Cameron’s speech: The false claims of a failing politician

Don't you think he looks old?

Don’t you think he looks old?

Was that really it?

After the barrage of new policy plans from the Labour Party last week, David Cameron’s big revelation, at the end of the most disappointing Conservative conference since – well – the last one, is a hint that the Tories want to take benefits away from anyone under 25 who isn’t in work or education, if they win in 2015?

More repression, then. In a speech that we’re asked to believe is about making the UK a land of opportunity, of aspiration? A “land of hope and Tory”?

Land of hopeless Tories, more like!

Let’s look at those options. Put someone aged between 16 and 25 back into education and you put them into debt (unless they have very rich parents) – we have the Liberal Democrats to thank for that, after they betrayed their own manifesto promise and supported a massive increase in student fees.

Force them into work and its an employer’s market, isn’t it? They can hire or fire under any conditions they like – and the minimum wage will be no problem. You don’t like zero-hours contracts? Too bad – it’s a choice between being listed as employed but unlikely to get any paying work, or losing the pittance you live on anyway. Part-time wages putting you into debt? You’ll be homeless a lot faster without any benefits!

Whatever happens, of course, the benefit bill comes down and fewer people are classed as unemployed.

Just like George Osborne’s plan to put the long-term jobless on indefinite Workfare, this will falsify the employment figures to make it seem the Conservatives have improved the economy when in fact they are making matters worse.

The rest of it was a web of lies and waffle. It has been suggested that Cameron wanted to re-use his speech from last year, rewriting it minimally in the hope that nobody would notice, and that it would be worth finding out if this is true – but that would not get to the heart of the matter, which is that the Conservative Party has completely run out of momentum.

They’re at a dead stop and all they have to support them is falsehood.

Cameron’s speech started with a claim that the Tories are on the side of “hardworking” (it’s hard-working, David – learn some English) people. While he waffled, I had a look at some of the Tory slogans and tried to match some facts to the claims. So we have:

“A tax cut for 25m people” – but they put the cost of living up and wages down so “hardworking” people are worse-off.

“The deficit down by a third” – two years ago. It has been years since they made any notable progress.

“More private sector jobs” – that don’t pay “hardworking” people a bean because they’re part-time or zero-hours. They have also cut the public sector – and given those jobs to people on Workfare.

“Welfare capped” – so poor people are forced towards destitution or suicide

“Crime down” – because police are discouraged from recording crimes against “hardworking” people?

“Immigration down” – because the UK isn’t attractive to “hardworking” foreign people any more.

To these, Cameron added:

“Helping young people buy their own home” – by creating a debt bubble and asking the taxpayer to foot the bill.

“Getting the long-term unemployed back to work” – in order to falsify employment statistics.

“Freezing fuel duty” – and doing nothing about the huge, unjustified, price increases demanded by energy companies.

“Backing marriage” – with less than 20p a day for the poor.

“Creating wealth” – for whom?

“We are clearing up the mess that Labour left” – Labour didn’t leave a mess. Bankers left the mess. Why have the bankers not been cleaned up? Why has Mr Cameron thrown money at them instead?

He referred to the fact that Theresa May (finally managed to have Abu Qatada deported. She wants to get rid of the Human Rights Act, claiming it is necessary if the government is to be able to – among other things – deport suspected terrorists, right? So her action has proved that repealing an Act that protects the rights of British citizens isn’t necessary.

“Who protected spending on the NHS? Not Labour – us.” Wrong. At last count, spending on the NHS under the Conservative-led coalition was down. The plan was to spend £12.7 billion more by May 2015, but by December last year this meant the government needed to find more than £13 billion for this purpose.

He referred to the Mid Staffs hospital scandal as a Labour disaster – look to the Skwawkbox blog for the facts (hint: it’s not as clear-cut as Cameron pretended).

