The blight of Tory government on the UK and its people in a few short bullet points
As the government prepares for the Chancellor’s ‘Spring Statement’, a list of Tory ‘achievements’ since 2010 has been circulating on social media. It makes the bleakest of reading:
- per-pupil spending down by 8% (20% on over-16s according to BBC News last week)
- 1189 Sure Start centres closed
- 760 youth clubs closed
- teens stabbed up by 93%
- front-line police numbers down by 21000
- NHS A&E crisis at a 14-year high
- NHS patient satisfaction at an 11-year low of 53%
- rough sleeping up by an astonishing 163%
- Foodbank usage up to a shaming 1.3m
- a horrific 4.1 million children in poverty
- 2,620 deaths of rough sleepers
- two out of three children in poverty in working households – the idea that work is a route out of poverty is a lie for millions
- 100 NHS walk-in centres closed
- 600 police stations closed
- 675 libraries closed
- 760 youth centres closed
- 470 schools closed
- 50 fire stations closed
- 433 HMRC tax offices closed
- 100 Job Centres closed
The even greater shame is that, to many Tories, much of the above might genuinely be considered achievements – and that the Establishment media all too often colludes in under-representing or entirely ignoring the cost to the UK of Tory heartlessness and economic incompetence.
Certainly Theresa May’s weekly crowing about false depictions of the UK economy is rarely challenged or even properly examined – and Hammond’s ‘spring statement’ is likely to be treated in the same manner.
These numbers, of course, barely scratch the despair and horror inflicted on the UK since 2010, entirely by political choice. But as an overview of the UK’s slide into a sinkhole opened needlessly by Tories, it’s invaluable information.
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