I know this is a bit ‘late’ given that the election has been and gone and the tories somehow managed to gain the largest vote, but I’ve been feeling terribly glum about it ever since.
I fail to understand why there are people that i know whose parents have relied on benefits to bridge the gap between their income and their cost of living, who decided to vote tory on thursday because they were clinging to that empty, fascile word of ‘change’ without even questioning what ‘change’ would actually come. I have to commend Cameron and his team for managing to convince the general public that his party will bring anything new to politics other than draconian and largely unnecessary tax increases and spending cuts that will primarily effect those already struggling to get by. It always annoys me when cameron says that sensible people “who worked hard and saved hard” should be rewarded. Undertsandable, but not everyone was in a fortunate enough position to ‘save’ and these ‘sensible hard workers’ you refer to are people with relatively good incomes. People on lower incomes can work bloody hard too and it’s unfair to penalise them for not being in a position to save. Fair enough if you think “ok, so there will be tax cuts for those worst off, but at least they’ll get the economy moving”. WRONG. This whole jobs tax, national insurance rise malarky has really annoyed me. Cameron scared everyone by saying that the likes of mothercare and sainsbury’s etc agreed the labour plans were bad for the economy. Fair enough, it’s not like they’ll oppose this because it will directly affect them or anything right? They of course wont think solely for themselves. Whereas the institute for fiscal studies, who are completely impartial, said that it would be a GOOD idea and agreed with labour plans. But what do they know eh? Mothercare of course knows better…. People are STUPID!
It’s also disgusting how he wants to be seen just like Barack Obama. Not only did he steal Obama’s slogan, but he even launched a hideous poster campaign (one of several) depicting him in a white shirt, open collar, in front of a large audience. Hm, who does that resemble? But NO David Cameron, you are NOTHING like Barack Obama. Obama described David Cameron as ‘lightweight’….
I had to laugh when Cameron claimed that the labour campaign was ‘negative’. Was that because labour pointed out your skewed morals and overwhelming self-interest where you’d cut taxes for the rich and cut benefits for lower income earners? But you’re right cameron, that was rather ‘negative’ wasn’t it, even if they were technically exposing you for the twat that you are and letting the public know exactly what you’re planning. It could have been worse though ‘Dave’, don’t worry, they could have launched a rather tasteless poster campaign and have a photo of you next to bold black letters saying what’s wrong with the country and effectively equating everything wrong in society down to you. Oh no, wait, YOU did that didn’t you. What was that you were saying about ‘negative politics’?…
I genuinely am annoyed at stupid people who voted tories without even knowing what they were voting for, other than apparent ‘change’ (um, they’re called ‘conservatives’ for a reason…) It annoys me when people complain that poiticians never give answers, and i realise it’s infuriating to sit through 90 minutes of politics and still not understand what each candidate proposes to do, but you can actively find out for yourself! READ THEIR MANIFESTO! I hate people that don’t like Gordon Brown just because he isn’t PR enough. FFS, put Gordon brown under a grilling from the likes of Paxman or Marr and Brown triumphs. He knows what he’s talking about. Just because you put him in a supermarket in an awkward social situation where he has to make small talk to hundreds of strangers, and the best he comes up with is “this is a great store, you’ve got a lot of produce” is NOT a sufficient reason to dislike the man. We are in a GLOBAL recession and yet everyone seems to think Brown caused the collapse of franny mae and freddie mac himself by pressing a button in a controlled demolision. You only have to look across the rest of europe to see that things could have been much much worse. The tories criticised labour for the huge deficit but THEY AGREED WITH LABOURS SPENDING PLANS AT THE LAST GENERAL ELECTION. They only changed their mind after the collapse of leeman brothers. They had no intention of nationalising the banks which in the end proved to be the right decision.
I’ve decided democracy doesn’t work. If people are too ‘lazy’ or stupid to find out what a party is planning on doing, then you shouldn’t be allowed to vote. If you had to put down three reasons why you were voting for your chosen party, which had to be policy based rather than ‘he’s got great style’ (Fuck you Joan Collins you imbecile) or “i want change” then the tories would have lost 10% of their vote straight away.
It’s bad enough when people ditch their working class roots and vote tory as soon as they start raking in major dollar, at least i can understand that they’ll benefit from them, but when people who are in worse off positions than myself vote tory in blind ignorance, it really makes me sad for the human race.
I guess the liberal democrat/conservative agreement may be a tiny ray of hope in an otherwise massive shitstorm.