“We’ve had a so-called ‘Iron Lady’, but this one’s brass is tarnished beyond control.”
That was just one of the responses to Theresa May’s brazen (see what I did there?) bid to entice disenchanted Labour voters into the clutches of the Conservatives, with the complicity of the formerly left-wing Guardian/Observer. I’m guessing she thought people who believe those papers are still left-wing would be fooled.
That doesn’t seem to have worked out too well for her!
In her begging letter published by the paper, she wrote (reproduced from May’s Facebook page – if you aren’t boycotting the Guardian/Observer, you’re part of the problem):
“I believe that the principles that guide us – security for families and the country, freedom under the rule of law and opportunity for everyone – can unite our people and help build a better future for our country.”
She claimed this meant getting “the best Brexit deal for Britain, one that protects jobs and rights and makes the most of the opportunities that Brexit brings, to play a more global role, while also delivering on the domestic issues that matter to people here at home.
“We are investing in our NHS, to secure it for the future. We are driving up standards in our schools, so every child can get a good start in life. And, 10 years on from the financial crash, we are building an economy that works for everyone in our society.
“These are our Conservative solutions that will build a country that works for everyone: fixing markets, not destroying them; helping with the cost of living; ending austerity; building an economy of the future which benefits the whole country.”
And she couldn’t resist making a swipe at Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party – getting it into the second paragraph of her begging letter: “Millions of people who have supported Labour all their lives are appalled by what has happened to a once-great party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. Antisemitism has grown, the party’s response to threats to our country’s security has become equivocal, and moderate Labour MPs have become targets for deselection and harassment. These are all alien to Labour’s best traditions.”
Theresa May wouldn’t know any “best traditions” if they had been drilled into her by her priestly father, of course.
On Twitter, she wrote:
I want voters who may previously have thought of themselves as Labour supporters to look at my government afresh. https://t.co/gcQJmRdNdG
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) October 7, 2018
“I want” doesn’t get, of course – and the responses online have shown that her bid for acceptance by the people of the country has flopped badly.
The people of the UK told Mrs May in no uncertain terms that her NHS privatisation policies were a disaster for those who needed its help, with waiting times at Accident & Emergency departments now so long that people had died before being seen by a doctor.
They pointed out that NHS trials of drugs that could help the British people were being halted, and that nurses were quitting, because of Brexit.
They denied her claim to be investing in schools, pointing out that teachers have had to appeal to parents for the cost of the pens that pupils need to write down their work. It has also been revealed that a teachers’ pay rise cannot be fully funded by the cash Mrs May has provided, meaning schools must force some staff out of their jobs in order to pay others – or cut the number of hours their teachers work.
They mocked her party’s economic ineptitude, pointing at low growth, the weakness of the Pound, high inflation, low wages and the fact that millions of people now have less than £100 in savings.
They said they were not fooled by her plan for social housing as Conservative policies have forced thousands of families out of their homes – many of them with nowhere to go but the streets, and highlighted the fact that rents were so high that many people had been forced to move away from their communities.
They reminded her that her idea of help with the cost of living, for people who are out of work, sick or disabled, is to slash value of benefits to the point where people fall into debt and despair, with knock-on effects on their mental health that may lead to suicide attempts. Many thousands of people have died.
They pointed out that her idea of help with the cost of living, for women aged in their 60s who have been denied a pension for six years because of Conservative policies, was to become apprentices (if they could get any firm to take them on at that age).
And they said her idea of help with the cost of living, even for people in work, was to send them to a food bank.
They said her foreign policy in general – and Brexit in particular – had made her government an international laughing-stock.
And as for protecting jobs and rights – they pointed at her racist “hostile environment” policy and the effect it had on the Windrush generation. The obvious question is: Who’ll be next to feel the Tory pinch?
They pointed out that racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism are rife in the Conservative Party.
And they raised the issue of burning injustices (remember Mrs May’s promise to end those) that she had not mentioned:
- The fact that she had bribed the Democratic Unionist Power to help her stay in office after she threw away her Parliamentary majority in the 2017 general election.
- The fact that she had cut police numbers by more than 20,000, leading to a catastrophic crimewave.
- The fact that her government had managed to avoid prosecutions in scandal after scandal.
- And the fact that she had lied – again – when she said austerity was over at this year’s Conservative Party Conference; more cuts are on the way and she has absolutely no intention to restore funding for essential services.
They summed it all up by saying they had taken her advice and looked at her government afresh…
And all that they found was a stain on the nation.
See for yourself. Here is just a sample of the responses she received:
My parents have just returned from Spain. They told me that the Spanish people they spoke to 'feel sorry' for the British people. Our govt is a laughing stock. I think that this view is shared globally, not just in Europe.
— GG (@GG72496538) October 7, 2018
What about those voters who previously thought themselves as #Conservatives. Where do you suggest we go?
