which affect the vast majority of us and which are the more familiar.

Here is a detailed list of thirty damaging Tory policies which includes some of the above links and from which much of the information above was scoured.

30 things you should know about the Tory record
http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/30-things-you-should-know-about-tory.html

For a thorough run down of the detrimental policies of the Tory government the above article and its links are highly recommended

We must do all we can short of violence to rid ourselves of this blight to humanity (namely RIGHT WING POLITICS) the other species with whom we share this world and the plant itself if we are to ever have a decent existence which values the right to life, and a good quality of life, for every being that exists. Ousting the Tories and replacing with a real socialist Jeremy Corbyn is a good way to start.

 

Election 2017 Final Comments

Please do not vote for five more years of hell under the Tories

If you have time for nothing else please at least scroll down to watch  a brutally honest video of a speech by an NHS doctor which every voter should watch before voting.

Consider the following

What does her promise to once again attempt to repeal the fox hunting ban say about Theresa May? Anyone who can endorse one of the most cruel of blood sports cannot be a compassionate person or a person one would associate with goodness. Anyone with any shred of decency would not wish to undo a law banning fox hunting surely! Few people condone  such brutal cruelty, eighty-five percent in fact! Not only is this callous women condoning an act of extreme animal cruelty but she is going against the wishes of the people… So this is an undemocratic attempt for certain perverse people in our society to get their own way.  Fox hunting is a minority pass-time usually of the more well off.

Here is what Teresa May says about fox hunting: I have always been in favour of fox hunting

During this election campaign more so than any other I have felt the need to air my views as the outcome is so vital to so many people, and not just people but also our wildlife and the environment. Regarding the environment, although not mentioned much during this election or at all, fracking is underway in our National Parks and quite extensively elsewhere in the UK. Labour will bring an end to franking.

I cannot understand why the Tories were re-elected back in 2015,  since that time life for many people has become progressively worse. Why vote for a political party which so obviously puts the interest of the wealthy above the vast majority of the electorate. A party who even puts it’s own petty amusement first by continually trying to push through the fox-hunting ban repeal despite the fact that about 85 percent of the population oppose this barbarity which is neither ethical nor democratic.

Why? Why do people vote Tory? Indeed why does anyone consider right-wing politics the best way to bring about a fair society, that is assuming most of us want a fair society but sadly this would be a naive assumption as there will always be those who think they ‘re better than others and require and deserve more than other people. Frankly this is right-wing mentality, self centered, unequal.  Yet many people vote Tory, even disabled people who are among those most severely affected by Tory policies in the last seven years.  Is it simply ignorance or greed which makes people vote conservative?  Do people think that the improving economy, if indeed it really is improving or will improve, is going to make them more wealthy? If there has been any improvement it has been at the expense of the most vulnerable in our society who have been hit the hardest by austerity measures. However you can be certain that any improvement to the economy will affect only the wealthy as will a Tory led “Good Brexit” outcome which will be good only for corporations, again the wealthy few in our society. Concerning austerity, which the Tories fully intend to continue, the so-called debt –  and who really understands without a degree in economics what the hell that is all about  – since the Tories came into power has  increased by £555 billion.  Even if it had fallen do you really think that any improvement would take place in the lives of the vast majority whether working class, middle class, pensioners, people on benefits and so on. The answer  is no. Did you know that we are  facing the biggest fall in our standard of living since WWII.  In fact over  Over 120 economists worldwide just urgently backed Corbyn to avoid UK economic catastrophe:

How can anyone who uses the NHS even consider voting conservative, yet they did in 2015. During the last seven years the NHS has been chronically underfunded and progressively privatised with nurses pay cut and their numbers reduced and hospitals closed.

With regard to the NHS alone no one should vote Tory. A conservative government in power for another five-year will bring about the end of the NHS.

