What goal? Why, to treat the police who handled the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, the firefighters who ran into the burning Grenfell Tower to save lives, and the NHS doctors and nurses who cared for the victims of all of these disasters with contempt.
Here’s the moment, captured on camera – see it for yourself:
OMG!! Tories cheering firefighters nurses police and armed forces pay rise rejected after everything that's happened pic.twitter.com/HeDTCFf4Ll
— ARTIST TAXI DRIVER (@chunkymark) June 28, 2017
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had earlier signalled his intention to demand an end to the public sector pay cap, which limits pay rises to just one per cent every year:
— Rachael (@Rachael_Swindon) June 28, 2017
You can read more about his reasons for doing so in this Guardian article:
Jeremy Corbyn to put pressure on Tories over public sector pay cap https://t.co/ZPliWKmNtH
— The Guardian (@guardian) June 27, 2017
The unfairness of the pay cap was underlined by the decision to give the Queen a massive £40 million pay rise:
The Queen is set for a mammoth £40million pay rise as nurses, firefighters and soldiers get just 1% – Mirror Online https://t.co/tqsQ7qURBh
— Samuel Miller (@Hephaestus7) June 27, 2017
Labour MPs walked into Parliament for the vote on Wednesday wearing these badges:
— Julie Cooper MP (@JulieForBurnley) June 28, 2017
And then this happened:
— MagsNews (@MagsNews) June 28, 2017
And the Government have just voted against public sector workers having a fair pay rise. The only solution is to vote Labour next time
— Rachael Maskell MP (@RachaelMaskell) June 28, 2017
Commentators were quick to accuse the Tories and their newly-bribed friends, the DUP, pointing out that Theresa May found £1.5 billion to ensure she could remain as prime minister easily enough. Clearly the reason similar amounts aren’t available for nurses, firefighters, the police and all the others who actually work hard for the benefit of the UK is that Mrs May doesn’t think she needs them.
Tories won't vote to stop cutting pay of nurses, emergency workers, teachers every year but could easily magic up £1.5 billion for DUP votes
— Susan (@marthasydenham) June 28, 2017
Tories and DUP just voted together to oppose Labour's policy to give emergency and public service workers a fair pay rise. Utter disgrace.
— John McDonnell MP (@johnmcdonnellMP) June 28, 2017
DUP vote with Tories to keep cuts to public sector workers&pay cap, Tories use public sector workers taxes to bung the DUP a billion quid?
— Angela Rayner MP (@AngelaRayner) June 28, 2017
So, a special deal is done for public services in NI. In return, their MPs block help for public servants in England. How can that be right?
— Andy Burnham (@AndyBurnhamGM) June 28, 2017
Worse still was the hypocrisy of some of the Conservative MPs.
In a few months when individual Tories tell us how they don't want public sector wage cap remember how they cheered when they voted for it
— Gary Barker (@Barkercartoons) June 28, 2017
Here’s Heidi Allen, tweeting about the DUP deal:
New DUP cash must surely mean funding will be urgently reviewed for pub sector wages, schools, social care, Univ Credit across whole UK too?
— Heidi Allen (@heidiallen75) June 27, 2017
Ms Allen was also filmed speaking about this in Parliament:
Tory MP speaks out against £1bn DUP deal: 'I can barely express my anger'
Posted by The Independent on Friday, June 30, 2017
Great – so she voted with Labour to scrap the cap, right?
Tory Heidi Allen MP just voted to keep public sector pay cut,Her actions speak louder than her empty words https://t.co/OxC2mFIRhE
— Ian (@Mancman10) June 28, 2017
I wonder if she joined in the cheers.
Ms Allen tried to justify her hypocrisy after the vote:
— Heidi Allen (@heidiallen75) June 28, 2017
The report in the Huffington Post quotes her as follows:
Tory MP Heidi Allen – who would like to see the cap lifted – said she was unable to back Labour’s amendment as it was “too partisan”.
She also queried introducing a blanket pay rise for all public sector workers.
“Public services includes the very highest paid chief executives, managers, Whitehall chiefs too.
“I cannot support a blanket pay rise to all of those.
“We need to focus on those public sector workers such as nurses, healthcare assistants and all those on the front line.”
So she was falling back on the basic Tory strategy – ‘divide and rule’. She’ll happily agree to a pay rise for the lower-paid if it will upset those on higher grades. Why not agree a rise for all of them that is commensurate with the work they do?
Of course, we all saw straight through her mealy-mouthed excuse, right?
Poor justification Heidi !
Very disappointed in you – thought you were that rare being – a decent Tory – I was wrong, https://t.co/QAJUBL1s7r
— Clare Hepworth OBE (@Hepworthclare) June 28, 2017
Here’s another hypocrite – Loathsome Lucy Allan, who is somehow still MP for Telford, despite being a despicable louse:
— Kanjin Tor ™ (@xugla) June 29, 2017
Worse still are Johnny Mercer – who called the bid to scrap the cap a “political game” – and Gary Streeter, who actually had the arrogance to claim that those of us who spoke up for our valued doctors, nurses, fire and rescue services and police “don’t deserve” a say.
Hope you joined in the braying and laughter of your upper class Tory mates as they sent more Plymouth nurses to the food bank
— Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) June 28, 2017
This is why i hate social media. It gives a voice to people who dont deserve one https://t.co/7DmVwa92ND
— Gary Streeter MP (@garystreeterSWD) June 28, 2017
Hear that, plebs? We don't deserve a voice – just to sit quiet as these rich assholes laugh at serving nurses, police, firefighters… https://t.co/OCoV3WTceW
— Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) June 28, 2017
Well put, Paul.
The result of Wednesday’s vote clearly shows the contempt felt by Theresa May, every single Conservative MP, and every single DUP MP, for the bravery of people like policeman Wayne Marques.
He’s the officer who fought terrorists on London Bridge, armed only with a baton, and suffered horrific injuries as a result. Here he is, talking to Channel 4’s Jon Snow about those events:
The Tories have made it clear that heroic police officers like Wayne aren't worth a pay rise. RT if you disagree. pic.twitter.com/1ccy4R4heR
— Rachael (@Rachael_Swindon) June 29, 2017
This betrayal is not going to leave our consciousness any time soon. With another election likely within the next few months, it is worth marking the words of The Angry Nurse:
Whenever the next election comes, I will remember @Conservatives cheering for cutting my pay, and I will remind ALL of my patients about it.
— The Angry Nurse (@The_Angry_Nurse) June 28, 2017
Personally, I would go further.
We all know that Conservatives want a two-tier system in the UK, with the rich getting the best healthcare, security, law enforcement and so on that money can buy, and the rest of us having to make do with whatever we can afford.
Perhaps Tory MPs should get a taste of that system – whenever they need help from the police, the ambulance service, the fire and rescue service, or any other public sector worker.
Perhaps, when Tory MPs need help, their needs should be prioritised according to their actions – and they should be put at the end of the lengthening queue that they were determined to create.
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