I haven’t blogged for a few days, but this time with good reason rather than laziness, tiredness or illness. (These last two being perfectly acceptable as long as you don’t abuse them of course.)
The General Election result.
I stayed up late on Thursday night for the exit poll. Okay, so as Big Ben struck ten wasn’t exactly late, but I had to be up for work the next day. The prediction of the Conservatives being the largest party sent me to bed feeling concerned.
Then I got up on Friday morning and saw the UK was on course not just for the Conservatives to be the largest party, but for them to have an outright majority. Unthinkable. No further coalition to rein them in. How could this have happened? Don’t people care about the Tories punishing the poor for the sin and corruption of the rich? Obviously not.
But Scarlett; you’re okay. You live in Scotland. There was a yellowwash up there.
True, I live in Scotland. But will us Scots be okay? For as long as we’re under the Westmonster system, we’ll be vulnerable. I think perhaps we’re ever so slightly safer than the rest of the UK from Tory poison, but that’s not something to take for granted.
If you lot had only voted Labour, we wouldn’t be in this mess. Thanks to Scotland, we’ve been landed with a Tory government. Again.
First of all, Scotland has been landed with governments it didn’t want or vote for, for decades, so…oh well. Now you know how it feels.
Secondly, Labour won 232 seats. The SNP has 56.
232 + 56 = 288.
On my planet, 288 is 43 fewer than the Conservatives’ 331. Even if the SNP didn’t exist, we’d still have a Conservative government with an outright majority. Blame the Labour party for its own failings, not Scots who are using their own voice.
That’s how democracy works.
This system is fucked up. We need Proportional Representation.
Yes, we do. We also need independence for Scotland. Last year David Cameron said “Don’t leave us, Scotland. We can’t live without you.” Now a lot of people seem to be saying, “Shut up Scotland.” It seems democracy only works when we do as we’re told. Well, no. Not in my book.
Proportional representation? But have you any idea how many MPs that would give UKIP, who polled nearly 4 million votes?
Yes. 83. I’m also aware that SNP representation would be halved under a PR system. But I believe you can’t support PR for as long as it suits you.
(Actually it does up here because there would still be zero UKIP MPs in Scotland, so…)
Under FPTP we all get the government middle England votes for. Under PR we get the government we deserve.
So what now?
£12bn benefits cuts, which will shave Child Benefit, Housing Benefit for under-21s (possibly under-25s too), Working Tax Credits, Jobseekers’ Allowance and DLA/PIP down to the bone, mark my words. And that’s just for starters.
Privatisation of the NHS and further news blackouts to follow. (Just look at the #ToriesOutNow hashtag on Twitter if you don’t believe me, for information on the Downing Street protests which occurred over the weekend.)
I think you’re just a panic merchant.
And I think the Tories just look out for their own, whether that refers to rich pals, paedophiles at Westminster or bankers. Amongst others. Just look at the last five years. It wasn’t the unemployed who caused the financial crisis. Nor the disabled, young single mums, the low-paid…and yet it’s all of the above who are paying for it.
And one more thing: such folks have died because of austerity. People have committed suicide because their safety nets have been snatched out from under them. Don’t care? Think it’s their own fault for taking their own lives?
Then you probably voted Tory, and you can get the fuck away from my blog.
What are you going to do now?
Donate to a food bank, financially and practically. Show kindness to those who most need it, because the government will come for them soon, and they’ll need looking after…because the Welfare State sure won’t. It’s being slowly dismantled by degrees and the UK electorate allowed this to happen.
And write like my face is on fire, because I can no longer rely on the Welfare State being there should I ever need it.
And when did ‘social security’ become ‘welfare’ in this country anyway?
Just another way of demonising the poor.
Aside from that?
Colouring in. Watching cartoons. Reading. Spending any social time with positive people. With the country in such a state and bound to get worse over the coming five years unless a miracle happens, we need all the ‘pocket positives’ we can find. If it makes you smile, go ahead and do it.
Before the Tories put a tax on happiness.