A vote for a Tory candidate will be a vote for the  privatisation of our NHS, the eventual end to free health care

Watch a brutally honest video of a speech by an NHS doctor:

Read More:
Every voter needs to watch this brutally honest speech before Thursday [VIDEO]
https://www.thecanary.co/2017/06/06/one-video-every-voter-needs-watch-thursday-one-video/

Read about the great Tory NHS sell off :
The Tories were hoping no-one would stumble across this list of mass NHS sell-offs before the election. But we did.
https://www.thecanary.co/2017/06/06/the-tories-were-hoping-no-one-would-stumble-across-this-list-of-mass-nhs-sell-offs-before-the-election-but-we-did/

Consider do you really want private profit hungry big businesses carrying out surgery, performing scans, X-rays and other diagnostic tests. Never forget that with all private business profit is the main motivation. Making private business responsible for your health care is a slippery slope to the end of the NHS as we know it.

A vote for the Tories is a vote for the continuation of zero hours, low pay, 1% NHS workers pay cap… Labour’s policies in contrast offer:  a £10 living wage, stronger employment rights from day one in a job, ending zero hours contracts and ending the 1% pay cap for NHS workers, restoring collective bargaining in the public sector, reintroducing bursaries for training NHS workers — will all boost working-class living standards. Labour’s £10 living wage (up from its current £9) will boost the incomes of more than 20% of the workforce. These steps will push back against almost 40 years of redistribution in favour of the rich!
http://www.workersliberty.org/node/31096

An x beside a Tory candidates name on you ballot paper will result in  more and more people needing food banks : Report reveals scale of food bank use in the UK: “There are at least 2,000 food banks operating in the UK, giving out emergency food parcels on a weekly basis to people in hardship…”
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/29/report-reveals-scale-of-food-bank-use-in-the-uk-ifan

The the unfair bedroom tax will continue to add to poverty and misery if you vote Tory: 

While there have been some exemptions to the bedroom tax as a result of a hard fought court case over three years, which the DWP spent £100,000 of the tax payers money to challenge, most people continue to pay this unfair tax:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/tories-finally-make-legal-changes-9957777   Labour has pledged to end the bedroom tax for everyone

Homelessness will continue unabated getting increasingly worse if you vote conservative on June 8th

Homelessness, which has risen for the sixth year in succession  An estimated 4,134 people bedded down outside in 2016, according to the snapshot survey, an increase of 16% on the previous year’s figure of 3,569, and more than double the 2010 figure.

A vote for the Tories will mean you endorse another five years of Austerity.

Voting conservative will endorse the Killing of our wild animals: Your decision at the ballot box may condemn wild animals to suffering and death.

If you vote Tory you vote for the possible reinstatement of one of the most hideously cruel blood “sports” Fox Hunting.


Theresa May officially pledges fox hunting vote in Tory election manifesto
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/theresa-officially-pledges-fox-hunting-10447278

Voting for a conservative government will mean the continuation of the badger cull.

Consider: Your vote could stop the badger cull:
https://networkforanimals.org/badger-cull-2017/

“…the 2017 cull could be starting again in a matter of months, depending on the outcome of a general election on June 8th.  If the Tories win again, they will go ahead with yet another badger cull. This is a party that has shown that it doesn’t care about scientific evidence, cited by some of the world’s leading experts”

“If the Tories are defeated, and Labour wins the election, then our badgers are safe. Labour as a party are opposed to the cull, and Jeremy Corbyn is against it on a personal level too.”

A Tory government will also mean the UK will not implement a total ban on the Ivory trade.

Conservatives quietly bin pledge to ban ivory trade in 2017 manifesto

2017’s Tory manifesto, released ahead of 8 June’s general election, makes no mention of the pledge.
” the Prime Minister made a general vow to protect endangered species and the marine environment.
Around 20,000 elephants are killed by poaching in Africa every year, which means an elephant is killed every 25 minutes.
Government accused of bowing to pressure from powerful antiques industry lobby
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/conservatives-ivory-trade-ban-2017-manifesto-scrap-pledge-illegal-poaching-a7748581.html

All of these threats to wild animals will be removed if Labour win the election tomorrow.

