I continuously find myself being appalled, amazed & saddened when reading and listening to the words of people who, some of whom I know, are in support of the Conservative party during this 2017 General Election. I can’t quite get my head around why, when information is readily available showing how utterly incompetent the tories (I choose small t, for they are small themselves) are at running things, that they have any support from normal, everyday people who have so much to lose from their continued governance.
Every time something crops up in the news highlighting a policy, action or inaction which should discredit them, they get away with it. Reaching child poverty reduction targets is a good example, and how they instead moved the goalposts, changing the definition of what ‘child poverty’ is, I’m left thinking “surely now the general public will turn on them!”. Or their refusal to take abandoned, lonely child refugees into our care. Or adult refugees for that matter. Or the huge increase in food bank use across Britain during this government (surely an indictment if ever there was one of a failed governance?). Or something a little less tangible but a good yard stick – the economy, how the consistent failure to meet their own targets in debt reduction through austerity (clue, it’s always 5 years away), I find myself thinking “Now, surely their supporters will take a stand and demand change?”
But it doesn’t seem to happen. Time and again, despite the constant failures of the Conservative (big C this time to signify the party name) government during the last 7 years, it is Labour who have borne the brunt of the public’s disappointment. Beginning with losing the 2010 General Election, the following 5 years of the Conservative-led coalition government implemented austerity measures, cuts in effect, across the board, impacting and affecting the most vulnerable, those who most need the support of society, leaving them increasingly worse off. The narrative however, is that Labour are the incompetent party. I wonder why…
Sometimes the argument given is “If they were an effective opposition I would support them!” which, I can’t help but feel is absolutely the wrong way to look at it – why keep on voting for something you know to be wrong and detrimental (especially when it effects you, let alone those worse off) when you have an opportunity to vote for the opposite approach? When the government has entire swathes of teachers, health care workers & unions protesting against the tories or worse, quitting, doesn’t this make you feel like you’re supporting the wrong side? There’s actually a good sketch by Mitchell & Webb this reminds me of (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv2XGQBcvxQ)
But it got me thinking as to why this might be, why so many people feel with each failure from this Conservative government, they are still the best choice to lead us, when literally any other reasonable choice would surely be preferable. Their policies at the moment have a whiff of BNP about them, never mind UKIP. Are people really truly confident in their “Strong and stable leadership” (Buzzwords you’ll hear more and more of)?
We already know how venomous the Mainstream Media have been to Jeremy Corbyn in particular, but Labour as a whole. We’re aware of the bias perpetrated by billionaire media tycoon’s, positively towards the Conservative party. The BBC News is also apparently in on the act (Laura Kuenssberg as political editor not even trying to hide her bias). The media is where we get our information from for the most part, and we rely on that information being, for the most part, accurate and fair. I’m happy to write for The New Establishment as its core values are to deliver the truth – and in a sense that is an issue for left-leaning individuals and periodicals – whilst the right will say anything and everything they want, whether true or not, the left feel a desire to deliver a more balanced, a more impartial news.
So, why the support for the triple-lock-pension-dropping tories? It felt more and more like we were being, well, brainwashed.
So I looked it up. Thought reform is very much achievable through a drip feeding of an idea. Take the media narrative of Jeremy Corbyn – the first thing many people will say when his name is mentioned will be ‘un-electable’. Why is that though? He’s won two leadership elections and has held his seat since 1983! How much more electable can you be? But the narrative is that he is un-electable – and we have been drip fed it over a sustained period, since his first election as leader of the Labour party.
Ever feel like there are too many foreigners in the country? Well hop on the train going literally anywhere through the countryside and see the amount of space there is. Ever find yourself agreeing with the tories that we don’t have room for 3000 unaccompanied child refugees? Look at any child, anywhere and tell me that again.
Theresa May is well aware of the power of repetition, to the point of parody, seen in almost every sentence she says… her strong and stable government’. The irony is that it is this government which has enacted the most divisive thing in Britain in a generation, allowing a binary choice on remaining part of the European Union, then spearheading probably the harshest form of it. But this repetition works, is working, and must be guarded against. We are better than this and we deserve better. Think of where you’ve come from, where your family and friends have come from, how we’ve all benefited from a welfare state in one way or another, for the betterment of all. If you’ve ever used a hospital and not paid a penny to do so. If you’ve ever gone to a school and received the same education as everyone else, and not paid a penny to do so, have a look at the state of the union right now.
I request everyone explores this idea of thought reform, now and into the general election. Try adding ‘Nasty’ before saying Theresa May, or Conservatives, or tories, every chance you get – I wonder, even tory supporters – whether we might begin to see through the shroud for a change. Maybe we might be able to talk instead about the policies that matter to us all.