Crippling Austerity, Financial Cuts … Yet £490mill To Change The Passport Colour!

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The Tories have been pushing an ideological austerity onto the public since they first gained office. If you were to listen to the Tories, the country’s financial situation is so poor we are on the verge of collapse, and the only way to rescue our land from financial ruin is to impose austerity.

To a Tory government austerity has a very simple meaning; cuts, cuts and more cuts. Cuts to vital public services, cuts to welfare systems and cuts to the poor. Oddly enough it also means cutting the taxes of the richest members of society.

This Thursday is to bring more cuts to spending, which were actually announced years ago by David Cameron and George Osbourne. Abhorrent cuts to disabled people, bereaved widows/widowers, low-income families and young people.

If you were to listen to Tory platitudes and rhetoric, you’d be led to believe that these cuts are vital. We are skint, and we need to start “living within our means”.

We are however one of the richest country’s in the world, and austerity is obviously an ideological choice targeting the poor. If it were anything other, why are the poor and disadvantaged the most targeted by these cuts? According to Resolution Foundation 80% of the tax cuts coming into force this Thursday go to well-off households, while 67% of benefit cuts fall on the poorest third:

What shocks me more considerably is the sheer brazenness of it. To claim we are so desperately in need of extra money that we must cut funding for the disabled and force young people out of their homes, while also giving millions worth in tax cuts to the richest of our society, is utterly ridiculous.

To make matters worse, we have recently heard that one of the first ideas that has been put forward upon triggering Article 50 is that our passport will now be changed back to its original blue colour!

We have just triggered Article 50, we are going to be leaving the EU and the single market; there is so much to do, so much to work out and so much to be organised. So naturally, the absolute highest priority should be changing the colour of our passports …

What’s that? It’s going to cost £500million!

In the same week that they remove Housing Benefit from 18-21 year olds – saving just £25 million in the first year, rising to £40 million by 2020 – people cry that we have enough money to spend £500 million changing the colour of our passports!

The money we save from taking this benefit away doesn’t even cover 20% of the cost of making our passports blue …

It makes me genuinely exasperated and angry to think that there will be 18-21 year olds struggling to pay rent, potentially faced with losing their homes and with nowhere to go being forced into the streets – just to chip in to the cost of making our passports blue.

Great Britain. The country where disabled people die, young people become homeless and parents starve to feed their kids; to pay for the colour-change of a passport.

Brexit: The ‘Will Of The People’ Hypocrisy

WillOfThePeopleHypocrisyWe’ve all heard the many examples of rote-learned rhetoric that comes from Brexiteers. Two of the most popular pieces, that you will see everywhere, are “the will of the people” and “taking back control”. Anyone who dares to question Brexit, or the ability of May and her inept team, is faced with these kind of empty slogans.

They’re excellent little propaganda soundbites, expertly produced by the demagogues which orchestrated Brexit, but it is truly amazing people continue to recite them while being blind to the utter hypocrisy of their words.

If, as Brexiteers make it out to be, the will of the people is an undeniable force, then surely they will agree that the Scottish people have every right to refuse to be a part of Brexit?

If, as Brexiteers make it out to be, taking back control is so important, then surely they will agree that Scotland has every right to seek independence and take back control?

No, of course they don’t.

Scotland opposes Brexit and has taken action against it, and this harms the fragile Brexiteer ego. They cannot stand the idea of being wrong, and cannot admit being fooled, so continue to convince themselves with empty platitudes while aggressively opposing any challenges to their bigoted, short-sighted ideals.

But the hypocrisy is so utterly incredible; a large majority of the Scottish people voted to stay in the EU. The will of the people is to remain. Yet Brexiteers have taken the same approach with Scotland as they have remainers in England – “sit down and shut up” and “get over it we won”.

How can Brexiteers talk about taking back control from unelected elites, when Theresa May, the unelected Prime Minister, is denying Scotland its right to take back control. A bunch of unelected elites in a foreign country are dictating to one country’s people when and how they can choose their own independence.

Yet the majority of Brexiteers are not only okay with this, they support it. In the same tone that they scream about taking back control from the unelected foreign elite, then provide praise for the unelected Prime Minister when she denies Scotland its rights as a nation.

It takes a true hypocrite to scream about “the will of the people” and “taking back control” while denying the Scottish people’s will to take back control. Will their egos allow them to see this hypocrisy?

Probably not.

Theresa May: Principled Woman or Opportunist?

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Many people consider Theresa May the champion of Brexit. She is crashing into a hard-brexit approach and regularly hands out the kind of platitudes and rhetoric that Brexiteers simply love. She carries the Brexit flag with pride, and is certainly reaping the powerful rewards for doing so – such as the most powerful office in the United Kingdom, without an election.

So I’m sure she wishes this picture didn’t exist:

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nor that this audio recording from Goldman Sachs exists:

When May initially took office so shortly after the EU referendum, I thought the Brexit crowd would be unlikely to forget May’s endorsement and support of the remain campaign.

I severely overestimated the mental capacity of the Brexit crowd …

If all of her powerful speeches about how great Brexit will be for Britain are true, then surely she must explain why she campaigned against it? Why, just a year ago, did she think the EU was the better choice for Britain?

If all her platitudes and rhetoric are truthful, then it is truly shocking that she would campaign against Brexit. If, as she says, it will make the United Kingdom ‘a sovereign and independent nation’ once again, then why did she previously publically endorse Britain’s captivity?

It’s blindingly clear why May is coming out with so much “red, white and blue” rhetoric that goes against her own principles, it’s gaining her a lot of power. With every platitude, she is elevated in the eyes of the rabid Brexiteers. Through her abandonment of the principles she fought for, she has seized the highest office in the United Kingdom.

I do not argue that she should go against the referendum, but I do say she has a lot of questions to answer about why the hardest of Brexits is her goal, and why she chose to campaign against it, if it is going to be so great for the country.