If you intend to vote Tory, ask your self why you do not care that the rise in wages are the lowest since Victorian times and that living standards have plummeted, that your fellow citizens have to use food banks , and do not forget that many people who use food banks have jobs they simply do not get enough pay to afford to eat! Do you not care about the injustice of Tory welfare reforms which have seen the income and services for disabled people drastically reduced with 500 hundred people so far who have had their mobility vehicles seized from them.

Tory voters: Do you not care that the NHS is falling apart as a result of Tory cuts.

Are the British people so selfish that they no longer care for the underdog or anyone and live only to feather their own nests or are they so misguided that they really believe life will now improve for us all in this the land of multimillionaires and billionaires who have accrued more wealth while the rest of us who have suffered under austerity.

Do you Conservative supporters think it is right that the UK now has more billionaires in residence than anywhere else on Earth while people rely on food banks,even starve to death,  struggle with a low income and in some cases no income as a result of benefit sanctions? Tory voters does it not bother you that the government reduce taxes, even ignores taxes for big corporations, while people are sleeping on the streets, while many live in poverty including  3.7 million children with no hope, no future?

For a better future for us all June 8th Vote Labour

 

 

 

Don’t Vote Tory If You Value Our NHS

“The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with faith to fight for it”
Aneurin Bevan

I am still reeling over a shock announcement that a snap general election has been called.    My greatest concern is for the NHS, anyone thinking of voting Tory will in effect be sanctioning the dismantling of the finest institution that Britain has.

At a recent demonstration over cuts to the NHS  Jeremy Corbyn urged tens of thousands of demonstrators to “defend the NHS with all of your might”. “Defending the NHS is defending a basic human value and a basic human right. “You don’t walk by on the other side when somebody is in difficulties or needing help.”

“The NHS is in crisis, in crisis because of the underfunding in social care and the people not getting the care and support they need.

“There are those waiting on trolleys and those who are desperate to get into an A&E department waiting hours for treatment.

“It is not the fault of the staff. It is the fault of a Government who have made a political choice.”

Len McCluskey, general secretary of the Unite union, tweeted: “I’m marching because I am furious. Tories destroying the greatest gift the people of this country have created”

In this coming election in just five weeks vote as though your life depends on it, because without the NHS your very life and the lives of all those you love may well depend on the action you take on election day.

Don’t be fooled by Tory lies, the Tories want to privatise our NHS. The Tories are not a party for working people, they never have been and never will be and will put the interests of business over those of the vast majority. There is huge profit to be made from private health care but always at the expense of the average person. Keep in mind that the Tories voted against the formation of the NHS. The Tories are now chipping away at the NHS by increments, bit by bit, cut by cut.

“The 2012 Health and Social Care Act was clearly designed to carve the NHS open for privatisation. Meanwhile a number of other Tory policies such as budget cuts, the forced closure of dozens of A&E units and maternity wards,  driving young people away from studying towards careers in the health service by scrapping bursaries and conducting an ideological war with junior doctors and deporting non-EU NHS workers for the “crime” of not earning above £35,000 per year all look designed to put the service under such severe strain that they can offer up privatisation and American style health insurance as the solution.”

Please continue reading
Why do people who like the NHS vote Tory?
http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/why-do-people-who-like-nhs-vote-tory.html

Under the Tory government here are some of the detrimental changes that have taken place to our NHS

There are now 3.9 million people on NHS waiting lists

1.8 million people wait four hours or more in A&E including this baby:

Note this is not the fault of NHS staff, it is the fault of the Tory government’s cuts including hospital closures.

One in four patients have to wait a week or more to see their GP
http://www.labour.org.uk/index.php/nhs-campaign 

There are now 6000 fewer mental health nurses than in 2010 despite Theresa May claim the Tories will improve mental health care.

“The number of mental health nurses working in the NHS has dropped by almost a sixth since the Conservatives came to power in 2010, figures show.

