In her closing speech to the Tories’ conference today – that it wasn’t as bad as last year’s car-crash seems to be the most that can be claimed for it – Theresa May promised an end to austerity.
Amid the ‘jingo bingo’, the attempts to sound like Thatcher and the shamelessness, Mrs May made her promise – let’s just ignore the obvious fact that the Tories started austerity in the first place.
Her new Health Secretary Matt Hancock had already promised an end to ‘blindly’ closing district hospitals when it’s the Tories who’ve been ‘blindly’ closing them for the last eight years. Perhaps promising to end things you’ve been to blame for all along is this year’s public-relations guru advice instead of the ludicrous ‘power stance‘.
But May has a problem with her promise to end austerity: she promised the same thing almost sixteen months ago, just after she lost her parliamentary majority in the general election, as the Times pointed out at the time:
As the Times pointed out, May’s own chief of staff admitted that austerity was repellent:
Gavin Barwell, Mrs May’s new chief of staff, told the BBC that austerity had repelled voters as he explained the loss of his Croydon Central seat. “There’s a conversation I particularly remember with a teacher who had voted for me in 2010 and 2015 and said: ‘I understand the need for a pay freeze for a few years to deal with the deficit but you’re now asking for that to go on potentially for ten or 11 years and that’s too much.’ That is something that Jeremy Corbyn was able to tap into
But as soon as May was able to cobble together an unholy, bribe-based alliance with the DUP to cling to the keys to Downing Street, she conveniently stopped worrying about what ‘repelled voters’ and ploughed on with austerity – including, shamefully, a decision to take free school meals out of the mouths of a million schoolchildren from poverty-hit families.
Since then, as Labour brilliantly pointed out on Twitter immediately after her speech, we’ve had months and months of further ‘conscious cruelty, of cuts and carnage heaped especially on the most vulnerable.
The fact that much of it has been ignored or spun by colluding mainstream media doesn’t reduce its reality or the blight it has inflicted on the lives of many of the people of this country.
Theresa May lied last year when she said she was ending austerity – and by promising to end it now she acknowledged that, although the ‘MSM’ won’t highlight it. She’s lying again now.
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