The Conservatives and Labour are promoting their economic plans today (November 7), with the Tories heavily attacking Labour plans.
But let’s remind ourselves about what the Tories have done.
Back in 2016 This Site pointed out that every Conservative government from Margaret Thatcher onwards has deliberately worked to de-industrialise the UK and increase unemployment and poverty.
Here’s a reminder of those findings:
The Impact of Thatcherism on Health and Well-Being in Britain, published by Durham University, stated that Margaret Thatcher, along with other leading Tory neoliberals of the 1970s like Keith Joseph and Nicholas Ridley, decided that they needed to end full employment.
The paper states: “In the years between 1975 and 1979, those around Thatcher—in particular, Keith Joseph and Nicholas Ridley—developed detailed proposals for government. Their view was that defeat of the movement that had forced Heath’s U-turn [from neoliberalism to Keynesianism – it prompted the famous statement, “The lady’s not for turning”] would require, not simply the disengagement of the state from industry, but the substantial destruction of Britain’s remaining industrial base.
“The full employment that had been sustained across most of the post-war period was seen, together with the broader security offered by the welfare state, to be at the root of an unprecedented self-confidence among working-class communities.
“In particular, large-scale manufacturing and extraction industries, generally strongly unionized and often linked to the large-scale provision of social housing at subsidized rents by local government, were seen to underpin a working-class solidarity that gave this confidence a potent political expression.”
So they killed those industries, ended full employment and parked millions of people on incapacity (now sickness and/or disability benefits).
This is why Mrs Thatcher was so desperate to break the miners.
I continued by saying that the Conservative government…
is now deliberately cutting off access to benefit payments – in order to render working-class people destitute.
They knew the result would be a high budget deficit; this was to be used as an excuse for the cuts that would plunge working-class people into poverty.
Make no mistake: This was a deliberate, pre-meditated plan, and anybody who voted ‘Conservative’ between 1979 and 2015 has actively supported it, whether they were aware of it or not.