I made this point months ago: Voting for Theresa May’s minimum-wage Tories is like trying to dig your way out of a hole; they will only put you deeper into debt. See for yourself when Philip Hammond delivers his Budget speech.

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:

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:

Point made?

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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