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:
- The Conservatives broke most of the pledges in their 2010 “pre-election contract” and then deleted it from their website.
- The Conservatives have doubled the national debt to £1.5 trillion and blatantly lied about it.
- They failed to meet their own targets to eradicate the deficit, which has recently started to grow again.
- Under their government, the wealth of the richest 1,000 families in the UK has doubled while the UK overall has experienced a painfully slow economic recovery, a fall in real-term wages and savage cuts to public services.
- They introduced an ATOS fit-for-work assessments scheme and have defended it on a number of occasions, even though thousands of disabled people have died after being found “fit for work.”
- George Osborne sold off the Royal Mail and East Coast Rail with no mandate to do so, when both businesses were in profit and thus actively reducing the deficit.
- George also sold off a huge portion of the tax payers’ stake in RBS for a £1bn loss.
- The Conservatives ignored scientific advice on the badger cull and they want to weaken the fox hunting ban against the will of an overwhelming majority of the public.
- They plan to introduce the welfare bill which, far from helping hard working people like they claim it will do, will actually see some of the lowest-paid workers lose out.
- They plan to cut working tax credits and cap child benefit, even though David Cameron explicitly said they wouldn’t before the election.
- The Conservatives have overseen a massive increase in the use of food banks, because people are too poor to buy their own food.
- They have overseen an increase in child poverty, and plan to rename the Child Poverty Act the “Life Chances Act” to make it easier to ignore their failings.
- George Osborne’s renaming of the Minimum Wage to the “National Living Wage” is a cynical attempt to harm the efforts of true living wage campaigners. The new “National Living Wage” is simply a renamed Minimum Wage, it is not a living wage for a variety of reasons. Find out more about a real living wage here.
- The Conservatives wanted to rush into a war with Bashar Al-Assad in Syria, which could have fully opened the door for opposition terrorist groups like ISIS. David Cameron’s humiliating defeat in this vote was the first time a Prime Minister had lost a war vote in Parliament for 200 years.
- Despite promising to be the greenest government ever, the Conservatives have slashed green subsidies, invested big money in Nuclear Power and they support hydraulic fracturing for shale gas.
- Fracking for shale gas is controversial and potentially dangerous, and oddly enough the fracking licenses approved by this government only seem to cover areas with a large number of Labour voters.
- They want to weaken workers’ rights by forcing unions to achieve a 40% consensus on strike ballots, even though they would have failed to win the 2015 general election if these rules applied to national votes. All in this together?
- The Conservatives have been ideologically attacking the NHS. The NHS has been rated the best healthcare service out of 11 developed countries. After five years of Tory government, waiting times are up, there is a £2 billion funding gap which the Conservatives are trying to hide, and they’re covertly trying to move the UK to a privatised system of healthcare.
- And there a lots more deaths, lots of broken promises, corruption and economic incompetence on the record of the modern Conservative Party.
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?