Some of you may be distressed by what follows. All of you should be.
This is what Tory lies mean. David Cameron promised – twice – that he would not cut tax credits that are a vital lifeline for people who are working hard to make ends meet, in the face of starvation wages from employers who couldn’t care less, ever-escalating bills from privatised utility companies, and ever-increasing rents from merciless landlords.
That was before the election. Now that he has won a majority, tax credits will be cut next April.
A hard-working young mum and former Tory voter was in tears as she tore into a Conservative minister for cutting her tax credits.
But her emotional speech fell on deaf ears, as heartless Energy Minister Amber Rudd looked away in silence.
It happened during an episode of BBC Question Time in Dover, after Rudd had declared Labour “the real threat to our economic security.”
And the moment has prompted an outpouring of reaction from MPs and activists, with one Tory saying his party made him feel ‘sick to my stomach’.
When it finally did, she told Rudd: “I voted Conservative originally because I thought you would be the better chance for me and my children.
“You’re about to cut tax credits after promising you wouldn’t.
“I work bloody hard for my money to provide for my children, to give them everything they’ve got.
“And you’re going to take it away from me and them.”
Her voice cracking and her eyes filling with tears, she continued: “I can hardly afford the rent I have to pay.
“I can hardly afford the bills I’ve got to do, and you’re going to take more from me.”
As a speechless Rudd, MP for nearby Hastings & Rye, struggled to find somewhere to look, the young mum shouted: “Shame on you.”
David Cameron twice promised not to cut tax credits for the poorest working people, just days ahead of the general election.
But just three months later it was in George Osborne’s Budget.
This Writer can’t help but think about all the New Labour goons who seriously thought they could beat the Tories with policies that were so close to those of the Tories that voters could hardly tell the difference.
Do they feel proud about what the Tories are doing?
If not, why are there still so many people in the Parliamentary Labour Party who think it’s clever to oppose the new leadership, which is offering a concrete alternative at long last?
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