Reasons Not to Vote Tory

 

If you are in any doubt about who to vote for on June 8th please consider the following reasons why you should not vote for a conservative candidate

Cuts to The NHS

“Cast your vote wisely if you wish our public health service to have any kind of future..” 
John Lister

The NHS has been underfunded since the Tories came into power in 2010. Since that time there have been numerous cuts:

Beds cut by 15,000 beds are cut in six years        – reduction in beds is the equivalent to closing 24 hospitals, amounting to a 10 per cent fall in NHS beds at a time when the health service is under unprecedented pressure and needs them the most.

mental health nursing staff cut by nearly 6,000  There are now 6000 fewer mental health nurses than in 2010 despite Theresa May’s claim the Tories will improve mental health care.

Mental Health beds cut by 44% since 2000, finds BMA

Walk in centres cut by 33 percent

It was Tory cuts to the NHS that left it vulnerable  to hackers  NHS computer support ‘cut one year ago’ by Tories – despite hack warnings

Cuts to funding have resulted in  3.9 million people on NHS waiting lists

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

Cuts to nurses pay
Nurses will see their pay ‘cut by 12% over a decade’
Impact of wage restraints could lead to staffing shortfall of 42,000, says Health Foundation report:
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/apr/29/nhs-nurses-pay-cut-12-per-cent-over-decade

You can read about the detrimental affect to the NHS as a result of Tory polices in a previous entry:
https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/dont-vote-tory-if-you-value-our-nhs/

Tories Obliterating the NHS behind the scenes
https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-2ec8-Tories-obliterating-the-NHS-behind-the-scenes#.WR0nDGjytPY

 

Child Poverty

 Child poverty in UK at highest level since 2010, official figures show

About 30% of Britain’s children are now classified as poor, of whom two-thirds are from working families

 

Education

Huge increase in tuition fees, fees set to rise further  as high as £11,697 by 2025 per year

Cuts to school funding     – poorer urban areas are hit harder than Tory shires

“Schools in England will face real-terms funding cuts for years to come if the Conservatives win the general election, according to analyses by two thinktanks. The figures show year-on-year falls over the coming parliamentary term despite a Conservative manifesto promise to redirect £1bn in additional funding to state schools by slashing free school meals for infants.”
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/may/26/england-schools-face-years-funding-cuts-tories-win-election-ifs

 

Benefit cuts to sick and disabled people

£30-a-week cuts to the sick and disabled     – Disabled people won’t be able to pay for essential items because of government cuts to benefits

Denying disability benefit to 165,000 people   – while slashing inheritance tax for the rich

Anger over Tory cuts to disability benefit payments
http://www.thenational.scot/news/15121428.Anger_over_Tory_cuts_to_disability_benefit_payments/?ref=rl&lp=3

Disabled students fear for their future as independence payments cut
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/apr/04/disabled-students-future-independence-payments-cut-benefits

500 disabled people loose adapted vehicles       –   900 cars are now being seized every week

The Benefit cap Over 200,000 children hit by benefit cap  

500,000 low income households at risk for poverty by lower benefit  cap

The Bedroom Tax

The bedroom tax has affected  420,000 disabled  people, each of whom lost an average of £728 per year.Note for many disabled people a “spare” room is used for medical equipment, or for carers to sleep in.

Tory policies will deny homes to hundreds of thousands of pensioners and disabled people, warn housing chiefs
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tory-housing-policy-disabled-pensioners-crisis-warning-a7720721.html

Read what life is like for three disabled people in Tory UK
Lying on the floor for hours awaiting help, unable to afford both incontinence pants and food … This is the reality of disability cuts for Stephen, Alex and Elli
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/30/disabled-readers-austerity-disability-cuts

Theresa May refuses to rule out more cuts to disability benefits
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/theresa-refuses-rule-out-more-10395147

Benefit Sanctions

More than 40,000 disabled people have had their benefits docked since 2012

The Government have issued over 71,000 sanctions to disabled people on Employment Support Allowance

“shocking to see that the Government have issued over 71,000 sanctions to disabled people on Employment Support Allowance that have been sanctioned since the Tories ramped up the regime in 2012”.