The revelation has sparked fresh doubt that government pledges to improve mental health services are being matched by progress at the NHS frontline.

Philip Dunne, the health minister, has admitted in a written parliamentary answer that while there were 45,384 mental health nurses working in England in 2010, there were just 38,774 in July this year.”

Read More:
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/01/number-mental-health-nurses-nhs-drops-sixth-tories

Anyone still in any doubt concerning the Tories track record for the NHS read on

“As an A&E consultant I have a to tell you that Tories are underfunding and destroying our

NHS Crisis: Medical Staff Share Fears Of Conservative 2017 General Election Victory”

Read More:

NHS Crisis: Medical Staff Share Fears Of Conservative 2017 General Election Victory
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/nhs-crisis-public-duty-hashtag_uk_59005305e4b0af6d7189aa3f?utm_campaign=NHS_Hunt_huffpostUK

A selection of tweets with the following hashtag #publicduty

A nurse exposes the state of the NHS under the Tories. And it’s heartbreaking. [VIDEO]

“Vote for the NHS

Whether directly or indirectly, NHS workers are warning that a Conservative victory in the upcoming general election will be the end of our health service

… a win for the Tories would certainly embolden their privatisation agenda – which they’ve previously sought to keep under the radar. In recent years, the party has deliberately set the NHS up to crash and burn, so the private sector can swoop in and ‘save the day’. Statistics show just how much the Conservatives have defunded our health service:”

Read More:
https://www.thecanary.co/2017/04/27/a-nurse-exposes-the-state-of-the-nhs-under-the-tories-and-its-heartbreaking-video/

Under the Tories privatisation has risen by a staggering 76% which amounts to £48bn of our NHS handed to private health. If Elected Labour will eradicate this. Private medicine has one main goal and that is profit, profit will always come before the patient.

On June 8th vote Labour your very life may well depend on it, a vote for the Tories is a vote to end the NHS. 

Related Link

A VOTE FOR THE TORIES MEANS A VOTE TO DESTROY THE NHS
http://www.eclecticblue.org.uk/a-vote-for-the-tories-means-a-vote-to-destroy-the-nhs/

 

 

Join Demonstration to Save the NHS: 4th March

The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with faith to fight for it
Aneurin Bevan

Please join National Demonstration to save our NHS. 

If you are seeing this notification for the first time I know this is rather short notice, but if at all possible please try and support this demonstration. There are also other suggested actions you can take further down. 

IT’S OUR NHS NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION March 4th

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“JOIN US SATURDAY 4 MARCH, 12:00pm TAVISTOCK SQUARE, MARCH TO PARLIAMENT 

Click the following link for more details including route map and transport information. Also Flyers and posters to download.

http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/our_nhs

Visit the Peoples Assembly’s home page for further information:

http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/

Celebs, MPs, Trade Unions, Campaigns join biggest NHS demo in history

Other Actions you can take to help ensure the continuation of the NHS

Keep our NHS public (KONP)
https://keepournhspublic.com/ Suggested actions include joining KONP or a local KONP group, donations,

Sign a petition

Please sign and share the following petition by the People’s Assembly.

URGENT: provide sufficient funding to the NHS NOW!

  • For a fully funded, publicly owned NHS & social care service.
  • No cuts, no closures, no privatisation.
  • End the pay restraint for NHS staff.
We must fight to save the NHS from destruction. The threat is real. It is happening now. Hospitals, GPs, mental health, ambulance and community services are on their knees.

The Red Cross has just declared the impact of the underfunding of A&E wards as a humanitarian crisis. Wards are full because sick people cannot be sent home with no care as they will die. But social care has been cut so home care is rare. People are dying as they wait for a hospital bed. This is an emergency.”

Please read more and sign the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/120/484/374/
 – Please share widely.

Write to your MP and or the PM.