— Ravster (@ravsgill) October 7, 2018
I want voters who may previously have thought of themselves as Conservative voters to look at the current Conservative Party policies and compare them to the Labour Party policies. Then decide who better represents your interests, rather than the interests of a privileged few.
— Darren 🏃🚴🍺🐄 (@dirk1978) October 7, 2018
— Dan Dini™ O'Rourke #FindBertie (@DanDiniO81) October 7, 2018
Yes as a conservative I have no intention of voting conservative again.
— Keith Roberts (@KeithRo84352446) October 7, 2018
If only she could see the mental and physical damage she has caused to our Once Proud Nation under her watch, she would cower into the deepest Abyss she could find
We’ve had a so-called Iron Lady But this ones brass is tarnished beyond control
— michael davin (@michaeldavin12) October 7, 2018
Maybot not programmed for Labour voters. Maybot's appeal is for Labour MP's to help her out with Brexit. Maybot has serious malfunction as she voted stay but now wants to leave. Maybot if not malfunctioning is a cheap political opportunist….
— John E Jefferson (@JohnEJefferson) October 7, 2018
So what do I see when I look 'afresh'?….
Hatred and cuts to disabled people#Islamophobia
Longer #NHS waiting
Bungs to stay in power
Referendum nobody asked for
Rising crime/less police
Rising rough sleeping
Rising #Foodbank use
Teachers buying pens pic.twitter.com/pt2ommexmy
— Parliament View #WearAMask (@parliamentview) October 7, 2018
— Koo Koo (@kirstyles) October 7, 2018
Why would people you’ve branded as Citizens of Nowhere vote for you?
Why would people whose Freedom of Movement you’ve stripped from them vote for you?
Why would people who love the NHS vote for you, when drugs trials are stopping and nurses are leaving due to Brexit?
— Richard Warner (@rgwarner) October 7, 2018
You are having a laugh Theresa. You Tories have lurched to the far right. I wouldn't support you if my life depended on it. #ToriesOut #Stopbrexit
— Chrissie 3.5% Grech 🖤 (v) 🇪🇺 🌱 (@ChrissieGrech) October 7, 2018
This might help the undecided. pic.twitter.com/TmsKfToZ0l
— His Excellency the Viceroy Mr Angry (@AngrytownNews) October 7, 2018
I beg to differ. Austerity is still a blunt club hitting our vulnerable people to death. With more cuts in pipeline already. You have no plans to roll back, to properly fund essential services or halt UN criticised policies. Too much hurt. Too late…we know you.
— warz #IStandWithCorbyn #GE 🌹 (@lychylin) October 7, 2018
Whats to look at? Lies, selfishness, greed, corruption, xenophobia, racism, more lies, elitism, poverty pay, rising prices, poorly funded services, rampant profiteering, selling weapons to terrorists…NO THANKYOU TREEZA!
— Phil Osopha – UK=💩 (@Philosopha1) October 7, 2018
I think they have taken a look and the CONS have been found wanting.
— paul dennis (@trypewriter01) October 7, 2018
Voters who may previously have thought of themselves as Labour supporters have looked very carefully at the Tory party and this is what they discovered#marr #Peston #ridgeonsunday #ridge #bbcdp #Observer #Guardian pic.twitter.com/egY1SJPIW5
— Cyrus Peroz (@CyrusPeroz) October 7, 2018
DWP deaths, Windrush, hostile environment, homelessness, food banks, NHS and social care crisis, crime statistics, worker pay, zero hours contracts, tax dodging, illegally bought referendum vote, DUP bung.
I did look. What I found was a stain on this country.
— 3.5% Frances Carey ⭐️ #FBPE (@fec_62) October 7, 2018
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May is being the usual ghastly time-serving creep and opportunist here. She doesn’t have the nous to see that it all comes across as a grossly insulting p*ss-take.
The notion that austerity has ‘paid off’ when it has benefited the richest 10% whilst plunging many into further debt, poverty, homelessness and ill health is a grotesque lie. Austerity is an utter failure, even the Tories now know it because the evidence is overwhelming but they have to pretend that it ‘worked’ in order to abandon in without revealing themselves as the utter shysters they are
of course, we know that cuts to services won’t end, they will simply pay lip service to a few things, like throw up an inadequate number of houses.
No-on will fall for this cheapskate appeal.
I consider a vote for tory a vote for a party that believes all the wrongdoing by there fitness to work medicals as being brilliant, until all those responsible have been tried in criminal courts for the deaths, self harm and increased burden on people’s physical and mental health and until there is a law putting irresponsible mp’s and lords in court and safely behind bars and acknowledges responsibility for there actions then tory boy can carry on jogging on the way to the defeat that is going to come at them at the next vote
I would need to have a serious head injury before i would join her Nazi party…not only is she a utter disgrace to this country but she’s now hoping to join sides with the Labour party after months of her attacking them.
Excellent journalism, Mike. Thank you.
I won’t sit by and watch this unfolding https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ4zteI5YpM