“This problem only seems to be getting increasingly worse, with nearly twice as many people being sanctioned on a monthly basis now than at the start of this year,”
Debbie Abrahams, the shadow Work and Pensions Secretary

Read in previous post concerning the disastrous affects of Tory Benefit cuts:

Stop Punitive Tory Welfare Cuts:Vote Labour
https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2017/06/03/stop-tory-punitive-welfare-cuts-vote-labour/

 

Return of fox hunting and badger culling

A Vote For The Tories is a Vote For Fox Hunting And Badger Culling (Massacre) June 8th Vote Labour!

If the Tories gain power in addition to all the above, they will eventually try to repeal the fox-hunting ban and will most certainly continue their massacre of helpless badgers referred to as culling.

 

Legal Aid Cuts

Legal aid cuts creating two-tier justice system, says Amnesty

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2016/oct/11/legal-aid-cuts-two-tier-system-amnesty-international-law-justice

 

Zero Hours contracts

Record 910,000 UK workers on zero-hours contracts

Labour party pledges to outlaw all zero-hours contracts

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/apr/29/election-labour-mcdonnell-corbyn-zero-hours-economy

Unions say Tories’ zero-hours workers’ review doesn’t go far enough

Review of contracts and gig economy expected to argue that new rules are needed but unions say proposals are weak
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/may/23/fixed-zero-hours-contracts-insecure-work-gig-economy-review

 

Food Banks

Report reveals scale of food bank use in the UK

Project by Independent Food Aid Network finds at least 2,000 food banks giving out parcels, with demand continuing to grow

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/29/report-reveals-scale-of-food-bank-use-in-the-uk-ifan

Shocking rise in the number of food banks
http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/15324027.Shocking_rise_in_the_number_of_food_banks/

 

Housing benefit stopped for 18 to 21 year olds

Housing Benefit For 18-21 Year-Olds Axed Under New Rule Slipped Out By Department For Work And Pensions
“Old enough to fight for their country, but not to get housing help”
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/housing-benefit-axed-18-21-year-olds-dwp-damian-green_uk_58b99db8e4b0d2821b4dcc6e

 

The article below list other disastrous Tory Polices which you should consider before voting on June 8th such as: Scrapping the human rights bill; Snooping on all your texts, e-mails and browsing records: Crackdown on unions 

Read all 29 reasons why you should not vote Tory

Why should I not vote Conservative? 29 nasty policies you shouldn’t forget in the 2017 general election

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/should-not-vote-conservative-29-10303180

 

The UK has a military budget of  £46 Billion but apparently under the present conservative government there is  not enough money to adequately fund the NHS and Social Services: Cuts to benefits including those for disabled people,who people have experienced vicious cuts in benefits and services and Social services including neighbourhood services . Also cuts to school budgets of 3billion  a small amount compared to the UK’s military budget.

For the sake of us all including wildlife and the environment Vote Labour 

 

Five More Years of Hell

What the hell is wrong with the British people?

Why have they voted for five more years of hell under the Tories? Why!!! Why!!!! Is it simply ignorance or greed? Do people think that the improving economy, if indeed it really is improving, is going to make them more wealthy? If there has been any improvement it has been at the expense of the poorest in our society who have been hit the hardest by austerity measures. Also you can be certain that any improvement to the economy will affect only the wealthy. Foolish people have condemned us all to five more years of Tory policy which benefits only the rich.

I cannot tell you just how shocked and angry I am.

If you voted Tory consider:

Just on the issue of the NHS alone you should not have voted Conservative – Your vote just brought us closer to the end of the NHS

Basically if you voted Tory you have voted for the privatisation of our NHS, the eventual end to free health care?

Consider do you really want private profit hungry big business 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.

So far a third of  the NHS has gone to the private sector, after five more years how much more will be sold off.

If you voted for the Conservatives you also voted for:

Zero hours.

“It’s the uncertainty that gets to me,” Shirley says, despondently. “These contracts only work one way – they don’t offer any flexibility even if you wanted it because if you turn down hours you suffer. One of the girls had her hours permanently reduced because she asked the line manager for a day off to take her child to the doctors. From that day on her card was marked”.

