Conservative Pensions Minister Laura Trott made a bit of a blunder on the morning media round: she asked the public to judge the Conservative Party on its “track record” since 2010.
Here she is, saying it:
— Haggis_UK 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 (@Haggis_UK) September 18, 2023
Peter Stefanovic took her at her word, and did just that. Here’s the result:
A Conservative MP just proudly told @SkyNews viewers “the Governments done a huge amount on leveling up over the course of this Parliament.”
Let’s add a dose of REALITY to that! pic.twitter.com/nEQ6gNOHI6
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) September 18, 2023
Social mobility is at its worst in more than 50 years.
Untreated sewage dumped in our rivers.
Crumbling schools and hospitals.
Thousands dying every year on NHS waiting lists.
Let’s add a little more to the list, from an article published earlier today (September 18, 2023):
14 million people in the UK are in poverty – that is a little more than one-fifth of the population.
A million adults can’t afford to eat every day.
Nine million, while eating every day, are skipping meals and cutting back on food. There is a consequent effect on the nation’s health that will impact the NHS, of course – with thousands of people being hospitalised with malnutrition. Then the Tories say they don’t understand why the health service can’t cope after they have put so much (ha ha!) extra funding into it.
A record 2.1 million people are now using food banks. Remember David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ policy? This is its only success – forcing more wealthy people to subsidise those who cannot afford to feed themselves, including lower-paid working people and nurses, let’s not forget, with charity.
The number of children in food poverty has doubled in the last year alone.
Seven million households aren’t being heated properly.
Rishi Sunak has also mentioned inequality, claiming – again, falsely – that this is also lower. In fact:
In 2022, incomes for the poorest 14 million people fell by 7.5 per cent while those for the richest fifth saw a 7.8 per cent increase.
Could that be partly because Sunak has uncapped bankers’ bonuses while imposing real-terms pay cuts on public sector workers?
Sunak reckons 200,000 fewer pensioners are in poverty today – but the number of pensioners in relative poverty has actually increased by more than 200,000. In 2021/22, more than two million pensioners were living in poverty in the UK.
Sunak’s comment about 100,000 new homes needs no response because the House of Lords rightly rejected the arguments in favour of building on land likely to be flooded with water that had been polluted, not only by developers but also by greedy privatised water firms.
Sunak reckons he’s delivered 4,000 prison officers – so why are there fewer now than in 2010? Does it have something to do with the privatisation – and profitisation – of our prisons?
Put it all together and you’d have to be demented to deny the comments in the following ‘X’ post:
Who the f*ck looks at record NHS waiting lists, families unable to afford basics, a railway that would shame most countries, our coastline and rivers thick with sewage, social care in crisis, a completely broken immigration system, unaffordable housing and say ‘I’ll vote Tory’?
— Don’t Visit Rwanda (@CockertonMark) September 16, 2023
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