It has been another year of hardship for the majority of the country. The economy continues to bounce along at the bottom of the barrel and workers and families continue to be the target for the Tories austerity program. With rising inflation, wage stagnation and huge increased in zero hours contracts no wonder the country suffers.
So 2017 has been somewhat a complete disaster for the Tories though, so it’s not all bad. I say this is jest as they have systematically tried their best to suppress the lower classes in this country, while making them selves and their donors wealthier. Their continued tax breaks for the rich while squeezing the lower classes has not only broken this country, it has turned the people against the establishment. I don’t think I have ever seen the public mood more anti government.
So from the start of this year we have seen this government continue to deliberately fail the people. Through all the evidence that has proven austerity does not work, they still continue down this path. Even the UN produced a report condemning the Tories for their illegal and discriminatory treatment towards disabled people (here). This alone paints the picture of how out of touch and cruel they truly are.
So from the start of the year and still ongoing now is the Brexit debate. The country is still so divided over Brexit. The everyday Brexiteer will play the cards of we voted to leave to we are leaving, yet ignore that only 2% less than them are the 48% that don’t want to leave and are trying to fight for the best deal of even try to stop the whole process. I openly admit I’m a Remainer and so not want us to leave the EU and I still stand by my statement that a decision this big and this complicated should not have been put to the people in a referendum so simple of just a yes or no vote. However, it has been done and this is what has and still is causing so much aggro among voters. It was very close so no matter what side won, when a vote is this narrow, it is always going to be a poisoned chalice, not matter the party in power.
We have also had the most deceitful, disrespectful, bias media I have seen in this country in my life time. At every opportunity they have tried to smear Labour and in particular Jeremy Corbyn. We have had the old right wing Labour guard take a beating with the rise of the left within Labour and across the country. The media were all reporting how bad a leader Corbyn was and how he was a bully and all that nonsense. With the Tories being 24+ point lead in the polls (depending on what poll you read) Theresa May moved in for the kill. She called an general election. This was a calculated move to wipe out Labour and assert her dominance in government.
Theresa May’s reputation at this point was already put into question. The previous year we had a number of terrorist attack that could have been adverted if under her watch she hadn’t cut 20,000 police officers. The intelligence agencies along with the police federation complained from the start of the austerity cuts that this would potentially cost lives and peoples safety. There was a video going round online whereby Theresa May makes a speech at the police federation conference and she clearly tells the police to stop “crying wolf”. How that phrase has come back to haunt her. She continued to claim this would have made no difference until the intelligence agency made a statement that due to cuts, there are currently 500 more people on the watch list they can keep tabs on due to the lack of staffing. More evidence of her incompetence.
So back to the election, her performance expose her for the incompetent, lying, deceiving elitist politician she is. She was branded the Maybot, due to her robotic responses, the answer to every question we saw was “we are a strong and stable government” and “we need to get on with the job” and the killer phrase, “vote for me to give me a stronger hand at the Brexit negotiating table”. She went from poor interview to poor interview. Embarrassing herself and the Tories at each stage. She even tried the desperate interview with her husband to try and make her look normal. Another massive failure.
On the other side the media continued their bias onslaught of misinformation and blatant lies about Labour and Jeremy Corbyn. Each interview he did his ratings increased. People started to like him. It became clear that people liked Corbyn and the general election that was called was helping his political career. People believed all the lies and nonsense the media spewed out. But then he was given the interviews and stage in the general election campaign, it became clear to the public that he was a nice down to earth bloke who was considerate. Something people going through a hard time related too.
The Tories lost their majority while Labour gained 30+ seats. I do believe that if the election campaigning went on for another week or two that the losses for the Tories would have been far worse.
From this disaster the Tories had to bribe the DUP with £1.5billion to side and vote with them. This at a time when the Tories all said the same phrase to Labour about their manifesto pledges to re-nationalise industries, “there is no magic money tree”. Oh but there is a magic money tree and the Tories shake it when they need help staying in power. Again, more disapproval and anger from the public over this.
We then had the tragedy of Grenfell tower. official death toll stand at 71, it is only this low as they can’t identify all the remains and it is claimed that roughly 120 people died in the fire. Again we saw politicians come forward and give the usual speeches. It has since been exposed that the cheap cladding was the main cause for the building going up so fast. A total of £10.5million spent on a refurbish but the idea of putting sprinklers in this building to help contain fires and potentially put out fires was not taken into consideration as in this rich borough it was about making an ugly council building look better for the rich people who had to look at it. It turns out from further investigations that over 600 buildings round the country, including hospitals and schools do not have these in place, as austerity is worth more than peoples lives. You can imagine the public anger here.
On the back of this Theresa May visited the site, but not the people, only the fire department and police officials who would take her around and away from the peasants that live there. Now I know this fire was not her fault, nor was it the Tories at fault, the blame falls directly at the local council for not taking safety first (Tory controlled). I don’t care about who was in power at local government as there are many Labour ran councils to have the same issues that they caused around the country. The people there were desperate and in need of help. She didn’t even show them the respect of showing up and talking to the victims. She arrived in the back door, talked to a few officials, couldn’t look anymore disinterested if she tried, and left by the backdoor. Corbyn on the other hand, went and spoke to the people. Had a cup of tea with them, hugged them and promised he would do his best to support and fight to get them re-homed as quick as possible. He even stood in the street of an angry bunch of residents and spoke to them. They where all shouting at him and calling all politicians names etc. 5 minutes later they where showing Corbyn respect because to choose to speak to them. To listen to them and treat them with respect. That is the difference between these two, one can handle pressure and conflict without resorting to name calling and shouting, the other runs for the coward she is.
Since all of this we have had the disastrous Brexit negotiations. The Tories have failed at every single round to get any form of deal so far. We have finally reach stage two of the talks, about trade, because after 6 months of “talks” (or shall we say blatant incompetence from David Davies and his team) that Theresa may basically flew there and crumbled giving the EU everything they asked for. It was said from the day after the Brexit vote that the EU has all the power, held all the cards and had little to loose. They played that game, stuck to their guns and the Tories with their Royal Britannia hard Brexit plan sank and there are no life boats on board. David Davis has either lied about the 57 (ish) Brexit sector impact reports or they are so bad they have crumbled to the EU realising a hard Brexit would be a disaster for the country.
Jeremy Corbyn won the Sean MacBride Peace Prize this year. The bias corrupt media stayed silent. They still wont run any story putting him in a good light. He also won the Spectator Parliamentarian of the year 2017 and still no mention of it. This is how bad the media are, avoid anything good but the second Corbyn wears a tracksuit to go get the paper, it’s the biggest headline of the century.
So after a year of complete incompetence and disaster, we roll into 2018 with the same incompetent politicians running the country. Unless we have another general election in 2018 with a Labour victory we are set to have another very gloomy year ahead.