Guy Matthews is a Labour supporter who featured in the first ever ‘Labour Voices’ video by the late and much-missed Simon Baker. His plain-speaking, hard-hitting comments on the lies of right-wing claims to represent working-class people went viral and led to a series of Labour Voices videos communicating truth to people all over the country:
A tweet by him this week – a response in his typical style to the nonsensical right-wing claim that ‘socialist just want free stuff’ – also went hugely viral, striking a clear chord with a country sick to death of Establishment narratives telling us we can’t afford the important things while the government throws money at its own narrow priorities:
Now Guy has turned that tweet into a guest article for the SKWAWKBOX, expanding on his theme in a brutal dissection of Establishment fake news that needs to be read, digested and shared:
Socialists just want free stuff?
By Guy Matthews
Socialists just want free stuff is a pretty common theme coming from the right-wing. It conveniently feeds in to the “workshy scroungers lazing about” narrative they love to push at every opportunity. But it’s not exactly true, is it?
Most of us pay taxes, with exceptions of course. The unemployed, the disabled, rich Tories…
Why? Why do we pay taxes? Surely it’s in the expectation that the government will use our collective funds to provide the best quality of life they can, to as many people as possible. We pay taxes so we can have a police service, so we can have roads and railways, hospitals, teachers for our children and so on. You know, all that stuff generally considered to be the mark of a mature and developed society.
Somewhere down the line though, this idea seems to have gotten lost. We’ve seen massive cuts in government spending on public services like those mentioned above, whilst seeing tax breaks handed to the super-wealthy and giant corporations. Corporate welfare is at astronomical levels.
When workers aren’t paid enough wages to live on and so have to claim top-up benefits from the state, whilst those companies are returning increasing profits every year, what does that tell you? That those profits are in part driven by taxpayer subsidies. We are literally giving our taxes to people so that companies don’t have to pay them a proper wage.
And they dare to claim socialists want free stuff? We’re the ones paying for corporate benefits. It’s like giant companies have their own personal welfare state, just for their shareholders.
We don’t want free stuff. We want what we’ve bought and bloody well paid for. I pay my taxes so I can drive on the roads, so my kids can be educated, so my parents can be cared for in their old age.
I don’t pay my taxes so corporate shareholders can get a nice fat dividend every year, or so private companies can run what used to be public services in a substandard way for a juicy profit.
So stop looking after the super-rich and start looking after us. We’ve fucking paid for it.
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