Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Cameron revives the politics of divide and rule

As suspected yesterday's vote on capping welfare benefits descended into a verbal free for all and petty point scoring which helped nobody.
But it also showed the vacuous state our Parliament has become and has allowed the Conservative Party to preach Thatcher-like 'divide and rule' politics.
The poster which suggests Labour wanted to put benefits up would be funny if it was not so disgraceful.
Basically the Conservative Party hope everyone who works will treat those on benefits as some sort of social pariahs. But what about the new mum whose maternity pay has been frozen? Does she deserve criticism for having a baby? What about the disabled man who just cannot work? Does he deserve to be held up as everything that is wrong with 'Broken Britain'.
Apparently, according to the Conservatives yes they do, they should be bracketed with the feckless father's and the lazy scroungers who scoff at the prospect of a minimum wage job.
In tackling the benefit problem which does exist in the country, the Prime Minister has branded everyone who takes a benefit as a scrounger. That is not only wrong it is a disgraceful way for a Prime Minister to behave.
The welfare system was set up with the aim of helping those who truly need it, it has been abused under all Governments and needs tightening up.
It's not 'socialism' or 'left-wing' to support welfare systems, for those that GENINUNELY need it, but if you are disabled, pregnant or even someone fighting but failing to get a job in an increasingly competitive market, you are now nothing more than a scrounger in the eyes of your Government.
This one-size fits all cap demonises hard-working people as much as it does the scroungers and once again puts a huge dent in the hillarious 'We are all in this together' mantra.
However, its not just the Tories who deserve criticism, the Liberal Democrats once again did their 'Standing up for what's right but then forgetting to and just vote with the Government' act. The party may preach its holding the Tories to account, when in truth they are now nothing more than puppies who roll over and have their bellies scratched.
Labour made no headway at all, Ed Miliband was silent, David Miliband was vocal. And while the Tory line against 'No Money Left' Liam Byrne is very, very boring and tiresome, it does undermine his credibility to fightback.
In the coming months, Labour need credible plans on the economy, spell out EXACTLY how they would do things, really go for the Tories throats on all areas and set out their positions on everything.
Failure to do that will leave us all hung (parliament) together again in 2015 and after the farce which is this coalition Government, I am sure we cannot afford five more years of that.

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