“When the world wanted rights, who wrote Magna Carta?” he said in all hypocrisy. Is he telling us the British people – who demanded those rights in the first place – are now demanding that he divest us of those same rights by repealing the Human Rights Act?

“When they looked for compassion, who led the abolition of slavery?” Fine words from a man whose lieutenant, Iain Duncan Smith, has been working hard to restore slavery for the unemployed, sick and disabled – even going to the lengths of pushing through a retrospective law, after his rules were found to be illegal.

“Whose example of tolerance – of people living together from every nation, every religion, young and old, straight and gay – whose example do they aspire to?” Perhaps someone should point him to his Home Secretary’s advertising vans, which preached intolerance of anyone who wasn’t demonstrably white and British by encourage people on the street to tell anyone else to “go home” in what Owen Jones called the language of knuckle-dragging racists.

His plea for Scotland to remain in the UK must have seemed particularly hypocritical, as the man who has passed more divisive policies than any other Prime Minister, possibly in British history, called for “Our Kingdom – United”.

There was more, much more – and if you have the stomach for it, you can find it here.

The underlying theme was that he wanted to appeal to British citizens to let the Conservatives back into office with a majority government in 2015, so they could “finish the job”.

If we let his party finish the job, we’ll be left with a ruined country, a wrecked system of government, and an elite ruling class laughing all the way to the offshore bank.

I made my opinion clear in a message to the BBC’s ‘live coverage’ page (which of course wasn’t used). I’ll repeat it here:

This speech is really distressing.

Cameron has learned nothing from the last three years, in which his policies have caused suffering to millions of hardworking people.

There is nothing in his words for hardworking people to support.

No growth, no hope, no health…

No future.

23 thoughts on “Cameron’s speech: The false claims of a failing politician

  1. janice

    i totally agree , i have also been trying to get my opinion across on our local bbc radio and they just ignore me ? if they get in next time we are all doomed

  2. joanna

    What about children who have been “in care” thier whole childhoods due to abuse? Aren’t they traumatised enough? They aren’t taught any skills for life at all. I starved for 2 years under thatcher’s government!! My crime? To be badly abused by my mother from birth until I was 4 years when I went into care!!! As if life isn’t bad enough!!!

  3. Alex Casale

    You may have noticed that recently there was talk of 19-25 yrs would do National Service. Whether they do or not, as they are not able to claim benefit, they automatically are not signing on and are therefore not in the unemployed figures. Wow 1 million reduction in unemployed figures. What an amazing election ploy!

  4. John Ohara

    I’ve just had the misfortune of watching Cameron the liar, state it was Labour who were responsible for the failures in the NHS in which elderly neglected patients drank water from vases, and others lay for days unwashed in their own filth. I’ve never ever seen such lies pour from anyone’s mouth since watching film of the Nazi trials in Nuremberg. It happened on your watch Cameron! It’s your responsibility, and its your neglect and your problem, yours, plus the ineffective clown Lansley followed by a slick slimy Jeremy Hunt, with whom, I would rather put my hand into a sack full of angry rattlesnakes in preference to shaking hands with him. I have no love for labour, it saddens me to think they are not really an ineffective opposition to either the Tory’s or the coalition. Lies lies lies yet more lies, poured unrestrained from Cameron’s well fed mouth. Restricted benefits for under 25s, why? Simple, it’s what the wealthy Tory backers want, and, when, and if you find work we will tax you heavily. There’s no work in areas of the north east/west Where? Oh, the desolate unpopulated area where no-one lives, because as we all know, theres no real life outside of the M25 circle.
    I’ll need to stop now, I’m so angry profanity is getting close to print, this site is not the place for me to unleash the paragraphs of invective I would dearly love to deliver to Cameron’s well fed pink face.

  5. gaz

    I fear a time when people will not truly understand , I fear a time when people will have ignorance it will not happen to us , I fear a time when justice is just-us and that time I fear is now banging hard at the door

  6. Samwise Gamgee

    These last few days have seen some of the most vindictive, brutal, and downright evil policy announcements from any governing party – ever. Now we are seeing the Tory Party in full cry, and what an ugly sight that is.

