The Tories would be funny if they weren’t running the country.
Look at this line of utter, contemptible stupidity from Carrie Symonds and the Conservative Party Press Office:
More than 1,000 jobs have been created every day under this Conservative Government, helping build the sort of country that we all want to live in. pic.twitter.com/T7JCfqZgGc
— Conservatives (@Conservatives) November 15, 2017
I’ll make just two points about this before handing over to the social media users who have given this claim the drubbing it so richly deserves.
First: If 1,000 jobs were created every day, why should anybody think they are worth having? Tories have stamped down hard on working conditions and wages, creating misery for the British working population. We’ve been offered a Hobson’s Choice between zero-hours contracts, part-time work, and self-employment that pays less than the living wage. We have not seen the current level of in-work poverty in decades. Companies are hiring workers because they know the labour is cheaper than investing in machinery or methods that would make them more competitive, so the UK’s productivity has fallen in comparison to other advanced industrial nations – and this means that taxpayers are subsidising these firms by paying the in-work benefits their employees need to survive.
This leads me on to my second point: The sort of jobs that have been created under the Tories have not helped to build any sort of country that decent people want to live in. The claim that “we all” want to live in a country that ruthlessly exploits working people is a lie.
From this, it is easy to deduce that no Conservative, and nobody who supports them, should ever be allowed to claim they are decent people.
Let’s look at some of the reactions to this howler:
So that’s more and more people earning their poverty. Congratulations on being terrible.
— HalfWrite (@HalfWrite) November 15, 2017
— roger cee (@enablerbro1) November 15, 2017
How many esa work group put on to self employment as eBay sellers etc now punished by universal credit
— Mickey Milton (@milton_mick) November 20, 2017
We will say nothing of the type of job. Or it's contribution to the increasing of the working poor. We will say nothing of the jobs lost each day. Just slogans..always just sloppy slogans.
— Carmel Traynor (@Calmcarm) November 16, 2017
The tories class people working an hour a week as employed. That's how they fiddle the figures! Constant stream of utter b*ll*cks from them. Worst if all is that people believe it as do they.
— Mark (@firemanquincy) November 20, 2017
.See you are again happy to take credit but how about accepting responsibility for the harm, the increasing evidence shows, your policies are causing – I know, it is difficult, it takes courage, but have a try – https://t.co/R1Z7Nf6VCB
— Chris John Ball (@cjball_london) November 15, 2017
— Elephantstool (@Elephantstool1) November 15, 2017
Impressive growth? manufacturing at standstill. Infrastructure investment dropping like a stone. Massive leakage of tax revenues to offshore tax havens. Number of real jobs ie enough hrs to make ends meet minuscule. Price rises but wages dropped in real terms. Economy stagnating.
— Timewalk Project (@Timewalkproject) November 20, 2017
If true why is govt sanctioning people who can't find work? Just another paltry & meaningless advert. Most"work" below basic rate, zero contracts, P/T. Many losing homes because can no longer afford increasing rents, food & fuel. In work poverty care of Tory leeches R US!!!
— Ann Weatherly-Barton (@xpressanny) November 20, 2017
Wage growth lower than anywhere in Europe except Greece. Insecure employment and fake self-employment do not constitute secure living standards for the many. Maybe one day Tory MPs will do a proper day's work and discover what it's like.
— Alan Gibbons (@mygibbo) November 17, 2017
There has been a reduction in well paid salaried jobs! the well paid jobs have been replaced with jobs paying the minimum wage at best or even worse the gig economy where workers have no rights at all. @labour_zone @jeremycorbyn @vincecable @EdwardJDavey
— Michael James levett (@michaellevett42) November 18, 2017
No-one believes you. Everything else youse have touched has gone tits up, so why would we believe your rigged figures? Zero hrs/self employment farce/apprenticeship farce/sanctions/welfare & on & on. Spivs & liars
— BattlingSiki (@bernardshawlive) November 20, 2017
Philip Hammond will say nothing that addresses these issues in his Budget speech tomorrow (November 22).
Because a country that brutally exploits the poor is exactly the sort of country that this privileged, entitled, rich boy wants to inhabit – although a better word would be infest.
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