Read More:
http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/06/forward-march-zero-hours-contracts-must-be-halted

Low Pay – in 2014 two out of three people took jobs with low pay

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Two thirds of people who “found” work in 2014, ended up in a job which pays less than the living wage (which is not that much higher than the minimum wage). Many have found themselves in work that is “employment” in name only: in zero hours jobs which for many means just that – no hours = no pay. Many have ended up in workfare and training schemes all designed to coerce people into working for little or no pay.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/november5/16568567849/

Food banks – over one million people now use food banks including 330, 000 children

Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK.

2013-14 foodbanks fed 913,138 people nationwide. Of those helped, 330,205 were children.
http://www.trusselltrust.org/foodbank-projects

“In spite of the erroneous signs of economic recovery, people are becoming poorer as more people are relying on food banks than ever before.”

Read About food Banks in Maidenhead:

“At just pushing 9.30 AM, the Maidenhead foodbank was rammed with people. Shelves were stacked ceiling-high with tinned food and bags of pasta and it felt more like a UN posting in a war zone than sleepy Berkshire.”
Read More:
http://munchies.vice.com/articles/people-are-relying-on-foodbanks-in-the-uk-more-than-ever – Maidenhead is a well to do town in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Not the sort of place that springs to mind when we think of people who need food banks.

The continuation of the unfair bedroom tax – Tories propose to raise this unfair tax.
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tories-could-raise-bedroom-tax-5642236

More cuts to welfare for sick and disabled people and the unemployed – The Tories want to cut benefits by 12 billion:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32084722

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Relentless cuts, low pay and welfare sanctions and other policies have sent millions of the already poor into even deeper poverty, and have pushed many into poverty who weren’t before. And for some there have been tragic results. Who thought that in 21st century UK we’d have people driven to suicide, people starving to death, and unnecessary deaths triggered by stress and hardship.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/november5/16753988102/

Homelessness

Since 2010 when the coalition came into power homelessness has risen by as much as 55 percent and in London people sleeping rough has risen even more dramatically by a huge 80 percent since 2010!

HOMELESS levels in England have increased every year since the Tory-led coalition took power, the government’s own figures revealed
http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-a196-Tories-oversee-ever-rising-scourge-of-homelessness#.VUxgE_lVhBc

Continued Austerity

“…the Conservative Party promises to continue cutting government spending by a further 2% over the next two years if it is returned to power. This would not be as fast as the rate of cutting from 2010-2012, but it would be faster than the rate from 2012-2014. This will only serve to hinder British growth further.

According to Oxfam, the government’s austerity policies have devastated Britain’s middle and working classes in a variety of ways:

  • As a result of austerity, an addition 800,000 British children will live in poverty over the next decade.
  • Over the same period, 1.5 million working age adults will fall into poverty.
  • By 2018, 900,000 public sector workers will have lost their jobs.
  • The bottom 10% of British earners will have seen their incomes fall 38% over this government’s five year term.

Indeed, when we adjust for inflation, British workers have seen continual reductions in their wages over the course of this parliament”:
Read More
http://benjaminstudebaker.com/2015/05/02/britain-for-the-love-of-god-please-stop-david-cameron/

https://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/cs-true-cost-austerity-inequality-uk-120913-en.pdf

The Killing of our wild animals

Don’t forget that your vote condemns wild animals to suffering and death. If you voted Tory you have voted for the possible reinstatement of the barbaric so-called sport of fox hunting and the continuation of the badger cull/ massacre.
The badger cull will be extended across the country

Cameron wants to repeal fox hunting ban:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/david-cameron-says-he-wants-to-repeal-the-fox-hunting-ban-10091571.html

Badger culls would continue under new Tory government:
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/feb/24/badger-culls-will-continue-under-new-tory-government-liz-truss-says

With regard Cameron’s obsession with repealing the fox hunting bill, ask yourself:
What does this say about the mentality of this man who has the power to affect people’s lives?  With the exception of the very rich, for most of us his policies have been a serious detriment. Most particularly for benefit claimants: sick, disabled and the unemployed. Also for the “hard working people” who are rewarded with low wages and zero hours contracts.