    Roll on a Labour victory in 2015. I’m not their biggest supporter, and some of their policies leave me cold, but anything to see this shower of toffs out of office is good enough at the moment.

  7. Gavin MacMillan

    It’s almost like they know the game’s up and have given up hope. Or, and probably much more likely, they have such line up of dirty tricks, devised & stage managed by Lynton Crosby, amongst others, and implemented by the true knuckle draggers, RTU & Vague, to bring out in the next months – the very recent DM debacle being possibly but one of them, that by the time the next election comes round,most would be Labour voters will have topped themselves in desperation. I do have to say that it is bad enough watching the tragedy of British politics from a distance. Thank the gods I do not actually live there or I might possibly be one of the first taking a long walk off a short pier!

  8. karen voncripps

    I am surprised he could even stand up. the man is a drunk. But then, he knows full well what his government is really all about and thats scarfing as much money as they can before they crash the gravy train they are on.

  9. Ernie Burns

    Hard-working, it seems to me in their equations, refers to the amount of money received for labour. If you are paid poorly then you haven’t worked hard enough likewise if you get loads then you must be really toiling. The trouble with this bullshit world view (apart from it being absolute bullshit) is it lets exploitation flourish to a degree that it damages the society that supports the money bubbles of privilege that the elite surround themselves with. The pyramid scheme collapses when there is no one left to fleece. By the by “The Daily Flail” article had Lynton Crosby’s murky prints all over. What a dirty bunch of slimy hypocrites they all seemed distancing themselves with that prep school prefect earnestness. It makes me shudder.

  10. Rose-Marie Mcginn

    When I watched some of Camerons speech I got that he was a bully. I think he bullys Ministers. I think he bullys George Osborne since school days. I think if things don’t go his way he loses his temper. I wonder what his staff are living through. We need a change of Government to one who is protecting the people.

  11. Joanne Landreth

    a party of wealthy sociopaths – as in the 1930’s it is now a battle of survival for all of us I just hope we have the strength and determination of ours fathers/grandfathers generation to beat them.

  12. Thomas M

    The Tories risk making their own party unelectable for decades if they annoy all the young people.

  13. Darren

    ““Crime down” – because police are discouraged from recording crimes against “hardworking” people?”

    I recall that the Chief Constable of the GMP stated publicly that 60% of crimes were going without being investigated because ConDem cuts had left his Service too short of officers.

    A complaint is not a crime until it has been investigated and defined as one by the police. So, it’s no wonder that “crime is down” is it?

    1. Mike Sivier

      I had to put a question mark after my comment on that because I was sure I had seen information of that nature but could not put my hands on it there and then. I’m grateful to see my belief vindicated.

  14. John somerville

    This lot make thatcher look like a saint they are on the path to finishing this country for good giving to the bankers and city people who caused all this countries probs not labour

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  16. Florence

    I didn’t manage to see the whole speech but I saw enough. I have always been able to read people, and I saw a desperate liar, who isn’t as good as he thinks at lying. I saw a man who is taking his cues from elsewhere. I think his demeanour was because he knew what he was saying was the antithesis of what they really want. They want to trigger insurrection (riots and destruction of the property of the wealthy), to allow them to bring in martial law probably under a pseudonym to placate those wealthy enough to not need this country to live in, but to milk it’s national wealth for private plunder. Just like the rich in every other tin-pot dictatorship.

    That’s why there were no new policies except for more brutalisation of parts of the population who have no choice but to live here, and to struggle for decency in their lives, including enough to eat. He did not dare to announce their real policies. There will not be an election in 2015 as far as I can tell. We will have drafted youths in uniforms running our lives in our streets. They may not be a conscript Army, but they will be a conscript G4$ army.

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