Just when you think the Tories couldn’t get more out of touch with the problems facing the country than they already are, it’s revealed that they’re making the return of fox hunting one of their big priorities for after the general election.
During the last seven years the Tories have overseen the longest sustained decline in the value of workers wages since records began. This wage slump is so severe that only workers in crisis-stricken Greece have seen the value of their labour eroded as rapidly as us Brits.
That’s not all. The Tories also oversaw the lowest levels of house building since the 1920s as the Tory Home Secretary (now Prime Minister) Theresa May simultaneously increased net immigration into the UK to the highest levels ever recorded.
So what happens when the government oversees an unprecedented slump in the value of workers’ wages, a reduction in house building to the lowest levels in almost a century, and then allows net migration to soar to the highest levels ever recorded?
Yep! If you repress wages, restrict the housing supply, and dramatically increase the population of the country all at the same time – the consequence is that house prices soar way beyond the reach of millions of ordinary working people.
The Office For National Statistics have found that house prices are now at their most unaffordable level ever.
However, instead of focusing on critical issues like collapsing wages and the housing crisis, or other fundamental issues like rising child poverty, the NHS and social care crises, alarmingly low levels of infrastructure investment, rising crime, or the UK productivity crisis … the Tories have been busy plotting the return of fox hunting!
After a secret Tory plot to get fox hunting enthusiasts to campaign in marginal constituencies was uncovered Theresa May was cornered into admitting that she wants to see a return of the barbaric blood sport.
These days 84% of us oppose this barbaric practice and don’t want to see it come back again, but even if you’re one of the tiny 9% of the public who actually approve of fox hunting, surely under the current circumstances, even you can see this Tory fox hunting plot as an extraordinary example of misplaced priorities?
What we can do
If you oppose fox hunting in principle, or you see the Tory plot to bring it back as the ridiculous misplaced priority that it is, make sure you’re registered to vote, otherwise you won’t be able to vote against them.