I despair this morning I feel sick at heart at the very thought of five more years of austerity for those of us who are sick, disabled, unemployed, and poor, those whose lives are already a living hell. If you voted Tory, do you not care that the rise in wages are the lowest since Victorian times. Do you not care that your fellow citizens have to use food banks – most are people in work who earn so little they do not have enough to eat!!!!! Do you not care that as a result of the Tories welfare reforms a diabetic died because he had no money to keep his insulin refrigerated , he was sadly was just one of thousands who died as a result of these wicked reforms.

Tory voters: Do you not care that the NHS is falling apart.

Are the British people so selfish that they no longer care for the underdog. Are they so stupid that they are willing to pay more and more for their energy. Are they so ignorant that they really believe life will now improve for us all in this the land of multimillionaires and billionaires who have accured more wealth while the rest of us 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, low income and in some cases no income as a result of benefit sanctions?

It has been announced that BT have made Two and half billion pounds profit , does it not bother you that they are allowed to make this money at your expense while people in our country starve to death? Live in poverty with no hope, no future?

While the Tories strive to end our welfare system they hand out tax breaks to corporations.

Does it not bother you Tory voters that while the government cut vital benefits to sick and disabled people and the unemployed they handed out what amounts to benefits to corporations to the tune of £85 billion.  During the last four years the drastic and unfair welfare reforms instigated by Labour have been progressively slashed still further by the coalition government resulting in thousands of deaths, including suicides, huge increases in homelessness misery and despair with more and more poverty-stricken people needing to resort to food banks. As unbelievable as it is people here in the UK have starved to death as a result of the government’s vicious welfare reforms.

Did you know that our privately run train service is kept afloat as a result of billions of pounds of grants provided by you the tax payer and that Amazon have paid less in corporation tax to the UK than it has received in government grants.

While the poor get poorer the rich get richer aided by government hand outs. Since the last election the wealth of the richest has increased by 11% while most of us have suffered the consequences of austerity measures, the most devastating of which have been the drastic cuts to benefits to sick and disabled people.

… research by the Equality Trust, which campaigns to reduce inequality in the UK, found that the richest 100 families in Britain in 2008 had seen their combined wealth increase by at least £15bn, a period during which average income increased by £1,233. Britain’s current richest 100 had the same wealth as 30% of UK households,

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jan/19/global-wealth-oxfam-inequality-davos-economic-summit-switzerland

Do you conservative voters not want a better world where all people have enough to live on, not only the essentials of life but enough to have a quality of life. Doesn’t the rise in capitalist greed and exploitation of our fellow human beings, other animals and the environment disgust you? Don’t you Conservatives feel ashamed that while the one percent own and of course control the majority of the vast resources of our world people die from want of food and clean water. While BT share holders enjoy their two billion plus people struggle to survive in Nepal – this huge amount of money would seriously help the thousands who are left in poverty after the earthquake in one of the poorest countries in the world.

Five more years of a Tory government will see the end of us all, the end of just and fair society.

Shame on anyone who voted Tory while benefits are being stripped from disabled people, people who are too sick to work who can in many cases barely cope with day-to-day living yet are considered fit to work and for non compliance are left destitute with no income, not even the means to obtain food, shelter or warmth, all of which are basic human rights that we all should demand. While food banks open at an alarming hitherto unparalleled rate and people die in their own homes from cold here in the sixth richest country in the world, the rich get richer.

Well I could go on and on the list of misery as a result of the Tory government is long and protracted.

Frankly if I had the wherewithall I would leave this damn country.

…the real victims of the Tory triumph will be the poor, disabled and workers on low wages and zero hours contracts. The welfare state itself is under threat.

The victims will be everybody who relies on a National Health Service threatened by privatisation and cuts.

We fear for everybody who isn’t rich or wealthy.

