The Con Party has managed to hoodwink a swathe of formerly Labour-supporting constituencies into supporting it – mainly with a promise to “get Brexit done”.
The promise is a lie. Brexit won’t end for many, many years, even if the Tories go through it at the fastest speed possible.
But that isn’t the worst threat to these people.
By focusing on Brexit, they have ignored the other policies that the Conservatives will push through – including the nightmare social security system that has killed more people than Aktion T4 in Nazi Germany.
The result is a foregone conclusion, as this writer for the Herald in Scotland makes clear:
With no change of direction on Universal Credit we can expect more people being forced to rely on food banks in the future.
Maintaining this approach to social security means that the new Government will implement another £3.8 billion worth of cuts to social security.
The end result? More children and families swept into poverty in the coming years.
That is a certainty. It will happen under the Conservative government whether you like it or not.
The majority of voters in the December 12 election wanted it. They might not know they wanted it, but they voted for it so, when it happens to them, they’ll be told it’s what they supported and that will be the end of it.
The constituencies that the Conservatives won in the north of England contain many of those communities that have borne the biggest impacts of the austerity policies of the last decade.
They are communities that have experienced cuts in public services, that have been hardest hit by the freeze on social security benefits and where insecure work has become the norm for too many.
Commitments to continue to roll out Universal Credit and to end the benefits freeze next year … [mean] more of the same for people living on low incomes.
Low pay and insecure work are increasingly what locks people into poverty, and two-thirds of children living in poverty in Scotland are in working households.
The new government’s approach will only serve to reinforce the injustice of our current system; tightening rather than loosening the grip of poverty.
With child poverty levels projected to increase rapidly, we simply cannot go on the way we are.
The lives and life chances of millions of people across our communities depend on the government charting a different course.
Then those lives and life chances are lost. As a nation, the UK voted for worse – and for much more of it.
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