Why are the left so angry?

LEftSoAngry Why are the left so angry? If you have to ask that question I find myself wondering where you’ve been for the last five years. I don’t condone the behaviour of some of the protestors at the recent Conservative Party conference. Chanting “Tory Scum”, throwing projectiles and spitting on conference attendees is deplorable, ridiculous and disgusting. Not only that, it provides material for the right-wing press to smear the whole protest and its aims, despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of the 60,000 protestors behaved tremendously well. That said, I can understand why these people are so worked up about the Conservatives. As the old saying goes, “If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention.”

Whatever you think of the economic credibility of left-wing politics, you’d find it hard argue that left-wing policies have malicious intent. If you look through the 2015 manifestos of the Green Party, Plaid Cymru or Labour, you’d be hard pressed to find something that doesn’t come with good intentions. It’s no coincidence that the so-called “far-left” parties are the ones that oppose weapons of mass destruction, voted against the welfare bill, voted against the badger cull and have the strongest messages on tackling climate change. It’s not difficult to see that the underlying principle behind these political positions is to create a cleaner, more peaceful and socially equal planet. Just because that sounds naive, idealistic and maybe even sanctimonious, doesn’t make it any less right. By contrast the Conservative Party’s policies have proven to be malicious in the past five and a half years. The left are angry because pain, suffering and death is being caused at the expense of our country’s economic recovery and, here’s the kicker, it’s not even working. Let’s take a look at the Conservatives’ record in government since 2010:

This list exposes a reign of economic incompetence, class war, undemocratic privatisation, increased poverty and attacks on our workers’ rights. How could anyone not be angry when a government with such a terrible track record takes 100% control of the country on 37% of the vote? To support the modern Conservative Party you either have to be completely ignorant of the facts or, perhaps, somewhat uncaring when it comes to the vulnerable people in our society. If you still find yourself asking the question in the title of this article, I have to pose my own question to you: Why aren’t you angry?

Published by Dan