I picked this up from Twitter earlier. @HinduMonkey tweeted it on behalf of a friend on 25th November. It’s still doing the rounds, a mark of popularity if ever I saw one. The original tweet has been retweeted (shared for those unfamiliar with Twitter) well over 26,000 times and liked by 30,000 Twitter users. It’s not hard to see why.
But I don’t want to witter on endlessly about it – ‘I’ll just leave this here’, as they say…
Last night at 10pm the exit polls announced their results. Right from the word go, even as the count was only just getting started TV pundits were predicting a landslide majority for the conservative party. And they were right.
The tory party now has a massive overall majority in the British parliament and there’s nothing to stop them doing exactly as they please. And there’s the rub.
There are no longer any excuses for Boris and his disreputable gang of bully boys. There’s nobody to blame for their failures or for their cruelties. Whatever they do in the next five years, longer if they implement their ‘enabling act’ (see p.48 of the Tory manifesto) will be entirely down to them.
Well, they made a lot of promises, as tories always do. Election time is the only time when the conservative party starts talking like socialists. As if by magic they suddenly begin en masse to care about the NHS waiting lists they created. They start to worry about people struggling in poverty due to Tory party policies and they claim to want more educational opportunities for our young people who’ve had their prospects decimated by 9 years of Tory rule.
We’ll be watching
So let’s make sure they do what they set out to do. Let’s make sure they keep those promises too. After all, we know they’ll keep the right wing pledges they made to take even more from ordinary people and give it to the super rich. We know they’ll be falling over each other to flog our NHS to the Americans and there’s absolutely no doubt that they’ll further decrease our access to legal redress when our rights are trampled. That’s the trajectory they’ve been on for years.
Let’s hold them to their words about the good stuff too.
Left eye view
Left eye view will keep watching this government and compare its actions to its manifesto and election promises. New laws, changes to taxation and reductions in funding for necessary services will be compared against Boris’ promises to us, the people. Let’s see how sincere this government really is.
Sue Hayman and Mark Jenkinson discussing foodbanks at the hustings in Workington. Once again, Mark might just as well have ‘phoned it in!
The first question at last night’s hustings was about inequality. It’s ironic that this first question demonstrated the inequality between the candidates, both in competence and in understanding. The labour candidate, Sue Hayman was confident, knowledgeable and passionate. Mark Jenkinson, the local conservative’s answer was superficial, uninformed and characterised by soundbytes delivered by rote without a hint of engagement with the subject.
Jenky might just as well have ‘phoned it in!
Jill Perry is a #WorkingtonWoman. She’s the Workington constituency’s parliamentary candidate for the Green Party. I caught up with her this week to see what she had to say.
I’m sick and tired of hearing about how lovely the LibDems are. Doesn’t anyone remember the ConDem government of 2010-2015?
For pity’s sake, look around you. See the poverty and ruination. See the lives destroyed by ConDem austerity. They did this. The LibDems and the Tories.
These people are not our friends!