For the modern Conservative Party, there’s nothing “difficult” about cutting financial support for those lease able to defend themselves.
For years we’ve been forced to listen to Tory claims that they’ve had to make “difficult decisions” to manage Britain’s finances and balance the books, while their actions have resulted in pushing the poorest and the most vulnerable people in our society to the brink and beyond.
For the Conservatives and their ideologically-driven supporters, pain and misery is an economic necessity that must take place regardless of the consequences, whilst handing tax breaks and unconditional support to the super rich and courting their friends in the right-wing media – many of whom are Tory donors.
We’re told that the economy is on the path to recovery, and that the Conservatives have replaced Labour as the party of the working class, at a time when record numbers are trapped on zero-hours contracts and over a million people are having to turn to food banks to feed themselves and their families.
But that’s OK.. isn’t it? Because employment is at record levels and the number of “scroungers” claiming unemployment benefits is falling. The UK economy is safe under the Tories, their friends in the media tell us, whilst neglecting the fact that employment can no longer be seen as a guaranteed route out of poverty.
In case you’re in any doubt, the Tories have borrowed more money whilst in government than all previous Labour administrations combined. So much for economic competence…?