Contact your MP :http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/

Contact the PM Teresa May: http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/mrs-theresa-may/8

Save Our NHS guide to lobbying

Lobby your MP – top tips on what to say and how to say it
http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/healthsector/healthsectorcampaigns/unite4ournhs/saveournhslobbyyourmp/saveournhsaguidetolobbying/

Since its inception in 1948 the NHS has been the envy of the world, it is the only fair way to ensure that everyone regardless of income gets access to treatment.  But it is under threat from privatisation.

We have to save our NHS from being destroyed by the policies of the conservative party who would prefer a private health care system similar to the USA, and we know don’t we how awful and unfair that would be. We do not want our health to depend on how much money we have, whether we can afford insurance or whether the insurance company would wriggle out of paying for our treatment should the need arise.

This concerns us all. Please take as many of the suggested actions above. If you can, please join the Demonstration on March 4th and help to make it the biggest NHS demo in the history.

Related Links
We Stand United With NHS Staff And Patients
“By refusing to properly fund the NHS, the government is making a clear statement of its values, argues Sarah Carpenter“.
https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-573b-We-stand-united-with-NHS-staff-and-patients

NHS Support Federation
http://www.nhscampaign.org/

 

Petition to Help Lewis Brimble to Get the Medication he Needs

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Remember an earlier blog entry with a similar request to sign a petition to help  Abi Longfellow get the medication she needs.

The is not an isolated case as the child in the petition below desperately needs the same medication which is, as in the case of  Abi Longfellow, being denied him.

Please sign the petition

Petitioning NHS England Commissioning Board

Reconsider your decision to refuse Eculizumab for Lewis Brimble

“My name is Lewis Brimble, I’m 15.

Recently the NHS declined my application for Eculizumab, the only drug that could save my life.

I have had MPGN, a life threatening, ultra rare kidney disease since I was 9 years old. Very quickly after I was diagnosed it progressed into end stage renal failure, so I spent 2 years on dialysis. Eventually, when I was 11 my mum donated her kidney to me, and I slowly got to go back to being a normal boy for a bit.

In March 2013, after 15 months, I found out that my disease had come back and that there was damage to my transplanted kidney. Since then I have been slowly deteriorating. My doctors have made it clear that there is only one drug, Eculizumab, that can stop my disease from getting worse and forcing me to go back to a nightmare half-life on dialysis.”

Read More and please sign the petition
https://www.change.org/p/nhs-england-commissioning-board-reconsider-your-decision-to-refuse-eculizimab-for-lewis-brimble

More action you can take

Please always be polite, this is very important, abusive communications are unlikely to be read or considered.

Write to the NHS commissioning board and ask them to reconsider their decision to refuse Eculizumab for Lewis Brimble

Contact Details

You can contact the Customer Contact Centre in a number of ways:

  • By telephone: 0300 311 22 33 (Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, excluding English Bank Holidays).
  • Email: england.contactus@nhs.net
  • Post: NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT

More Details
http://www.england.nhs.uk/contact-us/

Website
http://www.england.nhs.uk/2013/03/26/nhs-england/

You could also write to David Cameron and request that both children receive the medication that they urgently require.

David Cameron

Parliamentary

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 3475
Fax: 020 7219 0918

Constituency

West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, Waterloo House, 58-60 High Street, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 6HJ
Tel: 01993 702302

Departmental

10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA
Tel: 020 7270 3000

http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/mr-david-cameron/1467

It is more effective to send a postal letter but if this is not possible here is David Cameron’s email contact form:

https://email.number10.gov.uk/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/David_Cameron

I am deeply concerned over these two children whom it seems are not getting the medication (Eculizumab) that they need because it is too expensive.

How many others are in a similar situation?

Health care is surely a universal right, a human right and no one in any country should die or be chronically ill because they cannot have access to medicine.

These medicines are life saving drugs that each child urgently needs in order to live a full life as in the case of Luis Brimble or to survive as in the case of Abi Longfellow. Surely both these children have the right to have whatever medicine is available regardless of their ability to pay or the NHS’s. The UK is a rich country, denying these children, and no doubt many others, life saving medicine is deeply unethical.