The Mirror
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/disastrous-labour-election-leaves-poor-5657479

I fear for the future of the NHS and the welfare state, I fear for us all including wild animals and the environment – whats to stop this government steaming a head with fracking our countryside. Nothing absolutely nothing.

Thank you all you self-centred, ignorant, easily led Tory voters,  you have taken us further from social justice, a fair and equal world and a safe environment not only for us but for future generations.

 

Ninty Thousand Children in Britain Will be Homeless This Christmas

As incredulous as this may seem in the sixth richest country on earth that is at present boasting about the increase in economic growth,  this Christmas 90,000 children in Britain will be homeless.

It doesn’t matter if it’s Christmas or not the point is the shocking numbers of homeless children and of course their families who are homeless not only at Christmas but all year round.

Christmas or any time the point is that no one should be homeless, shelter is a basic human need and in my opinion a basic human right. Providing housing for people should not be a matter for charity, it is up to governments to provide people with decent homes according to their need.

If you can read no further please at least sign the following petition – more petitions further down:

Tens of thousands of people every year become homeless and are forced to sleep on the streets.
I was once one of them and endured 3 years of sleeping rough to escape long term abuse but there are so many other reasons why people find themselves isolated, vulnerable and scared with no-one to turn to.
This is a national scandal in the 21st century so I’m seeking a national study and allocation of funds to identify and help those currently in need but also to prevent homelessness being seen and chosen as the only alternative.
Please sign the petition so men, women and children no longer have to go through this ordeal.

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/43657

Homeless at Christmas – one family’s experience of living in a B&B | Shelter

While 90,000 children face homelessness this Christmas the well off in Hampstead are organising a “humanitarian” protest against  the Labour Party’s proposal to levy a mansion tax!  Unbelievable!

Never mind the 600,000 extra children living in absolute poverty since the Coalition came to power, has anyone considered how the hard-pressed residents of NW3 will cope if a Mansion Tax is imposed by Ed Balls?

http://politicalscrapbook.net/2014/10/hampstead-residents-launch-humanitarian-appeal-over-mansion-tax/

Millionaires Threaten Protest March If They Have To Pay A Little Bit Of Tax
http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/millionaires-threaten-protest-march-if-they-have-to-pay-a-little-bit-of-tax/

It’s time the more privileged in our society paid more to support those who are less well off rather than quibble over paying their due share.

Not only is our government not providing housing they are actively making people homeless as a result of austerity measures, measures it seems that only apply to the general population as they themselves with their 10 percent rise, and the rich, with an increase in wealth for the UK’s richest 1000 of £35 billion last year  , are exempt.

Shocking facts:

10.6 million people in the UK Live in relative poverty.

Since 2008 the super rich have seen their wealth double.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/uk-the-wealth-of-the-super-rich-has-doubled-since-the-2008-economic-crisis/5383121

Child poverty levels in UK mapped out by new research

One in two children in most deprived areas live below poverty line, while 2.3 million are classified as in relative poverty:
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/oct/15/child-poverty-levels-uk-mapped-out-research

“Homelessness isn’t an accident. It’s the result of a brutal economic system and conscious state policy.”

The above is from an article about homeless in the USA yet this also applies here in the UK:
https://opsafewinter.org/?p=1121

#OpSafeWinter: UK Anonymous battle austerity with homeless campaign:
http://rt.com/uk/194968-anonymous-homelessness-project-uk/

https://opsafewinter.org/?cat=11

Please sign the following petition

The increase in homelessness and poverty evidenced by the rise in food banks as a result of vicious welfare reforms, low wages and zero hours are considered by many myself included as crimes against humanity, violations of human rights. If you agree please sigh the following petition:

Charge David Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith for crimes against Humanity
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/International_Court_of_Human_Rights_Royal_Courts_of_Justice_Charge_David_Cameron_and_Iain_Duncan_Smith_for_crimes_agains/?pv=41

Shelter a charity for homeless people are running a campaign which you can support.
http://england.shelter.org.uk/

Homelessness is a problem worldwide of course and western countries such as the USA are no exception

In the USA 2.5 million American children were homeless at some point in 2013

https://opsafewinter.org/?p=1109