I see the tory meanies have thought up another way to claw back some of their ill begrudged taxes from the undeserving poor. They think deducting their benefits will solve the problem of these layabouts not getting their kids to school. The kids are probably not going because the parents have spent all that surplus cash on white cider and fags. If you make them a bit poorer it would solve the problem. I am just curious about the logic behind it, is all.
If someone is already living in poverty and desperate, wouldn't depriving them of money, increase that desperation and possibly lead to addiction and crime? This coalition government is ignoring the blatantly obvious, and putting wealth creation (their own) above compelling arguments based on sound empirical evidence. Worse, they are smiting the future of our children and future generations. In less than two years, they have taken away the fantastic EMA of £30 a week, and the opportunity for further education for so many young, working class kids. That £30 made all the difference. The reality is, even in this century, many families struggle to support their kids through higher education, and many kids are itching to earn their own cash as soon as they reach the legal age to work. Sadly, the jobs are not out there, nor are they likely to be. We have now reached the stage of over 1 million unemployed youths with NO job prospects.
They took away SureStart, another desperately needed service that was laying down the foundations for our childrens' futures. We all know that parenting skills are being lost, and new families are becoming increasingly more isolated, such is evolution. Parenting is not easy, and it makes sound common sense to provide assistance and guidance. It will ease the burden of future feral children roaming the streets and spending the rest of their lives in and out of prison. I think it might have been Freud who said 'all the damage is done before the age of 5'. I once had a neighbour who thought that picking her two year old up by the head and battering him would get him out of nappies quickly. I had a terrible row in the street with her because she told me 'how lucky' I was to have such well mannered, likeable kids (its my blog, I'm allowed to brag) - I was incensed! I couldn't stand the bitch, so was looking for an excuse. It had nothing to do with LUCK, I screetched like an old fishwife, they had good manners, because that was the way I raised them! The row drew quite a crowd, I felt a bit like Elsie Tanner.
With the elections coming up next Thursday, I plead with you all to vote Labour. Our NHS is about to be carved up between billionaires at £250,000 luncheons and the profits from that sale will be shipped to offshore islands, before the next General Election.
I don't know the ins, outs and machinations in each of your individual areas, but just remember that a select few are investing in their childrens' futures by selling out the future of ours. If you care about the vital services in your area vote Labour, even if you think he/she is a waste of space or an automaton, like Nick Clegg. I would even plead with those who traditionally vote tory or liberal to switch to labour, it won't change the government, but it might influence the vote on the sale of the NHS. Examine your conscience (yes, I will even sink to a catholic plea) - the NHS was/is a shining example of civilisation to the rest of the world (now appealing to Nationalists), and it has transformed our society for the good. It is a Humanist issue, which I hope will cover the religious and the cynical. I am old enough to remember walking through passport control, and feeling an odd tingle of pride when I saw aisles labelled 'British' and 'Others' - it was a bit like going down the red carpet at an oscar ceremony in diamonds (just daydreaming) or paying the extra fiver for gallery seats at the pictures. Its great being led past the riff raff, to the posh floor above. Totally worth the extra fiver.
This isn't a party matter, this is a vote for one of the things that make this country great. We are in a double dip recession, and the tories are scratching cash back from those who have the least to spare. Not just those at the very bottom. Fortunes can change in an instant. Secure jobs can be lost, demands from debtors can close in, those services we don't need now, may be services we will need in the future.
Those cruel cuts will effect all of us, and pretty soon it will be compulsory to keep your incontinent blood relatives in your spare room. I jest, a bad one to be sure, but the Care Industry will, or already has, become the biggest employer in the UK. My best friend Lynn became a 24/7 carer, through love, duty, necessity. Never married, never had children, simply cared for her invalid mother. She is far from alone in my generation, and it was a tough life. She was never, ever, off duty.
That burden should not be placed on any one person. Our society has changed, we no longer earn our dosch in factories and domestic service (though it may not be too far off), and paid employment feeds money back into the economy, its not that much of a conundrum.
Don't be in a conundrum (fav word at the mo) next week. Vote Labour and save the NHS.